Jacob “Lee” Barker b. 4 Jan 1907, d. 29 Nov 1970


The Barker Brothers, 12 February 1959:  Don Ray, Jacob Lee, Arthur Eugene, William Reed, Bazil Orrin, and brother-in-law Hugh Cheney.

Jacob Lee Barker is the little boy in the middle at the table:

Barker and Anderson Cousins

Barker and Anderson Cousins

The Theodore Turley Family Book pp. 529-530

Jacob Lee was born Jan. 4, 1907 at Fairview, Utah, the third child born to Rufus Orrin and Ella Isadora Bushman Barker. He was baptized and confirmed March 8, 1915 and spent his early years at Fairview, going to school and growing up on the farm. Here he learned to work, doing the many chores necessary to farm life. As a young boy he had a natural ability around machinery, whether repairing or running it. He left school in his early teens and got his first job in the town’s garage. From then on he was always able to find employment, even through the depression years when jobs were scarce.

Jacob Lee Barker and Mardene Jeffs Barker

Jacob Lee Barker and Mardene Jeffs Barker

He married Mardene Jeffs on Oct. 30, 1929 at Coalville, Utah. To them were born three sons. On May 25, 1938, Lee and Mardene went to the Salt Lake Temple for their endowments and to be sealed. The world was at war the second time and Lee received his greetings from Uncle Sam just six weeks before Judy Lee was born. Boot camp was at Farragut, Idaho. He finished his training at San Diego and Coronado, California, learning to be a signal man in the Navy. He served eighteen months overseas in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Onieda, a troop supply ship, doing his part to help win the war. He was involved in many of the major campaigns of the Pacific theater. He went in on the first assaults, as a signal man, on the Truck Islands, Siapan, Okinawa, and other major islands. It was on Okinawa he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. He was released with an honorable discharge Nov. 22, 1945 as a Seaman 1st class.

Returning home after the war, he decided to work for himself. His brother, Don, already had a jewelry store at Heber, Utah and planned to start one at Vernal, Utah. Together they went in the watch repair business. He also had a watch repair business for a time in Orem, Utah. Carol Ann was born in 1947. Business being slow the next few years, he returned to construction work once again. He was a crane operator on many of the large buildings and bridges in Utah, and Nevada, setting the steel on many of the freeway overpasses. He also worked on the building of Provo Airport, the Joseph Smith Field House at BYU in Provo, and he helped put in the pipelines in Provo Canyon and on the setting up of Geneva Steel.
Lee’s hobbies were hunting and fishing. He said he felt extremely close to God in the mountains. He had been retired just a few years before his death on Nov. 29, 1970. He was buried at Fairview, Utah. Lloyd and Tommy were sealed to him June 9, 1973.

Children of Jacob Lee and Mardene Jeffs Barker:
Lloyd Lee Barker, born Aug. 19, 1930
Tommy Barker, born March 6, 1932; died 3 days later
Jerry Jeffs Barker, born Oct. 29, 1933, d. 1996
Judy Lee Barker Miller, born Jan, 2, 1944, d. 2012
Carol Ann Barker Brown, born Jan. 21, 1947

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Harold Edwin Lundquist: An Autobiography (1910-1979)


By: Shaun Hunley · 12 October 2014 ·
The following was written by my grandfather, Harold Edwin Lundquist, in 1976:

After having telephoned my daughter BJ in Honolulu, Hawaii, on August 31, 1976, at 9:00 PM and also having been asked by her to write a history of my life, I, Harold Edwin Lundquist here and now start to relate an autobiography of my 66 years and 240 days on this sphere.

I was born in the home of my father and mother, Eric Benjamin Lundquist and Eugenia Harris Lundquist. My elder brothers are Milton R., Charles H., and Eugene B. Lundquist. Two other brothers followed me and their names are Ebert Maurice and Rodney Earl Lundquist. I had no sisters.

My father was a painter, paperhanger, gold leaf expert, and sign writer. He also owned a paint store and sold lots of wall paper. He was also a fine musician and was leader of the Cache County Band. He played Cornet and Trombone and arranged music. My mother was a soprano singer and a pianist. She also taught piano.

I was born of goodly parents of whom I am very proud and love dearly. My grandmother, Katherine Sarah Perkes Harris was my patron saint whom I loved. She was responsible for schooling me in philosophy – hers of course. After I learned to walk, I remember going to grandmother’s house in Hyde Park, Utah. It was there that my uncle Kirk would play records on the phonograph.

The type of music he would play was classical, such as Bach, Beethoven, and other renowned composers. He also had a collection of performances by Enrico Caruso, John McCormick, and Galli-Curci. He loved music and so did grandmother Harris. They also had a player piano which I pumped until I was so tired that I ended up asleep. My mother or father would carry me home asleep after a marvelous time at grandmother’s house. My childhood was wonderful. A boy could not have had better parents and surroundings.

In 1917, war clouds were forming in Germany and men were being called up in Smithfield to serve in the military. I remember all of the men marching to the train. We followed them and I remember everybody crying. My father furnished a marching band and my mother sang “A Flag Without a Stain” for the soldiers. My uncle Mont sang in a quartet and they performed the song titled “Tenting Tonight in the Old Camp Ground.” Everyone was very sad on that occasion. Kaiser Wilhelm was hung in effigy in the center of town.

