Silk in Dixie from the Family History of Olive Strong Tenney (1818-1916)


Silk Worms in Dixie Women's Society

The Silk Culture Society – 1869. With the difficultly of marketing cotton, the silk industry seemed a solution to the problem. By 1905 the silk culture came to an end. All of the ladies are named in “Images of Faith” by Lynne Clark-Brunson -last names: Woodbury, Cannon, Baxter, Jarvis, Pace, Carter, Seegmiller, Sullivan, Snow, Robinson, Milne, Bigler.

One of the funniest experiences of Olive’s life was the raising of silkworms at Toquerville. Like the women of all ages of history, Olive loved the touch of fine silk and in her extraordinarily large and beautiful home, her favorite silk dresses, a paisley shawl, a “shot silk,” or even a brocade, was extra-special to her. The elegant feel of silk was special, and silk garments had been cherished in Biblical times. It was one of the very few luxuries which weary pioneer women could treasure.

One day in 1874 President Brigham Young sent to Nathan and Olive some silk worm eggs that had been shipped from overseas to this far western valley. What an experience for an already over-extended pioneer woman; already beset with numerous problems just providing the day to day necessities. But the prospect of silken gowns erased every negative thought. Nathan planted a small grove of mulberry trees, which today, 1981, are of enormous size, and can still be seen in the backyard of their beautiful Toquerville home.

Flats of newspaper arrived with the tiny silkworm eggs and with limited instruction as to the hatching, feeding, and rearing of silk worms. The eggs were distributed to those who were willing to try this unusual experiment.

In brief, this is how Olive raised her silk. The eggs were brought into the light and warmed for hatching, resulting in about 10 days, with myriads of tiny 1/4 inch long, black or grey worms. Mulberry leaves were chopped into very small pieces and sprinkled lightly over the egg tray. Like ravenous little wolves, the thread-sized worms climbed onto the wisps of green and began to feed. They were fed every four hours, day and night. Getting up twice in the middle of the night to feed the worms was not one of Olive’s favorite things to do, but she did it very faithfully. At the end of each ten days, the worms were ready to moult. During the 24 hours of moulting, the house had to be kept perfectly quiet. After the moult, the waste had to be removed, clean papers spread and the four-hour feedings resumed.

When the worms reach maturity they were about three inches long and the size of an average adult caterpillar. Olive thought it was very humorous at feeding time when she put whole branches covered with leaves in their boxes. The eating and mulching of 8,000 to 10,000 worms produced the sound of 100 buzz saws at a lumber mill. Each worm lifted his head and gracefully followed an arc toward his body cutting away the tender leaf. In addition to their feeding schedule, and absolute quiet during the moulting period, the temperatures had to be perfectly kept. If a cold breeze came, hundreds of worms sickened and died instantaneously. After two and a half months of intimate care, the adult worms were very beautiful. Their bodies were a soft cream color with faintly outlined circles of grey or tan, and their brown or yellow heads were rounded with a ball of silk which they had been storing day by day for the cocoon. Paper folded in fans provided the lodgements for the cocoons and they soon attached their silken webs and spun their silken cases. After 10 days, Olive placed the cocoons in a large pan of water on a small kerosene lamp stove, and without allowing the water to boil, which would damage the silk, the threads were loosened. Each cocoon provided 1 long single thread, and from 5 to 15 of these single threads were passed through a special reel, to wind them together like a tiny rope, thus making silk thread.

Olive had a friend named Armand Hoff, a convert from Germany, who was the skilled artist in the weaving of silk. From him, Olive learned how to weave silk, and when wearing her silk dress or shawl, thrilled at her accomplishment. The white silky lace worn by Olive in the colored picture that we have prepared was made from silk prepared by Olive at her own hand.

This story is from a Family History in the possession of Louise Tenney Lisonbee
of Orem, Utah. Ann Lewis copied by permission July 2003.

Dixie weaving loom

Bertha Kronvall Sandberg at her loom. Bertha’s husband Steen, made her loom. Photo from “Images of Faith” by Lynne Clark-Brunson, a pictorial history of St. George.

