Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling)

30 Dec 1905 - 20 Jun 1998


Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling)

30 Dec 1905 - 20 Jun 1998
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Wilma Josephine Colling Griffeth daughter of Charles Albert Colling and Helena Agnes Malleck, born Dec. 30, 1905 at Indianola Nebr. My oldest sister Margaret died when she was about 4 months old. That left me the oldest one of the family. I had two sisters and two brothers. Arlene, Blanche, William
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Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling)

Married: 15 Nov 1927

Dayton Cemetery

Highway 36
Dayton, Franklin, Idaho
United States


September 24, 2013


September 20, 2013

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Life Story of Wilma Josephine Colling Griffeth

Contributor: Jackerman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

Wilma Josephine Colling Griffeth daughter of Charles Albert Colling and Helena Agnes Malleck, born Dec. 30, 1905 at Indianola Nebr. My oldest sister Margaret died when she was about 4 months old. That left me the oldest one of the family. I had two sisters and two brothers. Arlene, Blanche, William and Bob (Robert). We lived on a 160 acre farm that joined my Grandpa Malleck’s place until I was eight years old. We used to go to Grandpas and Grandma’s place quite often. I remember the good chicken and noodle soup Grandma used to make. They had a large home and we used to have a good time when we went to Grandma’s. Grandpa and Grandma was well off in their later years. They had nine children and they gave each child 160 acres of land. He helped some of them financially too, which run into the thousands of dollars. Grandma Malleck worked very hard and was very saving. One of the things I can remember most while we lived there was a pet crow we had named Rudolph. He could talk and do many things. He used to follow me to school, so one day mother clipped his wings. She thought he wouldn’t go if he couldn’t fly. But that didn’t stop him, he walked to school. I was studying and didn’t expect to see him but the first thing I knew he stood in the door and squawked “Hello Wilma” and he walked right down the aisle and hopped up on the corner of my desk. He stayed till school was out. That night mother stopped to pick us up on her way home from town. He sneaked out and got under the school teachers long dress and when he thought mother wasn’t looking he hopped up on the running gears of the buggy and rode home there. Another time my sister Blanche was making mud pies and she had them all spread out on her table and Rudolph was sitting on the corner of the table. When she had them all smoothed out nice, he took a bite out of each one. It made Blanche mad and she jawed him and smoothed them out again and again he took a bite out of them. There was a little piece of frayed out rope laying on the ground. Blanche picked it up and hit Rudolph and he fell over like he was dead with his feet in the air. She bent over and said “Oh Rudolph I didn’t mean to hurt you.” He jumped up and grabbed her finger with his beak. He was just playing possum. He used to keep the chickens away from mother’s flowers. He would fly just low enough to grab them on their back. He also used to go to Grandma’s with us. Sometimes he would ride on the horse’s back or on the buggy. Sometimes he would fly ahead and wait on a post. He did too many things too numerous to mention. When we left Nebr. we gave him to our neighbors. When I was eight we sold our place and moved to Rawlings Wyo. We lived there a year, and my father worked in the railroad shops. My Aunt Lizzie (Dad’s Sister) and family lived there. We then moved to Inkom Idaho and homesteaded a 162 acres about ten miles north of Inkom. At that time there wasn’t a school close so I went back to Rawlings and stayed with my Aunt Lizzie for a year and went to school there. When they did build a school we had three and a quarter miles to go. We used to move to Pocatello for the winters because it was so far to school and the snow got so deep. The snow used to get so deep it covered all the fences, and we had to keep moving our clothes line up in the trees. By the time winter was over and the snow began to go down we had to keep moving the line down. During the summer it seemed almost impossible to think our clothes line was that high or the snow was that deep. When we first moved on the homestead we lived in a tent and then in a sheep camp. While we lived in the sheep camp, Dad and Mother cut timber from our place and had it sawed and built us a home. We had many new experiences on the homestead those first few years. In Nebr. it was level, no mountains in sight. We were afraid of the steep roads and dugways and bears and mountain lions etc. We used to have to cross a School Section to go to school and there were a lot of cattle there. We were afraid of the bulls. We had trees picked out to climb along the way, if the cattle would bother us. We used to practice climbing the trees going and coming from school. It was funny, someone would yell “Here comes a bull” and we would all climb a tree. After we lived there a few years things didn’t seem so bad. The roads became better and wider and better bridges etc. and closer neighbors. There were just four children then. My brother Bob didn’t come along till I was twenty. There was fourteen years between my youngest sister and Bob. I finished the ninth grade at school and went a year and a half at the University known then as the Tech. I went to night school for a while and studied Telegraphy and went to work for the Western Union as a mux operator (now known as a teletype). I worked there three and a half years. I met Arden Griffeth when we lived on the homestead. I was about 16 years old. Some people run a saw mill on our place by the name of Talbot. Arden was a friend of Talbots and he and three other boys came to see the Talbot boys and that is how I met Arden. They called him Ben (a nickname). I’m afraid he will always be Ben to me. Arden went on a mission to the Western States. He was gone about six months and they brought him back to Salt Lake City to be operated on for appendicitis. While he was home recuperating, he baptized me into the L.D.S. church. So far as I know I haven’t a relative that belongs to the church. Most of my relatives are Catholics. Arden went back and finished his mission and came home about a year and a half later. We were married in the fall, Nov. 16, 1927 in the Logan Temple at Logan, Utah. We lived on Grandpa Griffeth’s (Andrew Griffeth) farm about three miles south of Preston. We lived there for three years and while we lived there our first child, a daughter was born Oct. 23, 1928. A cesarean birth. We called her Ardell. I had so much sickness and trouble when she was born I almost died, in fact it was a miracle I lived. The Drs. advised me not to try to have any more children and most people didn’t think we would ever have, including my husband. We talked some of adopting a boy. I told Arden the Lord knew best and when I got strong enough I’d have a boy. In my patriarchal blessing it spoke of my children and I just had a child. I just lived for that. We moved from Grandpa Griffeth’s place to a place about 5 miles north of Inkom. We did a little farming and had some milk cows and pigs and Arden did a lot of trucking. From there we moved to Inkom. Arden still trucked. He was on the school board for several years. The present school was built while he was on the board. I worked as Relief Society Pres. and Sec. while we lived in Inkom. We had a lot of good times when we lived in Inkom. There was about six couples that got together every twice and awhile and had a lot of fun. Everybody’s birthday, surprise parties, sleigh riding, tobogganing, oyster stews etc. The couples included: Keith & Ellen Clark, Earl & Vera Burrup, Dick & Ivy Woodland, Dick & Ada Bennett, Tom & Ethel Farnworth, Alvin & Grace Thomas, Ben (Arden) and I. While we lived in Inkom our second child was born, July 12, 1938. A son we called Roger. We were so thrilled and thankful to have another child. In fact, Ben was so proud his hat wouldn’t hardly fit his head for a while. There was nearly ten years between Ardell and Roger. In Oct. 1939, I went on a trip to Calif. with my sister Arlene and husband and their girl Lois, my Mother and Ardell and Roger. We went to the fair at San Francisco on Treasure Island. We saw many wonderful things there. Also, seen the ocean for the first time, Aquarium, Zoo, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park and Golden Gate Bridge and many things of interest. We visited my sister Blanche and family who lived in Turlock, Calif. While we were there my Dad took us to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Dad and mother separated a little while after we were married and Dad was living in Calif. at this time. Dad and mother separated but they never did get a divorce. When Dad got older he lived with my sister Blanche. He died of cancer of the lower bowel July 26, 1948 and was buried in Calif. On our way home from our trip we went through Zions Park, Bryce Canyon and Boulder Dam. We moved from Inkom to Blackrock and then out to Marsh Creek. It was about 5 miles south of Inkom on a farm. We had some irrigated ground and raised alfalfa and wild or meadow hay and about 1,000 acres of dry farm which we raised grain on. While we lived there, Ben was first counselor to Bishop Keith Clark of the Inkom Ward. Carol our third child was also born while we lived there. She was born Feb. 15, 1944. I had a lot of trouble before she was born. In fact, I just about died with both of the girls and got along just fine with the boys. We moved from Marsh Creek when Carol was about 9 months old to Dayton, Idaho. We bought 80 acres of irrigated ground and had a nice bunch of milk cows, some pigs and chickens. We raised sugar beets and hay and some peas. We attended the Dayton Ward and both held church positions in the ward. I worked in the Relief Society as a counselor and Sec. and teacher in Primary. Ben was Sunday School teacher, teacher of High Priests and Choir Pres. While we lived at Dayton our fourth child was born. We called him Anciel and he was born Jan. 26, 1946. Four children aren’t very many but we’re very thankful for what we have. For a long time, it looked like one child was the size of our family. Ben became interested in mining but he couldn’t farm and mine too so we rented our place a year or two, but that wasn’t very successful so we sold our place and moved on a place in Franklin. Our mining property is located near Wisdom, Mont. and Three Forks, Mont. The children and I have spent quite a few summers in Mont. At the mine near Wisdom it is beautiful in the summer. A lot of pines, good fishing and hunting. At Three Forks, Mont. there isn’t any mountains and pines, just rolling hills. There are three large rivers that run together and form the Missouri river, so there is plenty of water there. Our oldest daughter and family live in Salt Lake City, Utah and have four children. Three girls and a boy. Roger and wife live next door to us here in Franklin and have a little boy. Roger is attending College at Logan. This is his third year and he is studying Geology. I have had many promptings and faith promoting experiences which will be found elsewhere in this book. I would like to mention my Grandparents on the Colling side, my Grandpa Colling fought in the Civil War and got sun stroke which caused his death a few years later. He died when I was young and don’t remember anything about him. I just remember a little about seeing him and his casket. I can remember quite a bit about my Grandma Colling. She used to love and make over me a lot. I remember her coming to Idaho and visiting us one time. She lived to be 82. Grandpa Malleck lived to be 87 and Grandma Malleck was nearly 92 when she died.

