Lewis Canby Scott, Sr.
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History of Lewis Canby Scott
Lewis Canby Scott was born April 9, 1880. He was the second son born to Andrew Hunter Scott, Jr. and Winnifred Taylor. Eventually there were nine children born to the family. Two children, William Joseph and Winnifred, d in infancy. His brothers were Andrew Hunter, III known as “Andy”, Art, Clyde, Norman and LaMar. He had one surviving sister, Elvera. He was nineteen years old when his last brother, LaMar, was born.
The name Lewis Canby seems to have originated with Cam’s great grandparents. Joshua H. Scott and Nancy Keen. A son born to them on December 5, 1825 was given this name. The Scott land in Middletown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania bordered the property of a family whose last named was Canby. In the next generation a son born to Andrew Hunter Scott, Sr. and Sarah Ann Humphries Row was named Canby. Thus Lewis Canby was named after an uncle and a great-uncle. Throughout his life he was known as “Cam”.
Cam was born in Provo in an adobe house on the original Scott estate in southwest Provo at 6th South and 12th West. This was the property that Andrew Hunter, Jr. received for his inheritance. There were probably five or six acres around the house. The home was sold to Morris Scott who was Howard Scott’s second son.
Father, Andrew Hunter Scott, Jr.
Andrew Hunter Scott, Jr. was born November 27, 1856 in Provo, Utah and named after his father. He was the fourth of eleven children born to Andrew Hunter Scott, Sr. and Sarah Ann Row. He was born into a family who had sacrificed and endured many hardships for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Both parents had joined the Mormon Church in the early beginnings and came to Utah by way of covered wagon. Upon arriving in Utah in 1850, they were sent to help establish the new community of Provo, Utah.
Hal states, “I remember a few things about my grandfather. He worked around the mines in the Eureka area for a while hauling ore and supplies with his teams of horses. Later he went to work inside the mines and was injured in a mine blast. He lost some fingers and injured his arm, wrist and hand. As I remember being told he had drilled into a hole where the powder hadn’t gone off from a previous shot. I think it blasted his face some, but he wasn’t blinded by it. One of the men working with him was killed. Grandpa took the compensation money from the accident and bought a tract of land in Juab County on the outskirts of Nephi. He was a good blacksmith and had a shop by his house in Lake View. He might have blacksmithed around the mines. All those mines always kept a blacksmith to sharpen tools and set the wagon tires. Maybe he just had it for his own use to shoe the horses and keep the wagons repaired for all the teams they used to lease out. He had a bellows and they pumped it by hand to blow air into the forge to make it burn hotter. Uncle Norman had all the blacksmith tools that belonged to Grandpa Scott at one time.”
Again Hal remembers, “Grandfather Scott wasn’t too tall but he was real muscular and he had a big frame. He had broad shoulders and then he was quite heavy down to the waist. He was a strong and tireless worker. His home was right below ours in Lake View. It was originally the Roberts’ home. Jack Dempsey, the heavy-weight boxing champion, lived in that house when he was a kid. Peterson’s lived in it before it was torn down to build the new road.”
After Cam’s mother died, his father married Myrtle Warwood. He died February 17, 1929 and is buried in the Provo Cemetery
Mother, Winnifred Taylor
Cam’s mother, Winnifred Taylor was born in Provo, Utah on November 26, 1981.to William Joseph Taylor and Mary Bowring. She was the mother of nine children. She died on January 17, 1903 when she was expecting her tenth child. She is buried in the Provo Cemetery. “Freddie”, as she was affectionately called, was born of parents who were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints in England in 1849. They settled in Provo in 1854.
Cam’s Early Life and Schooling
A description of the home Cam was born in was taken from the history of his brother, LaMar, “The family home was at 1270 West 6th South in Provo. It was a “dobie” home of one large front room on the east, a smaller bedroom on the west divided into two by a curtain and a kitchen on the south. There was also a brick granary near the house, with a cellar underneath where fruit and winter potatoes were stored. The upper storage room also served as a bedroom when all of the family was home, as did the hay barn in the summer time and a tent near the house. The house was surrounded on the east and north by large willow trees and on the south by sour cherry trees.”
It was built by Andrew Hunter, Jr. and his brother Howard.
Cam attended elementary school at the Franklin School located in southwest Provo. When he was eight years old his father contracted to supply charcoal for the D & RG Railroad. The charcoal kilns were located up Milfork in Spanish Fork Canyon. Perhaps he received some of his schooling there also. Hal states. “How much of a town they had there I don’t know. It was a railroad town and there were some buldings besides the charcoal kilns. I can remember my dad telling me when they were living up at Milfork that his mother called him to the window one day to see a bear out in the backyard. He was standing on his feet looking in the pigpen.”
In 1892 his dad started contract construction work and moved to Eureka. Cam was twelve years old and perhaps he continued some schooling in Eureka or perhaps he stayed in Provo with his mother during the school year and just worked with his dad during the summer months. It is possible that he attended several years of schooling at the Brigham Young Academy. Most children in that age had an eighth grade education.
He furthered his education later in life by taking a course in Mining Engineering through the International Correspondence School. This Couse prepared him to do a lot of technical work in the mines around the Tintic Mining District.