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Obituary for Sarah Ermine Bushman Fowles, d. 17 July 1947, Salt Lake City, UT

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Lucy Turley Bates b, 30 June 1888, Snowflake AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 113-114

Bates, Lucy Turley b. 1888.1

Lucy Turley, third daughter of Theodore Wilford and Mary Agnes Flake Turley, was born in Snowflake, Arizona, 8:20 p.m. June 30, 1888, in a one room log house. She was blessed August 2, 1883, by President Jesse M. Smith and baptized July 3, 1896 by William J. Flake in Flake Reservoir at Grandpa’s Ranch. Osmer D. Flake confirmed her the same day.

She worked hard as a child helping to weave carpets, tending babies, washing dishes, and washing clothes on a washboard. Her schooling was all in Snowflake where she began September 1894, graduated from grammar school the spring of 1904, and from Snowflake Stake Academy April, 1906. When the railroad was built from Williams to the Grand Canyon her father was in charge of construction, so he took his family to camp for the summer. It did not rain, so water supply became low, and many had Mountain Fever from the polliwog water. Lucy had it and lost all her hair, but it came back in curly. She did not like to ride horses but her father insisted that she ride every day when they were living on the Homestead in Aripine.

The summer after she graduated from Snowflake Academy she began clerking in Uncle Jim Flake’s General Store at $20.00 a month, paying her own board and room. She taught Sunday School and Primary classes while a young girl.

Bates, Lucy Turley and Lionel

Laron Lionel Bates and Lucy Turley m. 4 Oct 1911.

Lucy’s mother died when she was 21. Her first train ride was at that same age when she went to Salt Lake City and was married in the temple to Laron Lionel Bates October 4, 1911. They went to live at the Prescott Experiment Station seven miles north of Prescott, Arizona. This farm was under the direction of the University of Arizona, and they had many successful crops while there. They received a salary of $60.00 per month. Their nearest neighbor was one and a half miles away.  Karl Theodore, Ellen Lucille and Myrtle were born there.

Bates, Lucy with children

Lucy Turley Bates with Karl, Myrtle and Ellen

In 1917 the Bates moved to a farm owned by an eastern company and stayed there eight years. Dorothy Alice was born there. While there, they drove ten miles to Chino Valley for Sunday School and Church; seven miles to Prescott for Primary and Relief Society; and three miles to Pleasant Valley to school. The family moved to Chino on March 1, 1926, as Laron had been put in as branch president. Their fifth child, Kathryn Eleanor, was born there.

Lucy cooked for the school children, giving them a hot lunch in her home. She later was hired as a cook over to the school when the school lunch program began. There she cooked twenty years, often canning her own supply of fruit for the school so their lunches could be cheaper.

Bates, Lucy Turley, quilting

Lucy has held a number of positions in the Chino Branch: Primary President; YWMIA President; 2nd Counselor, Theology teacher, Work Day Director and visiting teacher in Relief Society; Sunday School Secretary and teacher of the adult class. She was also a 4-H leader in the community. Lucy has spent much of her time quilting and has made quilts for all her children and grandchildren and many more. Many of her relatives call her “Lute.”

Bates, Lucy Turley with grandchildren

Lucy Turley Bates with Billingsly grandchildren.

Laron died Nov. 28, 1941 and Lucy stayed in Chino Valley. Their son Theodore went to the Central States on a mission and they have had twelve grandchildren serve missions, Lucy has five children, thirty grandchildren, and 49 great grandchildren (March 1977).

Children of Lucy Turley and Laron Lionel Bates:

Karl Theodore Bates, born July 11, 1912
Ellen Lucille Bates Bunker, born January 10, 1915
Myrtle Bates Billingsley, born April 9, 1917
Dorothy Alice Bates Scott, born August 2, 1921
Kathryn Eleanor Bates Romans, born March 19, 1927

Bates, Lucy with grown children

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Elna Brinkerhoff Haught b. 16 May 1923, Holbrook AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 175-176
Elna is the daughter of Levi Brinkerhoff and Rhoda Turley

Brinkerhoff, Elna m. Porter

Elna was born May 16, 1923 in Holbrook, Arizona. She married Arlin LaVarre Porter Nov. 24, 1942 in the Arizona Temple. Their first child was born in Febr. 1944. They named her Merlene.

