Reed Duke Meldrum

28 Sep 1892 - 1 Mar 1956

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Reed Duke Meldrum

28 Sep 1892 - 1 Mar 1956
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Jane Duke was born in Provo, Utah 23 August 1862. She married Thomas Alexander Meldrum 16 February 1887 in the Logan L.D.S. Temple. She died 9 December 1941. She was a house wife and an active church worker. She had a very limited formal education because she was only in the 5th grade when her fathe
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Reed Duke Meldrum


Provo City Cemetery

610 S State St
Provo, Utah, Utah
United States


June 1, 2011


June 1, 2011

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A Brief Sketch of My Mother’s Life by Thomas Albert Meldrum

Contributor: finnsh Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Jane Duke was born in Provo, Utah 23 August 1862. She married Thomas Alexander Meldrum 16 February 1887 in the Logan L.D.S. Temple. She died 9 December 1941. She was a house wife and an active church worker. She had a very limited formal education because she was only in the 5th grade when her father died and she, with her other older brothers and sisters had to quit school and get jobs to help support the family. She and some of her older brothers and sisters worked in the Provo Woolen Mills. They worked long hours and received very small wages for their work. Mother’s first job at the factory was picking up scraps of cloth around the machines. As she got older she learned how to operate the weaving machines. She worked there until she was married. Mother and Dad lived in Provo until 1896 when they moved to the farm Dad had acquired. Mother was a neat person and kept her house clean and orderly. She liked flowers and always had a lot of nice flowers either indoors or outside in her flower garden. She also liked to help in the vegetable garden and never allowed a weed to grow in it. When the berries were ready to pick she would always help pick them and leave my older sister, Emma, to do the house work and cook the meals. Mother was not only a good house-keeper, but also a good cook. We raised all our own meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, milk, etc. and she always had plenty on hand to cook. If any company or visitors were at the house about noon hour they were always invited to stay and have dinner with us. Mother often cooked a delicious chicken dinner on Sunday and would invite a few of our friends to enjoy it with us. Mother worked in the Relief Society and the Primary organizations. She also attended Sunday School and Sacrament Meetings. When she was working in the Primary she would usually drive down to the meeting house, which was about 3 miles from our house, with the horse and buggy. Sometimes Dad would take us down in the wagon. He would then go on down to Provo to transact some business and be back in time to take us home. When Dad was working in the canyon with the horses or was using them on the farm, mother would put the two youngest kids in the baby buggy and with the rest of us following along, make our way thru the dust or mud, depending on the season of the year, hike 3 miles to the meeting house. Unless she was sick, she never missed a meeting. She always paid her tithing. This was in produce rather than in money as we do today, for at that time money was not very plentiful. She made her own butter and every 10th pound of butter, and every 10th dozen of eggs was put away separately to be sent to the tithing office. This she would do about once a month, when she went to town. Sometimes she would send us kids with it. She also made butter to sell and had plenty of customers who were anxious to get her butter and eggs, because they could depend on them being good and fresh. One of her customers was a dentist who lived in Salt Lake City. He would ride from Salt Lake City to Provo on the train Monday morning and stay in Provo thru the week and leave Saturday evening after office hours for Salt Lake. Before he left Saturday afternoon, mother would always take him 2 or 3 pounds of butter to take home. This helped pay our dental bills. Mother made all of our clothes, knit our stockings, gloves, sweaters; bought cloth and made our shirts, overalls, and dresses for the girls. She would patch them, and always kept us neat and clean. She never spoke a cross word to us, but sometimes, in a good natured way, would threaten to paddle us, but we knew she wouldn’t. After Dad died in 1912, Mother remained on the farm until she died 9 December 1941 or about 29 years. My brother Reed ran the farm most of this time. My older sister Emma also lived with her part of this time. She liked her home and was glad she could take care of it and herself.

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Reed Duke Meldrum was born on 28 Sep 1892
Reed Duke Meldrum was 13 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.
Reed Duke Meldrum was 22 years old when Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated by a Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip in Sarajevo, sparking the outbreak of World War I. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Archduke of Austria-Este was a member of the imperial Habsburg dynasty, and from 1896 until his death the heir presumptive (Thronfolger) to the Austro-Hungarian throne. His assassination in Sarajevo precipitated Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia, which in turn triggered a series of events that resulted in Austria-Hungary's allies and Serbia's declaring war on each other, starting World War I.
Reed Duke Meldrum was 28 years old when The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing women's suffrage in America. The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920.
Reed Duke Meldrum was 47 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.
Reed Duke Meldrum was 53 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.
Reed Duke Meldrum died on 1 Mar 1956 at the age of 63
Grave record for Reed Duke Meldrum (28 Sep 1892 - 1 Mar 1956), BillionGraves Record 6786 Provo, Utah, Utah, United States