Elsie Heaton and Rulon John Carroll Courtship and Marriage
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I first met Rulon when I was 15. He and his cousin,Thomas Esplin, came up to Alton on the 4th of July bringing some girls with them. Thomas liked my sister Merci. We were selling ice cream at the store. Thomas and Rulon took Merci and me for a little ride, then they had to get back to their dates. After he came off his mission I was 21 and was at Moccasin putting up fruit when Rulon came from the sheep herd. He stopped by Aunt Lucy's, his father's sister. It was night time when they came and Aunt Lucy had a crowd there on her big long porch. She said, "Well I just don't know where I can put Rulon for the night. I said, "Okay, if you can find somebody to sit up with me, Rulon can have my bed." We sat out there on the porch and visited. My sister Harriet was there and I thought Rulon wanted to talk with her more than me so said,"Well, I'll go to bed now,"but he told me I'd better stick around, so Harriet went to bed. Rulon and I had the evening to ourselves. That was the beginning of our courtship I liked him from the first time I saw him but I thought, "Oh boy! he's too old for me and he wouldn't want anybody like me." I did not think any more about him until he called and wanted a date. He only came to see me 13 times before we were married because he lived in Orderville and I lived in Alton which was 26 miles away. We went out for mincemeat pie when he proposed to me. We were married November 24, 1926 in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City Utah.
Some High School Stories at Dixie by Charles Leonard Heaton
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First year 1919-1920
One day the fore part of September the men folks of Moccasin had collected at Grandma's place, which they did about once a day discuss the affairs fo the day and work. Grandpa was there having come down from Alton the night before. He asked Father if he was going to send Leonard and Jennie to St. George to attend the Dixie High School. Father said Jennie was going and that I was going part of the year at least. This was the first I knew Father and Mother had ever planned on my getting any more education. I had spent parts of three winters in eighth grade and never graduated.
Father then asked me when I wanted to go, now or later in November. I said, "Well, if I am going to get part of it, I would just as soon take it all." He said, "Get your things ready Harold will be out in a few days with a team to haul your things to St. George."
The Heaton's going to school were my Aunts Amy and Mercy and Uncle Harold from Alton, Jennie, my sister, and I. Harold and I drove a team and wagon loaded with bedding, food and our belongings. The first stop was Short Creek, next Hurricane and the third day we arrived in St. George. We stayed at Grandpa's brother's, Uncle Will Heaton. They had a house with several rooms, and a granary over a cellar for us boys. The girls came down with Grandpa and my Aunt Kezia. After unloading, making beds and eating supper we all decided to take in a show the first night in Dixie.
Upon returning Harold and I turned the lights on to go to bed. Our room was almost black with cockroaches running in every direction. The only way out was the door which we shut. We picked up some small boards and while Harold guarded the door, I proceeded to kill the cockroaches taking apart everything to be sure we got them all. The funny part of it was we never found other cockroach in that room the rest of the school year. They were, however, in the other house quite often.
My Uncles Gilbert and Sterling came down to school in November. Sterling quit at Christmas time and Gilbert in February for different reasons.
We were soon known as the noisy Heaton corner of town, always singing, playing, hollering at one another and having a good time. This attracted quite a few other young people who became close friends.
This year's Freshman class had more in it than all the other three classes in high school. About 120 registered, but several dropped out. As we lived in the East St. George Ward, we attended the church services in the tabernacle. The first Sunday we were about the only young people at Sacrament Meeting. But by our continual attendance and our friendship with others our age, by November the young people were outnumbering the older people.
To help with finances, I worked sweeping out several of the classrooms at fifty cents per hour. I also checked hats and coats at the dances and took tickets at the shows, plays and other functions of the school. In February the flu hit the town and several people died, among them was the college President, Brother Romney a good and friendly man. At the same time all the Heatons were down with it except Mercy who tended the girls and a friend. Grant Snow looked after the boys for about two weeks. My Aunt Amy got pneumonia and instead of coughing which hurt her so, she would sneeze. This lasted about three weeks. We attended all activities, dances and parties in groups. We went together and came home together--just one big happy family. The school was operated under the direction of the church, with a devotional meeting every morning at 10:30 followed by a religion class. We studied from the Book of Mormon, Church History, Bible and other Church works. Each Friday included an hour and a half program of church services. It was most enjoyable.
There were only three high school basketball teams in Southern Utah; Dixie, Cedar City and Beaver. In February some 15 of us hired Leo Whitehead who had an old sightseeing bus to take us to Cedar City and Beaver when our ball team played these two teams. We lost them both, but had fun.
We went home for Christmas holiday in cars. But as there had been storms and roads were bad, Jessie Palmer, brought us back in a covered wagon drawn by four horses. We were three days coming back to school. We stopped at Colvins in Short Creek and Hurricane. Going home the girls went by car and Harold and I drove the team with our belongings. So ended the first year of high school.
Second Year 1920-21
This year began with Aunt Mercy and Amy Heaton, Jennie and I boarding at Brother and Sister Smith's home on the South West corner of St. George. They had a large family of seven children. They also had their other boarders, Arch Climan, his sister, and Rex Neglie from Tocquerville. They only stayed for about six weeks. They couldn't put up with the home life, crowded conditions and food. I again took up janitor work at school and helped with other functions about the school.
Shortly after Thanksgiving Mercy took sick. We wanted to call Dr. McGranger but Brother Smith would not let him in the house because he was a polygamist. Mercy became worse, so we finally got old Doctor Woodbury to come down. After a short examination said she had to go to the hospital. I carried Mercy down a narrow flight of stairs out to a car, then from the car to the hospital. We were told Mercy had appendicitis. Grandpa and Aunt Amy were called to come down. But Mercy died the next day. Just before she passed away she said, "Don't let the kids stay at Smiths any longer." The college held a funeral in the Tabernacle. It was full. Jennie and Amy packed their things and went home and did not come back to school. I stayed at school.
- from "What Made the Man" by Charles Leonard Heaton