Henry Bruce Hayes
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Henry Bruce Hayes
When Henry Bruce Hayes was born on July 9, 1891, in Spanish Fork, Utah. He was of medium height, had blue eyes and brown hair. His father, John Henry Hayes, was 38 and his mother, Ruth Elizabeth Davis, was 34. His father John Henry Hayes had two wives, Ruth Elizabeth Davis and Annie McLean. His parents came from old pioneer stock, were devoted to religion, and expected their children to follow their strict example. Charles and Ruth Davis, H. Bruce's maternal grandparents, embraced the gospel in Massachusetts and gathered with the Saints in Nauvoo, Illinois, where they walked and talked with the Prophet Joseph Smith and heard him bear testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Later, after they were driven from Nauvoo, they made the long hard trek across the plains and were among the first settlers of Utah. Bruce's father, John Henry Hayes, was baptized in Durham, England in 1862, when he was a young boy. Shortly afterward, he developed such a strong desire to join the Saints in America that he convinced his parents to allow him to immigrate without them. He was the only surviving child, he had lost three sisters (according to autobiography written by his father John Henry Hayes) to death. It was hard on his parents to let him go. At the young age of ten years, he left England in the company of another family on the ship Cynosure, arrived in America and crossed the plains to Utah in a wagon train. His parents arrived a year later. The Gospel was so important to John and Ruth that it is not surprising that they desired and expected their children to feel the same devotion. Family prayers and scripture reading were strictly observed in the Hayes household. All the family members were expected to attend church services every Sunday. Spanish Fork, the little town where Bruce grew up, is an agricultural community nestled against the Wasatch Mountain range and located about sixty miles south of Salt Lake City. The town received its unusual name from the Spanish Fork River, the river that brought Spanish Catholic Fathers Cominquez and Escalante to Utah Valley in September of 1776 on an exploratory journey. The first Mormon settlers arrived in 1850 and the town was established in 1855. It was a happy, peaceful place to be a child, and even though there was always plenty of work to be done, H. Bruce still had time to play games with his brothers, hike in the rolling hills covered with scrub brush that turned bright crimson and gold in the autumn and ice skate on the frozen ponds in the winter. John and Ruth Elizabeth had a home and farm up Spanish Fork Canyon where most of their children were raised. When their oldest son , John Israel married, he bought the farm and raised his family there. John and Ruth moved into town and built a home east of John's father. All of H. Bruce's growing up years were spent here. Later, his parents sold that home to Henry Bruce and moved into John's father's home on the southeast corner of First North and Second West. While growing up, times were hard with such a large family, all the children had to work to help out. In 1918, his mother Ruth Elizabeth died at the age of sixty two. His mother's death left his father with only his second wife Annie, with whom he lived for many years until his death in 1938. Henry Bruce had many brothers, seven in his own family and four of Annie's boys. He also had four sisters. Two of his siblings, Jesse Archibald and Kathleen Estella, died as young children, but the others all grew to maturity. He was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was baptized and confirmed on July 9, 1899. He married Jessie Boyack 22 December 1913 in Spanish Fork, Utah. They later received endowments in the Salt Lake Temple on March 21, 1929. Their children were sealed to them at that time. He registered for World War I draft in Carbon County July 9, 1891. Jessie and Bruce had three sons James Earl, John Henry, Bruce Allen and four daughters Ruth, June, Furl, and Jessie Margaret together between 1915 and 1933. Jessie, his wife, passed away 15 December 1941 in Ogden, Utah of cancer. They lived at the time in David O. McKay's home at 2124 Monroe Blvd. He was a brakeman and conductor for the railroad. When living in Spanish Fork, he would travel to his job during the week and then come back home when he could. Furl said that her grandfather John Henry would watch over them when their father was gone from home and tell their father all the things that they weren't doing right. They would then get in trouble from their father. His nickname was "Shorty" because he was not tall in stature. He then married Lilly Mae Bahr on September 26, 1942, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He died on February 28, 1960, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 68 of a heart attack, and was buried in Spanish Fork, Utah next to his first wife Jessie Boyack Hayes. H. Bruce enjoyed doing genealogy. He helped complete a lot of work for his family.
Furl Hayes Craig
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My Grandma, Furl Hayes Craig was born in Spanish Fork, Utah December 19, 1923 to Henry Bruce and Jessie Boyack Hayes. She had three brothers; James Earl, John Henry, Bruce Allen Hayes and three sisters; Ruth, June, and Jessie Margaret.
She was a cute chubby baby. She was always into everything. She never held still for a minute. Her older sister June always called her Felix because she was always moving around as fast as Felix the Cat in the cartoons.
As she grew, she would follow her brothers and sisters around. She would follow both Ruth and June down to the stream and the sisters would catch polliwogs. Ruth was always trying to frighten the girls with snakes. Furl and June would follow way behind Ruth whenever she caught a snake.
Grandma grew into quite a tom boy. She loved to climb trees and climb as high as she possibly could. She played a lot of marbles, jacks, loved to fly balloons. She played horse shoes with the boys and loved to play a good game of baseball. In fact, she loved most sports except football.
She lived in Spanish Fork, Utah in her younger years. Her father worked on the railroad and was away from home a lot. He would work in Ogden and come home when possible. When grandma was a teenager, her family moved to Ogden, Utah. This is where she met my Grandpa Ronald.
She took up roller skating and that was the love of her life as she grew up. Her and my grandpa met at a skating rink, Berthana, and they spent many nights skating together.
Her favorite food was chili. She could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Another of her favorite foods was a hot apple pie slice with a piece of sharp cheddar cheese on top.
Her sister Ruth and husband Don owned a cafe in Canyon, Texas and she would help them by waiting on tables. She loved her sisters very much. She was heart broken when her sister Ruth died. I don't think she ever got over her passing. They would send each other flowers and their would always be a white or red rose in it to let each other know that they loved one another.
My grandma loved to paint and do all kinds of craft things. She did Artex paints and was learning to tole paint.
Some of the clothes that she loved to wear were the big flair skirts called poodle skirts with the poodle dogs appliqued on them. She wore the really white detachable collars with her outfits. When she was younger, she thrilled at wearing great big bows in her hair, especially blue ones.
She went to school mostly in Ogden. One of her best friends was Laura Olsen, who married my grandmother's brother John Hayes. She met my Grandpa Craig when they were going to Ogden High School. My mother quit school when she was a junior in high school. She married my Grandpa Craig on June 13, 1942 in Olympia, Washington. They told their parents that they had gotten married in Farmington, Utah on February 19, 1942. They always celebrated their anniversary on that day. My Grandpa and Grandma had four boys and 1 girl. She did go back to school in 1972 and got her Davis County Adult High School Diploma. She graduated 1 December 1972. This was a great accomplishment for her and her family was really proud of her.
Her mother, Jessie, struggled with cancer and it was hard for my grandmother to watch her mom suffer so much. She was over 250 pounds when she got sick and she died weighing about 80 pounds. She was in so much pain and was wasting away. Her mother died five days before my grandma's 18th birthday and eleven days before Christmas. It was a sad year for my Grandma.
Her father, Henry Bruce Hayes, remarried six months after her mother passed away. Her younger sister Jessie Margaret would come and stay at Ron and Furl's home. She lived with my Grandma and Grandpa for some time. Her younger brother Allen joined the Navy when really young. I believe it was 16.
My Grandma Craig was really special to me. She loved me very much. She died when I was five years old, May 26, 1988.
Written by Granddaughter Shelly Hyer - her Great Aunt June helped her with the information.