Lois Angeline Smith Bushman

From Pioneer Women of Arizona: Bushman by Roberta Flake Clayton
Lois Angeline Smith Bushman
Author Unknown
Maiden Name: Lois Angeline Smith
Birth: January 25, 1844; near Little Rock, Pulustki Co., Arkansas
Parents: John Mitchell Smith and Maria Amanda Foscue
Marriage: John Bushman;143 February 11, 1865
Children: John Albert (1866), Homer Frederick (1868), Maria Elizabeth (1869), Martin Lester (1871), Lois Evelyn (1872), Wickliff Benjamin (1874), Preston Ammon (1875), June Augusta (1879), Jesse Smith (1881), Florence Cordelia (1884), Alonzo Ewing (1885), Jacob Virgil (1889)
Death: September 19, 1921; Lehi, Utah Co., Utah
Burial: Joseph City, Navajo Co., Arizona

Lois was the daughter of Dr. John Smith and Maria Foscue. She was born near Little Rock, Arkansas, on January 25, 1844. The parents of Lois were people of considerablemeans and intellectual attainments and were devoutly religious. They had moved from Alabama to Texas in 1844 where they were living when they became affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and at once began making preparations to join the Saints in their exodus west. Accordingly in 1850, in company with Lorenzo Van Cleve, the husband of a sister of Mr. Smith, and their five children; John Percival Lee and wife, Eliza, sister of Mrs. Smith, and their small family, they started for Winter Quarters [present day Omaha, Nebraska], stopping at St. Louis, Missouri to complete their equipment for the westward journey to establish a home.

Upon arrival at Winter Quarters, Dr. Smith was appointed captain of a company of pioneers. While encamped at the Platte River, cholera broke out fifty-three persons died the first day. Dr. Smith contracted the dreaded disease and died the next day, June 16, 1850, at Florence, Nebraska.

Dr. Smith’s dying request of his wife was that she continue on with the company. Their little family now consisted of four children, the eldest aged ten and the youngest only four. Lois was six at this time. The mother was in a delicate condition, and it required no little degree of faith and courage, to say nothing of business ability, for unlike many of the pioneers, this family was going to the West completely equipped to make a home.145 They had an unusually large outfit of sheep, cattle, and teams and wagons with their drivers.
The first evening after Dr. Smith died, the head teamster became offended because Mrs. Smith indignantly refused his offer of marriage, so helping himself to the best horse and outfit, he left that night for parts unknown. This necessitated hiring a new man and adjusting affairs, but Mrs. Smith was equal to the task. The company arrived in Salt Lake City September 1850, and this family located at the nearby town of Tooele.
After almost two years of widowhood, Lois’s mother married again, this time to Preston Thomas, and with him moved to Cedar Fort, thence to Lehi, Utah County, in 1858.
The opportunities for education were very limited in these early days, but the Smith family had brought many choice books with them, consisting of histories, biographies, and scriptural, scientific, and classical works. At an early age, Lois exhibited marked intellectual tastes. Her thirst for knowledge grew with the years. She was very fond of poetry and had a remarkable memory.

Lois was a member of the first Sunday School and Relief Society organized in Lehi and at the age of eighteen was chosen to lead the young ladies of the town in their celebrations. She loved to sing and dance and was very popular with young and old. In those days some of the requisites in every girl’s education were: to keep a home immaculately clean and sweet, to cook, knit, darn, sew and patch, spin, weave, embroider, and make lace, either knitted or crocheted or both. In these she excelled.

Whatever the task, Lois approached it with cheerfulness. As she spun, she sang to the accompaniment of the hum of the wheel, tripping back and forth in rhythmic dance. She declared that not only did it make the work lighter and the thread smoother, but the number of ten-knot skeins per day was more by one than was spun by the girls who signed [sighed?] or visited as they spun. This was demonstrated by the spinning “bees” of that day.
As early as 1862, the opportunities for recreational and social development along aesthetic lines were encouraged and provided. The balls were carefully planned and supervised, and dancing masters were employed. Amateur theatricals, concerts, home socials, and parties in abundance were conducted.

The courtship of John Bushman and Lois Smith began on May Day of the leap year 1864. The young ladies were required to invite their partners for the ball, and Lois selected John Bushman. John had long admired her for her maidenly reserve and her many charms, and when he found himself lucky escort, well he made the most of his chance and became “her steady beau.” He often recalled for his children the pleasures of those days, when in the summer time they took long walks together, and then of the sleigh rides in the winter when they would go to neighboring towns to dances and his spirited horse would try to pass all others on the road. The wedding took place on February 11, 1865, and the honeymoon lasted as long as they lived.

