Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hepworth's did have squabbles.

On the top left is pictured the main Hepworth house built by Thomas Hepworth and Mary in 1877 and stood on 5/8 of an acre.   Address was 725 West 100 North.  Today 100 North is 200 North.  Today the main house is being restored and is registered with the National Register of Historic Places.
Pictures of the other houses were built by the Hepworth children as they married and moved out of the main house.  Many are being lived in today. The house pictured in the middle is my Great-grandfather James Hepworth and Sarah Ann's house.  My father lived in this house in his early years.
The information I have on the other house conflict some what on addresses and who lived in which house. However, the house on the bottom left I am told by Samuel's great grandson that this  house is Samuel Hepworth's (d 1898) and Mary Jane Powell's who died in 1900, leaving a son LeRoy age 17 and a married daughter Hettie.  Hettie Irene married Louis M. Peterson in 1897. Their son Samuel LeRoy continued living in this house.  I found it very interesting that in the 1900 US Census he is the head of the household he is eighteen years old and is a Machinist Apprentice and also living in the household is a young girl of nineteen, Rose Davis and is a servant.  I don't know if she is a servant of LeRoy's house or someone else s house.   Apparently the Machinist Apprentice dream didn't go well.  LeRoy was a Butcher.
On December 14, 1904 he married Linnie Sessions in Farmington, Utah.  Linnie comes from a polygamist family of a very prominent pioneer Perrigrine Sessions who was her father.  Linnie's mother is Esther Mabey. Perrigrine colonized Sessions Settlement which is Bountiful, Utah today.  If you want more information on Linnie's family Google the names; Perrigrine Sessions or Esther Mabey, you will be surprised of all the information you can read about the Session family.
LeRoy and Linnie had two children.
Mary Bernice born 16 Sep 1905 and
Samuel LeRoy Hepworth born 18 Feb 1910 both were born in Salt Lake City.
I titled this post about how the Hepworth's did have their squabbles.
This squabble was between my great-grandfather James Hepworth and LeRoy.  LeRoy is a nephew to James.    
I found this article while doing newspaper research on genealogybank.com which I pay a fee for the  subscription.
All Around Town 
22 May 1907
An injunction was secured this morning in the District court by James Hepworth restraining Samuel Leroy Hepworth from digging post holes. The injunction further provides that the defendant shall not build a fence.  James Hepworth declares that the defendant is digging post holes and preparing to build a fence along the center of the right of way used by the plaintiff.  It is alleged that the work was commenced on May 19, 1907.

I can just imagine the yelling and tape measures flying all over trying to prove the property line. Apparently LeRoy wasn't in agreement about the property line and why was he to intent about putting up a fence?  I guess there could be a lot of reasons.  So Great-grandfather had to take drastic measures.  (no pun intended)  Now, I wonder who won?

Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

G.W. Tomlinson Sledding Accident SLC 1908

Less than six months ago I found this article about my grandfather George Wherrett Tomlinson. He died in 1959 in Fresno, California when I was seventeen years old.   I never met this man and he was never talked about by my grandmother Ethel. I did asked my father about him, several times and his response every time  would be very brief saying "he was a good father he took me to wrestling matches and we had some good times together." And that was all the information Dad would say about him. His parents separated when Dad was bout fifteen years old.  
    About twelve years ago through many hours of research I have come to know Grandfather George.   This article told me even more about him that I will mention later. 
I found this article by using the Genealogical.Bank.com, an online genealogical newspaper resource.  This find has made it well worth the fee I pay for the subscription.
This happened one hundred five years ago on Friday 18 December 1908.  George was twenty four years old. George and my grandmother Ethel Hepworth did not marry until 1912.
Saturday, December 19, 1908

Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake City, Ut)
  George W. Tomlinson was thrown
 from his sleigh and painfully injured
in a race down South Main street with
another sleighing party last night.  Tom-
linson was driving the front bobsled 
when the sleigh behind him struck a 
rough place in the road and turned turtle.
The horses broke loose from the wreck-
age and dashed into the sleigh ahead.
This threw Tomlinson to the ground.
He clung to the reins of his own team
and was dragged into the curbing, re-
ceiving painful scalp cuts and a severe 
shaking up. He was carried into the 
house of Mrs. Emily Bailey, at 545
South Main street, where Mrs. Bailey 
and her daughter, Edna, dressed his 
injuries, while awaiting the arrival of Dr.
F.S. Bascom.  Later he was taken to 
his home, 557 [757] West First North street
                                           in a carriage. 
Strange to relate, the members of the 
party whose sleigh capsized, were in 
any way injured.  They righted their 
vehicle and continued the outing.  Five
young ladies who were in the sleigh being
driven by Tomlinson, refused to give 
                                           their names. 