Cam was also a good penman. Hal states, “I can remember when I was a kid and he gave me a check for helping him, I noticed how much nicer his writing was than most peoples. Whenever he signed his name people commented on what a nice writer he was.”
Cam was also an avid reader all of his life. His family always took a daily newspaper, THE UTAH FARMER, other magazines, and invested in books.
Probably one of Cam’s first paying jobs when he was just a boy was supplying water from Eureka to the mines at Knightville. He rode a horse and carried two kegs of water, one on each side of the horse, and making trip after trip up and down the mountain.
His father gave him a lot of on the job training. Andrew Hunter, Sr. was known for his kindness, patience and steadiness with horses. He was considered one of the best “horse skinners” in Utah County. It paid big dividends as there was always work for a good team of horses. Cam learned to work hard early but more importantly he learned to enjoy working. Cam had a life-long love of horses because of his father. He appreciated a good horse.
Hal states, “Grandpa Scott and Uncle Howard had registered Perchon horses. They had one white stallion named “Bat” when I was a kid. His registered name was “Batterman Nelson.” It was claimed that Bat never threw a colt that wasn’t white no matter what color the mare he was bred to. Sometimes they wouldn’t be white when they were born but by the time they were three years old they were white”
Andrew Hunter, Sr. used his teamsters and horses to help build the railroad from Salt Lake through Parley’s Canyon. When that job was finished he moved his equipment and horses to do construction work in Sevier County when the railroad was extended to Southern Utah. In 1892 Andrew, Sr. and his brother Howard had several teams of horses and men hired to drive them in Eureka. They hauled ore off the mountain to put in the railroad trains in Eureka and then hauled coal, water, or supplies back up the mountain. They also used their horses and equipment to help in the first water line down Provo Canyon. The water line was used to run the power plant at Holmstead. The old wooden flume can still be seen running down the side of the mountain up Provo Canyon. . In 1908 they went to work for the Telluride Power Company putting in power lines in northern Utah
In 1896 “Freddie” ran a boarding house for 27 men in Summit in front of the old Utah Mine. By this time Cam was old enough to engage in the construction business with his father. The younger children have memories of helping to run the boarding house with their mother.
Cam’s Personal Characteristics as Remembered by His Son, Hal J. Scott
Dad had brown hair with a little wave in it and green eyes. When dad died he still had all his hair and it was still brown. He had his own teeth to his dying day and he never went to a dentist. He was built like his father. Dad usually wore boots that laced up the front. They were a high topped boot that went almost to his knees.
My dad was a tease. He was always pestering someone. He would come up behind grandma and poke her in the ribs while she was ironing and she would threaten him with the iron. It was all in good fun.
Dad also had a Scott temper. I’m the same way and a lot of my second cousins are just the same way. We fly off the handle and then get over it real quick. Once my dad lost his temper with me and I got a spanking. I took my horse to the river to swim and forgot to come back.
Dad liked to sing, recite poetry and whistle. He always had a little song, He sang songs like, and “I’ll Be Coming Back to Dinah and the Little Baby Ben.” It was a southern spiritual song. All the time he worked he was singing. Another song he sang was, “Oh, Grimes, Oh, Grimes, that Poor Old Soul”. Another one was about “Old Man Tucker” too late to get any supper, who washed his face in the frying pan and combed his hair with a wagon wheel. He sang “Jimmy Cracked Corn” and “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” and while he bounced one or two children on his knee, he sang, “Ride a Cockhorse”.
(Jane Scott Cunningham can remember the Sunday she gave a two and a half minute talk in Sunday School. Instead of the talk her mother had helped her prepare, she got up and gave a poem grandpa had taught her about a razzle, dazzle rabbit.)
When dad couldn’t sing, he whistled. He said it was better to whistle than swear. He also said that if he wasn’t whistling he’d be crying.
My dad was a big eater in his working years and he liked nothing better than beef steak. Every time he went to town, if he had the money, he always brought home some beef steak. Once when we went deer hunting, dad bought steak and a butcher knife to cut it up with. He cooked the steak in a frying pan and made coffee in a bucket.
Hunting was my dad’s favorite past time. He loved to duck hunt. When he lived in Knightville, he would go down by Goshen and shoot ducks. He and his friends would bring back a whole wagon load and give them to the people around Eureka. A group of men that lived in Eureka that had a hunting club. They had a club house down on the lake by Goshen. That was long before my time, but I can remember dad talking bout it. Dad was a good shot especially with a shot gun. He showed me how to kill two ducks with one shot. Dad loved to pheasant hunt and fish too.
If a man likes to hunt, he has to have a good dog. Dad had a Llewelyn Setter named Tig. That dog went around Knightville when the grocery man would deliver the meat. If people weren’t home the delivery man would hang the meat on the doorknob or somewhere close. Tig would pick up the meat and bring it home. He didn’t eat it. Mother would have to go around delivering it back. Lewis told me that he used to ride mother’s buggy horse to town to see a show or something. The dog would follow him. He didn’t want the dog in town with him so Lewis would give the dog his hat and tell him to go home. The dog would take the hat in his mouth and head for home. On the farm we had two hunting dogs. One was named “Duke” and one was named “Jeff”. Jeff was a brown and white English Setter.
