Viola C Roundy

10 Oct 1886 - 17 Aug 1973

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Viola C Roundy

10 Oct 1886 - 17 Aug 1973
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Lauren Shadrach Roundy lived most of his life in the Alton area. I like his picture as a dapper young man, but I remember him as a kindly grandpa, balding, and with white hair, who would take my brother Jerry and me in his old blue chevy pickup out to his ranch when we would visit Alton in the summe
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Viola C Roundy


Alton Cemetery

Unnamed Rd
Kanab, Kane, Utah
United States


September 13, 2021


August 30, 2021


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Lauren Shadrach remembered by Bruce Roundy

Contributor: kdbulloch Created: 3 months ago Updated: 3 months ago

Lauren Shadrach Roundy lived most of his life in the Alton area. I like his picture as a dapper young man, but I remember him as a kindly grandpa, balding, and with white hair, who would take my brother Jerry and me in his old blue chevy pickup out to his ranch when we would visit Alton in the summertime. I loved those visits and remember sleeping in the old green house my Dad grew up in, playing in the barn behind the house, and my Grandma Roundy (Viola Cutler) talking to herself in the kitchen as she cooked food in her old wood-burning stove and oven. I remember Grandpa Roundy bouncing my little sisters on his knee, and singing to them. Grandpa was a kindly and generous man. He had an interest in a local sawmill, but sold that. After hiring out to grade the Sink Valley road with a team of horses, he later worked for state road maintenance. My Dad tells me of the year he donated much of their pinyon-juniper firewood (not easy to cut) to someone in need.