Monday, December 21, 1908
Salt Lake Telegram (Salt Lake Ciry, Ut)
George W. Tomlinson, who was hurt 
in a bob sleigh accident on lower Main
street Friday night, is reported to be 
more seriously injured than at first sup-
posed.  The young man is being treated 
for concussion of the brain.  He is at his
home, 757 West First North street.  An
operation may be necessary. 
The mother of the injured man is on
her way from Canada to spend Christmas 
with another son.  She is not yet aware
of the accident.  It is not thought 
Tomlinson will die. 

 The first thing I learned from this article is that Grandfather was living with Grandmother’s parents on 757 West First North Street.  I was told this many years ago by a cousin of Dad's but wasn't sure if that was really true.   George, I’m assuming was working at the butcher shop for Great grandfather James Hepworth. I often wondered how they met.  George grew up in Ogden, Utah.  His parents moved to Magrath Canada in the early 1900’s.   I do think George lived in Canada for a short time before moving back to Utah and into the Hepworth house. Now to find our how he got to know the Hepworth's.  In 1908 Grandmother Ethel would be twenty one years old and working for the Telephone Company as a telephone operator.    It would be four years after this incident that George and Ethel married; 3 October 1912.  My father was the firstborn; born eleven month later. 
I thought George was very brave to stay with his horses risking his life in taking control.  And now I am wondering if the sleigh and horses were his or did they belong to the Hepworth family?  My father would do the same at a risk of his life in a similar situation. George had five young ladies in his sleigh! George did love the ladies.  Something I don’t see my father doing.  I should ask by brother’s what they think; if Dad would entertain more than one girl at a time.
I find it amazing that no one was hurt in the other sleigh!  Turning turtle; tipping upside down I would think all in the sleigh would have been thrown out or caught underneath and be injured. 
Interesting; that his mother, Mary Ellen Burns Tomlinson was coming from Canada to spend Christmas with a brother of George’s.  This places Great-grandmother Tomlinson still living in Canada and has the means (finances) to travel a long distance; probably by train. 
Would love to know her reaction to this accident?

And, I wonder if Grandfather George ever told my father this story.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

5 December 1914 - 5 December 2013 99 years old

Verona Shirley Perrins Tomlinson
Mother would be ninety nine years old today. Born at home, she was number seven of eight children (five girls and three boys) to Edna Phippen and Samuel Perrins. Their house was located across the street from the Albion Normal School in the beautiful Cassia County Valley of Albion, Idaho. Mother lived in this house until her marriage to Vern Tomlinson on 21 December 1934.  She loved growing up in Albion.  She loved her family.
In high school Mother sang in the glee club and acted in numerous plays.  She played center on the girl's basketball team.  She also excelled in track and won races at the fourth and twenty fourth day celebrations in the near by towns.
Seeing her in this picture wadding in water was uncommon. She did not love being in the water like Father and I.   I guess that's why this is one of my favorite pictures of my mother. .  
  Happy Birthday, Mom. 


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving's Past (1950)

When we lived in Jerome Idaho, I don't ever remember having Thanksgiving at our house.  I think we always went out of town for Thanksgiving which for me  was the most exciting time in my life. It meant seeing cousins to play with and sleeping overnight  and eating wonderful food. .
I remember going to Payette, Idaho where my Grandmother Tomlinson and Aunt Louise and cousins Ardyth and Lee lived.  Aunt  Louise was a single mother who  taught school in Payette.  My mother and dad picked me up right when school was out and we drove what seemed like very late in the night before we arrived in Payette.  There were so many little towns to drive through and I was so excited to see my only cousins on my father's side.  It would always be a wonderful time and I didn't want it to end. Sadly, I don't have any pictures of Thanksgiving with Dad's side of the family.
Other years we would travel to Rupert, Idaho for Thanksgiving with Mother's side of the family, the Perrins. Mother's sister my Aunt Gladys and Uncle Reed lived on a farm in Rupert.   Or I remember traveling to Ucon, Idaho just north of Idaho Falls where my mother's sister Kerma and Uncle Bill lived on a farm.  The above pictures are Thanksgiving at Aunt Kerma's with lots of Aunts and Uncles and loads of cousins.   Wonderful memories.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Year of 1900, Utah Newspaper Article's Reports "NARROW ESCAPE FROM DEATH" of Samuel LeRoy Hepworth

Samuel LeRoy Hepworth b 10 July 1881 - d 5 Oct 1946  
   Samuel LeRoy Hepworth was the third  child and only son of Samuel Hepworth and Mary Jane Powell. He was seventeen years old when his father died (1898) and nineteen when his mother died in 1900.  In October of 1900 Roy (the name he was known by) had a near death accident. 
I thought all three articles were so interesting that I have posted all three.   The first article was in:

