Brief sketch of Norman H. Oliphant
Contributor: crex Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
I was born on the 9th of August 1931 to Elgin Oliphant and Lucy Druceal Toone on 10th east and 2785 south in Salt Lake City Utah. This was the year the great depression hit Utah. My father lost his job selling, planing and planting nursery stock for Porter Walton Co. and could not find another. In the spring of 1932 my dad's brother Clair moved the family in his truck to Tarb Utah, a homestead area north east of Monticello Utah. The family lived in a tent with only peppermint tea, beans and bread to eat. After staying there for a few months we moved on to Banding into a small house donated by a member of the ward. My sister Virginia was born here on 27 January 1934. In the early spring of 1935 the family moved to Moab into a tent where dad helped to start a nursery. Because of the depression this did not work out so in August Dad moved the family to Provo. We lived in a tent on the upper campus of BYU in an old fruit orchard where the Eyring Science Building is now. In the last of October the family moved into an old caddy house by the golf course on the south side of Provo. On January 4, 1936, Robert Toone (Bobby) was born. We moved from the caddy house in late spring of 1937 to a chicken coop at the foot of the Y mountain. Here I remember helping to carry water form a neighbor about 1 mile away. In the late fall of 1937 we moved into a house at 477 North University Avenue, kitty-comer across the street from the lower campus. I started school in the first grade and my sister Larona was born on the 19th of April 1938 in this home. Dad started to find steady work now so he bought an acre and one half for $250.00 at 1701 South on 8th East in Orem. Dad wanted to be closer to the land he bought in Orem so he could work on getting some thing for the family to live in. So we moved into an old abandoned grade school just south of the old Grand view Ward house on the old highway from Provo to Orem. It was while living in one of the large class rooms that my brother Roland and I would crawl through the heating vents to all of the rooms of the school and up to the roof. From the roof we could climb onto a branch of a large tree and to the ground. While doing this one day I stepped on a leaf, slipped and fell to the ground breaking my right arm and my little right toe. The arm healed fine but my toe has given me problems as I got older. As soon as Dad got water and an old chicken coop on the property in Orem we moved there. Dad and we three older boys dug and built a basement and later the rest of the house where I spent the rest of my young life.
I graduated form the Spencer grade school on 12the south and state street in Orem and from the Lincoln High School just across 12th south. After graduating from High School in 1949 I went to one year at BYU before I was called on a LDS Mission to the Eastern States. I had my farewell and spent one week in the Mission home which was the Beehive house in Salt Lake City. Because this was at the beginning of the Korean war my draft board in Provo would not release me from the draft so I was released from my mission. After about 6 months I was drafted into the United States Marine Corps at Fort Douglas ,Utah on 11 December 1951. My basic training and specialized training in telephone repair was at the Marine base in San Diego California. I spent the rest of my time at LTA and El Toro Marine airfield near Santa Ana California and was released on 3 December 1953. Received a mission call to the Brazilian mission on 5 March 1954. Spent one week in the Mission Home in Salt Lake City and was set apart on 5 May 1954 by Apostle Alma T. Sonne. On 7 May 1954 I went by Pullman car on a train to New York and then on a cruse ship the SS Brazil to Santos. Arrived in Sao Paulo 29 May 1954. Worked in Campinas, Bauru, Curitiba, Ponte Grossa, Jau, Ipomeia and Londrina. Was released on 27 November 1956 and flew home via Cuba, Miami, New Orlens arrived at Salt Lake 11 December 1956. Started school at BYU in the spring quarter on a veterans scholarship.
