Melvin B Muir

15 Nov 1897 - 19 Jun 1977

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Melvin Bassett Muir was born 15 Nov 1897 in a small log cabin on the Southwest corner of his father and mother's homestead, which was a 160 acre farm in Salem, Fremont Co., Idaho. The family lived in the log cabin Melvin was born in until the spring of 1901. Then Walter built them a nice four-room f
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Melvin B Muir

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Rexburg, Madison, Idaho
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Melvin Bassett Muir and Mabel Ricks Story by Carma Muir Golding

Contributor: RWhisnant Created: 4 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Melvin Bassett Muir was born 15 Nov 1897 in a small log cabin on the Southwest corner of his father and mother's homestead, which was a 160 acre farm in Salem, Fremont Co., Idaho. The family lived in the log cabin Melvin was born in until the spring of 1901. Then Walter built them a nice four-room frame home on the southeast corner of the homestead. Walter and the boys worked hard to clear the sagebrush, build ditches, plant trees and shrubbery, and fruit trees and berries. They had cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and ducks to care for, and fire wood to haul on wagons from the hills. Melvin grew up with the coal and wood stove, the scrubbing board, the old tin tub for baths, kerosene lamps, no electricity, straw ticks, and carpets for the floors made out of old torn clothes put in strips and sewed together. Melvin helped his mother carry clean straw from the stack and scatter it on the floor and then stretch the carpet over it and tack it down. Melvin said in his history "It was nice to rest on after a hard day's work out in the field." They raised hay, grain, and sugar beets after the Sugar Factory was built in Sugar City in 1905. Melvin thinned beets on his knees from the time he was five years old at the back of his Father who would space them with the long-handled hoe. After a long days work, the boys enjoyed swimming in the canal. When he was eight years old, he went with his Mother in the little one-horse buggy up to Salem, and Raleigh Harris baptized him in the creek on 3 Jun 1906. Walter and the other boys had stayed home to paint the house a light green as a surprise for them. The beets were dug out of the ground with a plow and three head of horses. When the beets were out of the ground in November, Melvin got to go to school. He started school in a one-room schoolhouse in Salem with thirty students. He remembers his first teacher as a kind elderly lady. He had to walk 2 l/2 miles to school. In the winter the snow was too deep, so they would stay home, and Margaret would teach them. The next year Melvin went to Sugar City to school and that is where he met his eternal companion, Mabel Annetta Ricks. The next five years Melvin went to the Rexburg Washington grade school. On Dec 9, 1909, Walter died from pneumonia. Melvin was only twelve when his father died. Melvin courted Mabel for about twelve months, and then on Christmas night 1923, they became engaged. They were endowed and married in the Logan Temple by President Joseph Shephard on 7 Feb 1924. Mabel was born 31 May 1899 in Salem, Fremont Co., Idaho to Willard Ricks and Emma Emelia Jeppesen. During the first year of their marriage, they lived at Melvin's mother's home in the west room that Melvin had painted and fixed up with a new stove, a table and chairs, some new linoleum. Mabel had a bed, and Margaret gave them a dresser and a cabinet. Melvin worked hard on his mother's farm and also helped his brothers with their farms. In the fall, they moved up on the hill just above the college in Rexburg, in Melvin's brother, George's home. They enjoyed this home, and it was here that their first child, Emelia, was born. In the spring, they moved to Salem and lived in George Harris' old home, and Melvin worked for George's son that summer and also helped his mother. That fall (1925) they moved to Sugar City close to the factory so Melvin could walk to work. In the spring of 1926, they moved to Mabel's Uncle Jeppesen's 240 acre farm, and Melvin worked for him for two years, and Mabel helped do the cooking for sixteen men. They got $75 per month. Their second child, Golden, was born here. That fall they moved into Rexburg, and they rented a house so Melvin and his brothers could build a new home for his mother on her father's lot. The next spring (1927) they moved out to Salem again, by the Church house, and Melvin got his first car. He worked for a Japanese man and helped his mother. The fall of 1928, they moved again out to north Salem on a place they intended to buy (40) acres, but they had to move again in March 1929 because the people decided not to sell. In October they moved again back on to the old farm. They lived there for ten years. During this time five more children were born to them. These were the years during the depression and were extremely difficult. In Feb 1932, Melvin, because he was a seventy, was called on a ten-day mission to Newdale. It snowed and drifted, and Mabel was expecting her fourth child and had to shovel drifts four feet deep to get the stock to the pump for water and also do the milking. Melvin's deep devotion to provide for his family is expressed in his own history as he recorded the next several trying years: "We had to borrow money to buy hay to feed the cows and horses and buy seed to plant because of the weather the year before and because of the depression prices. Then the hot winds came again and burnt up our beets. The canal went dry in July. We didn't raise hardly anything again that summer. That year hay was $40 a ton, and we sold our beets for $3.50 a ton and potatoes for $.25 a hundred. I worked that winter sorting potatoes on my knees in a potato cellar for $.25 an hour to keep our family...The next spring (1934) we lost the farm because we couldn't pay the mortgage...but we were able to live there for a few more years because my brother paid the mortgage. I got a job in Rexburg working for the W.P.A. cutting willows along canal banks and burning them, in snow up to our waists for $40 a month--6 days a week--to keep our family. I had to ride a bicycle from the farm to work in Rexburg every day." In September 1939 Melvin and Mabel built their home in Rexburg with the help of Melvin's brother, George. They dug the basement by hand and hauled rock from the creek. Winter set in before it was finished, and Melvin and Mabel and their eight children lived in a hole in the ground with one thickness of boards and a layer of roofing over them, with pasteboard on the walls and a board floor. Melvin records "But the Lord blessed us and none of us caught cold or were sick." In the spring of 1940 Melvin started work on the Rexburg City Park for $75 a month. He took care of the park, with the help of his sons, for the next 25 years. In the winter he would work on the roads in town, hauling snow and cleaning streets. The City Park flourished under Melvin's care, and people from all over the world have enjoyed the well-cared-for lawns and trees and the beautiful flowers. On January 22, 1943, Rexburg was flooded, and Melvin and Mabel's basement was flooded out, but with the help of good friends like Bishop Peterson, the family soon returned to their home. In 1945 Melvin and Mabel lost their sixteen-year-old son, Robert, in a cave-in in a trench. This was a trying experience for Melvin and Mabel, but they never ceased to talk about the kindness of the many people in Rexburg at this time. This was the year, too, that they built their home on top of the basement with the help of Melvin's brothers. Mabel passed away on March 31, 1969, at the Rexburg hospital. They had been married forty-five years. The last eight years of his life, Melvin found great joy in attending the temple and wanted his children and grandchildren to know of his (and Mabel's) love of temple work. In 1976 Melvin went through the Rexburg flood experience. Upon seeing his home ruined the day after the flood, Melvin suffered a stroke, but regained his health and continued to care for himself. His home was destroyed, and a nice trailer was put on his lot. Then the first of June, 1977, Melvin suffered a massive heart attack, but he returned home and was found working in his garden two weeks later. Then on Father's Day, June 19, Melvin was called home. He was buried beside Mabel in the Rexburg cemetery.

