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,…/0B5wDxipAGQN2UG02ZnV…/view…, 37 MB

Melissa Lott Smith Bernhisel Willes and three Joseph Smiths,…/0B5wDxipAGQN2RFNmLW1…/view…, 2 MB

My “Aunt Melissa:” Melissa Lott Smith Bernhisel Willes,…/0B5wDxipAGQN2aS0tSXd…/view…, 11 MB William Clark (1825-1910): His Pioneer Adobe Home in Lehi, Utah, and the Homes of his Neighbors and Descendants,…/0B5wDxipAGQN2cGNsT25…/view…, 21 MB Pioneer Adobe Homes on the Memorial Building and Legacy Center Blocks in Lehi, Utah,…/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,…/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,…/0B5wDxipAGQN2c0lkeXZ…/view…

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