Saturday, February 21, 2015


It's been almost a week since I returned from attending the Roots Tech 2015 conference.  It's was an incredible week; just listening to the key note speakers was worth the trip.  It makes me wonder how the people who plan these conferences can top this one.  Also, I found a family treasure; a picture at the Church History Library of my dad when he was five years old.  I will post about this find soon.

This will be the last post on Second Great Grand uncle John Hepworth's family for a while.  I am going to go back to posting about Second Great-Grandfather Thomas's line.  This has been a slow process getting to the end of all the Hepworth's so I'm thinking I might veer off to my other lines in future posts.

To refresh briefly of what I have posted about about John Hepworth and his bride Frances Amelia Fletcher: they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of  Latter Saints in England in 1848.  They entered the Salt Lake Territory in 1852. On 23 March
1861 John and Frances were sealed in the Endowment House by Brigham Young. (Record from Special Collection; Family HIstory Library SLC)  Sometime before 1870 John and Frances no longer were affiliated with the LDS Church and attended the Episcopal Church.  A journal of a granddaughter Rose writes a very different story of how John and Frances came to the Salt Lake Territory.  I don't doubt that that she was told the story by her grandparents that they were headed for California and decided to settle in Salt Lake.  (A very short version)  To read 'all about it'  please go to utahrose

John Hepworth was a well respected citizen of Salt Lake City.  (I will only post about John's death)

Salt Lake Telegram Monday January 11, 1904


Mrs. Sophia Jones, age 82, born in North Wales. 
John Hepworth, age 83, for fifty-one years a resident of Utah.
John Tingey, age 82, has lived in Salt Lake half a century. 

John Hepworth, aged 83 well known in commercial circles, died at his home,
571 South Main street, at 2:15 o'clock Saturday afternoon,  He has been a 
resident of this city since 1852, and conducted a successful butcher business 
for a number of years, retiring in 1886.
On January 28, 1900, he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary, 
 Mrs. Hepworth dying about two months later.  At his bedside when the end 
came were three daughters, Mr. Maria Moench, Mrs. I.M. HIgley
 and Miss Sarah Hepworth. The funeral arrangements will not be made until 
two other daughters, Mrs. J. M. Moore of Richland, Or., and
 Mrs. Julia Wright, of Mammoth, Utah arrive in the city. 

John's brother, my Second Great Grandfather Thomas's butcher shop 
was located on the other side of town.
 Grandfather Thomas died in 1895 from a fall down an elevator shaft 
at the Lambert Paper Company. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burglars enter Hepworth's House; Father John Hepworth thinks it's the "daughters".

This is a story you can chuckle about.  I can hear the dialogue now of Father yelling out to the daughter's of what the heck is going on and the daughter's asking the same thing of the brother what he is doing to make such an disturbance when all along there are burglars in the house. 

The headline in the Ogden newspaper is 
Burglars Frustrated.  In the Deseret New: 
Foiled Again. --

Last night the house of Mr. John Hepworth, on the lower part of East Temple Street, was entered by burglars, who after getting in opened the doors so as to provide egress in case of  emergency.  Mr. Hepworth was awakened on hearing them rummaging about. Thinking it was his daughters he called out and inquired what they were doing up and about at such an unseemly hour.  The girls in turn thought it was their brother and spoke, thinking they were addressing him.  While this colloquial battery was being fired the burglars rushed out of the house and escaped.  The police were communicated with, but of course nothing could be done, by the way of arresting the thieves.  Luckily the scoundrels were interrupted too early to enable them to carry anything away.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Highway robbery committed upon Mr. & Mrs John Hepworth 1876

John Hepworth
1 Jan 1822 - 9 Jan 1904
Only a few more postings about 2nd Great Uncle John Hepworths' family and I am going back to posting about my 2nd great grandfathers Hepworth’s family. 

In doing newspaper research I found several incidences where criminal activity happened to the John Hepworth family. 
 Deseret News 10 Oct 1876
[John was age fifty four and Frances Amelia
 was forty eight years old when this happened.] 