Melvin Bassett Muir and Mabel Ricks Story by Carma Muir Golding

Contributor: ZaneyM Created: 4 years ago Updated: 4 years ago

Melvin Bassett Muir was born 15 Nov 1897 in a small log cabin on the Southwest corner of his father and mother's homestead, which was a 160 acre farm in Salem, Fremont Co., Idaho. The family lived in the log cabin Melvin was born in until the spring of 1901. Then Walter built them a nice four-room frame home on the southeast corner of the homestead. Walter and the boys worked hard to clear the sagebrush, build ditches, plant trees and shrubbery, and fruit trees and berries. They had cows, horses, pigs, chickens, and ducks to care for, and fire wood to haul on wagons from the hills. Melvin grew up with the coal and wood stove, the scrubbing board, the old tin tub for baths, kerosene lamps, no electricity, straw ticks, and carpets for the floors made out of old torn clothes put in strips and sewed together. Melvin helped his mother carry clean straw from the stack and scatter it on the floor and then stretch the carpet over it and tack it down. Melvin said in his history "It was nice to rest on after a hard day's work out in the field." They raised hay, grain, and sugar beets after the Sugar Factory was built in Sugar City in 1905. Melvin thinned beets on his knees from the time he was five years old at the back of his Father who would space them with the long-handled hoe. After a long days work, the boys enjoyed swimming in the canal. When he was eight years old, he went with his Mother in the little one-horse buggy up to Salem, and Raleigh Harris baptized him in the creek on 3 Jun 1906. Walter and the other boys had stayed home to paint the house a light green as a surprise for them. The beets were dug out of the ground with a plow and three head of horses. When the beets were out of the ground in November, Melvin got to go to school. He started school in a one-room schoolhouse in Salem with thirty students. He remembers his first teacher as a kind elderly lady. He had to walk 2 l/2 miles to school. In the winter the snow was too deep, so they would stay home, and Margaret would teach them. The next year Melvin went to Sugar City to school and that is where he met his eternal companion, Mabel Annetta Ricks. The next five years Melvin went to the Rexburg Washington grade school. On Dec 9, 1909, Walter died from pneumonia. Melvin was only twelve when his father died. Melvin courted Mabel for about twelve months, and then on Christmas night 1923, they became engaged. They were endowed and married in the Logan Temple by President Joseph Shephard on 7 Feb 1924. Mabel was born 31 May 1899 in Salem, Fremont Co., Idaho to Willard Ricks and Emma Emelia Jeppesen. During the first year of their marriage, they lived at Melvin's mother's home in the west room that Melvin had painted and fixed up with a new stove, a table and chairs, some new linoleum. Mabel had a bed, and Margaret gave them a dresser and a cabinet. Melvin worked hard on his mother's farm and also helped his brothers with their farms. In the fall, they moved up on the hill just above the college in Rexburg, in Melvin's brother, George's home. They enjoyed this home, and it was here that their first child, Emelia, was born. In the spring, they moved to Salem and lived in George Harris' old home, and Melvin worked for George's son that summer and also helped his mother. That fall (1925) they moved to Sugar City close to the factory so Melvin could walk to work. In the spring of 1926, they moved to Mabel's Uncle Jeppesen's 240 acre farm, and Melvin worked for him for two years, and Mabel helped do the cooking for sixteen men. They got $75 per month. Their second child, Golden, was born here. That fall they moved into Rexburg, and they rented a house so Melvin and his brothers could build a new home for his mother on her father's lot. The next spring (1927) they moved out to Salem again, by the Church house, and Melvin got his first car. He worked for a Japanese man and helped his mother. The fall of 1928, they moved again out to north Salem on a place they intended to buy (40) acres, but they had to move again in March 1929 because the people decided not to sell. In October they moved again back on to the old farm. They lived there for ten years. During this time five more children were born to them. These were the years during the depression and were extremely difficult. In Feb 1932, Melvin, because he was a seventy, was called on a ten-day mission to Newdale. It snowed and drifted, and Mabel was expecting her fourth child and had to shovel drifts four feet deep to get the stock to the pump for water and also do the milking. Melvin's deep devotion to provide for his family is expressed in his own