Joseph Hartley Turley b. 19 June 1872, d. 30 Oct 1941

Turley, Joseph Hartley (right) missionaryWritten on back of photo.- “Joseph Hartley Turley, right, while on mission.” In his life history the man on the left is identified as Elder Southwick, his companion.

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 207-209

Joseph Hartley Turley was born at Beaver, Utah on June 19, 1872, the son of Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Turley. Joe was four years old when his father and mother moved to Lehi, Arizona, where they were called to help make a settlement. That summer the family moved to the northern part of the state to St. Joseph on the Little Colorado River, Isaac having been asked to change his mission to that settlement as Mrs. Turley was a big woman and could not stand the heat in the Salt River Valley.

Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872 young boy    Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872

Isaac Turley joined the United Order in St. Joseph, turning a number of horses and cattle in to the order. They also had fruit trees, grape vines, shrubs, and rose bushes, and started the same in St. Joseph. In the Joseph Hartley Turley yard are still some of the roses from the original roots. They are the old fashioned cabbage rose and are very hardy. The family moved to Snowflake in 1881 and finally down into Mexico where they helped to colonize at Colonia Juarez and Dublan.

In May, 1893, Joseph went on a mission to England, from Colonia Juarez, and labored near where his grandmother Ann Hartley had lived. He looked up his great uncle Joseph Hartley for whom he was named. On his return he married Abbie Nina Cluff, daughter of Orson Cluff and Harriet Ann Bean. They were married June 7, 1895.

To this union were born five children: Goldie, 1899; Harvey, 1901; Sarah, 1904; Joseph Hartley Jr., 1905; and Reah, 1911. Reah died in infancy and Sarah died in 1920. Joseph’s wife Nina, died on March 12, 1912, in Colonia Morales, Sonora, Mexico. The family migrated to northern Arizona the same year, Nov., 1912.

A brother, Hyrum, lived at Woodruff and Joseph established a home there for his children. He went to St. Joseph as a mud mason and met Joanna McLaws, daughter of John Mc Laws and Sophia DeLaMare while boarding at the McLaws hotel. The two were married on May 5, 1915. To this union were born four children: the first, twins Walter (accidentally killed at age 13) and Nina, Mary, and Georgia.

The family lived in Woodruff the first year then moved to St. Joseph where Josie was from. Joseph was a mud mason and brick layer by trade and worked on many buildings in Holbrook, Winslow, Snowflake, and Joseph City. One of the last buildings he plastered was the LDS church building in Joseph City. He was an artist at his trade and could build a house from basement to roof complete. He built his family a nice home in Joseph City and in front of it stands a beautiful petrified wood fence which he built from rocks out of the badlands to the north of Joseph City which he had hauled on a wagon. The family lived for a short time in Mesa and in the last years of Joe’s life he was quite interested in genealogy. He died with pneumonia in the Winslow hospital on October 30, 1941, at the age of 69. He is buried in the Joseph City Cemetery.

Turley, Joseph Hartley and Joanna McLaws    Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872 olderTurley, Joseph Hartley obit 1941

Children of Joseph Hartley and Abbie Nina Cluff Turley:
Goldie Cluff Turley, b. June 1, 1899; m. Dec. 9, 1917, John Albert Webb
Harvey Cluff Turley, b. Dec. 16, 1901; m. July 13, 1927, Dora Ellen Sainsbury; d. July 27, 1973
Sarah Cluff Turley, b. Jan. 4, 1905; d. Dec. 7, 1923
Joseph Hartley Turley, Jr., b. June 12, 1908; d. Dec. 30, 1971
Reah C. Turley, b. March 11, 1911; d, March 18, 1912

Children of Joseph Hartley and Joanna McLaws Turley:
Walter McLaws Turley, b. Feb. 21, 1916; killed on a hunting trip with Scouts in 1929
Nina McLaws Turley Adair, b. Feb. 21, 1916
Mary McLaws Turley Pickett, b. Feb. 20, 1918
Georgia McLaws Turley Williams, b. April 14, 1922

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Joseph Hartley Turley b. 1872, Beaver, Utah

From Unflinching Courage by Adele Bushman Westover and J. Morris Richards pp. 604-606.

Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872 young boy   Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872

Joseph Hartley Turley was born at Beaver, Utah, on June 19, 1872. He was the son of Isaac Turley and Sarah Greenwood. There were twelve children in the family.

When Joe was four years old, his father and mother moved from Beaver, Utah to Lehi, Arizona in the Dan Jones Company in the spring of 1877.

They spent one summer there and Sarah being a large woman couldn’t stand the heat so they asked permission from the church to move to St. Joseph, on the Little Colorado. They lived there four years.

Joe was baptized there. Then they moved to Snowflake, in 1881, and to Old Mexico in 1885.

In May 1893 he went to England on a mission for the L.D.S. Church. This was where his mother and grandparents were born. He visited the man for whom he was named, his grandmother’s brother, Joseph Hartley.

Turley, Joseph Hartley (right) missionary

On his return he married his sweetheart Nina Abbie Cluff. To this union were born five children.
In 1912 Joe moved his family to Arizona and lived in Woodruff. He was a mud mason and brick layer and in 1914 he got work at Joseph City, the same place he lived as a boy.

While in Joseph City he boarded at a hotel owned by John McLaws, and there he found his second wife, JoAnna McLaws. They were married May 5, 1915. To this union were born four children.

Joe and Josie lived in Joseph City from 1916 to 1941 when Joe died with pneumonia in the Winslow hospital on October 31, 1941.

As a boy Joe was very fond of horses and cattle, he herded them on the mountains in Old Mexico. He was ever fond of trees, too, and his father brought shrubs and fruit trees to Lehi from Beaver, Utah, then up to St. Joseph.

Joe has left many trees planted as a monument to his industry. There are many houses in Winslow that he plastered. He worked for Olds Brothers building contractors of Winslow.

One of the last things he plastered was the L.D.S. Chapel in Joseph City when it was remodeled in 1940.

His last years were spent in genealogy work. He was a member of the Seventys Quorum and plastered the house in Holbrook that they built to finance missionaries in the field.

Turley, Joseph Hartley and Joanna McLaws

Joseph Hartley Turley and Joanna McLaws

JoAnna McLaws Turley was born November 22, 1877, at the Old Fort at St. Joseph, Arizona. When three months old her parents went back to Tooele, Utah, to sell the property they had left. They returned in the spring and lived at the fort until Josie was 11 years old and had five brothers and sisters to help care for.

The family then moved to their big home in Joseph City. The home is still housing a McLaws family.

When Josie was seven years old her parents bought the first organ in the settlement. They shipped it to Joseph City on one of the first trains through there. Josie’s father knew the notes and taught them to her and she picked out the rest by ear and was one of the first organists in Joseph City. Later she started many students in music on a piano.

Josie had an average education for that time, eight grades in Joseph City and one year at the Snowflake Academy.

While quite young she was made a Sunday School teacher. Her first class was almost as old as she was but she didn’t get discouraged easily and taught many years.

Josie liked to sew and became an expert dressmaker. In 1906 she went to Flagstaff and opened a dress shop. Her sister Alice helped her and they were successful, but moved back to Joseph City in 1913.

