HISTORY OF PHILIP DANCE
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A little of Grandpa Dance's life as he told it to me (Lillie Noack Dance) one day.
He was born in Green Hill, Durham County, England, then moved to Hairhill. While he was a small boy his Grandfather lived with them. He belonged to the L.D.S. church, the only one on the Dance side. He (Philip's Grandfather) died at age 85 at Hairhill and was buried at Chadsworth Cemetery, Church of England. Philip's folks were buried there too, his brother, William John, and his five-year-old sister, Mary Ann.
Grandpa was about 13 years old when his Father died. His Mother sold their farm and she and Grandpa, his brother, Harry, and sister, Sarah Jane, came to America in 1874. After two or three weeks on the ocean they came direct to Utah from New York on the train. The first watermelon Grandpa ever saw was on the ship for they came as first class passengers. Grandpa hurried in the mornings to get out on deck or else he was sick.
Grandpa's Mother joined the church after her marriage but his Father never did. The
Elder's visited and stayed with them often. One missionary, Elder Hart, who knew the Dance family and stayed with them some, upon his return home purchased a farm for Grandpa's Mother and her children in West Weber, and they moved directly to it when they came to Utah. She had quite a lot of money and she also bought a lot and a house in Ogden which she rented. At one time when she first came she loaned President Brigham Young three or four hundred dollars, all of which was paid back to her.
After a few years she married John Isaac Hart (the same missionary Hart who purchased the farm for her) and she was his 4th or 5th wife in polygamy.
Hart went on another mission to England but had spent most of Grandpa's Mother's
money for his other families before he went. Hart brought a girl home with him from England, married her, and went to live in Colorado and never lived with his wives in Utah after that. Grandpa's Mother and Hart were divorced (Church divorce). She died in West Weber on her farm.
Grandpa married and lived for a time in West Weber, sold his farm and moved to Wilson, Idaho and then moved to Blackfoot, just a few miles away in 1900. He lived a year in Riverside, then purchased a farm in Thomas where he resided with his family until he passed away at age (almost) 91.
Grandpa said he attended school at Hetton, England and went to school in the summer time. He rode a pony to and from school and they dug coal right under their farm. Their mines in England were right under their farms.
Frances Dance Part 11: The Golden Years and Opportunities for Travel
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Continued from Part 10
My father’s birthday is on Nov. 23 so in 1950 it came on Thanksgiving day and he was 90 years old so we had a family reunion in the gym at the Thomas High School and every one brought their Thanksgiving dinners and we all had a good time and most all of his families were in attendance from other towns where they live as well as those in our community and I am sure we were all glad we celebrated that birthday because he passed away the following year on Feb. 18, 1951 and was buried in the Riverside-Thomas cemetery.
In 1955-56 Leo was a Senator from Bingham County in the legislature and he had been going down there for the past 18 years and after our family were all married I went down there with him and we rented an apartment to live in and the legislatures wives had an organization and had a meeting once a week, we had lunch and a program and book reviews and different kinds of entertainment so the year 1955 and 1956 I was chosen Vice President of the ladies organization and Mrs. Keithly from Washington Co. North Idaho was President, she was a very nice person to work with and we enjoyed our association together very much.
In 1953 on Dec. 20 Leo’s mother passed away in the Bannock Memorial Hospital, she hadn’t been dry well for some time and had been living with each of her children for the past few years so now both of each of our parents were gone.
Ever since the 2nd world war was over and we thought about losing our son Wayne, Leo had been wanting to go over to Europe so the last year we were at the legislature we made good friends with Dean and Estella Orme who were down there from St. Anthony also at the legislature and we decided to make the trip to Europe, so on Monday May 10, 1954, the beginning of a wonderful trip.
… [Several pages of journaling from the trip are included in the life history at this point, but I have recorded that separately.] …
We decided our family had things well under control, as Reed, Clinton and boys had all the first crop hay in the stack and that was earlier than they usually have it taken care of when we are home.
One of Wayne’s crew members, Art Roswell, who was on the plane when it was shot down over Germany, and his wife came to see us while we were in Europe. We were sorry we didn’t get to see them, but the family talked to them and entertained them and let them stay in our home over night while we were gone.
We spent the rest of the summer taking care of our lawn and garden. Leo had plenty of work to do helping the boys irrigate and take care of the crops the rest of the summer and fall, and the cattle in the winter.
