Omer Harps Reid

21 Jun 1901 - 17 Aug 1984

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Omer Harps Reid

21 Jun 1901 - 17 Aug 1984
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Omer Harps Reid

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Married: 21 Feb 1929
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Evergreen Cemetery

1876-1998 North 2000 West
Springville, Utah, Utah
United States
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Anne Ryan

May 28, 2011
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January 1, 1970

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Autobiography Omer Harps Reid - 1954

Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I was born June 21, 1901, in Panguitch, Utah in the little house where Aunt Mattie Kocherhans now lives. That was Dad’s and Mother’s first home. Brother Harps gave them the land for $15 if they would build on it to be near them. They loved Dad as their own son, so Mother says. Hebe’ Riding built the house and it cost about $60 to have it built. It was not plastered until sometime after. It was just a sawed log house with chinking in between the logs. They moved in on New Years day and were they happy to have a new home of their own. Dad was shearing sheep out on East Fork, at Headquarters, for John L. Sevy at the time I was born. He sent in to see if Mother wanted him to come in as he knew I was due to arrive, but she sent word back that they needed the money worse than she needed him. After all couldn’t the neighbors help - she had helped them at such times - besides she was going to have Dr. Steiner, a new doctor in town. She says Aunt Ella Church came to wait at her place to catch a ride to Three Mile Creek, where she lived and she stayed so long that Mother thought she would never go and she didn’t want to tell her she was having a new arrival just then. She had the house cleaning all done and Aunt Christine was just putting up the clean curtains. After Aunt Ella Church left, Mother hurried Christine for the neighbor, Sister Harps and for Dr. Steiner. I came into this world quite normally (no *** backwards for me.) Mother liked Brother and Sister Harps so much that she decided to name me Harps after them and to please them. Christine picked out the name Omer and I have been known as Omer Harps ever since. I can remember the day I was born for Aunt Christine came in with her apron full of eggs, I used to say this as a kid for I heard that story so often I actually believed I was there. I had little pink and white gowns that I wore until I was six months old. Then I was “shortened” and wore little colored dresses until I was two or three years old. No wonder I have been called “Shorty” all my life. I wore my hair in ringlets until I was three years old. One day while playing in the fire I caught my little brown plain dress on fire and singed all the hair off one side of my head. Mother grabbed me and smothered the fire out with her apron, scolding me as she did for meddlin’ in the ashes and fire. Being a middle child, I grew up asking little attention and getting little. I was happy and mischievous. I was always getting cuts and bruises as I ran around bare-footed so much and being on my own I did about as I pleased except for the few chores such as feeding the horses, cows, and pigs, getting in the wood, or cutting kindling. Once I cut me under the chin and thought I would bleed to death, I was so scared. Mother hurried me ov

Omer Harps Reid

Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Taken from his Personal Record written by wife, Cecil Prince in his Book of Remembrance Omer attended the Public and Presbyterian Elementary grade school at Panguitch, Utah. He attended Wasatch Academy at Mt. Pleasant, Utah on a scholarship. He graduated from the Garfield County High School in 1921. He then went an extra year at High School in Panguitch doing post graduate work, taking English, chemistry and geometry. Omer worked for the U. S. Geological Survey measuring water on Panguitch Creek and East Bench Canal. He was also a bridge carpenter on the Union Pacific Railroad for three and a half years in the Salt Lake Division. Omer owned and operated a garage in Panguitch after working at the garage for Sam Barton for a total of about seven years. Omer was also Office Manager of the Re-employment office for Kane and Garfield counties for three and a half years, 1932-1935. He was Justice of the Peace about two years during which time he only married one couple who were from Boulder, Utah. He was Storehouse Manager for Welfare about two years; census taker for Garfield County in 1940. His church affiliations were attending the Presbyterian Sunday School as a boy and at Wasatch Academy. He went some to LDS Sunday School and Primary, sometimes going to both churches on the same Sunday. He was a Counselor in the Panguitch North Ward MIA with A. C. Hymas until he moved, then Omer acted at President for about two years. He went on a two week Home Mission to Henrieville with Warren Henderson. He was Genealogical Home Instructor for a while. Omer worked with the Mendenhall Construction Company and it kept him away from home and church most of the time for years, but he has willingly supported and donated generously whenever asked or called upon. He has been a 100% tithe payer for years. He started to work for the Mendenhall’s in 1939 and moved his family to Springville and later to Las Vegas that they could be near him and his work. He is currently still engaged with the same company being their heavy duty mechanic for many years. Moved from Panguitch to Springville, March 1942. Moved from Springville to Las Vegas, Nevada, July 1954. Married only once, his wife Cecil Prince bore him four daughters, Gwen, Veda, Lois, and Kathryn and one son, Arthur. Present church positions 1957, secretary of Senior Aaronic Priesthood Committee and Ward Teacher. A good husband and father and provider. Baptized 4 September 1909 in Panguitch, Garfield Co., Utah by Alma Riding. Confirmed 4 September 1909 by James B. Heywood. Ordained a Deacon by James B. Heywood on 25 January 1915. Ordained a Teacher, Priest, and Elder. Ordained a Seventy by Joseph Fielding Smith 24 May 1939. Ordained a High Priest by Rulon A. Earl 10 March 1957. Married Cecil Pr