The newly married couple lived in the home of his parents for the first ten months. Lois won the love and confidence of the family, and there was perfect harmony and good will in the home. Besides helping with the cooking and housework, she carded, spun, and wove enough jeans for a suit of clothes for her husband, and tailored them herself. She also wove linsey and made a dress for herself this first year. In December, they moved into their own newly completed adobe house. They had but little furniture. At first the meals were cooked over the fireplace, but in a few weeks a cook stove was obtained.

The only thing to mar their happiness during the first year or two of their married life was the frequent raids of the Indians, and John would be called out to help guard the settlements. On June 12, Black Hawk was creating much trouble and the men were constantly on guard.146

May 28, 1866, their first child was born. He was a very delicate child and the latter part of July became very ill. John was away on guard duty much of the time and the whole of the care of the sick depended on Lois.  

Two of the townsmen were brought home dead from Indian bullets. The anxiety she felt for her husband and child was so great that her health was impaired. After the baby’s death on December 3, 1866, she was in very poor health for a long time.

Finally a treaty of peace was entered into between Black Hawk and President Brigham Young, and the men were permitted to return home. John began to acquire more land and was getting quite comfortably fixed.

On January 23, 1876, John Bushman, with two hundred other men, were called by Brigham Young to settle on the Little Colorado River, in the northeastern part of Arizona, on an arid waste of shifting sands. This was a mission to establish permanent settlement in this section of the country. All of the men were expected to pool their property, with the object of having all things in common, of working together in a United Order.

Because of the poor health of Lois, it was considered best that she remain in Lehi, Utah, while her husband, who had married a beautiful girl, Mary Ann Petersen, brought her with him to make a home.147 He frequently visited his family, and at the end of two years and a half, final preparations were made for the remainder of the family to go to Arizona. The covered wagon beds extended at the rear of one of the wagons. It contained shelves of food supplies and dishes, pots, and pans. The door, when let down, served as a table. The extension on the wagon box was used to carry barrels of water over the desert for both men and animals. On Tuesday, October 22, 1878, the trip began. The equipment consisted of three wagons well-packed and drawn by five span of horses, a small herd of cows, and a riding pony for the eldest son to use in driving the cattle (rather young was this cowboy, only ten years old).

There were six other families, thirteen wagons in the train. The caravan moved smoothly
along until it reached Salina Creek. Here the light wagon Lois was driving, and in which her aged mother and the younger children were riding, tipped over, bruising the grandmother and breaking the arm of little four-year-old Wickliff. This was near the town of Salina. Fortunately a doctor was summoned and attended the injured. Mrs. Bushman’s mother did not accompany them farther on the journey, going to her sister in Beaver, Utah. This was a sad parting indeed for Lois, but her faith and love for her husband sustained her.

The trip was a wonderful one, in spite of hardships. Every day revealed new surroundings with beautiful and sometimes strange scenery. At camping time, fires were made and the evening meal prepared. When all was arranged for the night the camp would be called together around one campfire, prayer would be offered, then the evening spent in singing familiar hymns and songs, and the voices of John and Lois rang out in sweet harmony. Thus the time passed, hardships came and were bravely met, and on December 1, 1878, the little town of St. Joseph was reached. Here was the home John took his family to, a sort of apartment house, known as the Fort. The newcomers were heartily welcomed, especially by Mary who had been anxiously awaiting them and little Lois who had come with the father and Mary on the first trip, and it was not long until they had entered into the life and become a part of this big family, with common interest, that of redeeming this desert into a place where the necessities of life could be obtained, with a little beauty and comfort mixed in. When the work of the day was completed, the bugler called all together as on the road. With prayer, song and friendly greeting, each family then went to its abode, there to rest until a new day with its duties should call them.148

Of a cheery, genial temperament, and an understanding disposition, Lois fitted well into this community life. Indeed, her past training especially prepared her for these new conditions. She had been schooled in patience, born of love and perfect faith and trust in the Giver of all blessings. Because of her extensive reading and her gift of song and storytelling, her part of the fort was the gathering place of the children. Bible stories were exhausted and historical ones began. Then the neighboring mothers requested to join the group. The interest grew and the circle enlarged. Her oral narrative of history became as interesting as fiction. The story lost none of its fine shading, and dates became significant. Her pauses with her knitting added impressiveness. She was truly an artist at entertaining and quick to discover the talents of others. Soon theatricals, concerts, and other cultural forms of amusement were undertaken, and all responded with the ingenuity that was needed to plan the costumes and scenery.