Arlin was in the Air Corps during World War II when he lost his life March 26, 1945 during a bombing mission from England over Germany. He was pilot of the B-17 plane which went down.

On September 20, 1950 she married Tom Haught in Phoenix, Arizona. They now live in Woodruff, Arizona in the home they bought from Elna’s parents.

Brinkerhoff, Elna with husb and kids

Children of Elna and Tom Haught:

Peter Gary Haught, born May 11, 1951. He is living in Anchorage, Alaska.

Kathryn Haught, born March 18, 1953 married Edward Roger Fawcett July 3, 1971. They were sealed in the Arizona Temple on January 18, 1974 and have two children: Rhonda Lynn and Frank Edward.

Wayne Kelly Haught, born Nov. 22, 1955 is now on a mission to the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission.

Carla Sue Haught, born June 30, 1957 is attending Eastern Arizona College in Thatcher.

Leslie Haught was born Febr. 19, 1961.

Tom Levi Haught, their youngest, was born Febr. 1, 1963.

Elna has been president of MIA, Primary; secretary for Sunday School and Primary; Junior Sunday School Coordinator; teacher in the Relief Society and visiting teacher and Sunday School teacher. She is now employed by the Church Educational System and is a homemaker for her family. “Life has had its ups and downs. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
Day Saints is where we find happiness in this life.”

Brinkerhoff, Elna d. 2008 Woodruff AZ

The White Mountain Independent,
Show Low, Arizona ~ February 22, 2008

Elna Brinkerhoff Porter Haught, 84, of Woodruff died Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale. She was born May 16, 1923, in Holbrook, to Levi and Rhoda (Turley) Brinkerhoff.

She grew up in Woodruff and attended school in Woodruff, Holbrook and Snowflake. She also attended Lamson Business School in Phoenix. She worked at the First National Bank in Holbrook for several years.

Elna was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she accepted and fulfilled many church callings. She worked for the Seminary System for many years.

Elna married Arlin Porter Nov. 1942, in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They had a daughter, Merlene. During WWII Arlin was a bomber pilot and was killed in action in March 1945.

In September 1950 Elna married Tom Haught. They were married for 53 years when Tom passed away in September 2003. They had six children Gary, Kathryn, Kelly, Carla, Leslie and Tom. The joy of Elna’s life was when her children were born.

The family moved around quite a lot when the children were young to find work on ranches and feed lots. They eventually settled in Woodruff to continue to raise their family.

Elna was grateful for the little things in life. She loved learning and doing her best, playing ball and making home runs, playing paper dolls, catching frogs at the river and having frog legs to eat, sleeping in the hay, sleeping with warmed bricks in the winter, square dancing, growing flowers, doing dishes with her sisters, having a clean house with clean washing on the line and mounds of ironing done and humming while she cared for her family.

She always had a smile and a positive kind word for others. She was a very special lady to all who knew her.

Her survivors include her seven children, Merlene (Glenn) Evensen, Gary (Debby) Haught, Kathryn (Edward) Fawcett, Kelly Haught, Carla (Ron) Daniels, Leslie (Michael) Pederson and Tom (Molli) Haught; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Survivors also include three sisters, LaVerne Pinto, Carma King and Irene (Jack) Arnold.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her sisters, Lila Specht, Thelma Sills and Arlene Johnson; and three brothers, Dono, Derrel and Ferrin Brinkerhoff.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Woodruff Ward Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with a visitation one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will follow at the Woodruff Cemetery.

Owens Mortuary of Snowflake handled arrangements.

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John Bushman takes an active part in the upbuilding and development of the resources of the country.

bushman, john

LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Andrew Jenson, Vol. 1, p.553

Bushman, John, Bishop of St. Joseph Ward, Snowflake Stake, Arizona, is the seventh son of Martin Bushman and Elizabeth Dagen, and was born in Nauvoo, Hancock county, Ill., June 7, 1843. He writes: “My parents were expelled from Nauvoo with the Saints and went to Iowa, where they stopped at Kanesville until the spring of 1851, when they started for Utah, arriving in Salt Lake City in October of that year. We located in Lehi, Utah county, where we built a home and experienced the trials and hardships of those early times.