Life timeline of Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling)

Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was born on 30 Dec 1905
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 8 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.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 24 years old when Babe Ruth becomes the first baseball player to hit 500 home runs in his career with a home run at League Park in Cleveland, Ohio. George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter two still stand as of 2018. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 25 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 40 years old when World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 50 years old when Disneyland Hotel opens to the public in Anaheim, California. The Disneyland Hotel is a resort hotel located at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, owned by the Walt Disney Company and operated through its Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products division. Opened on October 5, 1955, as a motor inn owned and operated by Jack Wrather under an agreement with Walt Disney, the hotel was the first to officially bear the Disney name. Under Wrather's ownership, the hotel underwent several expansions and renovations over the years before being acquired by Disney in 1988. The hotel was downsized to its present capacity in 1999 as part of the Disneyland Resort expansion.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 58 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.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 71 years old when Star Wars is released in theaters. Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. It is the first film in the original Star Wars trilogy and the beginning of the Star Wars franchise. Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, Alec Guinness, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, Anthony Daniels, Kenny Baker, and Peter Mayhew, the film focuses on the Rebel Alliance, led by Princess Leia (Fisher), and its attempt to destroy the Galactic Empire's space station, the Death Star.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) was 75 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Wilma J. Griffeth (Colling) died on 20 Jun 1998 at the age of 92
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