The northern part of the territory of Arizona was noted for its winds and sandstorms in the springtime. It seemed that the wind blew most of the time. But when these periodical storms came they lasted for three days. During this time, no [none but essential] work would be done outside. Doors were shut and windows closed, and when it was over, the sand drifts had to be shoveled away. John was not idle during these days, but employed his time making brooms for the family and neighbors. These winds were especially trying on the eyes. There were many on the banks of the sandy bed of the Little Colorado whose eyes were injured permanently. Lois’ eyes were seriously affected, and she was never able to read again. This was her greatest trial for a while, but always there was someone who delighted in reading for her, because of the rich background she possessed, and the graciousness she showed to all who were so kind to her.

Uncomplainingly, she passed through the trying experiences of pioneer life, making the best of everything as it came, and encouraging others to do the same. Although she almost completely lost her sight, her voice still retained its sweetness, and ten days before she passed away she sang in public.

Lois was the mother of eleven children 149, and then raised three others whose mother had died. Always, her home was the gathering place for young and old. The friends of her children were always welcome.

In 1884, the United Order was discontinued and people began building individual homes. The beautiful red brick one of the Bushmans was dedicated on the happy couple’s silver wedding anniversary. Friends from far and near came in to help celebrate the festive occasion.

After the children were grown and married, John and Lois traveled quite extensively, going to the World’s Fair in St. Louis and to a fair in Seattle. Their Golden Wedding Anniversary, February 11, 1915, was an elaborate affair and was celebrated by their numerous descendants and a host of friends.

Shortly after this they decided to return to their old home in Lehi, Utah. They were now together constantly. How gracefully and perfectly they had advanced together. How smoothly and gently their barque glided on the calm unruffled stream. They were living over the first happy years of their married life—plus the luxuries and comforts their thrift and industry had secured for them. They mutually enjoyed the hours of reading, writing, and the serenity and peace that follow a well-ordered life.  Here on September 19, 1921, ended the beautiful earth life of this wonderful pioneer, Lois Angeline Smith Bushman, beloved by all who knew her.

Ellis and Boone:
John Bushman and his two wives came to Arizona determined to make this town on the Little Colorado River successful, and John Bushman’s journals have been immensely useful in understanding these settlements. In particular, Tanner and Richards used these journals to paint “a brilliant picture of the early history of Joseph City.” Family members have also compiled a more inclusive book about Lois’s life with a title that reflects her great love of music: I Will Sing: The Life Story of Lois Angeline Smith Bushman. 151

The citizens of Joseph City have celebrated Founder’s Day on March 24 for many years.
For the twentieth anniversary in 1896, Lois Bushman, Emma Hansen, and Maria R. Smith sang in a trio. But everyone participated. The celebration began with dinner served at 5:00 p.m. and then a program with Joseph C. Hansen acting as master of ceremonies. There were twenty-six different numbers on the program: eleven songs (either by the entire group or special numbers), thirteen talks or recitations, and, of course, two prayers. John Bushman, in his journal, wrote that the program was long— and “they did not get through until midnight.”152

NOTES:

Photo:  John and Lois Angeline Smith Bushman. Photo courtesy of DUP album, Snowflake- Taylor Family History Center.

  1. Lenore B. Carpenter, “John Bushman,” in Clayton, PMA, 63−70; “John Bushman,” in Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, 4:553.
  2. The identity of Lorenzo Van Cleve and wife are unknown at this writing. John Percival Lee, wife Eliza Ann Foscue Lee, and three children traveled to Utah with the Benjamin Hawkins Company of 1850. John Mitchell Smith, wife Maria Amanda Foscue Smith, and four children traveled with the James Pace Company of 1850. The James Pace Company left Nebraska on June 11 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley September 20–23. MPOT.
  3. Maria Foscue Smith’s child, John Freeman Smith, was born January 1, 1851, four months after arriving in Utah.
  4. Black Hawk was a Ute subchief born at Spring Lake (near Payson and at the south end of Utah Lake), roughly between 1824 and 1830. Although not the first Ute chief to protest Mormon settlement, he led the fight over a three-year period from 1865 to 1868. He died September 26, 1870, and was buried at Spring Lake. Peterson, Utah’s Black Hawk War, 42–48, 77–79.
  5. Mary Ann Petersen Bushman, 92.
  6. Lois Bushman was one of the women Phillips quoted when discussing the United Order at Joseph City. Phillips, “‘As Sisters in Zion,’” 155−72.
  7. These three children are the surviving children of John’s second wife, Mary Ann Petersen Bushman, who died July 5, 1885. See comments by Ellis and Boone in Mary Ann Petersen.
  8. Tanner and Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado, 164; Westover and Richards, Unflinching Courage, 103−6; John Bushman papers, MSS 1520, HBLL, BYU.
  9. Pearson, I Will Sing.
  10. Tanner and Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado, 117–18.
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John Bushman’s Cancer Cured, 1905

 

From John Bushman’s Diary

1 January 1905, soon after arriving home from Texas, a sore appeared on my lower lip, just the same as I had cured seven years before. Sent directly to B. Dye, who had furnished treatment for the former cure. This medicine came January 29th; and I commenced to apply the treatment, but it didn’t seem to heal as before.

