Pearl S. Black

24 Feb 1903 - 7 Mar 1980

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Pearl S. Black

24 Feb 1903 - 7 Mar 1980
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For Samantha Pearl Averett A Short Life History of her Great Grandmother, Pearl Vivette Sanders Black I am sad, Samantha, that you will never know your Great Grandmother Pearl Vivette Sanders Black in this life. I only hope that someday we will all be together again when we are united as a family fo

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Pearl S. Black

Married: 2 Apr 1924

Orem Cemetery

770 Murdock Canal Trail
Orem, Utah, Utah
United States


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Pearl Vivette Sanders Black by Evetta Sue Averett

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

For Samantha Pearl Averett A Short Life History of her Great Grandmother, Pearl Vivette Sanders Black I am sad, Samantha, that you will never know your Great Grandmother Pearl Vivette Sanders Black in this life. I only hope that someday we will all be together again when we are united as a family forever. Until that time comes, however, you should know something of my mother as you were partially named for her. Mother (and I always called her Mother not mommy or mom) was born on February 24, 1903 in the small town of Otto in northern Wyoming's Big Horn Basin, according to her written history, "in a one-room log house with a dirt roof." Her parents were Frank Edmond Sanders and Eva Amanda Gribble Sanders O'Dell Hyde. ( I always got a kick out of saying all of my Grandma's names.) She and Mr. Sanders (as she called him) had 11 children, six girls and five boys. My mother, Pearl, was the third child—just as you are—but unlike you, she was the third girl. All of her five brothers and four sisters were younger than she was. Grandma Sanders married two more times after Frank Sanders died in 1925 and she had another baby girl, Oleta, after marrying Mr. O'Dell whom she divorced in 1945. She married William A. Hyde that same year. When I think of my mother, I remember her as a simple yet complex person. Simple in that she never wanted to be anything but what she was—a wife, a mother, a teacher. Complex because even now, I don't feel like I really knew her. She was born so close to the Victorian era when all emotion was kept locked away inside. Maybe that's why, as I look back, I can't recall her ever being angry, sad or happy. Neither was she able to show her love, but we knew she loved us because she was always there in our home to take care of us. My mother was a smart woman. She started school at the age of four and graduated from high school in Basin, Wyoming at the age of 17. That year in the spring of 1920, she received the scholarship to the University of Wyoming. A few weeks later she borrowed money to attend the summer term at Laramie and at the end of the term she received a class C Teaching Certificate. In the fall, she taught school in Otto at the ripe old age of 17. I remember her telling me that she taught some of her own brothers, sisters and cousins and some students who were older than she was! Mother was also pretty. Her mother, Eva, had dark hair and very dark brown eyes. In contrast, her father, whose family came from Denmark, was fair-haired with blue or green eyes and a light complexion. I never saw my grandfather as he died before I was born, but I know he was quite a handsome man. Together they had very good-looking children. Three of the boys had thick brown curly hair and brown eyes. The other two were lighter like their father. The girls were a mixture of both. My mother had dark hair and green eyes. Her nose was straight with a little flare at the bottom like her father's. Your sister, Jaylynn, has a nose like mother's. My mother, Pearl, taught school in Otto until she was 21 when she and Dad, Volney Black, were married in the Salt Lake Temple on April 2, 1924. She was teaching school at the time, but women were not expected to work after they married so she finished the year and mostly substitute taught after that. In the fall of 1925 Mother went back to school in Laramie while Dad stayed home in Cowley, Wyoming to finish high school. He dropped out earlier so he could work and help send his brother, Clinton Black, on a two-year LDS mission to South Africa. Later, Mother graduated from the University of Wyoming with a two-year "Normal" degree and a lifetime teaching certificate. In 1926, Dad "hired out" on the Union Pacific Railroad in Laramie. Dad continued on the railroad during the busy season and farmed at Cowley in the summertime. Both my sisters, Joyce and Velna, were born in Cowley. In the spring of 1936, Dad had enough seniority that he was permanently hired by the railroad and my parents moved to Laramie where my brother Franklin Sanders was born that same year and I was born in 1938. My sister, Bethel, was born the last day of 1947 when mother was almost 45 years old. We loved her so much, she was and is such a blessing to all of us. I was nine years old and very happy to have a baby sister. My oldest sister, Joyce, died in 1970 from breast cancer leaving her family of six children from ages 3 to 17, besides her husband Phil Reasch. Mother went back to teaching in 1960 and retired in 1966 after five years. She taught at the Harmony School, 18 miles west of Laramie. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 1965 and lost the extra weight she suffered with all her married life. Her health was never as good after that. Dad worked for the Union Pacific Railroad until his retirement on the last day of January in 1971—a lifetime of almost 45 years. After Dad retired, he and Mother wintered in Arizona where they danced and enjoyed the company of friends which they hadn't been able to do in Laramie because Dad never had a regular schedule on the railroad. They moved to Orem, Utah in 1975 where Mother died in 1980 of heart failure complicated by her diabetes. She was 77 years old. When I think of my Mother, I think of serving others. In Laramie, the Church was small and she was president and counselor of every organization at one time or another. She served her family too. My brother and I delivered newspapers and she got up every morning to fold the papers before she woke us up. During World War II, homeless men came to our back door asking for food. She always gave them something to eat. She was an excellent cook. She made bread, rolls, pies, scones, and homemade chicken and noodles, but her Sunday roasts with carrots and potatoes were legendary. It seems like we always had someone eating with us. She fed missionaries and college students on a regular basis. I learned to give service from her and to be a mother who cared for her home and children. She was careful in her grooming and liked to wear nice clothes. In the 1940's she wore hats as most men and women did then. For years she sold Ex-Cel-Sis cosmetics which was manufactured in Salt Lake City. She never really made much money selling it but gave it generously to all her family and friends. She took care of her own skin which was soft and nice until the day she died. I learned good grooming from her. She liked to read poetry. Dad gave her a book of Best Loved Poems and I remember her reading those poems to me as a child. I learned to love poetry from her. As I reflect back and try to remember my mother, so many memories filter through my mind. One thing I know—I will only have one mother. And, no matter what, Pearl Vivette Sanders Black was the most important influence in my life until I married Grandpa Wally. Little Sammie, I know you won't be able to read and understand this short history of my mother for a long time. Only when you become a mother yourself will you understand what having a loving and caring mother means to a child. I hope you have loved and respected your mother. Always listen to her—she loves you and Charlie and Jaylynn more than anything in this world. She only wants what is best for you. Hold her love in your heart and never let it go. Written for my precious granddaughter Samantha Pearl Averett With all my love, your grandmother, Evetta Sue Black Averett December 4, 1994 Dad Volney died June 12, 2000, one month short of his 98th birthday, in Orem, Utah. Both he and mother are buried in the Orem City Cemetery.