The Deseret News on 18 Oct 1900


   Roy Hepworth, a young man nineteen years of age, had a narrow escape from a frightful death shortly after nine o'clock this morning upon the tracks of the Oregon Short Line on North Temple street. 
Hepworth was driving a delivery wagon, belonging to Hepworth & sons, the butchers, attached to which were two horses, going in a westerly direction on North Temple and Fourth West streets, when the tail end of the rig he was riding in was struck by an Oregon Short  Line train coming from the North.  The young man was thrown from his seat, clean over the horse into City Creek under the bridge and when taken out was found to have sustained a severe scalp wound, his right leg badly mashed and his left shoulder, it is thought, thrown out of place.  The horses were also badly bruised as a result of the accident, while the wagon was made into kindling wood. 
    Young Hepworth, who is an orphan, was conveyed to the resident of his uncle,[my great grand parents home] No. 757 West 
First North street, where he received attention from Dr. Pinkerton. At last accounts he was doing as well as could reasonably be expected. 
    John Bentrod, proprietor of a saloon, was an eye witness of the accident.  He declares that the man in charge of the gates at the place where the accident occurred, deliberately closed them on Hepworth, the  team and wagon, closing them in and preventing them getting out.  
   Bentrod further said it was nothing short of a miracle that Hepworth wasn't killed outright.  

Salt Lake Herald  19 October 1900

YOUNG TEAMSTER'S MIRACULOUS                           

   Roy Hepworth, a 19-year-old boy, in the employ of the Hepworth Meat company as deliveryman, had a narrow escape from being crushed by an incoming Short Line train at the North Temple street crossing, near Fourth West, about 9 o'clock yesterday morning. 
   The young man, unable to see the approaching train on account of some intervening cars, and not hearing the warnings of the watchman, drove his team onto the track in front of the engine before he discovered his danger.  He attempted to turn off the track, but the engine struck the wagon, throwing it and the team and driver ten or twelve feet into the rocky bottom of the City Creek aqueduct.  Hepworth was badly cut and bruised, but is not dangerously injured. 
   An employee of the railroad who happened to be near when the accident occurred, ran to Hepworth and found him unconscious.  The boy was taken to the home of his uncle, James Hepworth, 757 West First North street, Dr. Pinkerton being called.  He said Hepworth was not dangerously injured.
   Hepworth and his relatives blame the railroad company for the accident, but several eye-witnesses say that it was not due to any negligence on the part of the company.  Hepworth says that the guard gates were up when he drove in, but they were put down immediately afterwards.  He declares that he did not hear any warning from the tower man until he was already on the track.  He said he could not see the train on account of a line of cars in front of him. 
   The tower man, John Carlson, says that Hepworth drove under the gates as he was putting them down, and that he yelled and motioned at the boy to stop, but the latter failed to do so. 

On the same day  19 October 1900 in the Ogden Paper this was reported.

Ogden Examiner 


   That Roy Hepworth, aged 19 years, is not now a corpse is almost a miracle.  While driving a delivery wagon of Hepworth & Sons, the butchers, yesterday morning, at about 8:30 o'clock, he attempted to cross the tracks of the Oregon Sort Line at the intersection of North Temple and Fourth West streets, when his wagon was struck by a train coming in from the north, and the young man was thrown out into the ditch.  Several people who were near at hand ran to assist Hepworth, and when he was taken out of the aqueduct it was discovered that he had several severe wounds about the head and shoulders and other parts of his body were cut, or lacerated.  He remained conscious, however, and as he is of a very strong constitution it is believed he will be all right again in a very short time.  The wagon was badly damaged and the horses were considerably bruised.  

From these three articles this is what I learned about Samuel LeRoy:
1) He went by the name 'Roy'.
2) He was nineteen years old in 1900.
3) He was a orphan 
4) He worked for Hepworth & Sons
5) Relationship to James Hepworth (Nephew)
6) He was of a 'strong constitution' (and I think he was.)

Newspaper search is laborious and I love it.  There is so much you can find about ancestors through the newspaper. There are: 

  1. Birth Announcements  
  2. Wedding announcements
  3. Death notices and obituaries.
  4. News stories
  5. Legal 
  6. Advertisments    (I found in an Insurance  Advertisement in 1872 where $3000.00 was left to his wife when he died: Charles Kidgell to Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell) and the list goes on. 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Sam and Mary Jane Hepworth died at age forty five.