In the fall of 1861 I hauled stone for the Salt Lake Temple. I drove an ox-team to the Missouri river after emigrants in 1862. In 1865 I married Lois A. Smith. During the summer of 1866 and 1867 I did service in the Blackhawk war. In 1876, being called together with 200 others, I went to Arizona, where I settled on the Little Colorado river, near the spot where St. Joseph now stands.

I took to wife Mary A. Petersen in March, 1877. I was ordained a High Priest in 1879 and set apart as second counselor to Lot Smith, president of the Little Colorado Stake, by Pres. Wilford Woodruff; and I was ordained and set apart as Bishop of St. Joseph Ward in 1889, which position I still occupy.” Elder Bushman has served as a member of the board of education of the Snowflake Stake, and has always taken an active part in the upbuilding and development of the resources of the country.

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John Bushman b. 7 June 1843

bushman, john b. 1843

The Bushman Family History by Newbern I. Butt, pp. 133-136

John Bushman was born 7 June, 1843 in Nauvoo, Illinois. In September 1846 when the Latter-day Saints were finally expelled from Nauvoo he went with his parents across to Hyland Grove. He was 8 years old when they crossed the plains and came to Lehi in 1851. In the fall of 1861 when he was 15 years old, he hauled stone for the Salt Lake Temple. Along with other young men, he was asked by Brigham Young to drive an ox team back to the Missouri River after emigrants in 1862. On February 11, 1865, he married Lois Angeline Smith in the Salt Lake Endowment House. From this union there were 12 children, eight of whom lived to have families.

In their home they always had family prayer morning and evenings, observed the Sabbath Day, paid tithing regularly, attended their meetings, were sober, earnest and industrious, and took part in the Community Socials.

In 1866-67 he served in the Black Hawk War against the Indians. In 1871 the Authorities of the Church established the school of the Prophets in many of the Stakes of Zion. Worthy men were chosen to attend this school. John Bushman and his father, Martin, were among the number chosen to attend this school for 1 ½ years.

In January 1876, he was called by Brigham Young along with 200 other young men and families to colonize Northern Arizona. They were instructed to live and work in the United Order, therefore he was baptized and confirmed into that Order preparatory to leaving for Arizona, February 9.

After a tedious and hard journey John arrived on the Little Colorado River in Northern Arizona with four other companies of pioneers. They soon found this to be a much harder country to colonize and settle than where they came from. In 1877 he returned to Lehi and secured his second wife, Mary Peterson. They were married March 2, in the St. George Temple on their way back to Arizona. She bore 4 children, 3 of whom lived to raise families.

The next year, 1878, he moved his wife Lois and family to Arizona and helped to settle St. Joseph. John Bushman was an outstanding leader and pioneer. He helped to build eight dams on the Little Colorado River before one stayed permanently.

He sowed the first wheat in Northern Arizona, made a broom machine and made all the brooms for the Community for some time. He helped build the old Fort, was a Counselor to the First Bishop and also a Counselor to Lot Smith in the Little Colorado Stake Presidency from 1879 to 1887.

From 1887 to 1916 he was Bishop of St. Joseph ward (29 years). He was vice president of the United Order from 1879-83. Years later when the United Order of the Sunset Ward broke up, John Bushman was chosen by the General Authorities to be chairman of a committee to settle the affairs of this order. It took the committee two years and a most trying experience to complete the job.

bushman, john children born in st. joseph

He served as Justice of the Peace and was a Constable. He was President of the St. Joseph Irrigation Company. John was a successful farmer and stock raiser, was an expert stacker of grain, made many hundreds of gallons of molasses. In all this busy life he took time for recreation, attended several world fairs, also visited many times with relatives in Utah and the East.