Turley, Joseph Hartley b. 1872 older

Turley, Joseph Hartley obit 1941

 

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Ida Grace Sabey b. 17 June 1909, Lehi

Bushman Family History by Newbern I. Butt, p. 36  (published 1956)
Residence: Los Angeles, Cal. Grad of Jordan HS; took dress making course and was a professional seamstress. Primary teacher in Labara Ward, Los Angeles, and otherwise active in Church.
The Theodore Turley Family Book, p. 483  (published 1978)
Ida Grace Sabey was born June 17, 1909 in Lehi, Utah. She married Harry Jefferies on June 12, 1930 in Farmington, Utah and later in the Los Angeles Temple on March 22, 1969. Harry was born July 30, 1906 in Council Bluffs, Iowa to William Ross and Maud B. Jefferies.
Harry Jefferies worked in a garment factory in Salt Lake City in 1938; moved to Los Angeles to attend Frank Wiggins’ School of Design as cutter, pattern maker, marker and grader. He retired in 1972. He is active in Church: Superintendent of Sunday School, Stake Missionary for Redondo Stake 14 months and is an Elder in the Priesthood. Ida had been a busy mother, a Primary teacher, work director, and Sunday School teacher.

Children of Ida and Harry Jefferies:
Jane Ann, born Nov. 18, 1938 at Murray, Utah; m. Ignacio M. Soto Jan 14, 1956; they had five children: John William Soto, born July 17, 1956 and died the same day; Joseph William Soto, born Nov 3, 1957; Anna Muri Soto, born April 4, 1959 and died Dec. 8, 1959; Patricia Ann Soto, born Oct. 21, 1960; Philip Jeffery Soto, born Sept. 30, 1962. Ignacio, her husband, died after surgery August 8, 1963. Jane married Wayne Eugene Austin on July 27, 1968.

Carolyn, married Charles V. Payne on Oct. 1, 1960. They have three children: Tracie Lee, born Aug. 2, 1961; Charles Kirk, born March 5, 1963; and Toni Rae, born Dec. 24, 1965. They are divorced. Carolyn married buddyGrady on June 30, 1967 and he legally adopted the Payne children on Dec. 8, 1968.

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Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor b. 17 June 1865, North Ogden

Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor is a younger Sister of my Great-grandmother, Harriet Matilda Barker, who was born in 1959.

Taylor, Joseph Ezra and Sarah Ellen Barker

Joseph Ezra and Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor

My Memories of My Mother, Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor, by Florence Elizabeth Taylor Smith (1899-1990)

My mother, Sarah Ellen Barker, was born in North Ogden, Utah, on June 17, 1865. Her parents, William Barker and Mary Ann Holt, were pioneers among the earliest settlers in Weber County. She was just the opposite of my father in many respects. Where he loved to talk and tell tales of the past, and argue politics, she was quiet and retiring. Where he loved to be in the limelight, making his views know, she was satisfied to sit quietly in the background. She had been a beautiful girl, small in stature, with blue eyes and black hair and a fine figure. She was still a beautiful woman to the end of her days. Although I have no memory of the black hair as she became gray quite young. She was a patient woman, sweet and kind, with smiling eyes and pleasant expression on her face.

I do’t know too much about her childhood. About the only thing I remember her speaking of was about when the Indians used to come to the door, wrapped up in their blankets, asking for food. They were never turned away empty handed no matter how small their store was.

Mother had a small sweet voice, true in tone, and sometimes she sang the old songs to us; songs such as “Stay Home Boys, Stay Home on the Farm” and “Open the Window, Mother Darling”, and of course she sang lullabies to all the babies that came along.

She too had great respect for her parents. When she spoke of them as “Mother” and “Father” her love and reverence for them showed in the very tone of her voice.

Personally, I never heard her speak of the dances she went to as a young woman, but once in a news interview published as part of Pioneer Week she mentioned it to the reporter. She said the dances were a high point in everyone’s lives. People came from miles around, bringing lunches with them, for the dancing went on for hours. They danced jigs and square dances, very fast and lively.

Mother went to school in an old one-room rock structure which served as the center for many social activities. One night, after a singing practice had been held there, the building caught fire and burned down.

She married my father, Joseph Ezra Taylor, when she was 19 years of age, in the Endowment House in Salt Lake. They were the parents of 12 children. The oldest child, Ella May, married when she was 17; Mother was still a young woman and she and my sister had several children about the same age.