 Samuel Hepworth died just two years after his father Thomas died  at an early age of forty five.  His daughter Hettie had been married one year and LeRoy Samuel was seventeen years old.
I really like the article in the newspaper.  For someone doing Family Search it leaves no question of what he died of and the circumstances of his death.
  Then two years later almost to the day Mary Jane his wife of thirty four years died of Brights Disease or  Kidney Disease. She was forty five.  I couldn't find a notice in the paper about Many Jane death.  Both are buried in the .Salt lake Cemetery next to their two young daughters.
Mary Jane Powell Hepworth   b 21 Oct 1854 - d 30 May 1900
I feel such a closeness to this couple.
My Grandmother Ethel was about eleven and thirteen at the time of their deaths. Uncle Sam and Aunt Mary Jane lived next door.  I'm sure they shared many a holiday dinner together.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Pictures of Children of Samuel and Mary Jane Hepworth

I have many pictures of this family given to me by a third cousin Leroy.   Samuel and Mary Jane are his great grandparents.  Connecting with a cousin and sharing ancestor pictures and life histories is the highlight in doing Family Search.  Thank you Lee.

The top picture is father Samuel Hepworth and his only son Samuel LeRoy Hepworth the third child born on 10 July 1881.  Notice little Sam's serious face. The next picture is Samuel LeRoy with his younger sister Rilla.  Rilla is a nickname for Aurelia who was born two years after LeRoy on 25 June 1883. The bottom picture of the sweetest faces are sisters Ella born 29 April 1877 and her older sister Hettie Irene born 21 December 1885.  All were born in Salt Lake City and lived in a house located next to their grandparents Thomas and Mary Hepworth at 739 W 200 N.  Today the address is 739 W 100 N. 

 Ella the second daughter died just before she turned eight years old.  Just today I found her death record in the Utah Death Register, 1847-1966 on Ancestry.com.  The record stated she died from Diphtheria.   Her older sister Hettie would be almost ten, Samuel LeRoy was almost four and sister Rilla was not quite two.  

Then almost five years later little Rilla died of Spinal Meningitis on 3 January 1890. Also, found today in the 
Utah Death Register/Ancestry.com. 
Sister Hettie just turned fourteen and Samuel LeRoy was eight years old. 
Was she sick during Christmas? Or was this a sudden sickness for Rilla? 
What heartache this must have been for the Hepworth family. 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Samuel Hepworth and Mary Jane Powell Married in 1874

The question is; how did this couple meet?  I would love to know the answer. Not just this couple but, all my ancestors.  

This is Samuel Hepworth, the second child and first son born to Thomas and Mary Hepworth.  Sam was the one born on the Mormon Trial at Wood River Nebraska. (There are records that put his place of birth as  Pottawatomie Council Bluffs, Iowa)  It is true that the wagon train stopped at Wood River for Mary to give birth, then within a few hours the wagon train continued on their journey.  It was 3 July 1852. He became a butcher; one of the sons of his father's business Thomas Hepworth and Sons  butcher shop. 

Mary Jane Powell was born in St. Louis, Missouri to John Powell Jr. and Margaret Thomas.  John and Margaret were born in Llanelly, Carmarthinshire Wales.  They were married in Wales and four of their eight children were born there.  The family joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on 23 July 1847.  On 17 October 1850 (163 Years ago this month) the family sailed on the ship Joseph Badger  for America.  "They arrived in New Orleans 22 Nov. 1850 and on the way up the Mississippi River the father took sick with Malaria Fever.  When he regained his health his means were exhausted and he went to work in a coal mine."  (From the History of John Powell and Family by Margaret S.P. Davis, daughter 25 Sep 1932 via Leroy Brown)

Eleven years after coming to America living in St. Louis, Missouri and Genoa, Nebraska the Powell family crossed the plains in 1861.  Mary Jane was six years old.  Her family came with with the Job Pingree Co.   and arrived in Salt Lake City on 15 Sep 1861.  Her parents settled in St Johns,Utah.

Sam was twenty two years old and Mary Jane was twenty when they were married in Salt Lake on 30 Nov. 1874.    Sam and Mary Jane were the parents of four children.  Only two lived to adulthood.  Their second child Ella died just before she turned eight years old.  Their fourth child Aurelia died at age six. Their first child was Hettie Irene born 21 Dec 1875 and their third child Samuel LeRoy was born 10 July 1881.    More on this family will continue.   


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Gypsy Kidnapping (Maybe)/Listening to the Spirit

   Earl and I are back from our trip to Europe.  Countries we visited were; Turkey, Romania, Hungry, Austria and Czech Republic.  This was a seventeen day tour which was a stretch for us.  Usually on the tenth day of a vacation we are ready to come home.  However, we endured well.  Eighty three people made up our tour group of two bus loads. We had wonderful tour guides that helped make our trip well worthwhile. And of course we met some very interesting people. 
   I am going to make an exception on my blog and write a story about me that I think is worth writing about. (Being, my blog is almost always about deceased people)
  While in Romania our bus went passed a Gypsy settlement on our way to the Hunedoara Castle in the Transylvania Alps. This is one of the houses we saw.  In fact the whole settlement was house after house (huge houses) similar to this one, only different colors.  It was

explained to us by our Romanian guide that Romanians aren't very fond of gypsies   The village we passed there was a creek that separated the Romanian
 Village from the Gypsy Village.  Gypsies earn money from the craft of doing tin work like what you see that adorns this house and by illegal means. No more said.    