The last ten years of his life were devoted to Temple work in the Salt Lake Temple, and in genealogical research. He was a man of great faith, and was miraculously healed from cancer at one time. He served 21 years on the Board of Education of the Snowflake Stake Academy while raising his large family. He sent his six sons on missions for the church. His descendants now number more than 625. Of this number, over 100 have filled missions for the Church and 90% of them have been married in LDS Temples. He kept a daily diary most of his life which is very valuable to his posterity, to the people of Joseph City, and to others interested in the history of Little Colorado, Arizona settlements.

bushman, john with lois wedding

Children of John and Lois:
John Albert, b. 28 May 1866, Lehi, UT; d. 3 Dec 1866, Lehi
Homer Fredrick, b. 6 Aug 1868, Lehi; d. 2 Dec 1936, Mesa, AZ; m. (1) Sariah Ann Smith (2) Lily Owens
Maria Elizabeth, b. 17 Dec 1869, Lehi; m. Silas D. Smith
Martin Lester, b. 6 April 1871, Lehi; d. 10 Sept 1871, Lehi
Lois Evelyn, b. 28 June 1872, Lehi; d. 1 Jan 1949; m. John W. Smith
Wickliff Benjamin, b. 10 Feb 1874, Lehi; d. 11 Feb 1897
Preston Ammorn, b. 11 Dec 1875, Lehi; d. 22 Sept 1949, ElMonte, CA; m. (1) Anna Smith, (2) Daphne Decker
June Agusta, b. 25 Jun3 1879, St. Joseph; d. 20 Mar 1950; m. Hyrum Smith
Jesse Smith, b. 10 June 1881, St. Joseph; m. Sarah Elva Porter
Florence Cordelia, b. 4 Oct 1884, St. Joseph; d. 5 Nov 1888
Alonzo Ewing, b. 21 Dec 1885, St. Joseph; m. Edith Smith
Jacob Virgil, b. 4 Jan 1889, St. Joseph; m. Ruth C. Fuller

bushman, john and lois .

Second marriage, 2 March 1877, to Mary Ann, daughter of Jens and Maren Sorensen (Frost) Peterson. She was born 24 May, 1857 in Vinstrup, Denmark and died 5 July 1885 in St. Joseph. Pioneer to St. Joseph, 1877. She was the first treasurer of the St. Joseph Relief Society, and counselor in the MIA of St. Joseph.

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Children of John and Mary Ann:
Elsie May, b. 14 Feb 1878, St. Joseph; d. 7 March 1880
Lillian Ann, b. 31 Oct 1879, St. Joseph; m. Wesley Palmer
Maren Adele, b. 18 Aug 1881, St. Joseph; m. John L. Westover
John Lehi, b. 14 Sept 1883, St. Joseph; m. Etna N. Cooper

bushman, john b. 1943 headstone

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Bushman Family Reunion reported in The Lehi Sun Lehi, Utah 3 June 1937

Bushman Reunion 1937

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The Mormons from Scotland and Wales Stalwart Citizen– Frederick Lewis b. 1844

Lewis, Frederick Jr.1

From Our Pioneer Heritage by Kate B. Carter, pp. 413-415

Frederick Lewis, the son of John A. And Ann John Lewis, was born May 29th, 1844 in the port city of Cardiff, Glamorgan shire, South Wales. His mother died just before his sixth birthday. His sister, Ann, was nearly fourteen and his sister, Mary, ten and a half years old. His little brother William, a surviving twin, was three and a half.

Frederick’s father was a rock mason by trade and a master builder. He and his brother built the Cardiff docks. He owned and operated a store, owned and leased twelve houses, accumulating quite a fortune. He had private tutors and a governess for his children and in addition, Frederick went to a Wesleyan school for boys. Frederick was known all his life for his beautiful penmanship, was an excellent reader and expressed himself well. Cardiff was a bustling city, one of the chief coal shipping centers of the world. There were iron and steel works and flour mills, it was the county seat and the City and County Hall was located there. Frederick and his little brother often visited St. John’s parish church, and when allowed would visit their mother’s grave in the ancient churchyard that surrounded the edifice.