Courtship and Marriage
In the summer of 1900 the Scott family was living in Eureka. Andrew, Jr. was making a living with his teamsters and horses. Freddie was running a boarding house. She hired a young Danish girl by the name of Elvira Jorgensen to help her. Vira had a sister visiting an aunt and uncle in Eureka and came over to visit Vira at the Scott Boarding House. The Scott’s had a handsome twenty year old son who was too bashful to come out of the house to meet the new girl. His little brothers assisted by spraying him with the water hose through an open window. He did come out. This was the first time he saw Hansena Katrina Jorgensen.
She was a petite eighteen year old girl with brown hair and brown eyes. Although she was about five feet six inches tall she was small boned with a tiny waist. And very attractive.
Hansena Katrina Jorgensen was born January 2, 1982. She was known as “Zina” throughout her life. Her father, Mads Jorgensen was a convert to the church from Denmark. He was born on March 7, 1827. Mads was orphaned at an early age, raised by a foster family, joined the church when he was twenty-six, migrated to Utah in 1859, and settled in Lake View which was part of the Provo Second Ward. Zina’s mother was Elvina Marie Hansen born 3 April 1847 in Logstor, Denmark. She immigrated to the United States in 1869 and was married to Mads shortly after her arrival as his fourth wife. They were the parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters.
Cam and Zina were married on June 11, 1901 at her mother’s home in Lake View. The ceremony was performed by Bishop John Johnson. Zina’s mother and dad gave them a wedding reception at home. Zina’s wedding dress was white, sheer material with tiny tucks in the bodice and trimmed with lace. A white satin belt emphasized Zina’s tiny waist and white kid slippers graced her feet.
First Home in Eureka, Utah, then on to Provo, and Lake View
Cam and Zina lived in Eureka for a year and a half after their marriage. Cam was driving a team for his father hauling the ore from the mine to the railroad cars.
After just five months of marriage, Zina’s mother, Elvina, died at her home in Lake View from a stroke. She was fifty-four years old. She was buried in the Provo Cemetery along with two other wives of Mads Jorgensen. Mads now lived in the family home with his youngest daughter, Sarah.
Zina grieved for her mother but with every sorrow comes a joy and on June 29, 1902, a little girl, Zella Elvina, was born to Cam and Zina at Eureka, Utah.
Eighteen months after their marriage , Cam’s mother, Freddie, died with complications from her tenth pregnancy. She was just forty-two years old. LaMar, the youngest child in the family was not yet three years old. Zina and Cam moved from Eureka to Provo and stayed with Cam's father to help take care of the family.
The next move was to Lake View. Cam and Zina moved into the house Zina was born in which was located on her fathers farm. They took LaMar and the youngest daughter, Elvera, with them.
On December 9, 1903 a little boy was born to Cam and Zina. They named him Lewis Canby, II
On June 16, 1904 Cam’s father married Myrtle Warwood and LaMar and Elvera went back to their home to live.
The crops were not good on the farm that summer and there wasn’t a market for what was produced. Potatoes sold for 25 cents a bushel and grain was so cheap all they could do was keep it for feed. When the sugar beets were harvested there wasn’t enough money to pay the help that had to be hired.
Cam went to Park City to work in the mines to earn money enough to pay off the debt for getting the sugar beets harvested. They badly needed the money to provide for themselves, but debts had to be paid off first. Cam stayed there only three months. The working conditions in the mine were very undesirable as the miners were working in water most of the time.
Knightville, Utah 1905
The solution to their financial problems seemed to indicate a move back to the Tintic Mining District. Cam was hired by Jesse Knight to work in his silver mines at Knightville.
From THE HERALD published in Provo, Utah on February 27, 1977, “To accommodate his workers Jesse Knight in 1897 started building his town of Knightville near his mines, a town on the summit two miles east of Eureka. It was the only mining camp in the West that had no saloon. Jesse Knight built sixty-five substantial homes, several boarding houses, and a school house. The meeting house was used not only as a church, but also as a place of recreation for Jesse Knight wanted to give his miners a place where they could be entertained so that they would not have to go to towns nearby where saloons existed that might entice a young man to enter if he had a few dollars to spend. Jesse even encouraged his workers to attend church by shutting down the mines on Sunday. Then he paid the miners more per working day to keep their wage scale up with the rest of the mines.”
Knightville was situated high on the side of a hill. Besides the meeting house and school, there was a store and a post office. There were about seventy-five families and they all belonged to the L.D.S. Church. The families were all younger people raising children the same age.
Cam bought a house from a Mr. Ernest Watkins It wasn’t much of a house, two frame rooms and practically just a shell. It cost $100.00. Cam was making $2.00 per day. They paid for the home at $12.00 a month. Cam decided that before winter come he would have to do something with the house. He bought material and put in the studding and lining which made the house more comfortable.
April 24, 1905, Zina’s father died. He was buried beside his wives in the Provo Cemetery.
Cam’s wage was increased to $2.50 a day and the family was able to live and keep out of debt, but they could afford few luxuries. They saved a little right along so in the summer of 1905 they used their small savings to purchase a home in Provo. They paid $200.00 down and $15.00 a month until it was paid for. This home was at 5th West and 2nd South.
