Thursday, May 26, 2011


Albion Idaho Newsletter 1998 - Albion History of the Past
"Mr. & Mrs. Charles V. Hepworth of Albion, now deceased, had four sons serving in WWll:
 Charles M. Merle, Jack and Ralph H. 
Ralph H. Hepworth, then 23, was killed in action.  A large framed award and memorial is hanging in the Albion Historical Museum recently donated by Charles M. and Dee Simmons Hepworth.
[Charles and Dee are now deceased the memorial was donated about 1998)

This is a cousin of my dad.  He was born 30 April 1922 in Salt Lake City and moved with his parents to Albion, Idaho in 1928 where he lived until entering the service.  Ralph was nine years younger than Dad.  Ralph died 24 July 1945.
Ralph was in the Navy and a co-pilot, flying a plane pictured below, a PBY4-2.  I have lots of information about Ralph and his flights which I will Blog about at a later date. 
This story, with more detail, was reported around the world!

"24 July 1945, two PBY4-2 airplane's took off from Yontan Field, Okinawa, for an anti-shipping sweep along the west coast of Korea.  Two message's were received, one that two planes had been attacked by enemy aircraft. No position given.  Another, referred to a successful attack on a Japanese merchant ship.  The planes did not return to base the next morning and all available planes were sent out and exhaustive search was made.  No trace was found of the missing plane's or its crew.  Among the missing was
 Ralph Huntington Hepworth

You are in our hearts and memory this Memorial Day; never to be forgotten!

 If you visit Albion be sure to visit the museum and see the Memorial that is posted there.  If it’s not open there is a number you can call that’s posted on the side of the building and a delightful person is willing to open the museum just for you.  I have done this several times since the regular OPEN hours are not when I visit Albion.  

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sarah Ann Lives to be 84 Years Old

     From August of 1899 Sarah Ann lived in this house at
 757 West First North St. [today it is Second North] Salt Lake City, Utah until her death 20 Nov. 1913.  
She died in the L.D.S. hospital.
Others living in the house over the fourteen years of time were her daughter Sadie [Sarah Ann], her husband James Hepworth, [owners of the house] and their children James, Charles, and Ethel, my grandmother.  My father Vern, was three months old when Sarah Ann died.  

Mrs. Sarah Ann Kidgell, aged 84 years, widow of the late
Charles Kidgell, and pioneer, who died
Thursday night at a local hospital, will be
buried Sunday afternoon, services
being held at 12:30 in the Sixteenth Ward chapel.
Friends desirous of viewing the body may do so
at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Hepworth, 757
West First North from 10:30 to 12:30 the
day of the funeral.
Mrs. Kidgell has been a sufferer for several years, and
was taken to the hospital to undergo an operation in
the hopes of a cure.  For several days
it seemed that she would recover, but a relapse, ensued,
from which she could not rally.
Mrs. Kidgell was born in Birmingham, Eng., in 1829 and
joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
with her husband in 1850, coming to Salt Lake five
years later.  She settled in the Ninth Ward
where she was a faithful worker in the Relief Society
for many years.  She resided in Logan for some time where
she was also known for her charity and kindheartedness.
Mrs. Kidgell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Bithell
and Mrs. James Hepworth os Salt Lake and a son, Fred C. Kidgell
of Logan; also 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Six of her children, a daughter and five sons, died in infancy.

It is said to be that Sarah Ann suffered with gall bladder problems for several years.  
After being operated on she developed pneumonia which was the cause of death.  
Taken from the Kidgell Cashmore Histories:  Mrs. Kidgell lived for many years with her
daughter Mrs. James Hepworth.  She was a great sufferer for many years but was nursed 
and cared for by her daughter and Mr. Hepworth more assiduously,  She was not
allowed to suffer, every wish was gratified as far as it was possible and every 
want supplied. 

More comments on Sarah Ann at a later posting.  
Next Posting; A tribute to the Hepworth Young Men. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

What Next? Sell the Logan City Brewery?

First Street one block east of Main St.   
The Vogel house was very near the Brewery. 
   1898, the year of Herman's death Fred Kidgell had been married four years and had two small children. So, you can understand why he approached his step-father for wages owed him.  Fred was given empowerment of the business by Herman just before he was admitted to the hospital. [31 March 1898 newspaper article].  Fred continued to run the business until about 1902.  Fred's occupation on the 1900 Federal Census lists his occupation as "Brewery Owner".  [More information on the life of Fred Cashmore Kidgell coming soon] 

This next newspaper article tells me that;

  • Sarah Ann is still living in her house near the Brewery. 
  • She has a hired girl living with her.
  • She has a hired man living in the house.
  • And, I have no idea who the 'male members of the family would be. 

3 November 1898  The Logan Tri-Weekly Journal
     At a late hour on Monday night Mrs. Vogel, who resides on
 First Street, near the brewery, was awakened by the noise
of some one trying to raise the window of her room. 
The lady roused the hired girl who, upon hearing the 
noise herself, called to male members of the 
family, who slipped downstairs and outside in time
to see two individuals scurry down the path and out
 of the gate into the street. They were unable to overtake
them, however.  On Tuesday evening about 9 o'clock
a hired man employed by Mr. Fred Kidgell, 
and who stays at Mrs. Vogel's went into the 
brewery building and when he turned on the lights 
was astonished to see two men scamper off toward
the rear of the building.  He gave alarm and Marshal Farr
 was sent for, but the burglars had escaped through a rear window. 
 Nothing of value was taken, and the marauders were perhaps 
after beer, but the visitation of the previous evening at
Mrs. Vogel's residence rather casts doubt on that explanation. 