       I remember dressing up like a gypsy for Halloween when I was very young.  I loved the vivid colors, the full skirt and blouse and would tie a scarf on my head with the knot at the nap of my neck. My mom would let me wear red lipstick and for earrings I wore gold mason jar rings from my mother's canning jars and several of these rings on both arms for bracelets. Gypsy life seemed so exciting to me; traveling around the country in trailers that were covered with designs painted in every color and hue of the rainbow.    
  Then I remembered the day I was actually invited to come into a gypsy camp. 
   I was about nine or ten years old which would be about 1951 or 52 when the County Fair and Carnival was in town.  
The fair grounds was just a short distance from Lincoln School and I had planned to meet my dad after school and we were going to walk to the Fair/Carnival together.  Dad was Principal of the Jerome Jr. High that was across the street and a half a block to the south.  When I got to his office I found he was delayed with school business and it would be a while before he was free to go.  I coaxed him into letting me go by myself and I would meet him by the Ferris Wheel.
   I didn't enter the main gate to the carnival, I used the entrance where all the carnival people would make their temporary homes.  Just inside the gate and to my left was a Gypsy Camp.  But what caught my immediate attention was the most beautiful baby boy sitting in a high chair.  (I loved babies)  I stopped and stared and even took a few steps towards him. Their was no in the area around him then I saw several women in the background around their living quarters.  In a flash a young girl, probably in her teens, took the baby out of the high chair and put him in my arms.  I was surprised and didn't know what say.  Then in the next second two older women spoke to me saying "come In" and with a friendly motion of their hands motioned to me towards the tent.  I remember feeling instant fear and without saying a word I put the baby in the girls arms turned and quickly walked away wishing my dad was with me.  My dad was very calm when I told him what happened and of course said I did the right thing that I had listened to my protecting spirit the Holy Ghost.  
   Soon after, my Grandfather Perrins came to visit us as he often did.  Grandfather loved to tell stories and had many to tell and kept people entertained every where he went.  When I told him what had happened to me he listened carefully and was charmed with my story.   
"Did I tell you about my granddaughter, Renee?"  he would say to friends and relatives.  "The day she was almost kidnapped by the Gypsies?"  Of course grandfather had a knack of embellishing his stories and I'm sure his version was a lot more interesting than the one I told him. 

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Katie and Mary Olsen sisters.

Just when I think I'm on a roll in posting, stuff comes up and 'Whispers from the Past' is put on the back burner.  And It will be awhile until the next post but, I wanted to to post these pictures  no matter how busy I am.  
SIDENOTE:  I am finding out that some members of my extended family think doing posts on ancestors of 'shirttail' lines are a waste of time.  Oh my.  I would like your opinion on this subject.  Do you enjoy reading about aunts, uncles, cousins or even in-laws?  I love it all.  And, I don't think is't a waste of time in gathering information on ALL.

How fortunate I feel to have the above pictures of these two sisters of when they are young and then in their  older years.  I don't have a written life history of either sister.

All I know is they are the only children of Sarah Julia Hepworth and Peter Olsen.   I do have information of who they married and how many children were born to them which I will post at a later date.  
Their father died at age of Fifty nine and their mother never married again.  She lived to the age of seventy four.


This is another picture of  Sarah Julia in her later years.   I don't have a date of when this picture was taken but, I'm guessing it was after 1908 when she would be about sixty.  What a nice looking lady, so pleasant and dignified.  
     Sarah Julia, if you read earlier posts on the Hepworth family,  was one year old when she crossed the plains with her parents Thomas and Mary and her Uncle John and Aunt Frances.  She is the oldest of the Hepworth's thirteen children.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Peter Olsen and Sarah Julia Hepworth

     What a cute match.  Peter Olsen is twenty three and Sarah Julia is twenty one.  They were married on 23 December 1872 in the St. Marks Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City.
    Sarah Julia was born to Thomas Hepworth and Mary Fletcher in Liverpool, England on 6 March 1851.  She was one year old when she sailed the ocean and crossed the plains; arriving in The Salt Lake Territory in 1852.
   Peter was born on 26 December 1848 in Copenhagen Denmark.  His parents are Soren Christian Olsen and Maren Mortensen.
   I don't have much information on this family.  They had two girls Mary and Katie.
Peter died at the young age of fify nine in Los Angeles California on 29 April 1908 and is buried in Salt Lake City.   Sarah Julia died in Salt Lake City on 1 April 1924.


