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MARY ANN HIRST
By Lillian Terry Prince
Mary Ann Hirst Terry was born at Coalville, Utah on December 29, 1886. She was the daughter of William Hirst and Emma Wilson.
"Mother" is a smile
That seems to chase your cares away,
An understanding look
That tells much more than words can say--
"Mother" is a word of praise
That calms your doubts and fears,
"Mother" is the love
That you can count on through the years.
She was the third child and at the time of her birth had two brothers and one step-sister: Fred, Charles, and Clare. Two more boys and two girls were added to the family after the birth of Mary Ann: Clarence, Louis, and Belva. A cousin Mildred also was reared in the home.
Mary's mother, Emma Wilson, had migrated from England as a young girl. Mary's father, William Hirst, who also came from England, worked for Emma's brothers. The Wilson brothers worked their own mine, "The Wilson Brothers Mine". They also operated a store, "The Wilson Brothers Store". William, a self-educated man who was very good at figures, kept books for them.
Mary started school in the small rock school house which has since been moved to Pioneer Village in Farmington, Utah (Lagoon). In 1897, during the time of the Spanish-American War the family moved to Winterquarters, where her father worked in the mines at Schofield, Utah which was nearby. The children attended school in a two-teacher school. Mary, Fred, Charley and Ethel were in the same room. As a family they were close companions. One day there was a substitute teacher who insisted on Uncle Charley handing a paper in. He refused and when the regular teacher returned Charley was told to go home. As he got up to go, his family with the exception of Ethel left with him. Ethel stayed behind and had to carry everyone's books home. The teacher offered to help and walked her home to talk with their parents. Mary was the victim of another humorous incident that happened in her school days. She had become upset over something that had happened and went angrily to her seat. A picture which had a frame but not a glass cover, fell from the wall and went over her head. Her head went through the picture and the frame fell around her neck.
As a young girl she was interested in baseball, drama, biking, and music. She sang duets with her cousin, Florence Wilson, a daughter of Asa Wilson. She pitched for a girls baseball team. They had some great times and were quite colorful in their red skirts and caps with white blouses. Mary loved drama and took many parts in school and ward (church) plays. Her mother with her needle and treadle machine patiently supplied the costumes she required. For a short time she belonged to a professional group which disbanded because of incompetence of the manager.
In 1903 the family bought a farm on Provo Bench (now Orem, Utah). The home was a red brick home on twelth south, just south of where the Westmore Elementary School now stands. The property included fifteen acres on the corner of 12th South and Center. Mary's father stayed in Schofield to work during the next winter and Mary Ann and Ethel stayed with him so that they could graduate from the school they had been going to. There were six graduates in the graduating class. They were disappointed because the teacher didn't have a dance following the graduation but he gave them a nice party the following day at his home.
Following her graduation, Mary Ann did housework for other people, worked in the fruit, or kept house for her father and brothers. One year her father worked at Grouse Creek and Mary Ann kept house for him. Her mother stayed with the farm on Provo Bench. She worked quite a lot for Mr. and Mrs. Ray Wentz. Mrs. Wentz used to say that she saved her life when one of her babies was born. Mary Ann was active in the Timpanogas Ward (church). She loved to be with a crowd and because of her warm and interesting personality she was accepted and popular at dances and parties. It was in the LDS Timpanogas Ward that she met Charles Delos Terry, who had moved with his family from Fairview, Utah. They were married September 5, 1906 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Mary Ann's father was killed in a mine accident in 1914. He was a watchman at the time and was not on duty but had gone to help some of the men who were trying to save some of the coal cars and mine property. He had just told one of Mary Ann's brothers, Charley, to step back when another cave-in came and William was buried up to his neck. His leg and ribs were crushed. One leg had to be amputated. He died about thirteen days later from complications caused by a punctured lung.