Story written by Val Jennings on Jan 31, 1984, in his writing, also scanned

Contributor: Anne Ryan Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

I began school in the 5th grade at Milford, Utah in the Fall of 1926. Cecil Prince began her teaching at Milford that same year and I was assigned to her room. As that was over 57 years ago there is little that I remember, but there is one story that I've repeated several times. Cecil kept Jim Fernly and me after school as we'd been lax on our homework. We were goofing off and accomplishing nothing. Cecil had to leave, but insisted that we finish our assignment and bring it to her apartment that afternoon. Other students had told us that Cecil Prince and Cecil Tebbs, who roomed together, were just softies and if we took them some sugar they'd make candy. We got a thin box about the width, length of this paper filled with with sugar, tied it with ribbon and labeled it "completed assignment." We spent an enjoyable afternoon making candy. Our family left Milford in 1929 and moved to Murray. I next met Cecil in 1938 after I started dating her sister Sarepta. One very memorable occasion was Easter of that year. Cecil and Omer invited Sarepta and I to go with their family to Easter services at Zion Park. It was my first trip there. We stopped at the window areas in the tunnel where we could see the switchbacks on the road, we visited and hiked a little at the "Narrows." It was very enjoyable as "Spring" was there and would be long coming to Panguitch. After Sarepta and I were married we visited with kids quite often as they were so hospitable to us as they were with all their relatives. When the Reids (Cecil and Omer) were in their first home at Springville, Utah, we'd stop there on our way to and from Salt Lake. I remember one occasion when Cecil and Omer lived in Vegas that we planned a trip to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. We traveled with Quint and Marg Adair, to see our band boys in the parade. Cecil and Omer not only invited us to stay there with our friends, but entertained us at the night clubs. On another occasion when my sons, Val, John, and Doug were with me, they took us out to the Hoover Dam - Insisted on taking their car, so I could rest. After moving to Price, we'd go through Springville very often, and especially the last several years we've stopped there quite often and stayed over night many times. We've always been made to feel so welcome. Over the years, I've been closer to Cecil and Omer then I have been with any of my own brothers and sisters. Cecil and Omer have been our lifelong friends and companions. I love them very much. -Val B. Jennings

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1901
Omer Harps Reid was born on 21 Jun 1901
Omer Harps Reid was 16 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
1917
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Omer Harps Reid was 28 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.
1929
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Omer Harps Reid was 29 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
1930
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Omer Harps Reid was 43 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
1944
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Omer Harps Reid was 56 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
1957
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Omer Harps Reid was 62 years old when John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas; hours later, Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in aboard Air Force One as the 36th President of the United States. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, commonly referred to by his initials JFK, was an American politician who served as the 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. He served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union. As a member of the Democratic Party, Kennedy represented the state of Massachusetts in the United States House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate prior to becoming president.
1963
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Omer Harps Reid was 71 years old when Munich massacre: Nine Israeli athletes die (along with a German policeman) at the hands of the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group after being taken hostage at the Munich Olympic Games. Two other Israeli athletes were slain in the initial attack the previous day. The Munich massacre was an attack during the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, in which the Palestinian terrorist group Black September took eleven Israeli Olympic team members hostage and killed them along with a West German police officer.
1972
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Omer Harps Reid died on 17 Aug 1984 at the age of 83
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