Mother outlived my father by just over two years. They were both born in the month of June and both died in the month of May; he on May 5, 1943, age 82, and she on May 23, 1945, age 79. At the time of her death she had 8 sons and daughters living: 39 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She is buried in the family plot in the Ogden City Cemetery in Ogden, Utah.

Taylor, Joseph Ezra and Sarah Ellen Barker.

Joseph Ezra and Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor

Children:
Ellla May Taylor Swenson (1884 – 1958)
Nora Grace Taylor Jackson (1885 – 1976)
Mary Anna Taylor (1888 – 1907)
Joseph E Taylor (1890 – 1908)
Hazel Margaret Taylor (1893 – 1894)
James Barker Taylor (1895 – 1969)
Albert Earl Taylor (1897 – 1999)
Florence Elizabeth Taylor Smith (1899 – 1990)
George C Taylor (1902 – 1902)
Lillian R Carr Buskirk (1904 – 1996)
William Bryan Taylor (1906 – 1988)
Viola Marie Taylor Linford Carr (1908 – 2005)

Barker, Sarah Ellen, b. 1865 m. Taylor headstone

Headstone for Sarah Ellen Barker Taylor in Ogden City Cemetery, Utah

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Frances Priscilla Lyman, daughter of Priscilla Turley and Amasa Lyman, dies in childbirth at age 23 in Colton, CA

Colton 1887 Map

Frances Priscilla Lyman was born 21 July 1868 in Fillmore, Utah to Priscilla Rebecca Turley and Amasa Mason Lyman.

In the 1880 US Census, she was 11 years old and living with her brother Thomas’s family and her mother, Priscilla (age 51) in Deseret, Millard, Utah.

On 20 April 1884, Frances Priscilla married Robert Barry in Oneida, Idaho.

Their children:
Edna Clare Barry, born 24 September 1885 in San Bernardino, CA.
Florence Priscilla Barry, born 17 February 1887 in San Bernardino, CA.
Maud Ethel Barry, born 9 July 1890 in Moreno Valley, Riverside, CA
Son, born 15 June 1892 in Colton, San Bernardino, CA.

On 15 June 1892 Frances gave birth to a son in Colton, San Bernardino.  She and her son died that day from complications of childbirth.  Here are some histories that mention Frances and her life, which ended too soon:

Our Pioneer Heritage, Vol. 4, p.463
Priscilla Turley was born June 1, 1829 in Toronto, Canada, the daughter of Theodore and Frances Kimberly Turley, early converts of the Mormon Church. She became the seventh wife of Amasa Lyman January 16, 1846, when she was sixteen years of age, and came to Utah with Brigham Young’s company of 1848. She went with her husband across the desert to San Bernardino in 1851. Two children were born to her in the little Mormon colony, Theodore and Ira and when Cornelia became ill while living there, Priscilla took care of her two sons, Lorenzo and Henry, along with her own. Set apart as a midwife she helped bring into the world many new lives. She was affectionately called “Mother Persillie.”

When the Saints returned to Utah in 1858 Priscilla went back to her former home in Fillmore, Millard county. Here four children were born to her, two dying in infancy. After her two eldest sons were married the family went to Idaho and there Lyman Town, situated between two forks of the Snake river, came into existence. When her eldest son’s wife died, Priscilla took the three motherless children into her heart and home. Her only daughter had married young and lived nearby. In 1886 Priscilla, with this part of the Lyman family, returned to California and established a home near San Bernardino. After the death of her daughter she helped with the rearing of her three little girls. Priscilla Turley Lyman was truly a pioneer. She passed away in Redlands September 20, 1904 and was buried in nearby Colton, California. -Priscilla Lyman Rice

San Bernardino, Amasa Lyman house 1863

From The Life Story of Priscilla Turley Lyman by her granddaughter, Priscilla Lyman Rice:
Later (1886) they all went again over the “Old Spanish Trail” to California and lived near San Bernardino. Her daughter died and left three little girls. Her son Theodore told her that she was not to raise them as she had done her share of such work. However, she helped a lot and my own parents went to help them for a while. Grandmother was the mother of six children raising four until they were married. She also raised two step-sons who were older than her own boys and later raised three of her grandsons to manhood. In addition she helped with caring for the three granddaughters (Edna, Florence and Maud) who were left motherless when her only daughter died – a total of 15.