Zina Mae, the third child was born on January 29, 1906. Mae could never understand why she was christened Mae unless it was because she was born in January.
Provo, Utah 1907
In the fall of 1907 Zina’s health was not very good so they decided to move to Provo and the home in Knightville was sold. After they moved to Provo, Cam soon found he had to go back to the mines to earn a living for his family. He worked at the mines during the week and came home on Sundays. Cam was a good miner and he always had two jobs. One where he worked for someone else and got paid a wage and one where he had a lease or contract of some sort with the hopes of striking it rich. During this time he worked with a man by the name of Ralph Kellogg. They contracted to sink shafts and other mining development work.
The home in Provo had a fence all around the yard. There were several fruit trees as well as currant and gooseberry bushes. A flowing well with a moss covered barrel tub under the well stood in the yard and there was a lot of grass for the children to play on. Zina always found a corner wherever they lived for a small hen house or chicken coop. What eggs she didn’t use for food for the family made good trades at the corner grocery store for special treats such as angel food, chocolate surprise boxes or Startup’s all day suckers which really did last all day.
Zina became discouraged living in Provo alone and many a night she didn’t dare go to sleep until day light. Many times she got up in the middle of the night, got her children together in the buggy and walked up the street to her brother Al’s home. She knew his wife Lindy always had the door open for her whether it was night or day. Sometimes their oldest boy, Stanley would spend the night with Zina.
After Zina’s father died, Aunt Petrea (Elvina’s sister) came from Salt Lake and lived in the family home in Lake View to care for Sarah, Zina’s younger sister. They often drove to Provo in the buggy with “Old Dick”, their black horse, to stay a few days with Zina while Cam was working.
Kenneth was born in Provo on May 1, 1908. One summer when Kenneth was a baby the family moved up to the mine and lived in a tent. It was a vacation for everyone. The family rode to Eureka by train, bought their summer’s food supply, rented a two horse “rig” or buggy and drove to the mine site. Zina in her long skirts would often get out and carry the baby rather than ride over the rough terrain.
The tent house had a board floor and boards about half way up the side. The rest of the walls and ceiling were canvas. Zina had a stove to cook on, a bed, table, chairs and bunks built against the wall for the three older children. Zina called this “Our Rag House”. There were no cupboards so the food was kept in boxes. The rats kept getting in the food besides packing off spoons. At night their eyes shone in the dark. One night before Cam got home from work, Zina crushed a rat with a box. When Cam did get home he found that Zina had smashed the rat to a pulp.
Another little boy was born into the family on April 29, 1910. Cam wanted Berdean to be named Jack but Cam wouldn’t go to church with Zina when he was blessed so Zina named him what she wanted- Berdean Taylor. Cam always called him Jack unless he was mad and then it was Berdean.
One morning while the family was in Provo, the kids came running in and said, “Here comes a tramp.” It was Cam. He was coming home from work and hadn’t shaved for three weeks. He came with two geese slung over his back. He had been hunting.
Knightville, Utah 1910-1919
Zina and the children lived in Provo for three years. In September, 1910 they moved back to Knightville. Zina enjoyed her home in Provo and the association of extended family but they both felt like they should be together and help each other raise the children. Cam had a good job so they decided to buy another home in Knightville.
They bought a home from Zina’s half sister, Annie and her husband Andrew Madsen. The home was comfortable. It had five rooms: two bedrooms, a living room, a large dining room, a smaller kitchen and one large storage room which was built into a small hill which kept the pantry cool. Zina put straw under a homemade carpet on the living room floor and straw stuffed inside a ticking was used for mattresses. In the winter snow was melted for water. There was a wood and coal house outside. Cam soon built a barn for a cow and also a hay barn. Zina again had a few chickens and most of the time they were able to raise a pig or two.
Shortly after the move to Knightville, a well was being dug between the houses so more than one family could use it. Hand tools were used by the men to dig the well. The hole was covered with boards when they weren’t digging. A whole group of kids were playing around it when Lewis got too close and slipped in. The well wasn’t very deep and someone came and pulled him out. He scraped the skin off his stomach and bit a hole clear through his tongue.
The school house was on a hill right behind the house. The school was brick and had a coal furnace in the basement. (At one time Lewis was the janitor at the school and cared for the furnace. Once it blew up in his face when he opened the door to see why it wasn’t burning. He had some terrible burns because of it) There were two large classrooms and a study room. Lewis started lst grade and Zella started 2nd grade. After the 5th grade the children had to walk to Eureka to school.
The recreation hall or amusement hall housed all the games and dances. An overhead shower was built for the boys to use after games. A large wooden box with a hinged lid that held water was built under this shower. This was dedicated for use as a baptismal. The day that Lewis and Zella were baptized (5 May 1912) several families heated water in tubs or boilers to warm the water up.
Cam and Zina quite often went to the dances in the recreation hall. One night they were dancing a plain quadrille when someone came up to them and said, “There’s a little girl out on the back step crying and I believe she belongs to you.” They ran to the back step and there stood Zella on a cold, snowy step. She had awakened, heard the music and come to find her parents. They took her home and put her back to sleep then went back and danced until 3:00 in the morning.
