Millard D Rooks

23 Jan 1911 - 6 Feb 2000


Millard D Rooks

23 Jan 1911 - 6 Feb 2000
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This is the personal history of Millard Dewey Rooks who was born on January 23, 1911. His parents were William Jackson Rooks and Emma Obelia Leigh. He was born in the town of Ebro, County of Washington, State of Florida. There he resided until the age of eight weeks when they moved to Vernal, Utah.
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Millard D Rooks


Riverside Thomas Cemetery

939-949 State Highway 39
Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho
United States


June 5, 2012


June 3, 2012

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Millard Dewey Rooks History

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

This is the personal history of Millard Dewey Rooks who was born on January 23, 1911. His parents were William Jackson Rooks and Emma Obelia Leigh. He was born in the town of Ebro, County of Washington, State of Florida. There he resided until the age of eight weeks when they moved to Vernal, Utah. His parents were converts to the gospel. Some of his early memories: I remember putting his arms around dad's leg at church and upon looking up found it wasn't my dad. Climbing up to the attic outside stairs to snitch some chuffies which tastes similar to peanut butter and grows in the ground, and falling down the stairs (which wasn't to sneaky). I remember a neighbor boy climbing a tree to a bird nest and holding a bird for me to see. As I looked up it pooped in my face. While living in Vernal we had a once-eyed pony which we kept tied up. I "wet" on its foot so it stomped and took my big toenail off and I still have signs of it. As told by Millard: When we moved from florida to Vernal we came from Florida to Watson, Utah, by train and then to Vernal by wagon. When we left Vernal to move back to Florida we traveled in wagons to Watson where we rode a narrow gauge train. The first peanuts I ever tasted were on that trip South. Vernal had no railroad so when we lived there Watson, Utah, was the closest shipping point. All freeight came in on wagons drawn by horses. They came right by our home. Sometimes there were four, six, or eight hitches and two or three wagons tied together. They pu a catepillar to pulling wagons, probably there about six wagons. It had to be loaded with fuel and as I remember it didn't "pan out". I remember the first car, a Model T Ford, that came to the Uinta Valley. Some doctor had bought it. We knew for weeks it was coming. We were watching long before it arrived to day it finally came. Dad, Mother, and children-Edna, Hazel, Alma and I, with some friends, traveled to Salt Lake by wagon where Dan and Mother were married in the temple and we children were sealed to them. Just being a baby at the time I don't know how long it took for the trip. It is about 185 miles from Vernal to Salt Lake on the highway we have now and in 1911 it was probably better than 200 miles. It took about three weeks for the round trip. Some of my childhood memories before the age of eight include riding with Dad when he was mowing hay. A coyote showed up in the hay. He was catching grasshoppers so Dad asked if I wanted to get off and watch it. I probably wanted to rest a bit so I got off and sat in the hay. It came close and when it saw me it reared up. It scared me so I ran for Dad and the coyote ran the other way. I can't remember when I began to ride a horse. Some of the neighbor boys and I would take the family's cows out in the sagebrush to graze. I can't remember how we separeted them when we came home. Dad bought a new buggy and boy was it shiny. I remember going to town with Mother and her leaving me in the bugy while she shopped to long. I don't remember how old I was, but I wet my pants. We lived five or six miles from Vernal and Dad would hitch the horse to the buggy and Mom would give me a list and a wallet with money. I would driver to town, stop at the hitch rail at Ashton's General Store and someone would come out and tie the horse. I gave them the list and the money. They always gave me either some black licorice or a ginger cookie about six inches in diameter. They put the purchases in the buggy, untied the horse and I went home. When I was about eight, we moved back to Florida where I began my formal education. The family then engaged in farming and continued in it as long as any of the children were at home. It was a good life and we had parents who loved us and taught us the principles of the gospel. I was just a normal kid and tried most everything, some good and some not so good. I cultivated corn in the nude, swiped watermelons and sugar cane, hunted coons and possums, and sometimes put them in the some neighbor's mailbox. We had all the watermelons and cane we could eat at home, but it was fun to eat someone else's (at least we thought it was). I was kind of on the sickly side, had fever and chills, and probably T.B. according to an x-ray which shows scar tissue on my lungs. Fever is caused from the affects of Malaria which is caused by mosquito bites. When I was about sixteen, my brother Hazel who was eight years older than I and myself drove back to Vernal in a car. I went to work for two brothers named Knapp who had ranches a few miles down the White River from Rangely, Colorado. I don't remember how long I worked before I quit him, but Ross, my cousin, stayed on. I got my wages, but Ross lost quite a bit in back wages when Mr. Knapp went broke. About this time my Uncle Archie Rooks and his son-in-law Bill Slaugh contracted to build two sump or waste ponds for the Raven Oil Co., at Rangely, Colorado. Bill Slaugh, Russel Rooks and myself worked three or four weeks at this job. About this time I received a bad burn all over my body from a natural gas explosion touched off by a cigarette being lit. We were in the shower at the time. I was in bed about a month. My sister Alma and her husband Everett Goodwin came to visit me and I returned home with them to Blackfoot, Idaho. This was in 1930. That was when I first met Jennie Turpin who has been my wife for the past 41 years. I returned to Florida in 1932 and stayed until 1934. I made a round trip to drive some of Uncle Johnnie's family to Vernal, Utah, to visit Uncle Archie and then on to Salt Lake where they had their temple work done. I went on to Blackfoot to visit Alma and Everett and Jennie. We went to Salt Lake. Then I returned to Florida and Jennie returned to Blackfoot. The next year brought me back to Blackfoot, Idaho. On September 24, 1936, Jennie and I were married in the Salt Lake temple and from this marriage have come seven children, three boys and four girls. This is the greatest gift that can come to parents in this life. We had our ups and downs and farmed as our children grew up. In 1947 I underwent an operation for a tumor at the base of my skull and was in the LDS hospital in Salt Lake. I wasn't able to do much work for a year, but through Mom's good management and the help of her brothers and a brother-in-law, Glen Taylor, and also some good neighbors we got by. As soon as I was able to work, I stated to clean the Rockford School house and driver a school bus. Hennie and the children helped clean the school house. Later we farmed and continued working for the school district for sixteen years. I was then offered a job as maintenance superintendent. I took the job and we quit farming. Mom and the kids took over the school house job. When the kids grew up, I quit driving school bus and helped Mom clean the school. We did this for another sixteen years until I retired at age 65 and Mom retired at 62.