Contributor: kdbulloch Created: 3 months ago Updated: 3 months ago

I, Shelly, found this story while going through my mother, Judith's, files. I am so glad Pam kept her mother's, (Bernele) wishes and gave her a copy. I have fond memories of our family going to Alton with Uncle Clinton, Aunt Bernele, Pam and Chris. I remember Pam and I swinging on swings laughing and giggling. It was a real treat getting to know these cousins for the first time. After reading this story I have one request... pretty please find the picture of Uncle Clinton's initials carved in the tree so we can attach it to this story. Thanks, Shelly Dear Aunt Judy, After my father passed away, my mom came across a story he had written. She says she never knew about it (at least she can’t remember, which is more likely). The story is “Memories of Alton”, I'm not even sure when during his life it was written. She gave all us kids a copy of the story. Last month when her kidneys were shutting down and she knew her time was short she gave me a list of wishes she wanted me to get done for her and I promised l would. One thing that was very important to her was that I get a copy of this story to you and Colleen. With everything going on I have not even read it yet myself but she is sure you will enjoy it. I don’t know how often or if you even went to Alton, but I did several times and I loved it. Bernele is no longer “actively” dying, but still it could be within the next month or so. She rallied and has just been hanging in there and is impatiently waiting. She is bedridden and not able to do much of anything. I hope all is well, and hope you enjoy the story. Love, Pam MEMORIES OF ALTON I remember that our family made a couple of trips to Alton when I was about 1 1 or 12 years old. One trip we took included mom and her first four children. Elmer Roundy came by to pick us up in an old car, (it wasn’t old then) and we were very much surprised that we could get all the way up to 30 miles and hour. Needless to say it took us quite awhile to get there. I remember that mom had purchased four pair of brown keds for myself, Maxine, Dorain and Colleen and we would line up our feet in the back seat; all eight feet in a row according to size. My memory is getting dim but I think that we pulled up to Uncle Ervin and Aunt Hannah‘s place first. We were welcomed whole-heartedly by them. I remember that they had a player piano that we loved to watch. Colleen remembers that you had to step down or up from the porch to go inside and she stumbled often. My first impression of Alton was that it was fertile, with crops growing everywhere. The fields were loaded with sugar beets, corn, alphalfa, etc. There wasn’t a lot of bare ground showing. Grass was aplenty growing around the homes and barns. The view was magnificent. As we approached we could see Alton down in the valley, a very beautiful setting with pink cliffs to the east. The road we approached on was not the same as the one they have now. The road was on higher ground and farther to the north. Uncle Ervin and Aunt Hannah treated us royally. I remember visiting many other families but I have two visions of going to Alton and I don't know which trip was which. The second trip that I can remember we stopped at Bryce Canyon on the way down. On that trip we arrived in Alton in the wee hours of the moming at Uncle Lauren and Aunt Viola’s place. Mom said let's not wake them up so we slept on their front porch until dawn. It gets cold in AIton during the night but we managed. They were put out because we hadn’t awakened them. We also stayed with Uncle Pole and Aunt Zelpha for a couple of days. This was some months before their home burned to the ground in the middle of the night. Clyde Roundy, their oldest son became a good pal and friend. I remember while at PoIe’s place looking down on a dance that was going on during the weekend. It must have been in the recreation hall of the Church. Everyone seemed to be having a real enjoyable time. Many of the town’s folks were there with their instruments to provide the music. I had noticed a cute young girl, with red hair, who was apparently waiting for someone to ask her to dance. I kept wishing that l could go down and ask her to dance but, if you know me, I'm bashful. I have regretted this ever since. She was so cute. lsn’t it strange that I would remember something like this? I remember visiting with Uncle Thel at the post office and gathering around at the grocery store in conversation with others. There was an old Victrola phonograph that we would listen to. One recording that comes to mind is “Lucky Lindy” which was about Lindbergh’s flight over the Atlantic to France in his “Spirit of St. Louis”. On any trip l always felt like I was on sacred ground as we approached Alton. I guess it was because of mom and the stories she used to tell us children and how much she loved the place, Upper Kanab included. I have a faint glimpse of memory that we, as a family including dad, went to Alton for a short visit and then on to the Grand Canyon. l think we probably took in the other parks in Southem Utah on the same trip. Visiting the cemetery was a favorite thing for me to do. From there you can get a clear view of the valley and beyond to the pink cliffs. I remember Uncle Pole relating some hair-raising experiences he had up near those cliffs. Especially one experience when he was up in that area late in the season deer hunting and a snow storm came up and gave him all kinds of problems including even whether he would get back alive or not. Pole was known for his deer hunting out of season. He didn’t pay any attention to the seasons. He needed food on the table. Aunt Zelpha always had plenty of venison around, dried or otherwise. When I was about 15, l believe, l was given the opportunity to go to Alton. This would be about 1936. Mother had arranged for me to go down for a few weeks and spend some time with my cousins. A man by the name of Adair offered to take me to a place on the highway just south of the summit and someone would be there to take me the rest of the way to Alton. l only had to give Adair $4.00 for the trip. The bad part about this was that he would have to stop at various towns along the highway to drop off produce at various grocery stores. That was his business; delivering produce up and down the state. Needless to say the trip took a long time. Mom had arranged for me to stay with Uncle Pole and Aunt Zelpha. l was glad because Clyde and me had become pals on a previous trip. Clyde was a happy, golucky boy but he was also a big tease. He was always cheerful and mischievous at the same time. When he died five or six years later of an infection it shook me up terribly. He had a horse named “Bisty” that we used to ride on all the time. We would do things that normal kids do in the summertime. Do the daily chores, take our turn at thinning beets, hauling hay, milking the cows, etc. We also had time for fun. Like I said Clyde was a tease. His older sister, Melba, would always get a soaking when she retumed from a date or whatever. Clyde and me slept on the second floor and Clyde would have a cup of water ready for Melba as she came in the door on the first floor. There was a window right over the front door. Melba could get pretty angry and she could take care of Clyde but he would just laugh. Aunt Zelpha always treated me royally. Anything I wanted to eat she would prepare, including venison burgers. She prepared and packed a lunch for Clyde and me one day to get us started on a trip that I will always remember. We climbed on Bisty and started up the trail or road through Upper Kanab and way beyond that. Clyde had only the one horse and naturally he got to sit in the saddle with me behind hanging on to him for support and I tried to make myself as comfortable as possible. On the way through some birch trees we stopped and I carved my initials into one of the trees. “C.H.”