Frederick’s father had been educated as a Wesleyan minister and did not hear of Mormonism until after his second marriage to Priscilla Phillips Merriman in 1851. Priscilla had a little daughter, Louise, and her deceased sister’s daughter, Caroline Matthews, when they were married. The family studied the gospel carefully for two years before embracing it. Nine-year old Frederick was baptized with his sister Mary and their father in 1853 before leaving their native land for America. They lift Cardiff by train for Liverpool, England, January 22, 1854. Here the father secured first-class passage for his family on the sailing vessel Golconda, January 25, 1854. They arrived at New Orleans March 16, having spent seven weeks on the water. Some days the high winds would drive the vessel back farther than t had progressed the previous day. They sailed up the Mississippi on the boat John Simmons, were delayed–stranded on a sandbar, but finally reached St. Louis where they joined other Saints at McGee’s Camp Grounds on the outskirts of the city where all were preparing to move on to Utah. After about three months of preparation and delay they departed with the Darwin Richards Company arriving in Great Salt Lake City September 30, 1854.

For a short time the Lewises remained in Salt Lake, the father working on the Temple block. One day, President Brigham Young approached him, placed four peach stones in the palm of his hand and sent him on a mission to begin an orchard in Brigham City. He started the first fruit trees to bear peaches in that community. Here and in Willard he built stone houses with his young apprentice, Frederick, to help him. Some of the old rock houses still standing in Willard were built by them. The family lived in Brigham City until ‘58 the time of the move south when they too abandoned their homes, settling in Spanish Fork.

Frederick continued to wear the clothing he had brought with him from Wales which consisted of short black broadcloth trousers and coat, black fine leather shoes and a black velvet cap. He was conspicuous among the boys who wore home-made cowhide boots, canvas pants and shirts and home braided straw hats. Naturally he was made the butt of their jokes and they delighted in tormenting him. His two sisters had married, but young Fred had a champion– little Agnes Ferguson who never failed to take his part. Perhaps it was his forbearance and his acceptance of life, as it was, that appealed to the diminutive Scottish lass who later became his wife. Agnes was not without a sense of humor. She and her twin Barbara looked so much alike they couldn’t be identified and often wore the same thing of a different color to set them apart. For a dance one night they added handkerchiefs to their costumes and wore them around their necks. During the evening they exchanged them. Fred was the victim of the joke; although he and Agnes were engaged to be married, he took Barbara as far as the gate when she laughed and told him he had better go back and get Agnes. They were married January 28, 1865, at the home of Barbara and her husband, Willard Orson Creer and the following October were sealed in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City. In March, 1868 death claimed their two-year-old, Barbara Catherine, and that summer Agnes’ twin, Barbara Creer, died following the birth of a baby son, William Orson. The infant was brought to Agnes who was at the time nursing her own babe, Priscilla Merriman. He and his four-an-a-half-year-old sister became a part of the family.

Lewis, Frederick and Agnes Family

In the June of 1873 Fred and Agnes Lewis and John and Adlinda Koyle were having dinner together, as they often did, and the question came up as to what the young women would do if anything ever happened to their husbands. One of the them jokingly proposed that if one of the men should die the other would marry his widow and take care of her and her family. This they agreed upon and strange as it may seem, in just one week John Koyle was killed in a rock quarry in Spanish Fork Canyon. It was three years before the promise was fulfilled. Agnes and Adlinda had always been friends and loved each other dearly. When Fred and Adlinda were married there were two young Lewis daughters, and now with Adlinda’s six the number took a sudden jump to eleven children. Between 1876 and 1880 each wife had two children. Altogether Frederick Lewis fathered eight daughters and one son, helped raise Barbara’s two and Adlinda’s six children.

Fred built Agnes the home they lived in most of their lives on 1st South and 1st West in Spanish Fork. After the death of his father’s wife, he moved him from his first home on North Main Street, into a little log house next to his own. As a young man, Fred homesteaded a farm on Spanish Fork River and was a successful farmer. From 1862-76 he was the leader of the martial band in Spanish Fork. During the Indian War troubles he was a drum major for the county and stood guard when raids were suspected, at which time he beat his drum to warn the settlement. He was the city marshal of Spanish Fork from 1870-77.

In 1883 Fred responded to a mission call to Wales. On arrival he went to Old St. John’s Churchyard to visit his mother’s grave, where he picked flowers which he pressed and sent to his sisters. He was a good missionary, and became a fluent speaker and upon his return home served as counselor to Bishop George D. Snell. He was an accomplished musician, and played the dulcimer for dances. The Lewis home was always open to their children and their friends. Their grandchildren will still reminisce of the holidays, when they all gathered in the parlor around the flickering fire, and listened to the scores of stories grandfather so enchantingly told. They recall, too, that as pre-teeners they were paid ten cents to go to the farm with Grandfather, fifteen cents if they stayed home.