Soon after the troops left, an epidemic of influenza broke out and many people died. I remember everyone in town wearing gauze masks to try and cut down on the spread of the disease. We wore the masks to school and everywhere we went. It was some sight to behold. We were all vaccinated for the flu and everybody was sick with a fever after the flu shots. Everywhere we went, you could see quarantine signs in red letters and a white background which read “DO NOT ENTER – INFLUENZA.”

In 1918 at the age of 8, I started selling the Liberty magazine and the Country Gentleman and I also delivered the Salt Lake Tribune and the Deseret News.

My dad kept us busy and at a young age, each one of us had to sew, press pants, wash clothes, clean the house, and work in the gardens surrounding the home, which was about an acre in size. We also painted and sold wall paper in the shop.

My mother had the best flower garden in town. She was an expert in tatting and crocheting. She won blue ribbons at the fairs for her quilts. Dad entered produce from the gardens in the fair and won some ribbons.

Mother and father were the choir leaders in the LDS Church, 1st Ward, for as long as I can remember. First mom and then dad. Mother played accompaniment for dad as he conducted the choir. Mother sang for over 500 funerals in her lifetime and was musical director in Mutual for years. I was called on to play parts in Mutual productions and road shows.

When I was 4, my father was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a period of six months. My mother was left with 4 sons and had to fend for herself.

I was always up to date on the news as a result of being a newspaper boy, especially the news of the war with Germany. I was a little worried about the spear helmeted Germans. Then the war was over and the soldiers came marching home again and there were victory celebrations everywhere.

At the age of 12, I was ordained a Deacon and started a career in the Church (ending up as a Seventy in Los Angeles). At this age, my father encouraged me to play the alto saxophone in his band. At age 14, I took up the trombone. My brother Eugene played the piano and with me on trombone, we were already playing for dances.

At age 16, my father gave me an E-flat alto saxophone which I learned very fast from an instruction book. By now, I was going to North Cache High School in Richmond, Utah. I rode a streetcar there and back every school day for 3 years, a total distance of 14 miles round trip.

I was the freshman class president, sophomore class president, junior executive member and senior class president. I ran for student body president, but lost to Howard Pond.

While a junior and senior at North Cache High, I played piano for the noon day dances and received 25 cents each day. This provided me with lunch money for the cafeteria.lundquist-harold-edwin-b-1910-with-trombone

I graduated from North Cache High School in 1928 along with 82 classmates. School was a wonderful and fun experience.

I left home at age 18 after graduation to seek my fortune. I took a job in American Falls, Idaho as a musician playing the saxophone. This was in July and by September, I had joined a road show from Joplin, Missouri. I was a dancer doing buck and wing and clog dancing which I had learned years before by going to the Pantages Vaudevilles in Logan, Utah. Also, I took dancing lessons from Beth Thurber School of Dancing for two years. I ended up in Stockton, California in October of the same year and soon landed a job with KWE radio station. I played piano along with a young man named Ernest Thery. We each had a grand piano to perform our act – 2 pianos.

I played saxophone with the Hotel Wolfe Orchestra and played piano at the “Milk Bottle” in Stockton. Then came time for Christmas (1928), so I rode a train home because I was homesick.

I played saxophone with Wit Wilson’s Band at the Old Mill near Logan and also with the Palador Orchestra. I finally organized my own band and named it “Eddie Lundquist and His New Dansante Orchestra.” I also had a combo and played at the Blue Bird Café in Logan for private parties.

I met Erma Funk when I was in the 9th grade in about 1924 and married her in November of 1930. We were blessed with 3 children, Edwin R., Richard R., and Bonnie Jo.

I enrolled in College in 1930 at Utah State University and was able to complete two years there. I was majoring in science and my goal was to become a Pharmacist. I became a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. It was there at Utah State that I had the first big orchestra. We played every Wednesday at noon and put on a free show for the student body to advertise the band. I was active in social events and musical productions such as the “Twelfth Night.” I wrote the music for a musical called “Kampus Kaprice.” We put on the production in the auditorium of Utah State and it turned out to be a big hit. I directed the music and the 12 piece orchestra. The production, which was a musical comedy, was called “Steamin Hot” and received many favorable comments from Salt Lake critics.

I was a dancer and was called upon to dance on many stages over the years. I always had a good time dancing and entertaining.

In 1933, I left college and went to Durango, Colorado with a 6 piece band. I played the saxophone and trombone. I taught dancing there. The band went broke and we had to come home. I purchased a home in Logan, Utah and lived there until 1936 at which time we moved to Los Angeles, California.

We located in an apartment near Georgia Street in downtown Los Angeles. We moved from rental to rental and finally purchased a home on Saint Elmo Drive (4710) in 1942. We lived there until 1959 and moved to Lakeview Terrace West in the Silver Lake District of Los Angeles.

I became engrossed in Church work at Wilshire Ward and La Brea Ward in the Los Angeles Stake. In 1941, I became a licensed painting contractor in the state of California. I played in bands and combos in the Los Angeles area for years. In 1937, I performed in a jam session with Benny Goodman at the Paradise Club in downtown Los Angeles.