. We then joumeyed further east and ran into some sheep that were being tended by a Heaton man. I can’t remember his name, but he had retumed from his mission just weeks before. We had helped him haul hay to his barn in wagons just a week before. Many years later, my wife Bernele and me located that tree with my initials on it and took a picture of it which we have. Well, anyway, that was part of what we did while at “East Fork”. That is what the place was referred to but I never found out what it was the east fork of? One reason why Clyde chose to take me to East Fork was for the fishing. There was a stream of about three to four feet wide and two or three feet deep. We hadn’t taken any fishing gear except fishhooks, worms and a little line. We had a knife to cut poles. This one day we caught forty to fifty fish. They were small but tasty. Mr. Heaton made up some sour-dough biscuits that night and we had a feast of those biscuits and the fish. Contentedly, Clyde and I slept peacefully under blankets around the fire while Mr. Heaton slept in his tent wagon. The next moming Clyde and I got on Bisty. Wow, that is when I found out how sore I was for not having a saddle to sit on. Clyde traded off once but not for very long. We had the awful experience of killing many porcupines. I could never take the lead in something like this but I followed. Apparently porcupines and sheep don't mix. I did find out that porcupines do not throw their quills. I had heard that they did and we approached them head on. While looking for porcupines I walked while Clyde rode. I had to have time to heal. Later on in years I met that Mr. Heaton and he remembered this trip very well. Uncle Pole was a fisherman and that is why Clyde was. We used to walk from Alton to a creek that ran parallel to the road where Highway 89 is now. That would be about six or seven miles from Alton. The name of the creek was Acey’s creek. The road we hiked along was a different road that is there now. It was farther north and up and down to the creek. We never did have much luck fishing that creek. Maybe one or two fish but not enough for breakfast. We walked back doing what kids our age do, throwing rocks at birds and animals, etc. We walked over to Acey’s creek at least twice while I was in Alton. We had to race each other to get back soon enough to do chores. When you go stay at someone’s house with a cousin, if there are any other cousins around, there is a chance for some jealousy. Well, that happened and Paul Roundy, son of Lauren and Viola, wanted me to move to their home and spend some time with him and so I did. I can’t remember too much of what we did besides the chores except we did try to ride some young calves that were in his corral. That is not easy. I remember a time when Laura, PauI’s older sister, was on a horse along the road that led to a barn and I was on another horse and somehow the horses started running away down that road. I was really scared since I was hanging on my horse’s saddle horn off to the side. Laura quickly turned her horse into mine towards the barn to get it to stop. I was hanging on for dear life. I think she saved it. I had the opportunity to train a couple of lambs how to drink from a milk pail while staying with Paul. I remember going with Uncle Ervin to his ranch one evening to milk his cows. That would have been the old ranch in Upper Kanab. He had a dozen or more cows to milk and I wasn’t much help. It was dark when we returned home. I remember that Uncle Carter and Aunt Bess had two sons, Raymond and Donald and that they were always fighting, each other and others. I did my best to avoid any such confrontation. I knew where Donalvin Roundy lived but didn't have much to do with his family on this trip. I remember the front door was on the west. Maybe l’m wrong. Dee was older than Clyde and me and I remember him but it wasn’t till many years later that I really got to know Dee and Martha and what a great couple they were. I didn't say anything about Clyde and I going swimming in the reservoir several times. There was even a diving board there. I don’t know if that water was used for drinking or not. One of us dove off the board and the water wasn’t too deep and hit our head in the mud below. I think it was Clyde. One thing that I am ashamed to tell is that I declined an opportunity to give a two and a half minute talk in Sunday School. That has weighed upon my mind heavily all my life. Clyde had a cheery nature and laughed when he teased others. I can remember getting soaked from milk while he was milking the cows. He had a petty good aim. I was happy to have the opportunity to join with many other people in town in their annual trek to Duck Creek. l can’t remember if it was on the 4th or 24th of July but it was a lot of fun riding in those wagons. It was a fun day. I remember that Clyde put his hand quietly under a 12-inch trout and scooped it out of the creek. Someone in the group had trout for dinner that night. We played some great games before having to rush back to get the chores done before dark. I understand now that the Kanab Stake was involved in a lot of those trips to Duck Creek. One thing I know about the people of Alton is that they know how to celebrate a holiday. They are very patriotic and love their country. They seem to thrive on those terrific holiday gatherings. In our later years there we thoroughly enjoyed being there among the pines. At that altitude the nights were cool and it was just great to visit with good people like Dee and Martha. What they did for us we can never repay. We made several trips to Alton with our trailer during the Summer months with our two youngest children with us some of the time. Dee and Martha allowed us to hook up to their water and electricity when we were there. In the evenings we enjoyed being entertained in their home with Dee telling us stories about family and the town. Martha played old tunes on the piano which was also very entertaining. I think we even sang some of them as a group. Actually, we were there so many times and attended church so often, most of the people knew us and called us by name. We enjoyed attending Martha’s Gospel Doctrine class which she presented each Sunday. She was very well versed in the gospel and made the class very interesting. At one time we considered buying a lot from Lorena but at that time there was a water shortage and the town wouldn't allow any new people to buy property. It just seemed as though Alton was home to us even though we were Salt Lake City residents. By the way, I stood up in a Fast and Testimony meeting in Alton during one of our last visits to Alton to apologize for not accepting the assignment to give a two and a half minute talk in Sunday School many years ago. We will never be able to thank the people of the community and especially Dee and Martha for their friendship and kindness to us. Whenever we stayed in Alton, Bernele and me enjoyed driving up to the old Roundy ranch. We remember the silver maples where Will had his home and the yellow roses farther east and across the road that mother used to talk about. We felt we were on hallowed ground walking around the skeletons of homes and an an old blacksmith shop. We really enjoyed our time with Uncle Pole at the ranch. We regret that because of our age we will probably never pass that way again unless we will be able to do so in the world of spirits. I have never know of a man who is so kind to animals as Dee was. I used to watch him when he fed his horses. One day I asked if he would saddle one up so I could ride around the town to bring back some old memories. I rode up and around the reservoir where Clyde and me spent some time. My memory is getting dimmer each day but this is what I do remember about Alton. If I could remember my name I would put it down! Oh Yeah! Clinton D. Hale