Lewis, Frederick and Agnes

On January 28, 1915, Fred and Agnes celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in the Spanish Fork Auditorium when about four hundred guests gathered in a social and dance. It should be mentioned that at this date Fred had not yet lost a tooth. In the fall of 1918 he sold the old house in Spanish Fork and moved to Provo to be near “the girls.” Frederick Lewis died June 28, 1920, and was buried at Spanish Fork. He was a gentleman–kind, thoughtful and understanding. He was honored and revered by his family for his teachings, his example, his love and his name. This was the heritage he bequeathed them.

Agnes Reid Ferguson Lewis died three months following the death of her husband, October 6, 1920. Adlinda Hellman Koyle Lewis preceded them by over four years, February 21, 1916.

–Agnes Lewis Crandall

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Arlene Brinkerhoff Johnson b. 27 May 1933, Woodruff AZ

The Theodore Turley Family Book pp. 177-178

Johnson, Arlene Brinkerhoff b. 1933

Arlene was born May 27, 1933 in Woodruff, the daughter of Levi Brinkerhoff and Rhoda Turley.

I attended the first eight grades of school in Woodruff and attended high school in Holbrook, graduating in 1951. I entered nurses training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz. in Sept. of 1951, graduating from nurses training in Jan., 1955, While in nurses training I met Carroll W. Johnson and we were married in 1953.

Our first child, Stephania Lynn Johnson, was born May 31, 1954 in Holbrook. She has attended several different schools as we traveled a lot for her father was in the USAF. She graduated from Hillcrest High School in Sumter, S. C. in 1971.

Our second child, Peggy, was born June 6, 1956 at Fort Carson, Colorado and graduated from Westwood High in Mesa, Arizona in 1974. She married Michael Dean England in the Arizona Temple May 23, 1974. Their first child, Paul Marion, was born April 3, 1976 in Detroit, Michigan.

Paul Wayne, our third child, was born June 13, 1958 in Biloxi, Miss. Paul graduated in 1976 from Westwood High in Mesa.

Carol Darlene was born Oct. 13, 1961 at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss. She has just completed Carson Jr. High in Mesa.

Arlene and Carroll were divorced in Mesa, Arizona on September 19, 1974.

Johnson, Arlene Brinkerhoff d. 2003, Woodruff AZ

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Happy 200th Birthday Johann Jacob Schäfer!

Schaefer, Johann Jakob b. 18 April 1820 Lehnenberg

Birth entry for Johann Jakob Schaefer 18 April 1820 in Lehnenberg, Germany.

On this day 200 years ago, my 2nd Great-grandpa, Johann Jakob Schäfer was born in Lehnenberg, Waiblingen, Germany.  His parents were Johannes Schäfer from Lehnenberg and Anna Maria Zehner from Grossgartach.  He was born at 11:00 p.m. and he was christened the next day in Bouch.

Johann Jakob would follow his father’s occupation and become a tailor in Grossgartach.  On 17 June 1845 he married Susanna Widenmaier from Grossgartach.  He was 25 years old and she was 20.  Their first son, Christoph Wilhelm, was my Great-grandpa.  Johann Jakob and Susanna had 7 children in the next 10 years!

Schaefer, Johann Jakob FR.1

Family Register page for the Johann Jakob Schaefer family.

A daughter, Christiane, died in of Schleimfeiber (mucus fever or typhoid) in 1854 just before her 2nd birthday.  Tragedy struck again in 1856 when Johann Jakob became sick with bronchial consumption or pneumonia.  He died on 8 December at age 36 years, 7 months and 20 days.  Their youngest daughter, Caroline died a few days later on 23 December 1856 from consumption, just after her first birthday.  What a tragic heartbreaking time that must have been for Suzanna and their other children.  Susanna lived to be 62 years old.

Schaefer, Joh Jakob d. 8 Dec 1856 age 36

Death entry for Johann Jakob Schaefer 8 December 1856.

Happy Birthday, Grandpa Johann Jakob Schaefer!



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