Another trip we enjoyed with Dean and Estella Orme was when we went back to the Dacotas to see the Passion Play in the evening, held outside on a hillside, portraying the trials of the Savior and events at different times in his life.
We visited desolate pine clad black hills of South Dakota rising from the Western plains. The hills are visited by one million tourists every year. Here stands 6,000 foot Mount Rushmore on whose smooth granite walls a team of sculptors led by Gutzon Borglum labored 14 years to blast, drill the faces of four U.S. Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt, each face measuring some 60 feet from chin to forehead. There was a museum near by and father on the Indian villages where they were living and where they were having trouble with the white people living close by.
We decided to follow the pioneer trail home, and by doing that we could see how difficult it was for them, and there were many graves along the way. As we came through Wyoming there is a hill or a big stone or pillar of rock by the side of the road where there were graves and the pioneers had carved their names on the sides, and as we were reading the names we found Leo’s Grandfather’s Name, Lewis Dunbar Wilson among the names on the rock, and in his history of his life he tells about being to Joseph Smith’s home and sitting on his lap while he told them stories. His father was one of Joseph Smith’s body guards and he gave his father his sword, and it has been handed down to his son and grandsons and is still in the family. As we followed the trail we passed many graves along the way and we could see how it was so difficult for them to reach Salt Lake Valley.
My Great Grandfather Willard Snow and his wife Amanda Melvina Snow also came across the plains and arrived in Salt Lake City in 1847. So our parents were born in Utah and then came to Idaho in the 1900’s.
In 1965 our friends the Ormes and us decided we would like to make a trip to the Hawaiian Islands, so we made arrangements at Idaho Falls to fly there, and so in a day or so we boarded a plane at Idaho Falls at 2:00 and arrived in Honolulu at 12:00 in time for dinner. We spent about a week there and visited all the different Islands and the pineapple plantations and were shown through the factory where they can the pineapple and gave us samples to eat off the different ways they used them. We picked coconuts off the coconut trees and other kinds of fruits growing there.
Dean and Estella had a relative living there and they invited us out to their house one day for dinner, and then took us on a sight seeing trip around part of the country and to the beach at Waikiki and the Hawaiian garden and we went to a native Hawaiian Luau and sampled their food.
Charles Wood, son of Owen and Phelma Wood, was serving a mission there and one day we met them in a cafe and he wanted to take us sight seeing in their car, so the next day we invited them to dinner with us and then they took us around to the church school in Hawaii and other interesting places. We also attended church services on Sunday in one of the wards.
Marie Anderson’s daughter, Ila Marie, married Joseph Hoapi, and they live in Hawaii. They invited us to their home one evening and we enjoyed the visit very much and they made arrangements to take us to the Temple in Hawaii the next day. The temple isn’t as modern as the new ones in our country, but it was still very nice and they have since started remodeling the temple.
They took ust to the cemetery where many of the soldiers of World War Two were buried in one part of the cemetery. We walked along the beach where the waved rolled up on shot so far we had to back up to keep from getting wet. We attended several entertainments where the Hawaiian boys and girls would go through their different dances and songs in very beautiful consumes of all different colors that they wear, and it was very entertaining as well as educational to learn about their way of life and things they enjoy.
One day we hired a small car and drove all alone on one side of the small Islands and we could stop and see all the places that were interesting to us. We also went to the tourist attractions, but the names of the places I have forgotten a lot of them now, but I can still remember what they looked like. I wish I had written a diary of each day, but it seemed e were so busy all the time, we didn’t have much time to write, and I suppose that will be the last journey we will make.
We have traveled to many of the states while Leo was one of the directors in the Production Credit Association and the Reclamation Association where they held their annual meetings in different states each year.
Our daughter, Wilma, lived in Las Vegas, Nevada, for many years and we often wen tot see her and her family. Now they have moved to Reno, Nevada, and last April 1975 we made a trip to see them in their new home and they have a nice large house and garden spot there.
We have visited our daughter Elaine and her family in Omaha, Nebraska, since they over there and now I suppose our traveling days are bout over as we are getting most too old to drive the car long distances and we enjoy going in the car as we can take our time and stop where we wish.
So from here on we will try to be contented taking care of our home and garden and trying to be helpful to the family. After 63 years of married life we are still happy and love each other very much and try to be contented at home in taking care of each other and enjoying our family. March 12, 1976.