When they first moved to Knightville, Vira and her family ( Zina’s older sister) lived across the street and Cam’s brother, Andy and his family lived across the street in the opposite direction. They all had children about the same ages. In the summertime there were mountain walks and hills covered with Indian Red Shawls, Chinese Asters, Buttercups, Lady Slippers, and Sun Flowers. The boys used to take a bucket of pancake dough along with a frying pan and spatula for a picnic in the hills. Sometimes they took eggs rolled in mud or raw potatoes that were tossed into a bed of hot coals.
In winter there was plenty of snow to play in. The children enjoyed sleigh riding or coasting down the hills. The walk back up the hill wasn’t as much fun. The wind blew and drifts piled high. It wasn’t unusual for a neighbor to have to shovel out someone else’s doorway before they could get out.
Cam bought a beautiful, tall sorrel horse and a buggy so Zina could get about to fulfill her church callings and visit friends. The horse’s name was Tom. He had racing stock in his blood. He was so tall that Zina had to stand on a chair to get on his back. The children remember removing wood ticks from his coat with a candle and a needle. He even lifted up his head so they could get the ones under his chin. When Cam piped water into the kitchen, Tom could slide open the kitchen window, turn on the tap over the sink and get himself a drink. Once he didn’t turn the water off and when Zina got home water was everywhere.
One summer Zina took her children to Provo for a vacation leaving Cam to batch. At early dawn Lewis started out on Tom with a lunch that would last for about two meals. Zina and the other children left around seven o’clock on the train. Several times Zina could see him in the distance, then she lost sight of him. He arrived at Vi’s quite late that night. Lewis was a small boy and it was a forty-five or fifty mile trip. Zina, in a beautiful riding habit, then used the horse to visit friends and family in the Provo area.
Cam was a charter member of the Elks Club in Eureka. He was an active member as long as he lived there. One summer he decided to go to Denver to the Elks Convention. Zina was very much against his going. He went anyway. Zina decided if he could afford to spend the money to go to an Elks Convention, she could afford the money to buy a piano. She went straight away to Taylor Brothers Furniture Store and bought a beautiful, carved upright piano. This piano was the centerpiece of her living room.
Zella and Mae had taken piano lessons from a Mrs. Driggs who lived at the May Day Mine. They walked to her home each day for a half-hours practice on her piano. Once a week she gave them special instructions. All Zina said about the matter is, “We were finally able to purchase our own piano from Taylor Brothers Furniture Company. It was a special day when it was brought into our home.”
In 1913 Cam was in a serious accident in the mine. One night after the shift was over six miners were being hoisted up the shaft in a cage. The drill steel was not properly tied to the side of the cage. When the cage started up, the drill steel started to rattle and shake around. It caught one of the side frames where they had timbered up the shaft. It tipped the cage over. Three men fell out and fell to their deaths. Cam and two others were trapped inside the cage. They were rescued but Cam had both of his legs broken when they were caught between the cage and the side of the shaft. From that time on Cam had trouble with his legs.
The last child born to Cam and Zina was named Hal J. He was born on September 17, 1917 in Knightville. After seven and a half years with no baby in the house, he was readily welcomed by his parents and siblings.
The winter of 1918 Berdean was hurt. He was just eight years old. He was coasting with a bunch of kids on a steep road. The sleigh tipped over and he was on the bottom. They carried him home and a doctor was called. He was kept at home for six weeks in Knightville but the doctor said the muscles were pulled away from the pelvic bone and he had better be taken to Provo where they had an X-Ray machine. He was taken to Provo and the doctors said it wasn’t the pelvis bone at all. It was the hip bone that had been broken off and infection had set in. He was in the hospital for twenty weeks at that time. The doctors used a bucket of rocks to hold his leg straight. A body cast was put on Berdean and he was able to come home. He then developed an abscess on his leg and endured much pain. At one time he had eight drain tubes in him.
The flu epidemic hit the country while Berdean was in the hospital. There were quarantines all over and when Cam came back home from seeing Berdean, he couldn’t go to work for three days. The flu finally hit the Tintic area also. School was closed. There were no public meetings and everyone who went out wore gauze masks.
The Scott family didn’t get the flu at this time but they had other problems. Zina became very ill and a Dr. Lakes said she needed surgery. The weather was so cold and there was so much snow on the ground that she couldn’t get to Provo for the surgery she needed. The doctor ordered her to bed. Berdean was in a cast, Hal was just a baby so the other children had to share the housework. The Elders and Bishopric were frequent visitors in their home at this time as the family needed their blessing and prayers.
As soon as the weather moderated Zina was taken to the Provo General Hospital where she was operated on for a tubal pregnancy.
When school started that fall (1919) Zina was still recuperating at the home of her brother Alma. Zella who was seventeen years old stayed home from school and tended the two boys. She learned the routine of the home at an early age and was forever the second mother to the whole family.
Cam’s contracts and leases were not doing well so one evening when he came back from spending the weekend in Provo visiting Zina he told Zella, “Let’s pack up and go give the farm a try, sis.” He ordered a truck, rented a house in Lake View and within a few days they were out of Knightville. When they took Hal to see his mother, he didn’t know who she was and wanted to go back to the family.