My principle work was painting and decorating. I named my company “Lundquist Decorating Company” and to the date of this writing, it is the same company.

I played music for 3 or 4 nights per week for years. The sessions usually lasted from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM. This was an enjoyable time for me because I was able to make music and maybe make some people happy.

In the meantime, I was a Stake Missionary for years, in the Sunday School Presidency, one of the seven presidents of the 274th Quorum of Seventy in the Los Angeles Stake, a teacher in Old Testament classes for 10 years, and I led the singing in church for years. I was a scout leader while Edwin and Richard, my sons, were getting their Eagle ranks. I went on hikes and attended all the scout meetings.

I was called by the Church to serve a Labor Mission in Hawaii for 3 years after our son Edwin passed away in December of 1955. I served there from 1956 to 1959.

Harold Edwin Lundquist< Eric Benjamin Lundquist < Karin “Carolina” Ersson Lundquist (my 2nd Great-grandmother)

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Emma Seraphine West Smith b. 3 January 1836, Tennessee

Pioneer Women by Roberta Flake Clayton. Privately Printed, Mesa, Arizona: [n.p.,] 1969. BX 8670.07 .C579p also Americana BX 8670.07 .C579p, pp. 584-588.

Emma Seraphine West Smith is the mother-in-law of Maria Elizabeth Bushman Smith.

Smith, Jesse N. &amp; Emma young couple

Emma Seraphine West Smith
The West’s and Coopers are found among the builders and founders of many localities of the South, Emma Seraphine’s parents were Samuel Walker West and Margaret Cooper. She was born 3 January 1836 in Benton County, Tennessee.

Not long after Joseph Smith had organized the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Wilford Woodruff came to Tennessee preaching the restored gospel and the Wests accepted the truth.

The first child born to this family after their acceptance of the gospel was Emma Saraphine. Margaret thought her tiny daughter would be a natural born Latter-day Saint. Subsequent events proved that Emma was a righteous Israelite indeed.

The Wests moved to Nauvoo, Illinois and Emma remembers how closely her father was associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith giving him much financial support. She saw and mourned with all the Saints at the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum Smith. They suffered through the trying scenes during the Mormon exodus from Illinois.

In the migration to Salt Lake City, Emma tells of the pleasure in the campfire dances where they learned the cotillions and steps of the square dance. She and her brother John were beautiful dancers. This relaxing entertainment helped to ease the hardships of the journey. The Garden Grove Company the Wests traveled with reached Salt Lake City in late September of 1851. They camped on the banks of the Jordan River but were soon given a call to go to Southern Utah, Parowan, Iron County, where they arrived in late October.

In this town the widow Mary Aikens Smith and her two sons, the younger son, Jesse, soon caught the interest of the sweet sixteen-year-old Emmey, as she was called, and this couple was married in Parowan 13 May 1852. Their life together was happy and full of love despite the hardships and privations in their pioneering. Nothing gave her so much satisfaction as to see honor and trust come to her husband.

For many years this village of Parowan was to be Emma’s home. Here all her nine children were born, and it was here her husband brought three of his four other wives. Emma believed in practicing all the principles of the restored gospel and (The Law or Sarah or) polygamy as taught in the Bible and by the Prophet she accepted. She could never conceive of anything base or degrading in the great man she loved, her loyalty and trust in her husband were supreme; each time he chose to bring a new wife into the family circle, he had the consent of each one. Jealousy and selfishness had to be overcome by loyalty and unflinching devotion to a righteous cause.

Smith, Jesse Nathaniel b. 1834

Twice Jesse Nathaniel Smith received mission calls to Denmark. This brought more work and sacrifice to Emma but it was not her nature to complain. One winter the children had no shoes to wear, bread and molasses was their lunch, breakfast was nothing more than a thickened porridge thinned with a pint of milk, for dinner a few potatoes were added to the porridge. This kind of ration was all that a family of three women, seven children, and an adopted big boy had to subsist upon. As though things were not bad enough, Old Line, the cow, fell and broke her neck. Amid tears the stricken family tried to think that the porridge and potato soup were just as good without the milk.

That Christmas the children hung up their stockings, but when they awoke their stockings were empty. Emma wept over their disappointment, but composing herself, she found from somewhere just one apple which she divided among the little folks.

Every day and far into the night this mother worked to provide for her family, splints of pitchy wood were lighted and held, at night, by the older children while Emma did her spinning. Even sorrow and death had to be a part of that winter’s experience.

Emma’s sister Margaret and the second wife of Jesse N. Smith died leaving two children to Emma’s care. These children she loved and brought up as her very own. Then Uncle Silas, Emma’s brother-in-law, lost both of his wives. Arrangements were made and Emma her mother-in-law, Mary A. Smith, moved into the Uncle’s home where the two women cared for the children of four mothers until the return of Jesse N. from the mission field.

