Personal histories written by Rual Ricks.
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I attended grade school and 4 years high school in Rexburg, Idaho. In Dec. 1918 I married my wife. We farmed for two years and i worked at odd jobs one year. In 1922 we moved to Pocatello Idaho. I got a job in the Union Pacific Railroad shops. I have worked there for 36 years in various capacities. I have two sons and tow daughters, we also had another daughter, she died 3 weeks after birth. I had four brothers and one sister in my mother’s family. My father had two wives. There were two boys and five girls in his other family. I am an Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I am a ward teacher and a member of the ward genealogical committee. My hobbies are fishing and camping and gardening. I was ordained first counselor the the president of the 3rd Quorum of Elders 23 Nov 1958. I was appointed (a) teacher in Elder’s quorum 12 April 1959.
Dec. 1, 1959, Em and I were set apart to officiate in the Idaho Falls Temple. July 10, 1960, (I) was ordained (a) High Priest by the president of North Idaho Falls Stake, Lloyd Meckelsen. Gave a short talk in Priesthood meeting. July 24, gave my first talk in church sacrament meeting, 25 minutes on my reactivating in the church.
Another Personal History written by Rual Seward Ricks.
I was born in a log house in Rexburg Idaho. It was the only house in town with a shingle roof, all the others had a dirt roof. In 1907 my father built a new brick house for us. It had electric lights, but no furnace or water, and no basement. We got our water from a hydrant a little way from the house. We used a wood stove and we took our baths in a round tin tub. I went to grade school for 8 years, and to high school 4 years at the Ricks Academy. It is a LDS church school. In 1914 my mother took up a homestead 50 miles north of Rexburg. We moved out there and lived during the summer for the next 5 years. We moved back to Rexburg in the fall for me to go to school. I didn’t have much to do on the farm, just chop a little wood and mild a cow. The rest of the time I spent fishing in Camos Creek and hunting sage hens and ducks. I had a 22 rifle, a shot gun and a pistol and 2 ponies. What more could a boy want. We always had plenty to eat, but very little money. My father died in 1915. My mother was very religious. She came to Utah in 1868 from Denmark, with her parents, they crossed the plain with ox teams. My father was born in Farmington Utah in 1857. His father came to Utah in 1848 with Heber C Kimball Company. In 1917 I bought a Model T Ford and made a hot rod out of it. I believe it was the first racer in our part of the state, I had a lot of fun with it. I met my wife at a dance in St. Anthony, and the following year, 1918, we were married, by Judge Charles D Sutton, in the Fremont County Court House at St. Anthony, Idaho. We lived in part of my mothers house the rest of the winter and in the spring I rented 360 acres of dry farm. We farmed for 2 years, and both years were so dry that we didn’t raise enough to live on, so I quit farming and went to work for wages. I worked in Montana and Wyoming, but I never had steady work. I din’t have a trade. In 1922 we moved to Pocatello, Idaho, and I got a job with the Union Pacific Railroad. I have worked for the railroad for 36 years in various capacities. 1n 1919 our first boy was born, 27 Sept. Our first girl was born on 19 January 1921, our next girl was born 24 January 1923, and our second son was born 25 Aug. 1925. We had another baby girl in 1930, she only lived a few days. We lived in several different house in Pocatello, and in 1930 we bought a home in Alameda, at 232 Wayne, where we still live.
In 1936 we moved to Provo, Utah. I was sent there by the railroad to run a small machine shop. The job only lasted 5 months and we came back to Pocatello. In 1940 our oldest son joined the army and our oldest girl also joined. She was a graduate nurse. She was on a hospital ship. We made several trips to England and she was in the Philippine Island when the war ended. When she landed in Los Angeles, we went down to see her. Ralph Edwards gave her a surprise party on a radio program, and had I and my wife fly down and surprise her. We stayed a week in a big hotel with all expenses paid. It was quite a trip, as we had never been to California before. Our 3 oldest children moved to Seattle. Are married and still live there. Our youngest son lives in Puerto Rico. He is superintendent of a plastic factory. I have 4 brothers and one sister all much older than I. They had all left home when I was going to school, so I was a lone child. in 1948 I was appointed Methoids Engineer. We were sent to Salt Lake to work at the new Diesel repair shop. I only stayed a short time, as I didn’t like the job and I didn’t want to sell our home and buy a new one. So we came back to Pocatello, where I work at the present time. In 1957 my wife and I were marred in the Idaho Falls Temple by Francis Davis. We go to the temple often. We have done 50 endowments between us. We have had our Patriarchal blessing by Hyrum Crane. And we read them often. I am a Elder in the church, a ward teacher and a member of the ward genealogical committee.