The Original Scott Farm in Lake View
In 1914 the farm in Lake View was originally bought by Andrew, Jr., and his sons Norman, Canby, and LaMar. When the farm was later divided they all took an equal share except LaMar. He took a half share and used the other half share to pay the expenses for his mission to the Eastern States.. Cam worked in the mines to pay the interest, principle, and taxes on the farm. When he left the mines and moved his family down in 1920, he thought the farm was about paid for. He found out it wasn’t. The money was used for other necessities.
Cam bought twenty acres from Alma Jorgensen before the Scotts bought in LakeView. That property was put it with the Scott farm. Zina also got a piece of property as her inheritance when her father died that was around the Jorgensen homestead. Uncle Al bought his siblings out. The property was not worth much at that time.
The original Scott farm was for the most part lost during the depression. The only piece left is the acreage owned by Hal J. Scott around his house and a twelve acre piece on the corner where the old house was.
Norman was leasing his fathers farm when his father died in 1928. His widow, Aunt Myrtle then sold the farm to Jimmy Jensen but he couldn’t pay for it. Norman took over the indebtedness and offered to buy the farm from Myrtle. Norman leased the farm out for several years to LaMar. However, LaMar got so far behind on the payments that Norman took the farm back including LaMar’s acreage. Norman then lost it all to the Federal Land Bank George Cropper’s father-in-law was on the Regulatory Board for the Federal Land Bank and he bought the farm for much less than it was worth for George.
Lewis could remember (and related it to Hal) that his dad came down from Knightville to the farm one Sunday with enough money to buy the Zobell estate. He had been saving money to build a house in Lake View, but the Zobell property had a house on it. Zobell was at conference in Salt Lake City so dad left the check with Norman. Norman didn’t go do it and the Taylor’s bought the Zobell farm out from under Cam. This was a big disappointment to Cam. Lewis remembered that his dad and Grandpa Taylor had a confrontation over the whole thing.
Zina states, “Our home was on the farm that my husband and his father had previously bought in 1912. We saved up enough money to buy ten acres of ground in Lake View and a cow. We had $100.00 left. When we sold our home in Provo we bought another ten acres of ground.”
Lewis Canby and Zina Scott Farm in Lake View
The family was all together again in Lake View. It was always their dream to move back to “the valley”. All the family church membership records were received into the Lake View Ward on April 9, 1919.
The next summer the new house was built on the farm. The house is lined with adobe from the old Provo Tabernacle, the first meeting house built in Provo It was built in 1861 under the direction of Cam’s grandfather who was a Bishop in Provo at that time. In 1920 the tabernacle was being torn down to make way for a new one. The new home came within just a few hundred dollars of costing what the whole Zobell farm would have cost.
Zina states in her history, “We moved into the partly finished new home on the farm in time for Christmas. When we moved in the plaster wasn’t entirely dry. The outside toilet wasn’t set up. As soon as we got moved in Lewis brought the Small Pox home about the same time the flu hit. Dad was opposed to vaccinations, but Zella had been vaccinated at school and Berdean had been vaccinated at one of his hospital stays, but that didn’t stop the flu. Dad got the small pox for the second time around. His father came to our house and peered in the window just to make sure he had them again and he did! Aunt Linda brought us clean blankets on Saturday during this illness and would take the used ones home to launder for the following week. Aunt Priscilla Madsen brought sweet soup in. We had double trouble because of the Small Pox.”
When Cam built the house he built a barn that would hold ten or twelve cows and three horses. He also built the garage, granary and a small chicken coop. Some years later he added an additional chicken coop. Kenneth, Charley Scott, Alton (Mae’s husband) and Hal were putting the roof on for the finishing touch. Hal got down off the roof and went in the house. He picked up the shot gun that Alton had had duck hunting that morning. Alton had left a shell in the gun and Hal shot a hole in the floor of the house. Hal remembers the incident well, “ How they ever got down off the chicken coop and got in the house that quick, I’ll never know. It’s a wonder I didn’t blow one of my toes off because I was holding it right down between my feet when I pulled the trigger. I was probably eight or nine years old when that happened.”
For several winters Cam fed cattle east of the house. There were seven teams of horses used to haul the feed. He got beet pulp from the sugar plant by Al Jorgensens to feed the cows. He then mixed ground corn and the beet pulp together for feed. When the hay that the farm could produce was used up, hay was hauled from over around Mapleton. Lewis used to drive a team of horses Lake View to Mapleton, get a load of loose hay and come back the same day. Kenneth was working on the farm at this time also. At times they hauled hay from Riverton. They fed between 500 and 700 head of cattle. Cam lost money on this venture and went back to the mines to work.
Zina said, “After we bought our home in Lake View, dad still went back to the mines to work to pay back the interest, principal and taxes year after year. Dad worked like a slave to pay for this place and never did get it paid for. We went through many hardships. It was a big job living on the farm with our young boys trying to keep things going.”