Now that the father was home he prospered in his work so that his family could have sufficient food and clothing and he brought his third wife, Janet M. Johnson, into the family circle. In 1868 he returned to his mission field leaving his family in better circumstances than before; their oldest daughter, Saraphine, was married in 1869. After he had finished his mission in 1870, he returned home to care for his family. Emma’s load was lightened, as they could afford more and better things, she was neat and tidy in her dress–she loved lace and dainty things–and was so happy when her loving husband stroked her wavy hair, telling her that she was prettier than ever before. Jesse brought with him from Denmark his fourth wife, Augusta Maria Outzen. She was unaccustomed to this new environment and Emma had the opportunity of making her happy and comfortable as circumstances would permit.

Parowan was emerging from the rigors of pioneering when the Smith family was called to go to Arizona to help in the colonizing of that country. Emma remained in Parowan with Augusta until 1880; Jesse had located his wife Janet and children in Snowflake in January 1879. He was called to be president of the Eastern Arizona Stake. He sold all his property in Utah. The graves of two infant daughters, his wife Margaret, and his beloved mother were all that he left in Parowan, all of his married children followed him to Arizona.

They began at the grass roots, living in tents and wagon boxes until some log cabins could be built. Emma’s health was well broken from the hardships endured while the long missions were being filled, but the work must be done and with a gracious spirit she did her part. Emma was a mother of great faith, hope, and charity; obedience was always taught and required of her children. The promise for disobedience was often administered with a switch and the children discovered that that promise never failed, yet she was a mother who understood the full meaning of mercy and her merciful tears did more than the oiled switch in establishing true repentance, so her children testify.

Smith, Jesse N &amp; Emma sons

Sons of Jesse N. Smith and Emma

Faith promoting stories, learned in her childhood and told to her children, strengthened their courage and made a lasting impression upon them. One experience as a child in her Tennessee home: A spring of water some distance from the house furnished the water used in the home, it had to be carried in buckets. At night Emma was afraid to go to the spring for water and finally her mother said to her, “Emmey, if you will go with a prayer in your heart, you will not have any fear and nothing will hurt you.” In doing this as her mother suggested, Emma declared her fears vanished and courage and trust were felt ever after.

When her mother, Margaret Cooper West, heard of “The Celestial Marriage System,” polygamy, that was revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith, she said it was a wicked and devilish thing and if an angel declared it unto her she would not believe it. However, no angel appeared, but a vision opened to her view, her mind expanded in understanding, in her words she saw the visions of greatness wherein great blessings came through obedience and sacrifice in that it was as much for the women’s exaltation as for the man and that the plan of exaltation by obedience and sacrifice were the great redeeming and ennobling opportunities ever revealed from heaven to man; and “Oh how the Devils raged.”

The magnificence and great exalting attainments connected with this manifestation converted Margaret to the principle of plural wives, she now encouraged her children to practice it and also her husband.

Smith, Jesse N. home, Snowflake 1906

Jesse N. Smith Home in Snowflake

In Snowflake, Emma’s home was across the street from the Swedish family of Larsons. There were two sons and two daughters, the oldest girl, Emma, became the fifth wife of Jesse N. Smith, 28 October 1881, and the next one, Ellen Johanna, married Emma Seraphine’s son, Silas D. 10 November 1886.

This young vigorous woman took over the heavy work in Emma’s home, they were a mother-daughter combination. By the children in the families they were designated as Aunt Emma or Aunt Emmey and Aunt Em. In fact, most everyone addressed them by those names. These two women always lived in the same house. After the husband’s death, the older Emma preferred living with the younger rather than live in any of the homes of her own children.

The older Emma, due to her age and affliction, required care and attention. Love and loyalty grew up between these two women of vastly different ages, the sacrifice of each grea to be a bond of affection and esteem.

Emma was faithful in attending to her church and performing any commission given to her. She was sustained as president of the Eastern Arizona Stake Relief Society 1 July 1883, her counselors being Lois B. Hunt and Frances White. The stake was divided in 1887 and she was retained as Relief Society Stake President of the Snowflake Stake with Emily J. Lewis and Sarah Driggs as counselors. Through the years her counselors changed but she held this position until 11 August 1905. Her diligence in meeting appointments could not be excelled. It took many hours of tedious travel, with horse drawn buggy or wagon, to visit the scattered wards. The love she fostered for others, the faith, integrity, and goodness which were a part of her, she instilled into the lives of the women she labored with.

Smith, Emma Seraphine and children

Next Emma and children: Standing Joseph W. Smith, John Walter, Silas D., Jesse N. Jr. Seated at center Mother Emma, Eliza S. Rogers, Samuel F., Adelaide S. Fish

No one more honestly deserves the beautiful title “MOTHER” than did this frail little woman. From her teens until her death 15 October 1910, she brought glory and sanctity to the greatest gift that has been given to womankind, that of motherhood. Every child had an intimate place in her heart, many of them not her own. The beauty of a great soul was found in her.