Fourth Street School, San Bernardino, 1872.

The Fourth Street School, San Bernardino 1872

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Grace Honor Bushman Lundquist b. 15 June 1873 in Lehi, Utah

Bushman, Grace Honor

Grace Bushman and her family called to colonize St. Johns, Arizona in 1884
In 1884, just after Ella, their tenth child, was born, the Bushman family was called on a mission to help colonize St. Johns, Arizona. Grace was nine years old. The Bushmans sold their home in Lehi, bid farewell to friends and family members there, and prepared to spend the rest of their days helping to establish a branch of Zion in the southern parts of the Mormon corridor. In January of 1876, Jacob younger brother, John, and several other men from Lehi, along with 200 others, had been called by President Brigham Young as Missionaries, and sent to make their homes and establish the United Order in Arizona. [20] Jacob and his family would be joining them there.

The trip was not an easy one. They took forty head of cattle and traveled by covered wagon. Amanda, Grace’s oldest sister who was married and 24 years old at the time, contracted a liver condition and was seriously ill in one of the wagons during the entire six-week trip. The trip was tiring. Nights were long and anxiety-filled. They slept in the wilds with rattlesnakes so close that sleep was difficult. [21] Food was baked over rocks. By the time the arrived in Richmond, several other families joined them and they all traveled together.

One day as they reached Willow Springs, they stopped to fill their water kegs on the sides of their wagons. Indians met them and continually pestered them for food throughout the rest of the trip. They reached House Rock and ferried across the river and then traveled through the Petrified Forest with their six span team of horses. The mud and mire was so deep that it reached the horses bellies. [22]

On October 14, Uncle John Bushman took several of his children and some melons and went up the road about four miles to meet his older brother Jacob and his family. The two brothers were overjoyed to see each other and everyone enjoyed the melons. Included in Jacob traveling party were the families of H. Wilcox and John Sabey, [23] who had married sister Amanda in 1879. After showing the families around for two days, and sharing with them some corn and molasses, the Bushman family was sent on to Concho, eight miles from St. Johns. They settled there for two years. Jacob built a log home and they were rather comfortable until the terrific rainstorms and floods came. The floods were so treacherous that they were forced to return to St. Johns, where they rented a farm. The children went to school in St. Johns with 500 Mexican children. [24]

Grace’s Family Returns to Utah in 1888
Even in St. Johns they couldn’t seem to escape the flash floods. Grain farming became almost impossible. After years of struggle with the elements in St. Johns, President Woodruff sent a letter of release and urged Jacob and his family to return to Utah as soon as possible. [25] On October 28, 1888, they bid farewell to John Bushman family, who were staying in St. Joseph. John helped to supply them with a team, as their savings had been quite depleted during their stay in Arizona. [26] They had just enough to make it as far as Fairview, Utah, just north of Manti, where Grace older sister, Sarah, and her husband Henry Fowles, lived. [27] There they were able to buy a piece of land. By now Grace was 15 years old. It must have been hard for her to feel like the family was starting over again. Grace and her three younger siblings, Jacob, Ida, and Ella were still living at home. While living in Fairview, they probably attended school at the Wasatch Academy in nearby Mt. Pleasant.