Two girls had been born to Charles and Mary Ann when a mission call came to Charles. This called for great sacrifice on the part of both Mary Ann and Charles; he must leave his family and Mary must assume most of the financial burden. Both were devoted to the LDS Church and felt that the call had come from God. They knew that if they obeyed this call they would surely be blessed. Charles went to the Central States Mission. Mary Ann worked at the Hotel Roberts. The two children, Olive and Lillian, were left in the care of Mary's mother, Grandma Emma Jane Wilson Hirst. Grandma Hirst lived on Thirteenth North in Provo, Utah. Grandpa Hirst had purchased this property after selling the property on Provo Bench. Charles' father rented the property Charles and Mary Ann were buying on Provo Bench. Charles returned from his mission in 1913. Charles and Mary then moved to the farm. This again was a challenge and took some good pioneer courage. Some of the land had to be cleared of sage brush. All of it must be improved if it were to make a living for Charles and Mary and their young family. Usually in the winter while they were getting a start, Charles worked in the mines. They built a two room lumber home. Lacking a well, drinking and culinary water had to be carried from Charles' brother's place about two blocks away. Berries, vegetables, hay and grain were planted and the farm began to produce their food and supply their other needs. To make the income larger and to find a market for the crops, Charles peddled fruit in Fairview, Salt Lake, Park City, and so forth. Again, Mary was his faithful partner. She helped to get the loads of fruit ready. Sometimes Charles would stay at the place where he was selling fruit and Mary would get the loads ready and ship them to him.
They were always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Mary served as counselor and as president of the Primary. She was also a counselor and teacher in the Relief Society and Activity Counselor in the MIA (Mutual Improvement Association). She served as a Relief Society teacher for many years. Mary's early interest in dramatics stayed with her and she took several parts in Ward (church) plays. She was very unhappy one time when they had gone to the play tryouts and Charles had told them not to put Mary in the play because her baby was too small. She was in tears the next morning at the breakfast table and Charles retracted his statement of the night before. Mary ended up with the lead part and Charles tended the baby. He was the sheriff in the play and only appeared at the last of the last act which gave him time to take care of the baby.
Charles was the spiritual leader in the home and Mary was at his side in whatever responsibility he had. The family was taught to pray and to attend church regularly. Mary was a strong believer in the LDS belief that there is a hereafter and that we only progress from one stage to another at the time of death. She had been very close to her father and after his death there were many times that she felt his presence very strongly. "Sometimes I feel that he is so close that I could reach out my hand and touch him," she used to say. Charles and Mary went to the LDS Temple many times and did many endowments and sealings for people who had passed on without the chance to be endowed and sealed in the Temple. Even after health began to fail, they still made many trips to the Temple.
Mary Ann was also a good neighbor; many times she went out to help out in times of sickness. Dr. Westwood once told her she was a natural born nurse. Four more children had been born to them: William, Emma, Hazel and Merle. With Olive and Lillian, they now had six children. Mary Ann also cared for Uncle Willis' children after he lost his wife in the flu epidemic. After the third child, William, was born, they built a much larger brick home down on what is now Center Street in Orem, Utah. This became the family home of their hopes and dreams and was where two devoted parents patiently and lovingly reared their family.
Charles was kind, considerate, and stable; Mary was thoughtful, optimistic, and fun loving. Together they made a wonderful home. They worked, played, and prayed together.
A crowd of married people, Dick Farley, Carl Farley, Ivern Pyne, Jim Loveless, George Loveless, Larry Salisbury and their wives, plus others had many good times together, entertaining in their homes. Mary was a good conversationalist and as a child I spent many pleasant hours talking with my mother as well as listening to her talk with others. Trips to the Canyon (Provo Canyon), Stawberry and so forth gave variety to life in a small farming community.
She was devoted to her sisters and brothers, who lived mainly in Provo, Utah. She was especially close to her sister, Ethel, who was next to her in age. Her mother outlived her. They helped each other in times of sickness and spent many happy hours visiting together.
Mary Ann had been very active inspite of a heart condition which she had developed as a young girl. As time went on, her health began to fail. She died on the 25th of December 1932 and was buried on her forty-sixth birthday.
There is music in the water,
As it runneth on and on,
I would like to put on paper,
The meaning on its' song.
Flow on dear Provo River,
Carry on your magic brew
There would be great thirst and suffering,
Dear river, but for you.
Mary Ann Terry