Hal remembers, “While dad was working in the mines, John Lunceford leased our farm for several years. I believe Jim Jensen had it a year. Jim also took care of the horses at the National Guard Armory. Sometimes he brought the horses out to the farm and worked them. I used to take them back on Monday afternoon. The men in the Nation Guard drilled on Monday night and I rode my horse and led the other horses back to the Armory barn on about 2nd North and 5th West in Provo. Tuesday morning I would pick them up and bring them back. I was about 12 or 14 at the time. These were work horses. I would tie the halter of one horse to the tail of another and I led one. The rest would string out behind. We worked them all week just for the feed. The Armory had riding horses, but we never brought any of them out to the farm.
“Uncle Norman leased our farm for about two years and planted the whole thing in sugar beets. He then went to Bountiful to work for the Smoot Dairy and subleased the farm to another man. About half way through the summer, the man he leased to took one of our horses and one of Norman’s and left. He told us the horses died in Spanish Fork Canyon. We never found out anything about them so we always just figured that he sold the horses and kept the money. Uncle Norman came back and harvested the beets after all this happened. Ken claimed he found the horse he took from us in Tremonton on a road construction job. Dad and Uncle Norman were always close. All the brothers got along well.
Hal said, “When I was young and on the farm, dad worked in Knightville, They worked a six day week and dad would come home on Sunday morning. There was a switch on the Denver Rio Grande Railroad right above the house and the train that came through Eureka used to switch there about 10:30 or 11:00 and wait for a passenger train to pass by. Dad would get off the train and walk down through the fields to home. He would leave on Sunday night to go back. The train left Provo about 7:00 at night in the summer time. I can remember dad walking all over the farm on Sunday to see how everything was doing.”
After the family moved to Lake View Berdean was sent to the Primary Children’s Hospital where the Doctors operated on him. His legs were pulled apart so he could move his feet one in front of the other, but he was never able to walk. He swung on his crutches but could really get around. He was at the hospital for eight months. Zina said, “He suffered untold pain for twelve years.”
Berdean crawled on his knees in the beet patch to earn $4.00 to buy a coat. He hopped like a rabbit down the rows of beets. He had a little goat and patched up an old wagon for the goat to pull. This was his mode of transportation. However, the goat was always in trouble with Zina for eating everything she planted. But Zina had a tender heart for everything and everyone, especially Berdean. She put up with the goat because it brought him joy. She even let his dog come in the house every day and lay under his bed in the dining room when he became bed-ridden.
The children began to marry shortly after the move was made to the farm. Zella married Alfred Bernell Sturgis on July 5, 1922 and went to Silver City, Utah to live. Mae went to Brigham Young University for two years and then went to Ferron, Utah to teach school. There she met and married Alton Bradley Killpack on June 11, 1928. They made their home in Ferron. Kenneth married Adeline Sorenson on October 3, 1931.
The first car the family had was an old blue Buick. Hal remembers, “It was probably a 1915 or 1917 model. It was an open touring car. I can remember coming from Eureka in that car when I was just a little bit of a kid. We went down to Uncle Al’s one night and on the way down we drove a piston through the motor. Ken brought the car home with a team of horses and parked it in the garage. There was no money available to fix it up so it just sat in the garage for many years. I used to play in the car pretending to drive. I think when mother sold the car she got $35.00 out of it. We went without a car for three or four years. In 1926 dad bought a brand new Model T Ford with no body on it. All it had was the running gears. It was the first two speed axle that I’d ever seen. It had what they call a Rexal Axle. Dad built a little box on it to carry his tools in and used the truck to do assessment work at the Standard Mine for Lou Merriman. That old Model-T Ford could run over the sagebrush and up and down the mountains. When Lou Merriman died, dad gave up the assessment work and brought the car back down to the farm and bought a new body and put on it. It was then a four-door touring car. Mother always thought if Lou Merriman would have lived, he would have put them on easy street because they could have got the farm paid for.”
Hal said, “I went with my dad to do assessment work in the mines. We stayed in the old cabin in what dad called Spy Hollow. We stayed there for a week or so at a time. Most of the time it was just dad and I. Sometimes mother would go, but most of the time she stayed down on the farm to do what she could to keep things running there. One time dad took me out to West Tintic hunting pine nuts.”
Good-by to the Mines for Good, Hello Depression
When Cam decided to leave the mines for good he was working in the Iron Blossom mine for Uncle Jesse Knight. He did the technical work in the mine. Anytime he needed mining engineering advice Jesse Knight came to Cam.
At about this time he started showing signs of the Parkinson’s Disease that would affect him the rest of his life. The doctors thought that maybe some of his trouble was caused from accidents in the mine. It was common for miners to get hit on the head with falling rocks. In those days Parkinson’s Disease was called “palsy”. His life of hard work, long hours, and disappointing ventures had taken their toll. Cam was never able to work hard again. His eighteen hour days were over as well as most of his hunting and fishing.
Although Cam was no longer mining he used his expertise to help whenever he could. When the Lake View Chapel was being remodeled in the 1930’s, the men were going up into Rock Canyon for the decorative rock around the doors and windows. Hal states, “Even though dad couldn’t get around very well, Elvin Bunnell and his dad helped him to the rock quarry so he could show them how to lay the powder in. Elvin said my dad could do more with a stick of dynamite than most men could do with a dozen.”