Fairview had incorporated as a city in 1872 just before the final treaty of peace with the Indians was signed in Mt. Pleasant just six miles from there. With the end of the Black Hawk war, farmers were left at liberty to till the soil unmolested. Irrigation ditches were constructed and mercantile establishments opened. Saw mills were built to help supply lumber and the first co-op store was opened with dry goods, groceries, farm implements and machinery, lumber, sheep and grain. [28]

The Bushman homestead consisted of a grove of cedar trees and dry sagebrush on a hillside. By using a big drag pulled by a team, father Jacob cleared the land on a rising knoll about one and a half miles north of Fairview. At first they lived in a log cabin there, and later built a new home where Jacob and Charlotte would spend the rest of their lives.

In 1890 the Rio Grande Western railroad was completed through the city of Fairview. It opened up a highway of commerce for all home products, and Fairview in communication with the markets of the world. . . thereby making of this city one of the leading shipping points of Sanpete county. [29]

Perhaps it was this railroad that led Grace into the town of Thistle in 1892. Thistle was located at the triple junction of transportation systems leading south to Sanpete County, east to the coal counties of Carbon and Emery and points beyond, and northwest to the Wasatch Front and Salt Lake City. [30] The town of Thistle expanded and contracted with the fortunes of the railroad, reaching its heyday in the early 1900s. By 1917 six hundred residents lived in Thistle. [31]

Emanuel Richard Lundquist
One of these residents was a handsome twenty-five year old Swede named Emanuel Richard Lundquist. Emanuel lived in Thistle fifteen months where he worked in the mercantile business. [32] Emanuel had faced some bad luck and, according to his own account, had made some choices:

“Through the necessity of having to go anywhere and everywhere for work, associating with all classes and kinds of people, I became further and further led, unknowingly to the path of error. As I now see and understand, no other results could have followed.
“While being engaged in the mercantile business for some 15 months at Thistle, I lost all, and more, that I had previously gained by working myself in debt hundreds of dollars through thoughtless and unprofitable investments, and also aiming to help others who by carelessness and wreckless neglect have been overcome and failed in business. I, however, gained a great deal of valuable experience which I could not have obtained through any other source.” [33]

Emanuel Meets and Marries Grace
However, during these hard times, a wonderful blessing came into his life name, Grace Honor Bushman. Perhaps on an outing with friends to Thistle, Grace may have wandered into the store where Emanuel worked. They met and courted. The train depot in Thistle must have been a joyful place of rendezvous for these two. Grace was eighteen and a half years old and Emanuel was 24 when they married several months later on January 6, 1892, in Thistle. Justice Greenman performed the ceremony. [34]

In the summer of 1892 they moved from Thistle to Lehi where Grace had been born and where many of her relatives lived. After a few months there, to poor prospects, [35] they moved to Salt Lake and lived in a home Emanuel had previously built. Times were hard. They owed more on the house than it was worth. However, with some hard work and many trying encounters, they were able to clear the house, but then turned around to mortgage it so they could go into the grocery business.

Here is the home Emanuel and Grace lived in and raised their family:Elsie's History This is Your Life (9.5)

Lundquist Home, SLCElsie's History This is Your Life (8.5)

To read more about Grace, and for the references, please check here:

https://annlaemmlenlewis1.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/history-of-grace-honor-bushman-and-emanuel-richard-lundquist/

 

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Jesse Smith Bushman b. 10 June 1881, d. 20 March 1956

Bushman, Jesse Smith & Sarah Porter

This life sketch by Verna B. Lewis (daughter) in 1966, was found in the book Pioneer Men of Arizona by Roberta Flake Clayton, published in 1974 by Roberta Flake Clayton.

Jesse Smith Bushman

Ninety years ago the 10th of June while his father, Bishop John Bushman, was away on a tour of church duty with Stake President Lot Smith, the 9th child of Bishop Bushman and Lois Angeline Smith Bushman was born–not in a modern hospital of today, but in a humble little room built of logs in the Old Fort, one mile east of where Joseph City now stands. Perhaps the mother’s only attendant was her beloved “sister” Mary, the polygamist wife of her husband and mother of two children of her own. When the brethren returned, Apostle Snow and Jesse N. Smith blessed the 12-day old baby and gave him the name of Jesse Smith Bushman.