I'm sure this was a very scary happening in Sarah Ann's life. 
Nine months later Sarah Ann leaves the town of Logan. 
From the Kidgell Cashmore  Histories;
"On the 9 August 1899 Sarah Ann moves into the 16th Ward in Salt Lake City."
This Is when Sarah Ann moves in with her daughter Sarah Ann (Sadie) Kidgell Hepworth
and son-in-law James Hepworth. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Saturday - APRIL 2, 1898 
Messr. Hyrum DeWitt and Jacob Theurer returned on Thursday from Salt Lake, whither they accompanied Herman Vogel, the would-be suicide.  A successful operation of some kind was performed on Vogel, and unless unexpected complications ensure, he is sure to recover.  

Tuesday - 5 April 1898
The Logan Tri-Weekly Journal
Herman Vogel, according to the latest reports, is getting along quite nicely, and his chances for recovery are still considered good.  On Saturday it is said, he ordered a case of beer to be sent down to Salt Lake;  but whether it was for his own consumption or that of his friends is not known. 

Herman died on the 4th of April!  Notice the above article was in the newspaper on the 5th.  I see in the article dated 9 April, second paragraph,(see below) would explain how this happened. It seems Fred got a letter (report) saying how well he was doing which they reported the information to the paper only to find out that, that evening he died and too late to pull it from the paper.  

The Deseret News 
Wednesday - 6 April 1898
Vogel --------- of Logan Utah in this city at St. Marks Hospital April 4th 1898, of gunshot wound.  Herman Vogel, Born October 24, 1844 in Germany.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. from the funeral chapel of undertaker Jos. William Taylor 21 South West Temple street under the auspicious of Salt Lake Valley Lodge No 12 A.O.U.W.  All friends and members of the A. O.U.W. and Degree of Honor are respectfully invited to attend.

Thursday - 7 April 1898
Herman Vogel who shot himself in this city a short time ago, died in St. Mark's hospital of blood poisoning, on Monday evening, the news of his death reaching here between 7 and 8 o'clock on that evening.  On Tuesday afternoon Mrs. Vogel, her daughter Mrs. Hepworth, and Mr. Fred Kidgell, went to Salt Lake, where Vogel was buried, for the purpose of attending the funeral.  Vogel was getting along first-rate until blood-poisoning set in, which speedily put an end to his troubles.  Mrs. Vogel  will receive $2,000 from the A.O.U.W. of which organization 
her husband was a member. 

Thursday - 7 April 1898
Poor Herman Vogel has passed to his last long rest.  Those who feel inclined to too severely censure his rash act should suspend judgement.  "Every heart knoweth its own bitterness."  and no man knows what was in his mind at the time he concluded to abandon it all, nor the thoughts which may have haunted him for months preceding the act which terminated his life.  On march 29th that act was committed; on April the 4th he died, surrounded by strangers, and his remains have been interred amongst stranger.  God only knows what thought surged through his mind during the interval elapsing between the shooting and his death.  Certainly he should be exonerated from the blame among those who knew him as a genial, peaceable citizen, and left to the judgement of an all-wise Father who doeth all thing well, 
"Judge not lest ye' be judged."

Saturday - 9 April 1898
F.C. Kidgell and Mrs. Vogel returned from Salt Lake yesterday, where they went to attend the funeral of Herman Vogel, which occurred on Thursday.  Vogel was buried in the city cemetery there, the burial being conducted by the A.O.U.W. (Ancient Order of United Workmen) of which organization the deceased was a member.  The services were quite  imposing and very impressive.  
Mr. F. C. Kidgell explains that the reason none of Mr. Vogel's immediate family from Logan were present at his death, was because they had just received rapidly, and all reports indicated that he was improving.  The first intimation they had to the contrary was at 5:20 on the evening of the day he died, and at 7:35 it was followed by one announcing his death, giving them no time to go down.  During his stay in the hospital he was visited by relatives living in Salt Lake. 

I just found Herman's headstone on, not a good picture but I can see the inscription better in my software program. 
He is buried in the Salt Lake Cemetery; 
plot 22098 D-3-1-S2-E-1.
The information for the headstone given by 
whoever is incorrect.
The name is correct 'Herman A P Vogel" the birth year and death year is incorrect;  1843 should be 1844;
1899 should be 1898.  Wrong information on a headstone is not uncommon. 
From the newspaper articles it sounds like there should be other relatives beside step- children. And, the reference of "he died, surrounded by strangers, and his remains have been interred amongst stranger" I guess is reference to the fact Sarah Ann or Fred was not at his bedside when he died and he is not buried in the KIDGELL plot that was purchased many years before this event.  
  Oh! To know the WHOLE story.    Someday, I hope soon, 
I will visit Herman's grave site, and get a better photograph of the headstone 
  and maybe find more information about the man. 
 May he Rest In Peace.  
To repeat what was printed in the newspaper:
 "Every heart knoweth its own bitterness." and 
"Judge not lest ye' be judged."

Stay Tuned!