Friday, August 2, 2013

My Dad was born 100 Years Ago Today.

Vern Wherrett Tomlinson
2 August 1913
    Dad was a swimmer and that's just one sport among many that he excelled in.  He learned to swim in the ocean.  Several summers when Dad was very young his mother and grandmother would rent a 'cottage' right on the California beach where Dad and his sister Louise spent the summer in their bathing suits only putting on Sunday clothes to attend Church.  
     Dad taught me how to swim, I don't remember when I couldn't swim. One summer when we lived in Jerome, Idaho he managed the City Pool and I spent every waking moment in the water pretending to be Ester Williams. Dad made me feel like I was just as pretty and could swim as good as Ester. I loved being with my dad. 

  This picture of dad was taken when he was washing the family car in front of  the family home in Albion, Idaho.  So typical of Dad; keeping the car clean. 
    I could list many wonderful things about my dad.  Dad wouldn't want me to; a very modest man.      

Miss you Dad; Love you, so Happy you are my Dad.  
   Happy 100th Birthday!


Sunday, July 28, 2013

John Hepworth was never 'the same' after death of his wife of fifty years; Frances Amelia.

  First, I must mention that I was so happy to learn that my Hepworth family did attend John and Frances A.'s 50th Wedding Anniversary.  More information was sent to me by a descendant of the John Hepworth family that included a guest list  
"Auntie Mary Ann Hepworth (grandmother's sister, her children and their wives)
Jim and Sadie Hepworth
Sara and Peter Olsen,
Sam and Mary Hepworth."    

Just one month and twenty one days after the wonderful celebration with family and friends Frances Amelia Fletcher Hepworth died.  
   I'm always interested in the difference of reporting in the local town newspapers on  events that happens in their city.  So, I am posting information  I found in both the Salt Lake Tribune and the
Salt Lake Herold

On 22 March 1900 in the 
Salt Lake Tribune
   "Mrs. Frances A. Hepworth, wife of John Hepworth, died last evening of pneumonia at the family residence, 571 South Main street.  She had been ill but a week and her death came quite suddenly, being a sad shock to her family.  She was 72 yeas of age and leaves a large family of children and grandchildren. 
   Only a few weeks ago did she and her husband celebrated their golden wedding, being surrounded at the time by all their family, and the event was a memorable one, none being more cheery and attentive to the guests than Mrs. Hepworth, and as she was in such perfect health it was far from the thoughts of all the decorations of gold would so soon be changed to black in memory of one of those in whose honor the guest had assembled.  
   Mrs. Hepworth was a bright and charming women typical of the Western pioneer, whose life, although having its share of hard work yet contained many days of sunshine which were used to gladden the lives of others. 

Salt Lake Herold
22 March 1900 Thursday 
Mrs. Frances Hepworth Dead
Only Few Weeks Ago Celebrated
With Her Husband Their Golden 
   "Mrs. Frances A. Hepworth, wife of John Hepworth, died of pneumonia, at her home in this city.  571 South Main street, at 8:30 last evening, at the age of 73 years.  This estimable old lady had been ailing slightly for a few days but noghing serious was anticipated until within and hour of her death. 
   At her bedside when the end came were her husband and four daughters--Mrs. James Moore, Mrs. I. M. Higley, Mrs. R. Morench and Miss Sarah Hepworth.  The funeral arrangementw will not be made until another daughter, Mrs. Woliam Wright of San Francisco, and a son, John Hepworth, jr., of Mammoth, are communicated with. 
   Mrs. Hepworth was widely known in this community,  She came here from England with her husband among the early settlers.  It is only a few weeks since Mr. and Mrs. Hepworth celebrated the golden anniversary of their wedding; it seemed then that the good wife was yet to see many years of usefulness, and his makes the blow of her bereaved husband and family."
Funeral of Frances A. Hepworth 

    Rose, a beloved grand-daughter of John Hepworth wrote this in her journal.  "Poor dear Grandfather was simply lost with out his companion of 50 years.  He spent most of his time in his big chair with his handkerchief over his face so that on one could see the tears that he shed so silently.  Each day he became more or less an invalid.  Before[death] we bought a horse and buggy of our own, we hired one each day and I would take him for long rides.  He wanted me with him as much as possible and I certainly loved being with him."