[Highway robbery committed upon Mr. and Mrs John Hepworth]

  Garroting, -- This morning, at 10 o;clock, before Justice Pyper, Frank Treseder and Charles Howard were arraigned, charged with Highway robber, committed last evening, upon the person of Mr. John Hepworth, of this city.  The witnesses were Mr. and Mrs. Hepworth and police officer Alexander Burt.  It was developed that the two young men were seen together as if watching or waiting for someone, just previous to the robbery; that Treseder was positively the party who throttled Mr. Hepworth and called to his accomplice to "go through him;" that so far as the darkness of the evening and the attendant circumstances would admit of a conclusion, Howard answered the description of the other party; that Mr. Hepworth's gold watch, worth $189, was taken from his pocket, the robber breaking a string with which it was tied to Mr. H.'s vest to get it away, the fragments of the string attached to the watch when produced in court and that remaining upon the vest corresponding exactly. The watch was correctly described by Mr. Hepworth, and identified in court as his property, and it was further developed that Mr. Burt took it from the person of Treseder upon searching him after the arrest. 
     Two defendants were arrested by Mr. Burt just as they were in the act of entering the Occidental Saloon. the robbed man pointing them out to the officer and recognizing Treseder as being beyond doubt one of the parties.  Both pleaded not guilty, and were separately arraigned for examination. Howard conducted his own case, basing his defense upon the fact of Mr. Hepworth being unable to swear positively that he was the person who accompanied Treseder.  General Barnum having been sent for the latter defendant appeared and waived examination where upon the justice held each of the parties to answer to the grand jury of the district court, fixing the amount of bond in both cases at $1,000.  In default thereof committed jail.

Funny, even in 1876 criminals deny wrongdoing because of 'Unable to Swear  Positive Identity'  when the circumstances are certain it was him. I wonder if John got a black eye or any cuts or bruises?  Do you think Amelia was so frightened she couldn't scream or did she put up a terrible fuss?  I would like to know the story they told their family.   

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Movie "Unbroken" familiar flight scene; Ralph H. Hepworth

Saturday afternoon (27 Dec 2014) Earl and I went to the movie “UNBROKEN” a true story of the life of Louis Tamperini an Olympic runner and a hero in World Ward ll.  We enjoyed this story of survival, determination and forgiveness.  Makes a person (again) appreciate the sacrifices made by those men and women who fought for our freedom.

In the beginning of the movie is a scene of a B-24; damaged with its belly ripped apart; the occupants clinging to the sides and 500 miles from their base yet the pilot landed the crippled plane safely.  My thoughts were “mmmmm the details about this crippled plane sound so familiar.”  Earl read the book but, I did not.  After the movie while driving home I reflected about that scene when I remembered posting in 2012 on this blog about a first cousin of my father’s Ralph Huntington Hepworth who was in World War ll.  He was a Lieutenant in the Navy and a Co-Pilot on an American Privateer Search Plane stationed in Okinawa.   

On 2 July 1945 Ralph experienced what I saw in this movie.  The headlines in the Twin Falls Times were:
Albion Pilot’s Mangled Plane Back With Chunks of Ripped-off Jap Mast.

This story was in Newspaper’s all over the world.  If you click on the words Ralph Huntington Hepworth it will take you to the story I posted on Friday 25 May 2012 that describes men holding on for dear life in a crippled plane(the belly of the plane was ripped apart) 500 miles from their base and safely landing.  

If you want to know 'the rest of the story'  click on the words In Honor of Ralph Hepworth. THis happened 24 July 1945; twenty two days later. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Our Parents were married in December fifteen years apart.

     This December I would like to honor my parents and Earl’s parents by posting about their  marriage, my mom and dad eighty years ago and Earl’s parents ninety five years ago from this December. 
     Both were married in the Temple on a wintery day Fifteen Years and four days apart.
     Earl parents were married in the Salt Lake Temple and took a train from Bancroft, Idaho with two other couples who also married in the Salt Lake Temple.  Their names were of Bill Higginson and Fanny McClellan and Leo Johnson and Millie Grant. Gladys writes that the train was to arrive at ten o’clock in the morning  but it arrived very late, at four in the afternoon.  But, friend and relatives waited with them and just as they were to board the train a shower of rice hit them full in the face.  Gladys doesn't give any more details of her wedding day.

     My parents drove with my Grandmother Tomlinson and Dad’s younger sister Louise.   I wrote about their marriage in a 2010 post.  If you would like to read about it go to this site. Married on the shortest day of the year.

     Earl and I love our parents.  They gave us many wonderful memories and taught us values to follow throughout our lives.