Smith, Jesse N. 4 wives Agusta, Emma S., Emma E., Janet

Wives of Jesse N. Smith: Agusta, Emma Seraphine, Emma Ellen, Janet

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Floyd Turley, b. 30 December 1907, Chuichupa, Mexico

Turley, Floyd b. 1907

The Theodore Turley Family Book, pp. 229-232
Floyd Turley was born Dec. 30, 1907 in Chuichupa, Chihuahua, Mexico, a son of Hyrum and Pearl Sevey Turley. The family left Mexico the latter part of July, 1912 during the Mexican Revolution. Floyd remembers that they were having a party for his sister, Blanche’s, birthday, which is July 28, when a man rode up to their home to tell them the rebels were coming. He recalls how they turned the cattle out onto the ranges to find their feed, put the many cheeses they had made under the floor, also other valuables, such as pictures, and the children put their little red wagon in the chicken coop and shut the door. They were all hoping to return soon and find all their belongings still there.Turley, Floyd by 1907 young boy

Hyrum and the two older boys, Venus and Ivan, went into the mountains with guns to watch the rebels and secure their property again if possible. Previous to this they had sent the rest of the family by train to El Paso. The Salvation Army took care of the family in El Paso until Hyrum and the boys had decided that they could not save their property and had ridden into El Paso on their horses and located the rest of the family.

The family moved to Thatcher, Arizona for a few weeks, then went to Woodruff at the suggestion of Alma Turley, brother of Hyrum. Floyd has lived in Woodruff since that time except for the years spent on a mission in Texas and the two and a half years in Central America.Turley, Hyrum Family 1922

As a boy, Floyd liked to go with his father on the freight road. Many men in the area provided for their families by hauling supplies to Fort Apache. Later, Floyd helped his father by mixing mud for him to work at his trade of plastering. Floyd began to plaster along with his father when he was 14 or 15 years old. Later on, he and his father built houses together, and still later, Floyd and his brother, Edgar, were partners in building.

Floyd attended grade school in Woodruff, then went to one year of high school at Snowflake, then a year at the Holbrook High School. He spent his junior and senior years at Snowflake where he graduated. He and his sister, Blanche, and brother, George, roomed with their Uncle (Ted) Theodore Turley, paying for their room and much of their food by the boys chopping wood for their uncle and for other families. Floyd was called to the Mexican Mission in the fall of 1928 and spent 2 ½ years on this mission. Mexico would not allow missionaries to enter the country at this time, so the missionaries worked with the Mexican people living in the United States. All of this mission was spent in Texas.

Kemp, Olive m. Turley

Floyd married Olive Kemp, born Oct. 5, 1905 to John Henry and Annie Eliza Hyer Kemp, in the Logan Temple on Sept. 30, 1931. They established a home in Woodruff, Arizona. Six of their eight children were born at Woodruff and the last two were born in Holbrook.

Floyd was asked to be MIA president of the Woodruff Ward shortly after returning from his mission. About 1932 he was made ward clerk. In May, 1934 he was called to be Bishop and served until April of 1945. Shortly after his release he was called on a stake mission. He worked with Melvin Gardner among the Spanish speaking people of the stake for about a year, then worked with Nowlin Kartchner among the Apache Indians. He was called to be a High Councilman in 1947 and served on this council for 18 years. During much of this time the Snowflake Stake covered the area from McNary to Flagstaff, so he spent some long days making visits to the wards.

Floyd worked as maintenance supervisor of the Holbrook Public Schools from 1960 to 1970. He then went to Central America as a building supervisor for the LDS Church. He spent nine months in the city of San Salvador in El Salvador, then was sent to the city of Alajuela in Costa Rica where he spent almost fifteen months. He went to the city of Panama where he spent almost five months. He and his wife returned to Arizona on December 16, 1972. They decided to spend the coldest part of the winter in Mesa and returned to Woodruff March 17, 1973.

Olive Kemp Turley was born in Logan, Utah. In the summer of 1910 the family bought a farm in North Logan and moved to that locality. Olive went through the first seven grades of school at the North Logan School, then attended the Brigham Young College Training School for the eighth grade, so she could play violin in the school orchestra. She attended four years of high school at the Brigham Young College, then two years of normal school, from which she graduated in the spring of 1926. Playing with the BYC orchestra was the highlight of her younger years.

Olive taught school for the next three years, then left for a mission in June, 1929. She spent a few months in Oklahoma City, then the rest of her mission in Houston, Texas. It was while in Houston that she became acquainted with Floyd Turley, who was serving in the Mexican Mission.

Olive had grown up on a farm and decided to try her hand at gardening during the depression years, to help out with the needs of the family. This became quite a profitable hobby and helped very much while the family was growing up.

She has helped in most organizations in the Church, both in her younger years and after marriage. Three of Olive’s grandparents were born in England, and about 1952 she became interested in doing genealogical research in England through researchers there. It was while she was getting started with this hobby that a researcher asked if her husband’s people were of the Birmingham area in England, saying that a director of the company for which he worked was interested in the Turley name in that area and it was possible to obtain some material on that surname quite readily. With the permission of the president of the Theodore Turley Family Organization, she then began doing research on the Turley lines in England. Researching on one of her own lines in England and on the Turley lines has taken considerable time and thought, but it has been a very enjoyable part of her life since the early 1950’s. She greatly appreciates the support of both her own family and the many members of the Turley family in this work.

In December, 1976 Olive, with Floyd as her assistant, was called to head the Branch Genealogical Library in the Holbrook Stake. This assignment takes considerable time but gives her an opportunity to pursue genealogy.