On May 16, 1930 Berdean was operated on for appendicitis. He was buried on May 18. He felt like he would never live through the operation, but after the bishop talked to him he said he had nothing to lose. Zina says, “His death was a great sorrow to us but we know he is happy and peacefully resting where he is.”
The depression affected the whole family. Cam was home from the mines and was incapacitated. Berdean’s death was difficult. Mae’s husband died in August of 1933 and she was left in dire straits. She came back to the farm with her two children. Mae lived there for a year while she renewed her teaching certificate at BYU and got a teaching job in Carbon County. Ken and Addie moved to the farm and leased Norman’s farm. Like most other folks, they had plenty to eat, but not much money.
In 1934 Cam and his oldest son, Lewis, had a falling out. Lewis was thirty years old and had stayed on the farm to help keep things running. When the beet check came in the fall, he could not be paid for his labor because the money was needed to pay the farm expense. Lewis decided to strike out on his own. Letters written to him during this time give rich insight into the difficult years on the farm.
December 4, 1934 Zina writes to Lewis, “Do be careful and don’t work where it is dangerous. I sure hate to think of you working underground when I see how your father’s health is failing. It seems like that kind of work is never free from some kind of after effects. I hope after this winter you will search for an open air position.”
Zina goes on, “Dad isn’t at all well. I’ve tried to get him to go to the Dr. or to a chiropractor but he just won’t go but I believe he could be helped. Hal hasn’t been well either and the children have both been miserable too and both have a bad burn on their arm. Now Kenneth and Adeline and Jane have all been ill with a cold. Burnell is off work and has been for about five or six weeks. They are sure up against it.”
The next year on December 6, 1935 Zina writes, “Dad has been taking some Curriers tablets and they seem to help him a lot. He is working every day and putting on weight, too. Sometimes I am wondering if he is gaining too fast. Write soon and don’t forget I am always anxious to hear from you. Hoping you will try to be a good boy and spend a Happy Birthday and be sure and come home for Christmas.”
In February, 1935 Kenneth writes to his brother explaining, “Dad is in a pretty bad shape. He can’t do anything at all. He has been that way for about ten days now. The Dr,. is treating him every other day. He is giving him electrical treatment. He has Palsy so bad that he can hardly sign his own name. His right hand shakes so bad he can’t sleep at night. He has been wishing you would come home as he is not able to do anything and is afraid he will have to turn his place over to someone else. I can’t run it because I have a two year lease on the other place with the government. We would like very much to have you come home if you will. Mother doesn’t feel very good. She has so much worry and has Mae's kids again this winter. She is sure feeling bad about Dad. By the way, the Dr. is treating his head and says all his trouble is caused from pressure on the brain.”
Lewis did come back to the farm and stayed there until his death in 1974.
During all these years the church had been a big part of Zina’s life. Her first job was as a Primary Teacher before she was married. When Lewis was a baby she started teaching Primary in Knightville. She was an officer and a teacher in the Mutual Improvement Association, the Primary and the Relief Society at different times.
Hal states, “When we were kids mother always insisted that we say our prayers. Mother was always religious. We always said the blessing at the table. One of mother’s prized possessions was the Relief Society Magazine which she read from cover to cover. Mother went to Primary and Relief Society Conference in Salt Lake City and I went with her a time or two when I was a kid..”
Cam came from a family with a strong legacy of church service and sacrifice. It seems he left most of the formal religious training up to Zina. During the children’s growing up years he was concerned about earning the living and providing security for his family. He donated time, labor and money to church projects and supported Zina in her callings but there is no record of him holding church positions in the ward records.
We can only imagine the excitement and gratitude that Zina felt when Cam prepared himself for a temple marriage. He read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover and made the decision to take his wife of thirty-nine years to the Salt Lake Temple for another wedding. They were sealed on July 1, 1940. The day was made even more special because they had Berdean sealed to them. They were accompanied that day by Cam’s brother, LaMar and his wife, June.
The following year, the youngest child in the family, Hal J., married Evelyn Clark in the Salt Lake Temple on December 19, 1941. Hal lived across the street from his parents in Lake View and he and Lewis continued to run the farm.
The next year tragedy struck the family again. Kenneth, the second son born to Cam and Zina, was drowned in a boating accident on the newly completed Deer Creek Reservoir. He left a widow and three young daughters. Cam, in his feeble state, sat on his front porch in a handmade willow chair and wondered why the Lord hadn’t taken him instead.
Cam’s condition continued to deteriorate. The last several years he required a great deal of care. Zina’s constant prayer was that she would have the endurance to take care of him until the end. In her diary she wrote, “I hope and pray I can be well and able to take care of my dear husband as long as he may need me. We have had a great deal of sickness among our family which has made the going hard many times but we have many blessings to be thankful for and I hope we are ever worthy of all God’s blessings.”
Lewis Canby Scott died on February 22, 1944. He was sixty-three years old. Dr. Fred Taylor was the attending physician. He had been the family doctor for many years and had seen the family and extended family through many illnesses and deaths. Dr. Taylor listed the immediate cause of death as a cerebral hemorrhage, but Cam had suffered with Parkinson’s Disease for twenty years and Tuberculosis or Bone Peritoneum for thirty years.
He was buried February 25, 1944 in the Provo City Cemetery.