Next:  Back to the Thomas Hepworth Family

Sunday, July 21, 2013

50 Years of Wedded Bliss. GGGrand Aunt & Uncle Hepworth Celebrate; 1900 Salt Lake City.

The Daily Tribune
Salt Lake City, Utah Monday Morning
29 January 1900
"Mr. and Mrs. John Hepworth celebrated their golden wedding yesterday at their hospitable home, 571 South Main street.  The 'bride and groom,' who are 71 and 78 years of age, respectively, were showered with congratulations and elegant presents, while all the love of a large family was offered to them by children and grandchildren.  All the family were present save a son in Tintic,[a Mining District northwest of Nephi, Utah] and those in attendance were from Salt Lake, except Mrs. Wright, a daughter of the venerable couple, who lives in San Francisco.  It was purely a family affair, twenty-seven being present.  They assembled at 2 p. m. and remained until late in the evening to do honor to their parents.  
  At 5 o'clock the most elaborate dinner was served, which lasted for two hours, and was made merry with speeches, stories and family reminiscences.
  The table was arranged in the shape of the letter T, and all the decorations were of golden or yellow hue, yellow roses and other flowers being used to decorate the tables. Overhead were streamers of golden paper; extending from the center of the ceiling to the sides.  
   The menu was of the nicest description  being arranged by the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Hepworth, and served in elegant style.  
   The host and hostess sat at the head of the table and around them were the happy children and grown people.  After the dinner, the evening was passed most pleasantly with music, songs and conversation.  
   Mr. and Mrs. Hepworth were married fifty years ago yesterday in St. Nicholas Church. Liverpool, Eng.  They came to Salt Lake in 1852, where they have ever since resided and have a large circle of friends.  Mr. Hepworth was successful in business, but retired in 1886.  He and his wife have a lovely home, where they pass their autumn days most comfortable, surrounded by a large and interesting family.  

   At the time of this Golden Wedding Celebration Thomas has been dead for almost five years. Second Great Grandmother Mary Hepworth is still living in her large home at 725 West 100 North (today it's 2nd North) Street. Living with her is a daughter Rose (child number eleven) who is married to John George Klink.  They have three children; Vivian age ten, George age eight and Albert T. age two.
   I mention this information because in this article of John and Frances's fiftieth Anniversary Celebration no one in the Thomas Hepworth family is mentioned that they were in attendance at this celebration.  Then again the article did say is was 'purely a family affair.' and I guess so.  Thomas, Mary, John and Frances Amelia migrated to Zion together in 1852.  In the same wagon!  I am surprised that at least her sister Mary should have been mentioned in some way.  Am I wrong?
  A couple of months later Frances died unexpectedly.  Next Post;
The death of Frances Amelia Fletcher Hepworth. 


Monday, July 1, 2013

Hepworth Family Picture Group Record

This is what I would refer to as the Thomas Hepworth/Mary Fletcher Family Road Map.  In the last two months I have been trying to find the original copy because this copy is so poor.   I was not successful so  I am going ahead with my plan . Often I refer to this record.  It has been in my father's possession for some time and   I regret that I didn't show more interest when my father was alive.   I would have asked him  what he knew about each one.
     This is an amazing record because there are pictures of all Thomas and Mary's eleven  surviving children and all but two pictures of a spouse.
     I have copies of all the pictures
shown with exception of Emma who married Charles I. Cobb and Jane who married Charles's brother Fremont Cobb. At the present time I am working on getting pictures  from a Cobb descendant.
 Child number eleven, Rose, her husband George Klink is not shown   and I have a picture of him. And of course, child number twelve, Joseph never married.
Hmmm, guess I should work on making my own picture record of this family.  As you can tell this record includes two view's of the Hepworth house.  As it was when it was built and when it was turned into apartments; picture taken in 1977.  Today it is being restored to the original state.
A good thing!  I have decided to change my way of blogging about this family.  I am now going to post stories on an individual and not take one family at a time.  So with this Hepworth road map hopefully you can keep track.  I suggest you print your own copy if you don't already have one.  And, remember the John Hepworth and Frances Amelia Fletcher family?  I will start posting information I have on that family.


Saturday, June 22, 2013

108 Years ago on 23 June 1905 Mary Fletcher died; Ten years and four days after Thomas's death.

Thomas Hepworth d 19 June 1895
               Mary Hepworth    d 23  June 1905            
     Close to my work space is a sign (just above my head) it say's;
Great advice when you actually listen to it.    When I posted about Thomas's death I said I couldn't find a death certificate on the web site of the Utah Archives Search Index.  But, I
 in the personal  binder I have for the Hepworth's - surprise - in my possession all this time was a copy of his death certificate.

I wanted to see what was written on the line;
'cause of death' it states; 'Pneumonia' and the

 'Other contributory cause of importance : Fall down elevator shaft."  
    So it was noted that he fell down the elevator shaft.  But, was the cause really pneumonia or could it have been  internal bleeding somewhere in his body or body shock?  I'm still amazed that   the Lambert Paper Company business wasn't held accountable for this tragic accident.  
     Exactly ten years to the day when Thomas was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery his wife Mary died.  Because of bad health Mary went to live in Los Angeles, California with her daughter Jane Elizabeth 'Jennie' who was married to Fremont Cobb.   Also, living with Jennie and Fremont was another daughter of Mary's  Eliza 'Lide' Hepworth age thirty nine years old. (She does marry at age fifty one; more about her later)  On Mary's death certificate it states she had lived with the Cobb's for a year and five months.  That would mean she left Salt Lake in January 1904. The cause of death was:
 "Fatty degeneration of the heart; complications Brights Diseases' and old age."