February 10, 1905, took daughter June, to Snowflake to take care of her sister, Maria, who has been sick for some time. Talked with Brothers Freeman and James M. Flake, who had both been to California to have cancers removed from their wives’ breasts; and they thought Dr. Chanley was pretty sure cure. February 11, came to Woodruff and stopped with John Deadhead and talked with W. DeWitt, who had been to California and had a cancer removed from his lip that was much like mine.

February 12, while on my way home from Woodruff, I decided I would have to go to San Francisco to have my lip cured and had gathered part of the necessary money to pay all expenses. I was pouring out my soul in prayer, as I was riding along, and thanking my heavenly Father for the many privileges and blessings I had enjoyed in the Gospel, when I felt the presence of my wife, Mary, who had been dead over eighteen years, and an assurance that the gospel was true and that all would be well with me, and then I vowed that, if I did not have to go to San Francisco, I would give at least part of the means that the trip would cost to the Church.

Accordingly, in September when I received pay from the sale of wool, I sent $100.00 to Joseph F. Smith with the request that $50.00 to the fun to purchase the Center Stake of Zion. I sent $10.00 to nephew M. I. Bushman on a mission in England, and $40.00 tithing. This is to redeem my vow. The wore was all healed up in two weeks.

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Margaret Evva Wimmer Turley finds lost record

From Pioneer Women of Arizona by Roberta Flake Clayton
in the history of Margaret Hunter Shelley written by Thomas H. Shelley and Marie Shelley Webb, p. 633

Margaret is the mother smiling in the middle of this family photo.

In 1887 [Margaret Hunter Shelley] and her husband did endowments and sealings for all the dead relatives they had record of. This they did for both the Hunters and the Shelleys. Maggie had very little information as to her relatives. A few years before her death, she said her grandmother appeared to her explaining that a mistake had been made and she was not sealed to her husband. She not only appeared once, but three times, pleading for the work to be done. Her husband, being an educated bookkeeper, believed all had been cared for and that he had made careful record. About three years before her [Margaret Shelley’s] death, at a family reunion, her attention was called to her many children and grandchildren and a promise was made that the mistake would yet be found and the sealing cared for. This promise pleased her very much, and she passed away with a feeling of satisfaction and hope.

About three years after her death, a granddaughter, Margaret [Evva Wimmer]Turley, was searching in an old family trunk. To her joy she found a record written in the handwriting of James E. Shelley (who as stated before was Maggie’s husband). There was a list of names showing names of wives sealed to husbands. This list was about eighteen inches long and there the truth was made clear. The list showed that the grandmother’s message about her not being sealed to her husband was true. The record was cleared, and a son, Thomas, and his wife, Eva Tanner Shelley, did the necessary temple work.

What a joy and how faith promoting this has been to the family of James E. and Margaret Hunter Shelley. She died May 6, 1931.

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John Bushman helps with the dissolution of the United Order in Arizona

From Pioneer Women of Arizona by Roberta Flake Clayton
in the history of Clara Maria Gleason Rogers, pp. 594-595.

Ellis and Boone:
Although Clara Rogers did not spend many years living in the United Order, it was nevertheless the living system in Arizona to which she came and is discussed extensively in this sketch. It, therefore, seems appropriate to add a little more about the dissolution of the Order.

In this sketch, the demise of the United Order was blamed upon dissatisfaction because “the people were American-born and restriction irked.” Undoubtedly this was true, and the sketch also stated that “a few dollars’ extra profit failed to compensate for personal prerogative.” But Lot Smith ruled with a firm hand, which Kenner Kartchner thought, in another context, was needed in the early settlement of Utah but not by the time Arizona settlement was well underway.90

Both George Tanner and Charles Peterson discussed the United Order at Sunset; Tanner himself was a little closer in age to those living at Sunset, and Peterson gives a professional historian’s perspective. In particular, Peterson compared the United Order as practiced at Sunset and at St. Joseph, two very different models.91

Regardless of the reasons for people moving away from Sunset, the dissolution of the United Order was prolonged and contentious. A committee was formed to sort out property which had been commingled. David K. Udall was part of this committee and wrote, “I was the only committeeman who had had no business relationship with Brother [Lot] Smith or the United Order.”92 The details Udall gave help readers understand the problems:

I was appointed as one of the committee of five to adjust and settle the many perplexing questions involving tens of thousands of dollars in property owned by the membership of the United Order at Sunset, over which Lot Smith had presided. The people had disbanded and scattered from Mexico to Canada. The other members of the committee were John Bushman of St. Joseph, chairman; Hubert R. Burk of Alpine, Frihoff Nielson of Ramah, and Thomas Brockbank [Brookbank] of Sunset.93 We went through all the records, hunted out the old colonizers and wrote them for statements of claims and grievances. We had many meetings during a period of three years, some held at Mormon Dairy, at Woodruff and various ranches. A more conscientious body of arbitrators in my opinion could not be found.