Millard Dewey Rooks

Contributor: Nana5667 Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

My grandpa Rooks was a loving man. He would always refer to you as his favorite...(insert name here). He took me into his home when I was not allowed to stay at home and he and grandma kept me from knowing the terrible things that were being said about my family. Grandpa did his best to help me and even let me do projects that had been given to him to complete so I would not get bored. One of my aunts had bought a hook rug for him to do but he let me do it. I had a car at the time that I used to get to school and their house so I would not have to ride a bus. He had recently repaired a spot in his yard that was having issues and he got upset when I drove over it but he never punished me for making him have extra work to do. I recall that Grandpa used to clean the elementary school and I when there once as a little girl when he was working and I played in the kindergarten room.

Life timeline of Millard D Rooks

Millard D Rooks was born on 23 Jan 1911
Millard D Rooks was 19 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.
Millard D Rooks was 29 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.
Millard D Rooks was 35 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Millard D Rooks was 42 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
Millard D Rooks was 53 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.
Millard D Rooks was 66 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
Millard D Rooks was 75 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
Millard D Rooks was 81 years old when The World Wide Web is opened to the public. The World Wide Web (WWW), also called the Web, is an information space where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), interlinked by hypertext links, and accessible via the Internet. English scientist Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web in 1989. He wrote the first web browser in 1990 while employed at CERN in Switzerland. The browser was released outside CERN in 1991, first to other research institutions starting in January 1991 and to the general public on the Internet in August 1991.
Millard D Rooks died on 6 Feb 2000 at the age of 89
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