     The death notice in the newspaper the Salt Lake Telegram had good information.   The article does get her age wrong by a couple of years; it states she was seventy five when she was seventy three. It says she arrived in the Salt Lake Territory in 1852. (Correct)  It lists her surviving children; seven daughters, Mrs. F. Cobb, Miss Lide Hepworth, Mrs. P. Olsen, Mrs. C. Cobb, Mrs. E. A. Nutt, Mrs. J. G. Klink, Mrs. F. Bletzacher and sons James and Joseph.  It does not mention the adult children who preceded her death;  Mary Ann Hepworth Albertson her third child died in 1892 or her first son (second child who was born on the trek to the Salt Lake Territory) Samuel died in 1898.  I'm guessing her body was shipped by train to Salt Lake City.

     The second notice in the Salt Lake Telegram reads:
"Hour of Funeral Changed.
     The funeral services over the body of Mrs. Mary F. Hepworth, who died in Los Angeles June 23, will be held at ST. Paul's Episcopal church, Fourth South and Main streets. Sunday afternoon, July 2, at 2 o'clock.  The services were originally announced for tomorrow afternoon at the residence, 1018 Third street.  Those who desire to view the body are asked to do so at the residence before 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Burial will be in City cemetery. "

     The third notice is about the same as the second.  The address of 1018 Third Street is the address of Mary's eleventh child Rose who married John George Klink and at the time of her death the Klink's had three children.  In the 1900 US Census the Klink family was living with Mary in the house that was built by Thomas and Mary located on 200 North. I wonder who was living in the house during the time Mary was living in Los Angeles?
In 1906 the Hepworth House was sold to Samuel and Emma Bjorklund immigrants from Sweden.


Saturday, June 15, 2013

Father's Day 1979

Vern W. Tomlinson 1914-1991
 1979  Father's Day 
Dad and Mother were visiting us in Richland, Washington on Father's Day in June 1979.  On the Tee Shirt is "I'm a Wild and Crazy Guy"  Among many wonderful attributes of Dad one was he was always a -
                                            Good Sport!
Miss you Dad.  Thinking of you this Father's Day. 


Saturday, June 1, 2013

Jury finds for Defendants in Hepworth Case.

Mary (middle - in front of house) I'm guessing it is Lide (Eliza)
then Francis Amelia Hepworth Nutt holding child.

     Finally, FINALLY  I found the newspaper article that tells the outcome of the $20,000 law suit Mary filed on the death of her beloved husband Thomas.  And, I have been sent (via e-mail attachments) documents filed on the case by Alan the present owner of the Hepworth House.  Thank You Alan.   However, I need to make a correction.  Mary filed the suit against the Lambert Paper Company on 27 September 1895.  That would make it  three months after Thomas fell down the elevator shaft.
He was there to make a purchase for his business of Tho. Hepworth & Son's Family Butchers.  
      At least two of Thomas's and Mary's children were living in the house at the time of his death and I suspect more, probably a married daughter and husband with young children. 
    What a disappointment to  read that the outcome was not in Mary's favor.   I'm guessing that the picture above was taken about the time of the trial. (No leaves on the trees, It just looks like winter is setting in.)   It would be Thanksgiving time a time for joy and celebration and Mary looks tired and worn out and  not feeling joyful. What a Thanksgiving - The trial by jury was selected on 24 November 1897, Thanksgiving was the next day - 25th- and the verdict came on the 29 November 1897.

The Daily Tribune: Salt Lake City Utah 30 November 1897.


Jury finds for Defendants in 
                          Hepworth Case

The $20,000 damage suit of Mary Hepworth against George C. Lambert et al:  reached
the Jury in Judge Cherry's court yesterday morning and a verdict was returned in favor of the defendants.  Mrs. Hepworth sued to recover the amount demanded for the death of her husband who fell down a elevator shaft in the defendants place of business and killed. 

     Mary  had to pay for the court costs .  How could the responsibility not lie with the Paper Company?  Makes a person shake their head and wonder?
  Mary continued living in her house until 1904 when she moved to California to live with her daughter Jennie (Jane Elizabeth) and her husband Fremont Cobb.  Her daughter Eliza who didn't marry until very late in life was also living with Jennie and Fremont.  Mary's health was failing and she died about a year later on 23 June 1905 in California.  She was buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.  In 1906 the family sold the house.