Hundreds of letters were sent out and received in all patience and without any remuneration. We journeyed from place to place, meeting time and time again until we finally adjusted the business between the members of the company; so far as I know giving satisfaction. Our final report met with President Woodruff ’s endorsement and he blessed us for our services.94

John Bushman

John Bushman, in particular, found the committee work disagreeable and a nightmare, and he was not certain that all members got what was due them. Tanner and Richards wrote, “That the committee allowed Smith to get away with much more than he deserved was due in part to the way he abused them. But how could they chastise a man with so strong a will, especially in view of the fact that he had been, and technically still was, the stake president?”95

David K. Udall was more sympathetic to Lot Smith and thought that “through his thrift and foresight he was truly the leading spirit in an organization which built up great flocks and herds and ranches, mills and farms. Had they been able to continue on unitedly and have stayed with the ‘Order,’ they would have become a great and wealthy people.”96

Peterson’s analysis was both measured and thorough. As part of this discussion, he noted that Locy Rogers was “gentle and filled with good humor, he was altogether one of the most lovable figures in the region. He was loyal and honest but utterly without financial acumen.” Peterson thought that any prosperity Locy Rogers knew came from living the United Order.97

  1. Kartchner, Frontier Fiddler, 16–17.
  2. Peterson, Take Up Your Mission, 91–122; Tanner and Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado, 143–49.
  3. Udall and Nelson, Arizona Pioneer Mormon, 201.
  4. The incorrect surname Brockbank, instead of Brookbank, is a common error and probably crept into the Udall book because daughter Pearl Nelson was living in Utah when helping her father publish his book; Brockbank is a common surname in Utah. See Tanner and Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado, 147–48; Krenkel, Life and Times of Joseph Fish, 521.
  5. Ibid., 200.
  6. Tanner and Richards, Colonization on the Little Colorado, 146–49.
  7. Udall and Nelson, Arizona Pioneer Mormon, 201.
  8. Peterson, Take Up Your Mission, 120–21.
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Robert Hugh Anderson, d. 7 November 2021, Orem

The Provo Daily Herald, Nov 16, 2021

Robert Hugh Anderson got up and dressed for church Sunday morning November 7, 2021 but decided to go to heaven instead. Good choice, Dad! He was born in Provo, Utah on October 26, 1926 the son of Hugh Cheney Anderson and Ella Gladys Barker. He had just celebrated his 95th birthday on October 26, 2021. He lived his childhood and youth in Fairview, Utah where three preceding generations of Anderson’s had lived since coming to Utah from Scotland after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He married his dream girl, Carol Christensen who lived in Moroni, Utah and they had four children: Kirk Robert, Ruth Elayne (Isi Kongaika), Janet Marie (Ned Miner), and Shauna Rae (Dale Bodily). Dad’s schooling and work took him to Orem, Utah in 1958 and he lived the rest of his full life in that blessed community. He was intelligent and was an honor student in high school. He attended Brigham Young University and was only a few credits from graduating.

He could do anything he put his mind to and was very creative especially excelling at designing and building things including his own home. He was a do-it-yourself prodigy! His skills in this area were much appreciated by his children, extended family and his neighbors. He worked at a variety of occupations including auto mechanic, watch and jewelry repair, and production line worker for Bonham Corporation (the makers of the “Tote Gote”) later working his way up to plant manager of Bonham Corporation in Provo, and accountant for Promised Land Publications in Provo. Along the way he also worked part time for a yearbook printing company, Community Press, doing the camera work in the printing process, as well as working for a grocery store doing accounting work.

After he retired, he and Carol served a church mission in Wisconsin, and thereafter he was a volunteer at the Church Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah driving missionaries to medical and dental appointments, or other needs. He loved Ford cars, all things aviation including model aviation and airplanes of any variety, and traveling with notable trips to the South Pacific Islands, Scotland, as well as to Egypt to baptize a grandson, Robert Kongaika in the Red Sea. He also traveled to most of the States in the USA.