A rich heritage became Jesse’s at the birth because of these stalwart pioneer parents whose unflinching courage and deep abiding Faith gave them the fortitude to remain in this land of sagebrush and Indians where they had been called to settle by their Prophet Brigham Young, and who willingly battled the raging Little Colorado River until they harnessed it and built for their posterity a land for their inheritance.

Jesse was son to have a “twin” sister, Adele. This blessing of two children only three months apart came because they were living God’s law of polygamy. This, too, was a rich heritage to all these Bushmans, to have parents so beautifully live this eternal law that the two wives were truly like sisters. One of Bishop’s happiest moments was when Jesse named his first daughter Adele for this “twin” sister, instead of for one of his own sisters. This “oneness” of all his children was his dream.

Jesse and Adele had “twin” high chairs, built by their father, set side by side at one corner of the big dining room table and they shared many happy childhood experiences together.

When Jesse was seven years old his father, with the help of neighbors, made and burned 40,000 brinks for a home for their family and Jesse did his little bit. The beautiful two-story, red brick home was dedicated on February 11, 1890 and stand today, over 80 years later, beautifully restored as a monument to these beloved Pioneer grandparents and a blessing to all their posterity.

Jesse was lucky to complete the elementary school offered in St. Joseph then and later attended a Missionary class at Snowflake Stake Academy. At his missionary send-off on June 4, 1903, he received the great sum of $21.50. In August 1908, his parents visited him in his mission field and he took them to see the great Lewis & Clark World’s Fair in Seattle, Washington. His mission in the Northwestern States was a great and illuminating experience; giving him the joy of carrying the wonderful message of our Gospel to others and teaching him that even his Bishop-father and other leaders’ testimonies came not through some miracle but through diligent, faithful service and study.

Bushman, Jesse Smith missionary 3rd from left top

Jesse Bushman is the third from the left, standing. Northwest States Mission 1908-1910

Bushman, Jesse Smith missionary 1910 NW Mission, 4th from right

Jesse was an easy-going frugal person, saving the money to pay for his own mission and accumulating a small herd of cattle while waiting for the “right girl to grow up,” as he jokingly put it. He good-humor idly made sport of being an “old batch.” It took a Leap-year dance and the help of a sister-in-law to help him “lasso” this little filly. Not having been asked to the dance by a damsel he jestingly told “Aunt Ruth” he give her a quarter if she’d get him a date. Always on her toes, she stepped quickly to the telephone (Yes, Bishop Bushman had a phone in those days even though they were later taken from their little city) and got hold of Elva Porter down on their ranch, west of town. Elva who had avoided dates because of the 10-year, 8-month gap in their ages, thought it a joke and accepted. But Jesse was soon at her door in the family horse and buggy. Once successful in lassoing her, Jesse held the reins tight and he and Elva were married on June 4, 1913 in the Salt Lake Temple.

Bushman, Jesse Smith & Sara Elva Porter wedding day

During the first years of their married life, Jesse and Elva homesteaded north of St. Joseph, a little north of where their son Virgil now lives. Here their first son, Melvin Jesse, was born and died within three days; but this did not weaken their faith for they knew that “all that God doth plan for us is best.” When they moved into town, they lived for awhile in the “little green house: still standing (I believe) up by Uncle John and Aunt Adele’s home in Joseph City. Here their first daughter Mamie Adele was born. In 1917, when his parents decided to move to Utah and spend their “twilight years” working in the Salt Lake Temple, Jesse bought his father’s home. Verna feels hers is a priceless heritage for she was the first grandchild (second daughter of Jesse) to be born in thsi beloved Bushman home. There were three more sons and four more daughters (10 in all) come to bless their home. Jesse jokingly said that Elva had double-crossed him–imagine giving a farmer six daughters and only three living sons. But his girls tried to make up to him by becoming milk-maids and farmerettes themselves.