I met Elizabeth Fern Allphin at a Golden Green Ball in the late spring of 1957. We went to church dances almost every Friday night for the next two years. Elizabeth was a great pianist and accompanied me as I practiced for my vocal lessons and my senior recital. We were married on the 14 August 1959 and one week later I graduated from BYU in Music education. About a week later we moved to Monro Utah where I started teaching music. Elizabeth was majoring in elementary education and got a job as a substitute teacher in the Jr High for the rest of the year. Our first child, a girl that we named Pauline was born during the next school year in Richfield, Utah, the closest town with a hospital, on 18 January 1961. After the end of the school year in 1962 we left Monroe and moved into the basement of my parents home in Orem so I could work on my masters at BYU. Lynnette, our second daughter, was born here on 16 August 1962. In the fall of 1963 we moved to Beaver, Utah where I taught music in the High School, Jr. High and grade Schools. Elizabeth gave piano lessons there until Kerry, our first boy was born in Ceder City, Utah, the closest hospital about 50 miles away, 29 June 1964. As soon as Elizabeth and the baby were able to travel we moved to Roosevelt in eastern Utah where I had accepted a position teaching music at West Jr High School. Melaine was born at the beginning of the next school year in Roosevelt on 27 September 1965. At the end of the school year in 1966 we bought a small house in the north east part of Roosevelt and moved into it. I also took a new position teaching at Roosevelt Jr. High and Lisa was born 22 April 1967. In the spring of 1969 we decided I could better take care of my family and be happier if I found a different profession. So we moved from Roosevelt to Salt Lake City in late August of 1969 so I could get an associate degree from Steven Heneger Business Collage in computer science. We found a small two bedroom house on 12 east about 150 south just one block from Elizabeth's aunt. Trent our 6th child and 2nd boy was born on 19 May 1970 the same month I graduated from school. By the end of June I found a job as a computer operator at Hill Air Force Base in Clearfield.
We bought a home at 1683 Smiley Drive just off Redwood road in Taylorsville. Travis was born while living here on 20 June 1971. Also Kendall on 7 May 1973. In 1974 I found a programing job with a pharmaceutical co. where I work for about a year. About this time we also bought a little bet larger home around the corner on Paradise Lane. In 1975 I found a programing job with the Salt Lake City Police putting all of there cases on the computer. While we were at 1642 Paradise Lane Laura was born 3 November 1975 and Tyler 27 May 1977. This made our family of 10 children 5 girls and 5 boys. When Tyler started school Elizabeth went back to teaching grade school mostly the 3rd grade. Most of the children finished High school, went on to collage, went on missions and got married from this home. In 1991 we bought the home on 23rd East and 6561 South just south of the property that Lisa's husband Julian Finlinson owned. Julian remolded the home making it much bigger and up to date. About this time Elizabeth started to have health problems and became allergic to most kinds of medication. Also she discovered she had type 2 sugar diabetes and had to go on to insulin. I retired from Salt Lake City in 1997 and worked for 3 years as a computer consultant until 9/11 2001 when consulting work dried up. After about a year I got a job with Convergis solving Direct TV technical problems over the telephone. I worked there for 5 years and then had to quit to take care of Elizabeth. In August of 2006 Elizabeth got infection in a sore on her toe that got so bad in a few days that we had to take her to the Hospital. After being examined by a few doctors they told us that to save her life they would have to take of her foot a little above the ankle. When we would not allow them to do this they got angry and sent us home. We found a doctor that would treat the infection with antibiotics and a Hyperbaric oxygen treatment. After many other complications and many prayers and blessings Elizabeth returned to teaching school but she was confined to a wheelchair. She was able to teach one more year which was a miracle but very difficult. She retired in 2008 and was in and out of the hospital because her kidneys were failing. By September her kidneys failed completely and she had to go on dialysis which required me taking her to a center where she stayed for 5 hours 3 time a week. I stayed with her most of the time and even the day she did not go to dialysis she did not feel good enough to do any thing. After a year of doing this I started to get worn down so the children convinced us to move in to an assisted living facility. In June of 2010 we moved into a nice place called Legacy by the Jordan river temple. All the house keeping and the meals were taken care of and a home care lady came in each morning to help Elizabeth take a bath and get dressed. It would have been very comfortable except Elizabeth was sick all of the time from the dialysis. After much prayer we decided that it would be fine with the Lord if she quite the dialysis. This was very hard for me but I knew how much she was suffering so we called all the children together and she planed her funeral service. With in 5 days she was gone on the 31 of August and I moved in with Pauline my oldest child. Elizabeth is and has been the greatest blessing in my life giving me 10 children 53 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Contributor: crex Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
My grandma Oliphant liked to be with family. We got together every 4th of July and a few days before Christmas. My Grandparents lived on a hill in Orem Utah. Several years we would have a water slide, with plastic down the hill and Grandpa holding the hose. Us cousins had fun walking up the hill, standing in line, and sliding down the hill. One year Grandma Oliphant took a turn. We were so excited to have her go down the hill too. What a fun time we had with family, Grandma pulling us all together.