Recollection of My Great Grandfather (Christian) Sanders 13 Mar 1850 – 17 Feb 1925 (by Pearl Black)

Contributor: trishkovach Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

Recollection of My Great Grandfather (Christian) Sanders 13 Mar 1850 – 17 Feb 1925 (by Pearl Black) Grandpa Sanders was always called pop, the Danish for papa for father. It is said like au in how (pop). He was a blacksmith in Otto when I can first remember him. I used to go with the others to watch him to make. He was often shoeing horses. He wore a long black pointed beard. He was a very quiet man. Sometimes he held us children on his lap and he would squeeze our fingers or band them in play until it hurt. He wasn’t a church man and didn’t hold any high offices in the church though he was a good practical religious man, very unassuming and tended to his own business. In his later years he shaved off his beard and looked much younger and better to me. After mam’s death he did odd jobs, lived here and there and married twice more. The morning they phoned the news of his death to Otto I heard it over the phone about five o’clock in the morning. Little did I know that my own father would pass away with three weeks. Yet in my heart there was no real sadness when pop passed on. He had lived a good full life and reached the age of 75 years. He went to be with his good wife whom he married for eternity in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. Typist: Myrna Olsen Moore

Life timeline of Pearl S. Black

Pearl S. Black was born on 24 Feb 1903
Pearl S. Black was 14 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.
Pearl S. Black was 25 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Pearl S. Black was 37 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.
Pearl S. Black was 42 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.
Pearl S. Black was 53 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.
Pearl S. Black was 62 years old when Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. Born in Atlanta, King is best known for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience, tactics his Christian beliefs and the nonviolent activism of Mahatma Gandhi helped inspire.
Pearl S. Black was 76 years old when Jim Jones led more than 900 members of the Peoples Temple to mass murder/suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, hours after some of its members assassinated U.S. Congressman Leo Ryan (pictured). James Warren Jones was an American religious cult leader who initiated and was responsible for a mass suicide and mass murder in Jonestown, Guyana. He considered Jesus Christ as being in compliance with an overarching belief in socialism as the correct social order. Jones was ordained as a Disciples of Christ pastor, and he achieved notoriety as the founder and leader of the Peoples Temple cult.
Pearl S. Black died on 7 Mar 1980 at the age of 77
Grave record for Pearl S. Black (24 Feb 1903 - 7 Mar 1980), BillionGraves Record 5284 Orem, Utah, Utah, United States