Bushman, Jesse Smith family

Added to the blessing of being raised in this home so steeped in rich heritage, thes home where many apostles and prophets slept during the 30 years Jesse’s father was Bishop, was a blessing for Jesse’s following in “his father’s footsteps” and taking his family down to the farm where they knelt in humble prayer–dedicating their crops to their Heavenly Father and asking for His blessings upon them, upon the family and upon all Israel. And, like his father before him, he also gathered his little family together every night and morning to kneel around the big table in the dining room for family prayer.

Jesse and his family continued the beautiful friendship of the Bushmans and Hansens set up by their parents who were known as such ideal neighbors that the Bushmans never picked their currants that grew on the other side of their fence but gladly left them for the Hansens, and Grandma Hansen never gathered an egg her chickens laid on the other side of the fence, but left them for the Bushman children to gather.

Jesse’s family cooperated in all activities and each child was expected to do his or her part. The towns people could count on the Bushmans to have melons before anyone, and if others failed, the Bushmans still had melons. Jesse’s sons brought deep satisfaction to their father in later years by purchasing the Bushman acreage, digging deep wells for fresh salt-free water, and they still jointly farm this land and through the training of their father, still provide melons, cantaloupes, corn, etc., for Joseph City.

Jesse tried to prepare his family to meet the tests of life, counseling that “if there were no difficulties there would be no success.”

Jesse dedicated his whole life to his family, his church, his town and his dairy farm. He taught his children what his father had taught him–that living in Joseph City was a choice heritage because it was here that they had been “called” to come and settle and that this was a promised land to them and their descendants.

Jesse served in Joseph City Ward for nine years as a counselor in the M. I. A.; five years as counselor in Sunday School; three years as counselor in the Bishopric, and during those years the new Ward chapel was constructed. His good judgement and common sense (horse sense as he called it) were dependable and a reliable source in helping to solve the problems arising through the building program. He quietly, calmly and effectively performed his duties and led his family by saying, as he left for Priesthood, “I’ll see all of you at Sunday School,” and he always left early enough to assure being on time. He also served his community as President of Joseph City Irrigation Company, as President of Joseph City Producer’s Association and on the School Board District. In later years both he and his faithful mate spent two years as Snowflake Stake Missionaries. No one could have been more diligent nor given more freely of their time then they did as they honored this call.

Bushman, Jesse & Sara , elderly

Their life together was filled with both “sunshine and rain”–the “rain” of losing their namesakes, Melvin Jesse as a baby, and Elva Mae during her first year of school; but they drew from the beauties of our gospel plan and grew “taller” through these and other tests. “Sunshine” in seeing sons go on missions and serve their country, seeing their children marry in the Temple and serve their church as Bishops, Stake High Councilmen, Stake mission presidents, auxiliary presidents, and many other positions. And in due course of time grandsons followed in his footsteps and served on missions (two out now). Most of his grandchildren have gone to college. Jesse’s wise counsel has been a great guide for his family. One of his bits of wisdom was, “if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all.”

Jesse knew the reward of living the Word of Wisdom; his body was strong and he handled his farm and cattle until the time of his first heart attack. Doctors said that would have taken a normal person, but his body was so strong that it took quite a while to “wear” it out. Jesse died on March 20, 1956 in Tucson, Arizona at the home of his daughter, Zelda Turley, and was buried “back home” in the Joseph City Cemetery.

Bushman, Jesse & Sara with grown children

He is truly entitled to the peace that is now his. His congenial, jovial disposition and his unselfish and honest life of service is remembered by all who knew him. His love of the Gospel and undaunted faith stand as a “standard” to inspire his eight living children and their dear partners, his 45 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren to carry on –“Walking in His Footsteps.”

Bushman, Jesse Smith and Sara Elva Porter, elderly

 

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