Children of Floyd and Olive Kemp Turley:
Anita Turley Hallsted, b. July 24, 1932
Floyd Kemp Turley, b. Sept. 16, 1933
Wanda Turley Karges, b. March 30, 1935
Janice Turley Johnson, b. May 30, 193.
Thomas Lowe Turley, b. April 8, 1939
Lucille Turley Layton, b. March 15, 1941
Christine Turley Smith, b. Dec. 22, 1945
Milton Stuart Turley,b. Oct. 10, 1947

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Alma Rubin Turley and Delilah Jane Willis Turley

Turley, Alma Rubin and Delilah

Alma Reuben Turley was born December 29, 1869 in Beaver, Utah to Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Turley. His ancestry has been traced back to Birmingham, England. He was the fifth child in a family of twelve children, eleven boys and one girl.Turley, Alma Rubin, young boyTurley, Isaac and Sarah Greenwood Family 1

His family resided in Beaver, Utah until he was seven years of age and then moved to Salt River at Lehi, Arizona in answer to a missionary call, as did so many of the Arizona pioneers. They moved to the Salt River Valley with the Daniel Jones Company and arrived at Lehi on March 6, 1877.

The family lived in a tent and his mother, an extremely large woman, suffered from the intense heat in the Lehi Valley, so Alma’s father got permission to move his family to Northern Arizona where the climate was cooler. In his life story Alma states, “My father then moved my mother and family in the spring of 1878 to St. Joseph (now Joseph City) near the Little Colorado River. We there lived the United Order. We stayed there about one year, when my father moved his two families to Snowflake.”

It was while they lived in Joseph City that Alma was baptized on April 3, 1879 by Joseph Richards and confirmed the same day by his father, Isaac Turley.

His schooling began in Snowflake, Arizona. Alma states, “I never had the privilege of attending school but very little, for I had to spend my time on the farm herding cattle and horses, and my parents were on the move so much, pioneering new settlements.”

He also states, “In the spring of 1885, my father, my mother and family moved to Old Mexico because of the persecution that was made against polygamy.” Colonization seemed so desirable in that country. Alma stayed in Snowflake until his father could return for them. They had a hard time moving to Mexico. Alma goes on to say, “In the winter of 1886 father returned to our former home in Snowflake, taking me along to drive our cattle and horses to Old Mexico. It was a very hard trip moving them in the wintertime. When within a few days drive from our home, we received word that my mother had died with a hemorrhage. I was left with a hired man to continue the rest of the way, driving the stock. Father hastened on but got home only in time to meet the Saints returning from her burial in the new cemetery.

The following fall of 1887 I returned to my old home, in company with father Ralph Ramsay and family. I lived with my brother Theodore and family that winter and worked for Charles L. Flake that spring and summer, tending his farm for awhile. In the fall I worked for William W. Willis.” It was here that he met his future wife, Delilah Jane Willis, daughter of William Wesley Willis and Gabrilla Stratton Willis.

Alma writes: “In November (?), 1888, in company with William R. Willis of Taylor and Hans Yorgensen, with their wives, I started to Utah with Delilah Jane Willis to be married in the St. George Temple, traveling by team and wagon, taking sixteen days. I had some difficulty in getting a license because I was not twenty-one years old and no parents or guardian to give their consent, for the Government had enacted some very strict laws for marrying in the Temple because of polygamy. But through the work of a good County Attorney making out papers that I had no parents or guardian in the United States, we were only detained one day. Delilah Jane Willis and I were married November 3, 1888 in the St. George Temple by J. D. McAllister. We made the round trip in five weeks.”

He goes on to say: “In 1890 I bought a city lot, built a two-room house on it, also a good barn and corral. We lived there for ten years. I then bought a home and farm in Woodruff, Arizona where I moved my family, my wife and five children, having lost one child, a little blue-eyed girl three years old. While we lived in Snowflake, I made our living by freighting for the Government from Holbrook to Fort Apache; I also did some farming. After moving to Woodruff, we had a great deal of trouble by having the dams go out on the Little Colorado River, through floods, which caused a great deal of hard labor and hardships and many privations for the necessities of life.”

Their move to Woodruff in 1900 took them into a life of hardship, trying to get a living from the soil without any assurance that water would be available. Many years passed before Delilah became reconciled to living in Woodruff. She longed to live in Snowflake with her people. Thirteen healthy children were born to Alma and Delilah Turley–six sons and seven daughters. Delilah was always active in the Church.Turley, Alma Rubin and sons

Alma was an excellent farmer and provided well for his family. He loved good stock, cattle and horses particularly. Besides freighting and farming, he also did some road contracting. A man of shy and retiring nature, Alma found it difficult to take part in Church and social affairs. In spite of this, he was honest in his dealings, loved the gospel, and taught his children to be honorable men and women.