history as he recorded the next several trying years: "We had to borrow money to buy hay to feed the cows and horses and buy seed to plant because of the weather the year before and because of the depression prices. Then the hot winds came again and burnt up our beets. The canal went dry in July. We didn't raise hardly anything again that summer. That year hay was $40 a ton, and we sold our beets for $3.50 a ton and potatoes for $.25 a hundred. I worked that winter sorting potatoes on my knees in a potato cellar for $.25 an hour to keep our family...The next spring (1934) we lost the farm because we couldn't pay the mortgage...but we were able to live there for a few more years because my brother paid the mortgage. I got a job in Rexburg working for the W.P.A. cutting willows along canal banks and burning them, in snow up to our waists for $40 a month--6 days a week--to keep our family. I had to ride a bicycle from the farm to work in Rexburg every day." In September 1939 Melvin and Mabel built their home in Rexburg with the help of Melvin's brother, George. They dug the basement by hand and hauled rock from the creek. Winter set in before it was finished, and Melvin and Mabel and their eight children lived in a hole in the ground with one thickness of boards and a layer of roofing over them, with pasteboard on the walls and a board floor. Melvin records "But the Lord blessed us and none of us caught cold or were sick." In the spring of 1940 Melvin started work on the Rexburg City Park for $75 a month. He took care of the park, with the help of his sons, for the next 25 years. In the winter he would work on the roads in town, hauling snow and cleaning streets. The City Park flourished under Melvin's care, and people from all over the world have enjoyed the well-cared-for lawns and trees and the beautiful flowers. On January 22, 1943, Rexburg was flooded, and Melvin and Mabel's basement was flooded out, but with the help of good friends like Bishop Peterson, the family soon returned to their home. In 1945 Melvin and Mabel lost their sixteen-year-old son, Robert, in a cave-in in a trench. This was a trying experience for Melvin and Mabel, but they never ceased to talk about the kindness of the many people in Rexburg at this time. This was the year, too, that they built their home on top of the basement with the help of Melvin's brothers. Mabel passed away on March 31, 1969, at the Rexburg hospital. They had been married forty-five years. The last eight years of his life, Melvin found great joy in attending the temple and wanted his children and grandchildren to know of his (and Mabel's) love of temple work. In 1976 Melvin went through the Rexburg flood experience. Upon seeing his home ruined the day after the flood, Melvin suffered a stroke, but regained his health and continued to care for himself. His home was destroyed, and a nice trailer was put on his lot. Then the first of June, 1977, Melvin suffered a massive heart attack, but he returned home and was found working in his garden two weeks later. Then on Father's Day, June 19, Melvin was called home. He was buried beside Mabel in the Rexburg cemetery.

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1897
Melvin B Muir was born on 15 Nov 1897
Melvin B Muir was 8 years old when Albert Einstein publishes his first paper on the special theory of relativity. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect", a pivotal step in the development of quantum theory.
Melvin B Muir was 14 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Melvin B Muir was 32 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Melvin B Muir was 42 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Melvin B Muir was 44 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa. Nazi Germany is the common English name for Germany between 1933 and 1945, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party (NSDAP) controlled the country through a dictatorship. Under Hitler's rule, Germany was transformed into a totalitarian state that controlled nearly all aspects of life via the Gleichschaltung legal process. The official name of the state was Deutsches Reich until 1943 and Großdeutsches Reich from 1943 to 1945. Nazi Germany is also known as the Third Reich, from German Drittes Reich, meaning "Third Realm" or "Third Empire", the first two being the Holy Roman Empire and the German Empire. The Nazi regime ended after the Allied Powers defeated Germany in May 1945, ending World War II in Europe.
Melvin B Muir was 58 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Melvin B Muir was 66 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Melvin B Muir died on 19 Jun 1977 at the age of 79
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