He was a World War II Veteran, but was young enough when he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps that just as he was to be sent to pilot training the war ended! Thus, he went to aircraft mechanics school and thereafter to his time in auto repair. He was a lifetime active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in many positions including ward clerk, executive secretary, bishop’s councilor several times and senior missionary. His longest standing church assignment was as chorister, a job that he first started at age 15, and he was chorister in every ward that he was a member of.

He was kind, friendly, loving and outgoing as well as being entirely reliable and selfless. We, his children, never met anyone who knew him who didn’t speak highly of him. We should all be as industrious, reliable and as easy to get along with as “Bob Anderson” was. He loved his wife and children and all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had many friends that he kept close to even up to the last week of his life. He lived a full life filled with love and service. We all should be so lucky as to have as long and meaningful life as “Bob” did. He will be missed.

Funeral services will be held November 20, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Orem 6th Ward Chapel, 365 South 900 East, Orem Utah. There will be a viewing November 19, 2021 at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary at 495 South State Street in Orem, Utah from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again at the 6th Ward chapel on November 20, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Orem City Cemetery with military rites. The family requests that in lieu of flowers consider making a donation to the Utah Food Bank since there is much need to help our community members at this time of the year.

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Obituary for Florence Edna Lundquist Matson Gribble, d. 9 Nov 2005

Here is the obituary for my Aunt Edna.  She was a half-sister to my Grandma Ruby, both daughters of Emanuel Richard Lundquist.  I love Aunt Edna.  She taught me to make 7-layer cookies, which I’d never had before.  She was always smiling and happy.  

She died on this day in 2005.

CALIFORNIAN, THE (TEMECULA, CA) | 9 NOVEMBER 2005

SAN MARCOS – Florence Edna Gribble, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2005, at Tri-City Medical Center.

Born March 24, 1918, in Salt Lake City, she lived in San Diego County since 1980. She was a trade publication editor in the aerospace industry for 20 years. She served in the U.S. Navy as a Wave during World War II. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mrs. Gribble was preceded in death by her husband, George Gribble, in 1999. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Susan Matson of Hermosa Beach; daughter and son-in-law Barbara and John Anunson of San Marcos; brother and sister-in-law Reed and Dorothy Lundquist of Corona; sister Vicki Hiltner of Chapel Hill, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. today, Nov. 9, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1250 Borden Road in San Marcos. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood.

Allen Bros. Mortuary, San Marcos Chapel, is handling arrangements.

Copyright (c) 2005 North County Times (Escondido, CA)

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Mary Evelyn Davis takes a “Honey Pail” to the Elias Bushman’s for Milk in Lehi, Utah

By Wayne Clark

I was born and raised in Lehi, Utah. After I graduated from Lehi High School I left my home town. More than fifty years later I moved back to a changed landscape. There were more than ten times more people in the town I had last known in the early 1960s. The older part of town had changed less than the “suburbs” where cow pastures and hay fields were being filled with housing subdivisions, like the one I moved into. I struggled to find old landmarks and neighborhoods I had known in my youth. I developed an obsession with finding out who my Mormon pioneer ancestors were and where they had lived in Lehi.

My 68-eight-year-old great grandfather, William Bone Jr. (1841-1912), and my 64-year-old great grandmother, Fannie Wagstaff Bone (1845-1935), and their children were in dwelling 494 in Lehi in the 1910 Census. They and their children had resided in previous years in the home that’s at 394 North, 100 West today, but it appeared that the 1910 Census taker found them in the home of William Bone Jr’s father, my second great grandfather, William Bone Sr. (1812-1902). From other sources I knew that the William Bone Sr home was a block down First West Street, on the site of a home that stands today at 271 North, 100 West. The neighbors in the 1910 Census, and an incident involving a “honey pail,” indicate that this was indeed the case.

Elias Abert Bushman (1849-1925) and his family in dwelling 493 were apparently near the Bones in 1910. The census shows both families on Center Street that year, but Utah County property records show that they were instead on First West Street. Though the 1910 Census of Lehi does not give house numbers, the Bushman’s are known to have been in the Richard William Bradshaw home at 286 North, 100 West that year. That was their address in the 1920 Census which does provide street addresses. Elias A. Bushman was the father of Sylvia Bushman (1886-1941), the wife of John Franklin Bradshaw. Her mother, Margaret Laura Zimmerman (1858-1933), purchased the property on which the 286 North, 100 West home stood in 1909.

The Elias A. Bushman family home must have been the one William and Fannie’s granddaughter, Mary Evelyn Davis (1905-1985), referred to in an incident involving a “honey pail”. Evelyn was a 4-year-old child in the home of her parents, George Edward Davis (1857-1914), and William and Fannie’s daughter, Mary Ann Bone (1875-1950), in the 1910 Census. In a tribute to her grandmother at the time of her funeral she said that when she spent the night with her grandmother she was asked to take the “honey pail” to the Bushman’s for milk.

