A Brief History Of The Life Of Thomas Rhoades
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By Martha May Rhoades Lambert ( A Daughter )
Thomas Rhoades, Hanna, Duchesne County, Utah was born on January 16 1857 in Salt City Salt Lake County, Utah. There was no record of a Blessing, Baptism or Confirmation, hat was found.
He had very little schooling, one could say he was a self educated man. He served as a councilor in the Spring Glen ward Bishopric in Carbon County, Utah from 1893-1906. He was faithful to every calling and lived a good honest clean life. He was Ordained a Seventy by Parker A Childs, June 26 1886.
He married Martha Ann Powell, in the old Endowment House on November 17 1881, by Joseph Fielding Smith. Two dates are given as time they were in the old Endowment House at this point of his life history. The 2nd was at the Endowment House at Salt Lake City, Utah on October 1883
Patriarchal Blessing was received June 26 1899 by Charles Pulcipher.
In the fall of 1905 Thomas Rhoades and his son Will built a cabin on the homestead in the Uintah Basin, Now know as Hanna, Utah. The following spring he moved his wife Martha and their 7 children from Helper, Utah to the new quarters. That year they cleared land and planted a crop, surveyed and got out a canal which was taken from the Big Spring. In the fall they realized a good harvest, threshing 317 bushels of grain, this was the first crop raised in the upper valley, and their cabin was the first to make its appearance.
Hy Jones and McCullen built the first store and hauled their goods in by teams over Wolf Creek Divide. Gordon Phelps later had a store which he maintained for several years. Bert Atwood and his wife operated the butcher shop.
Doc Beaver raised the first garden and had parsnips 6 inches through and 18 inches long.
The first 4th of July was celebrated at Hanna’s Grove. The following year William P Hanna and Thomas William Rhoades built an open air dance hall and purchased a phonograph for the music. In 1908 the first school was held at the Hy Jones place, below Farm Creek with Alfred Duke as the Teacher.
In 1900 Thomas Rhoades met with a very painful accident, it was just past lunch time when he went on horseback east of his house over the hill to see how his horses were doing, he only went a short distance when he found them, he stopped to look them over, while doing so they came up close and before he realized it, one of the band blazed away at his horse, Thomas Rhoades tried to avoid the blow, but in doing so he over balanced in his saddle and was struck by the horse on his leg, the blow broke his leg and also the stirrup of his saddle and he fell to the ground. He was too badly hurt to remount his horse, so he turned his horse loose, he knew he must do something to attract attention of his folks, it was one of those raw chilly days in the spring time with a srawl or a shower occasionally. from the great shock he experienced and became very much chilled, laying the broken leg over the other leg, he dragged himself on his hip about ¼ of a mile through shrubs, cactus and rocks to the brow of the hill where he felt he could be heard, Then he also se a cedar tree on fire to attract attention, he called and was soon heard by the home folks and was rescued, it was necessary to make a stretcher and it was growing dusk when six men carried him down the steep trail to his home.
There being no Doctor near, he set his own leg with the assistance of the neighbor lady, Mrs. Leanasters. Both the main bones were broken and the leg was badly bruised, it was necessary to change the bandage every day because the bruise was covered with large blisters, he got along very well and when he was able to make the trip to Salt Lake City, Utah months later, he went to a Doctor for a good check-up, the Doctor told him that he had been very well cared for and that he would not have done a better job himself.
On the 11 day of February 1911, Ray Rhoades son of Thomas Rhoades died of typhoid pneumonia at the age of 12, he was ill for 32 days, he was the first to pass away in the community, in the first year of our pioneering this seemed the hardest trail to bear.
About 1913 there was an organization of the Farm Creek Sunday School with Heber Moon as the Superintendent, John H Reid as first counselor and Joseph Rhoades as second Counselor, Ellen Rhoades as Secretary.
The first settlers belonged to the Tabiona Branch, it was organized with Thomas Rhoades as Presiding Elder, he was succeeded in 1917 by Heber Moon who presided until 1918, when the Stockmore ranch was organized as the Red Cliff Ward, Heber Moon was chosen as Bishop with Joseph Rhoades and Clyde VanTessel as Councilors, they served until 1928.
All of the early settlers of this community know the sweetness and glory of service rendered to one another, they shared their joys and sorrows together, many of them journeyed to the great beyond, but their memories still live, they are the Pioneers of the Uintah Basin, who made the sacrifice of their own homes in order to make the building of their country possible, they have handed down a wonderful heritage to their children who now live in these valleys to enjoy the homes that have been left for them.
Thomas Rhoades migrated from Helper, Carbon County, Utah to Hanna, Duchesne County on April 20 1906, his vocation was a farmer, rancher of horses and cattle. His height was 5ft 8in weighing approximately 180 pounds, chest size 44, color of eyes: blue, color of hair; dark General condition of health; not so good in later years.
He was especially interested in his home and family and the gospel, some of the important events of his life were; at the age 12 his father died leaving him to look after his Mother, Brother Enoch and sister Annie. His schooling didn’t amount to much, I have heard him say that when he left School he didn’t know how to put down a 100 figures, through diligence and careful study he gained a splendid knowledge of the earth and its inhabitants its resources and developments, he was what I would say; a self made Man. He worked out his own plans and then developed them, he was a religious Man seeking guidance from his Father in Heaven each day, he taught his Children the Gospel both by work and deed and he kept his faith through all his hardships, living in faith and pray right through the end.
In his early life he got pleasure out of hunting and trapping and in his later life he trapped Beaver for the stane and made well on them, he loved the Mountains, Streams and the Great Outdoors.
Thomas Rhoades died of Cancer at the Latter Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah April 15 1931 and is buried at the Tabiona Cemetery.
This story jumped back and forth from early dates back to later dates, then back to early dates. but it is the original way I received it from my Grandmother many years ago. Cindy LaCrue