One of his daughters writes about her father, Alma: “My father had faith in God and lived according to the principles of the Gospel. As I remember, he read daily the scriptures, the only reading I remember him doing. He was a tithe payer, attended his meetings. He kept the Sabbath Day and we always had family prayers and blessing on the food.” She also states: “There was never any vulgarity or profanity in our home. He was a good provider for his family. I remember him rocking and singing to his babies in the evening. He didn’t sing a variety of songs, the one I remember him singing was ‘Down by the River’s Verdant Side.’ He was never raggy or dirty, and he was regular with his bathing, and mother always kept all of our clothes in good repair.

He was a parent who had his children work along with him. His animals were always well cared for, and his garden and fields free of weeds.”Turley, Alma Rubin and Hyrum on horses

His daughter also writes: “A man in town was always having black hay to haul and put in his barn because it got wet with rain. This man said, ‘If you want green hay to put in your barn, watch Al Turley when he cuts his hay, he never has black hay.’ I never remember tromping black hay. Father would get up two o’clock in the morning after he had cut the hay the day before and rake it up in piles. Then the next morning he would get up at the same time while the dew was on the hay and cock it ready for hauling. If a threatening storm caused him to haul the hay before it was dry enough for storing, he would sprinkle salt on it in the barn.”

Alma writes in his life story: “The first fall after getting a dam in that was secure, my son Charles H. was called on a mission to the Southern States. We were thankful for him to get this call and always felt like we were greatly blessed in keeping him in the mission field. On September 27, 1924 another son was called to take a mission to Nevada in the California Mission. Tillman Willis was the second one to go.”

He continues to write: “I have always been of a very quiet, reserved disposition, not caring to take part in public affairs. I spent the winter of 1935-36 in Mesa doing work for my dead kindred, doing endowment work for one hundred fifty male names. I also did some sealings. My health beginning to fail in 1932, caused from taking a heavy cold settling in my lungs.”Turley, Alma Rubin and Delilah 1

His daughter, Josephine, writes about her father: “In my memory I see Alma, my father, going through the shocks of corn taking the ears of corn off the stalks and shelling the corn into the nose bags of the horses for their eating. He was a wonderful parcher of corn for our own eating. He parched it in a frying pan on the fireplace coals.”

Alma records: “I was ordained a Deacon in December 1884 by John Kartchner, ordained an Elder October 19, 1888 by Bishop John Hunt, set apart as ward teacher in the Snowflake Ward, Snowflake Stake, 1899.”

Some of the other accomplishments throughout his life were: he was set apart as Second Counselor to Ezra Hatch in the Elder’s Quorum in the Snowflake Stake by Jesse N, Smith, March 24, 1900; he was district school trustee in Woodruff for three years; he also acted as one of the members on the Board of the Woodruff Irrigation Company. He helped to build and construct six dams in the Little Colorado River, also a canal four miles down the river from the last dam built in Silver Creek, above where the two rivers join together.

Alma Reuben Turley died in Woodruff, Arizona on March 15, 1938 from pneumonia, leaving a wife, nine children – four boys and five girls, all married, with families. He had at that time fifty-seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. His posterity has grown a great deal since then.Turley, Alma Rubin and grandchildren

Tillman tells this about his father: “While father was on the Woodruff Irrigation Board, the company had to borrow money from the Merchants and Stockgrower’s Bank in Holbrook. The men all signed the papers except father. He did not want to go into debt. When the President of the bank did not find father’s name on it, he said, ‘I will not make a loan without Al Turley’s name on it.’ President Samuel Smith of the Snowflake Stake, with others, came to talk with father. When President Smith asked him to sign, he did. It was said at his funeral, ‘Al Turley was an honest man.’ I never did hear him tell a smutty story in my 35 years around him.”

*History of Alma Ruben Turley, by his daughter Josephine Turley Hatch.
*Alma Ruben Turley, Good Farmer and Provider, p. 40 in Our Town and People, a Brief History of Woodruff, Arizona.
*History of Alma Ruben Turley, written by himself.
*Family records of his immediate children, compiled by a great granddaughter, Mary Josephine Bennett Rasband, daughter of Reva Hatch Bennett, daughter of Josephine Turley Hatch, daughter of Alma Ruben Turley.

Records of Delilah Jane Willis Turley say Alma Ruben was baptized 3 Apr 1879, while the ward records of Joseph (GS.ser no 1213, F Ar Jl) say the date was 13 April 1879.

PRIESTHOOD: Ordained an Elder on 13 Oct 1888 at Snowflake, Snowflake Stake, by John Hunt.
MARRIAGE: Published in “Biograhical Sketches” on page 907 is the following notation about Alma and Delilah’s marriage: “They were married in the Saint George Temple on November 2, 1888. When the couple arrived in Saint George for the ceremony, it was discovered that Alma was not yet 21 and needed parental consent. Since his parents were in Mexico, it was impossible to get their consent, but finally a lawyer friend vouched for him.”