She didn’t explain just what the “honey pail” was. Was it a euphemistic reference to a “honey bucket” or bucket toilet? That doesn’t seem likely if the pail was used for milk, but what else could have been? Whatever it was, it provides evidence that the William Bone, Jr, and his family had moved down to the 271 North, 100 West home after the death of William Bone, Sr. The Bushmans apparently put milk in a “honey pail” for the little four-year-old girl to carry across First West Street to her grandparent’s house.

I vaguely remember that little girl. I think she was at the home of my grandfather, Asa Jones Clark (1882-1966), a time or two when I was a kid. She was my father’s first cousin. The two of them were in the same home for a short time after Evelyn’s mother, Mary Ann Bone Davis, married my grandfather in 1925. That was after the death of my grandfathers first wife, Mary Ann’s sister, Julia Pearl Bone (1884-1921). The cousins and their brothers and sisters were joined in Mary Ann’s home at 187 North, 300 West. If I had known I would need to know about the “honey pail,” I might have asked Evelyn about it. The whole family would probably have provided a smart answer.

Note : This story is drawn from information in the following documents which contain the supporting references and documentation. The Old Fort Wall, a Herd of Cows, and a Near and Dear Neighbor in Lehi, Utah, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2UG02ZnV…/view…, 37 MB

Melissa Lott Smith Bernhisel Willes and three Joseph Smiths, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2RFNmLW1…/view…, 2 MB

My “Aunt Melissa:” Melissa Lott Smith Bernhisel Willes, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2aS0tSXd…/view…, 11 MB William Clark (1825-1910): His Pioneer Adobe Home in Lehi, Utah, and the Homes of his Neighbors and Descendants, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2cGNsT25…/view…, 21 MB Pioneer Adobe Homes on the Memorial Building and Legacy Center Blocks in Lehi, Utah, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2MWRJVk1…/view…, 16 MB Lehi, Utah, Stockmen William Clark (1825-1910), his Son, William Wheeler Clark (1855-1934), and his Grandson, Asa Jones Clark (1882-1966) on the “Big Field,” West Canyon and Tickville, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2WnRuQ21…/view…, 11 MB

These, and similar documents, as well as other stories by Wayne E. Clark, are posted at Index to Documents by Wayne E. Clark for Lehi Historical Society and Archives, https://drive.google.com/…/0B5wDxipAGQN2c0lkeXZ…/view…

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Alonzo Donnell Rhodes Home in Lehi

By Wayne Clark

EARLIEST SETTLERS IN THE LEHI CITY FORT: Lot 1, Block 10(32). Alonzo Donnell Rhodes (1824-1893) listed a $200.00 house of unspecified type on the eastern one-half of Lot 1 on Block 10(32) on his 1857 consecration deed. Twenty-five-year-old Alonzo Rhodes was with his wife, 27-year-old Sarah Ann Bushman (1833-1917) and their three children in dwelling 3480 in the 1860 Census. An adobe dwelling at Position 19 on the 1890, 1898, 1907 and 1922 Sanborn maps appears to be the home that stands on Lot 1 today at 90 South, 100 West. Alonzo Rhodes arrived in the Utah Territory in September, 1851. He was one of the 1851 settlers at Dry Creek. Rhodes married to Sarah Ann Bushman in 1852. He’s listed as having had one of the cabins on the South side of the 1853 Lehi City fort. His first wife, Barbara Ellen Kearns Rhodes (1824-1915), was in a home on Lot 1(17) on the site of a home that stands today at 217 South, 100 West with her children by Alonzo Rhodes in dwelling 3522 in Lehi in the 1860 Census.

Alonzo Donnell Rhodes moved from the Block 10(32) home before the 1870. William Lawrence Hutchings (1829-1908) of Somerset, England, received the Mayor’s deed for the eastern half of Lot 1 on Block 32, the property on Rhodes’ consecration deed, in 1871. Thirty-year-old William Hutchings was with his wife, 30-year-old Mary Robbins Hutchings (1829-1902), in dwelling 3456 in the 1860 Census. Hutchings crossed the plains in the Israel Evans company which arrived in Great Salt Lake City in September, 1857. He probably went directly to Lehi. The Hutching’s neighbors indicate that they were outside the fort instead of on the Block 10(32) property in 1860. They may have been on the site of the home at 678 North, 200 West, the home of John Hutchings (1889-1977), son of William Lawrence Hutchings and Mary Wanlass Hutchings (1848-1907).