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Viola C Roundy was born on 10 Oct 1886
Viola C Roundy was 5 years old when Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Viola C Roundy was 22 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Viola C Roundy was 30 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.
Viola C Roundy was 43 years old when The New York Stock Exchange crashes in what will be called the Crash of '29 or "Black Tuesday", ending the Great Bull Market of the 1920s and beginning the Great Depression. The New York Stock Exchange, is an American stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$21.3 trillion as of June 2017. The average daily trading value was approximately US$169 billion in 2013. The NYSE trading floor is located at 11 Wall Street and is composed of 21 rooms used for the facilitation of trading. A fifth trading room, located at 30 Broad Street, was closed in February 2007. The main building and the 11 Wall Street building were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1978.
Viola C Roundy was 53 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.
Viola C Roundy was 59 years old when World War II: German forces in the west agree to an unconditional surrender. The German Instrument of Surrender ended World War II in Europe. The definitive text was signed in Karlshorst, Berlin, on the night of 8 May 1945 by representatives of the three armed services of the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht (OKW) and the Allied Expeditionary Force together with the Supreme High Command of the Red Army, with further French and US representatives signing as witnesses. The signing took place 9 May 1945 at 00:16 local time.
Viola C Roundy was 71 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Viola C Roundy was 77 years old when The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a "record-busting" audience of 73 million viewers across the USA. The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several musical styles, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as "Beatlemania"; as the group's music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, the band were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s.
Viola C Roundy died on 17 Aug 1973 at the age of 86
Grave record for Viola C Roundy (10 Oct 1886 - 17 Aug 1973), BillionGraves Record 45208245 Kanab, Kane, Utah, United States