Holbrook Tribune, Friday, March 18, 1938, pg 1. (Obituary File, Document #82) Text includes: “A. R. Turley was buried Wednesday. He passed away at his Woodruff home Tuesday. Funeral Services were held in Woodruff, Wednesday, for A. R. Turley who passed away at his home on Tuesday. Many persons from Holbrook and Joseph City motored to Woodruff for the funeral. Mr. Turley would have been 69 years old December the 29th and would have celebrated his 50th Wedding Anniversary November 4. (Discrepancy with day) He was married March 4 (Discrepancy with the month and day), 1888, to Delilah Willis of Snowflake. Thirteen children were born to the Turleys and nine are still living. Eight children attended the funeral. They were Wesley Turley, Charles Turley, Martha DeWitt, and Rhoda Brinkerhoff, all of Woodruff; Leora Kartchner of Linden; Tillman Turley of Eagar; and Josephine Hatch of Provo, Utah. Mr. Turley was 61 times a grandfather and 4 times a great-grandfather. Four brothers also survive. Funeral services were conducted by Bishop Floyd Turley and about 800 people were present. Those from Holbrook were Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Cross, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Ellsworth, Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Key, Mrs. Edna Fisher, Mrs. Arthur Palmer, Mrs. and Mrs. John Heward and children. From Joseph City were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Turley, Mrs. John Turley, Mrs. Harvey Randall, Mrs. Clifford Tanner, Mrs. Arthur Tanner.”
BAPTISM: He was baptized by John Bushman and Confirmed by Bishop Joseph Richards, but does not give a date. 2) Joseph City Ward Records – (GS F002, 401 p. 66) and (GS Ser No 1213 F Ariz J) St. Joseph, say that Alma Ruben was baptized 13 Apr 1879. St. Joseph, Yavapai, Arizona is now Joseph City, Navajo, Arizona. 3) Personal Records of Delilah Jane Willis Turley, wife, say that Alma Rubin was baptized 3 Apr 1879. 4) “The Theodore Turley Family Book 1978”, Theodore Turley Family Organization, records baptism as 3 Apr 1879, baptized by Joseph Richards and confirmed the same day by his father, Isaac Turley.

NOTE: On Alma’s son’s, (Charles Herman) Patriarchal Blessing which was recorded by Hyrum Smith and on the marriage certificate of Alma Reuben and Delilah Jane Willis, Alma’s middle name was spelled Reuben. It is spelled Ruben in the Joseph City Ward Records and in the Birth Certificate of his daughter, Martha and in information submitted to the Ancestral File by some of Alma’s descendants. It is spelled Rubin on Charles Turley’s Death Certificate, in information submitted to the Ancestral File by some of Alma Ruben’s descendants and most importantly, in the handwritten records recorded by Alma Rubin Turley, himself. You will see spelled all different ways. I chose to go with Rubin as that is how Alma Rubin Turley wrote it himself.

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Eric Benjamin “Benny” Lundquist b. 28 December 1871, Delbeck, Sweden

Lundquist, Eric Benjamin b. 1871.

Biography of Eric Benjamin Lundquist

The following biography was written by Elsie Gladys Lundquist McNabb Saye on March 9, 2000. Elsie is the daughter of Emanuel Richard Lundquist, brother of Eric Benjamin Lundquist.

I had a short acquaintance with my father’s brother, Eric Benjamin, whom we called Uncle Benny, and his wife Jean, when I visited them after an illness while in my second year at high school.

I spent several months with them and their family of boys who lived in Smithfield, Utah. I enjoyed my visit with them because they were a happy, joyous family, busy and active in church.

Aunt Jean had a beautiful voice and was asked to sing often at funerals, church and other occasions such as plays and entertainments which were often originated by Aunt Jean. Seemed like they all were musical, and I was caught up in their enterprises and really enjoyed it.

I remember Eugene among the boys and kept in touch and when I became involved in genealogy later on for the Lundquist family, I found he too was following his line and we both helped each other.

I visited Eugene and family with my niece and husband, Grace and Arthur Laemmlen when I was in my 50s, and we both made up copies of the records he had on the Lundquist line. Engene visited us at one of our Lundquist family reunions which increased our desire to continue our research.

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“My Laws!” and a Vandalized Billboard –Eugenia and Eric Benjamin Lundquist

Lundquist, Eric Benjamin wedding 1903

Eric and Eugenia “Jean” Lundquist wedding day

The following biography of Eric and Eugenia Lundquist was written by a son Ebert M. Lundquist with sections written by another son, Eugene B. Lundquist. Edited including the addition of headlines by Wallace F. Gray. Editing is in brackets.

“My Laws”
The term, “My Laws,” came from the lips of Eugenia H. Lundquist, my loving and reverent mother. Where she got it is not known. This was her worst profanity. While raising six boys, keeping them fed and ironing their shirts, and considering all the trouble they got into, I’m sure she was tempted to use a more unrepeatable phrase. Perhaps, though, during all of her life, she was never exposed to anything worse. When she was dismayed, excited or upset, she would exclaim, “My Laws!”

My father [Eric Benjamin Lundquist] was a painter and wallpaper hanger. His business was “The Lundquist Decorating Co.” To advertise his business he erected a large billboard next to the highway going westbound out of the city of Smithfield, Utah, our home town. It read, “Lundquist Decorating Co., E. B. Lundquist , Wallpaper, Paints and Glass.” On a dark, night some vandals painted over the “W” and “paper” in Wallpaper, the “i” in Paints and the “Gl” in Glass. The result in dad’s big sign read “Lundquist Decorating Co., E, B, Lundquist, All Pants and ass.”

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