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The Old Lehi Bridge and an Accident Involving Wayne Bushman in 1934

The South Jordan River Bridge by Lee Anderson

After the first settlers came to Lehi in 1850, the community quickly began to grow. The citizens looked to the surrounding hills, canyons, and mountains for materials to build their homes and businesses. Those traveling to the west found the Jordan River a formidable obstacle. In those early days, the only way to cross it was to find a place shallow enough to drive their wagon through it. One such place was Indian Ford, (located west of Thanksgiving Point’s Ashton Gardens.) Depending on the level of the river, these crossings were sometimes quite dangerous. James Harwood and David Clark found that out one day when they were en route to Pole Canyon for a load of poles and tried to cross the river at Indian Ford. They ended up losing most of their supplies and nearly lost a wagon when it was carried away in the current.

In 1853, a group of Lehi citizens got together and obtained permission from the territorial legislature to build a toll bridge across the Jordan River. The site chosen was in the middle of the horseshoe bend in the river about 100 yards south of present Main Street. Thomas Ashton was contracted to build the bridge out of cedar pilings, and pine poles with boards fastened on the deck with wooden pegs. (No nails were used in the structure.)

Tolls for using the bridge ranged from a few cents for sheep, hogs and foot passengers, to twenty cents for a vehicle drawn by two animals. A speed limit was strictly enforced with fines for going over the bridge faster than walking speed ranging from five dollars for a single animal, to fifteen dollars for a team and wagon. The toll keeper’s house was located around 100 yards east of the bridge. The bridge was primarily used by citizens traveling to and from Lehi. (The army camped at Camp Floyd typically crossed the river at Indian Ford.)

The original bridge remained in service until 1871, when Utah County built a new wooden bridge next to the old one. When it was completed, the old bridge was dismantled. This new bridge did not require a toll and was well used. Hyrum Evans recalled one experience that happened on that bridge that really scared him. He and a few other boys were on the bridge when Porter Rockwell drove up in a buggy pulled by a span of horses. The other boys saw him coming and promptly got off the bridge. Hyrum remembered, “I stayed on as the horses came up. They shied. Then Porter, who had a funny sort of a rough voice, looked at me and said, ‘Get off the bridge or I’ll stir the sugar in your coffee.’” Hyrum immediately found the quickest way off the bridge by falling over the side.

After over 30 years of use, the second bridge was wearing out. On the evening of April 19, 1907, Eugene Briggs drove his team and wagon across the wooden bridge and following behind him was Jesse Comer. When Jesse was about midway across the river, the section his team and wagon was on gave way and dropped into the river. Jesse was able to grab onto some of the planks and stayed out of the water, but his team and wagon were not as lucky. Thankfully, Eugene was on hand to help and with a great deal of effort they got his horses out of the river, but the wagon and its contents remained in the river until the next day.

The old bridge was repaired temporarily until a new 90 foot steel bridge could be built later that year by the Chicago Bridge Company. This bridge was used without incident for over 20 years until there was a significant increase in automobile traffic. The problem was not with the bridge itself, but with the approach to the bridge. The road on east side of the bridge was nearly 90 degrees from the bridge. This sharp angle made it hard for traffic on the road to see anything on the bridge. It also made the bridge hard to see in the dark. On July 28, 1934, a lumber truck ran headlong into a team and wagon driven by Wayne Bushman. His horse was severely injured, but thankfully, Wayne escaped harm.

In 1937, a group of teenagers coming from an evening of dancing at Saratoga, were traveling home to West Jordan. As they approached the bridge, the steering on their car malfunctioned and they drove through the wooden guardrail into the river. Tragically, one of the girls was killed when she was impaled by a piece of the guardrail and trapped in the submerged car. Three years later in 1940, Cedar Fort resident Ralph E. Smith drove through the guardrail in the same spot on a dark foggy night and was drowned. The city added lights to each end of the bridge to make the curve more visible until a more permanent solution could be implemented.

In 1947, a new steel and concrete bridge was constructed, along with a new approach due west from Main Street and intersecting with Redwood Road. The obsolete 1907 bridge remained in place until 1985 when it was dismantled in preparation for the Army Corps of Engineer’s river dredging project.

Matt Ekins and Cole Cooper during the flood of 1983

 

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Lehi Ward Sacrament Chalice used Lehi Pioneers

This is one of two cups on display in a cabinet in the foyer of the Lehi LDS meeting house that replaced the pioneer meeting house that stood on the Southwest corner of First South and Second West. The old building was constructed between 1855 and 1860 in the center of the old Lehi fort. 

Our Bushman family members and other early Lehi pioneers partook of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in that meeting house. Their lips may have touched this cup.

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