Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Joseph Hepworth con't

     Well, that was certainly easy.  After more research on Joseph (which I should have done in the very beggining) to see if he really moved to Albion from Salt Lake City in 1892; he didn't, 1892 is incorrect information.  It was 1898 which makes more sense.  He didn't leave before his father Thomas died (1895) and his partner Cyrus (in Albion) would be twenty one and not fifteen.  All I needed to do is check the City Directories of Salt Lake City.  In the Salt Lake City Directory in 1890 I found Joesph Hepworth is listed as a  'driver' for the Thos.Hepworth & Sons, Family Butchers. In 1892 he worked his way up to 'Bookeeper'.  In 1896 Joseph is listed as a 'cutter' and in 1898 he is listed as a 'Butcher.'
It was after the Salt Lake City Directory was published in 1898 that he moved to Albion, hence the ad was put in the Albion The General News, November 11, 1898 about the  Albion Meat Market.  The ad read:
Since eating is a necssity it is
imperative that meat should
form a part of the diet, and here is the place to get it.
Joseph Hepworth, proprieter.
The picture below I only know  that Great Grandfather James is in the white shirt and Joseph is 'standing at attention.' GGrandfather James is  thirteen years older than brother Joseph.   Looks to me the car has been driven a few miles.
         As told to me by a phone call recently to Yvonne Hepworth  C.  she said;  On Saturday morning of 31 Dec 1932 Joe didn't come for breakfast at 'Nana's'  (GGrandmother Sarah) house as was the routine.   Yvonne  (age fourteen) and her brother Charles (age thirteen) were sent to find out what was keeping him.  They found him in bed and he was dead.  
      In his eulogy below it says that his brother James found him.  Maybe the family felt it was better to say James found him and spare the trama of the saying the Hepworth children found him.
     Yvonne who will be ninety five years old in May  and doing very well told me that she remembers Uncle Joe as a very nice quite man.   

     Below is the eulogy that was written and given by Frank E. Howard a Professor of Education at the State Normal School.  (I have made corrections)

     This is the (Eulogy) HISTORY OF JOSEPH HEPWORH. 

     Joseph Hepworth was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 22, 1870.  His early boyhood was spent in that city and it was there that he received his elementary education. Later in his youth he attended school for a time in San Francisco California. 
     Returning to Salt Lake City, Utah, he engaged in the meat business.  After fully familiarizing himself with this business, he came to Albion, Idaho and formed a partnership in the meat business with Cyrus Albertson.  This partnership was formed in 1892. [1898]  Since that time he has been a resident of this community.  Several years ago the partnership with Mr. Albertson was dissolved and he formed a partnership with Mr. Charles Hepworth.  [James Hepworth; then later with Charles] For several years past the firm has carried on, in addition to selling meat, a large sale of vegetable foods.  Albion has been his home ever since he came here in 1892. [1898]

     Mr. Hepworth was a man of rather retiring disposition.  He was never over-anxious to crowd his views on others.  He bore life's disappointments manfully.  He was most joyous when general business was prosperous, rather than when his own business was prosperous.  It is more than an ordinary fact of integrity  that a man command the respect of a community as well as the deceased.  I have known him for twenty years and never during that time have I ever heard his character assailed or his integrity questioned.  He was an honest man--and an honest man is the noblest work of God. 
     Joseph Hepworth loved the Village of Albion and the Albion Valley with a love that was intense.  He contributed liberally of time, effort and means for all those things that were for social betterment.  He was a member of the Village Board for a number of years, and in this capacity he served the community with earnestness and zeal.  

     His religion was not one of pretense,  but of noble action.  Honesty and fair play were the mottoes of his daily life  He cherished the best of all things--a good name.  Mr. Hepworth is going to be very greatly missed in this community.  His quiet manners and sincerity won the friendship of all with whom he came in contact.  There s an old maxim that reads, "We will not miss the water until the well runs dry."  How true that is with the passing of this good man.  Quiet, unobtrusive, retiring, he has lived with for nearly half a century--a life void of offense, a good citizen, a life above the attack of slander.  It indeed does seem a little strange that the merits of a really good man are not fully realized until the time of his death.   How fully we appreciate the proverb in these sad moments; "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches; and loving favor rather than silver and gold."

     He did not enjoy the best of health for the past few years, but he made but little complaint of his infirmities.  He was ever faithful to his patrons and place of business and served his customers. more cheerfully than his health would permit. 

     Failing to  appear at the meat market on the morning of December 31st, his brother James Hepworth went to call him in his room in the Banner Hotel.  He found him dead in his bed.  The day before he seemed to be in his usual health.  Death came suddenly and without warning.  All evidence showed the end came peacefully and without struggle.  This community was shocked at the sad news that came so suddenly upon it.  A good man is gone to join the throng of the silent majority that  live eternally in that "Home not made with hands, eternally in the heavens."
 He is survived by his brother James, and the folloing sisters;
Mrs. Alice Bletzacker, Salt Lake City; Mrs. Amelia Nutt of Pasadena, California;  Mrs. Emma Cobb of Pasadena;  Mrs. Jenie Cobb of Los Angeles;  Mrs. Lide Moreland of Los Angeles, together with ten nephews and two nieces, among them being George, Bert, Vivian and Evelyn Klink of Burley.
     I am sure that I voice the sentiments of everyone in this community when I say that we doubly extend to the bereaved members of the Hepworth family our sincerest and deepest synpathy.  Our Prayers are that the God of all comfort may be their consolation in thes sad moments of bereavement.

   Uncle Joe is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Albon, Cassia, Idaho.


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