Friday, March 29, 2013

Nana belonged to the Utah Genealogical Society.

Sarah Ann Kidgell Hepworth joined the Genealogical Society of Utah on
7 May 1917 - I'm convinced she spent many hours in the room pictured above.
Genealogy Room in Salt Lake City - founded in 1894. 
     On Sunday it will already be a week since I arrived home from attending the Roots Tech Conference in Salt Lake City.   Really, I just don't know where the time goes.  
     I enjoyed the conference and the company I was with so much that I'm ready to go next year. (6,7, 8 Feb 2014) Attending this conference has reinforced the importance for me to keep on blogging about my ancestors; to share the pictures and stories I have with all of my family.   A bonus is when distant cousin's find me and share pictures with me.  YEAH! 
      Discovering the certificate (above) in Nana's 'stuff' was a wonderful surprise.  
     'Nana' (Sarah Ann Kidgell Hepworth) my great-grandmother was a member of the Genealogical Society of Utah dated 7 May 1917 and signed by Joseph F. Smith Jr.   Her mother Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell also  did genealogy.  I know this because I have the old forms of genealogy sheets, that are twenty inches wide, and eleven inches long all typed by GGGrandmother Sarah with the title across the top  TEMPLE ORDINANCES PERFORMED AT THE INSTANCE OF..... with the submitter name of Sarah Ann Cashmore Kidgell.  After several pages you see where the author's name  changes to Sarah Ann Kidgell Hepworth; Nana continued on with the work, all beautifully typed by her.  Priceless***

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Grandmother Ethel b 9 May 1887

     Such a soft lovely picture of my grandmother Ethel Hepworth Tomlinson. Even her expression is soft.       She was the third child and only daughter born to James Fletcher Hepworth and Sarah Ann Kidgell.  The home you see is a currant picture of  the home Sarah and James lived in since their marriage in 1882.  I have a very poor copy of this house back in the day the Hepworth's lived there and I am trying to get in contact with the owner of the original picture but, with no success to date.
     The address has changed through the years, it was 757 West 100 North but, today there is no longer a 100 block North.  Now the address is 757 West 200 North.  This house is about four houses west of the main large two story Hepworth house built by James's parents Thomas and Mary Hepworth.   Several of the Hepworth children built houses on this block.     

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Charles Vern Hepworth and Mable Ann Duffy and Family

Charles Vern Hepworth b1885-d1947  Mabel Ann Duffy b1894 -d1932

      Charles Vern Hepworth married Mabel Ann Duffy on 30 June 1916 in Hailey, Blaine, Idaho.  Mabel was a nurse. She graduated  from St. Mark's nursing school in Salt Lake City and was introduced to Charles by a patient of hers.  
     Mable was born 1 November 1894 in Hailey, Idaho.  She died at an early age of thirty eight on 17 November 1932. 
'Bus, Yvonne, Merle, Ralph 1926

     This picture was taken in 1926 of four of the five adorable children of Charles and Mabel in front of the Hepworth house at 1424 Harrison Ave. in Salt Lake City.  (top left) Charles Michael age 7 - Yvonne age 8 (who will be ninety five in June and still adorable) 'Merle' age 4 and Ralph age 5.  (Ralph died in World War ll)  Another handsome boy was born into this family, John Clifford on  18 June 1927.
  Charles and Mabel left the big city of Salt Lake in 1928 and moved to the beautiful Magic Valley of Albion, Idaho. Charles joined his father James, his Uncle Joseph and brother Ed in the business of the Albion Meat Market.
     Copies of these pictures were so graciously given to me by Yvonne with the help of her daughter Alonna.  Thank You!
The picture below is Yvonne's father Charles Vern with a big slab of beef on his shoulder and the caption
"He eats Spinach."
Charles Vern Hepworth - Albion, Idaho

          I guess a person could interpret "he eats spinach" two ways;  Spinach makes him strong and able to hoist the large slab of beef  (which is what the author probably meant) or being around and dealing with slaughtering all kinds of 'meat'; cow, pig, lamb, chicken etc. he prefers to eat spinach. 

     Mabel's youngest child, John was five years old when she was operated on for a goiter Goiter.  Sadly She did not survive the operation.     She died on 17 Nov. 1932 in the hospital Twin Falls, Idaho.

Salt Lake Tribune  18 Nov. 1832 
Mrs. Charles V. Hepworth
     Mrs. Charles Vern Hepworth, 38 formerly of Salt Lake, died in a hospital in Albion, Idaho. [Twin Falls, Idaho] Thursday morning following an operation.  At the time of her death she was a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho.  [Albion, Idaho]  
     She was born November 1, 1894, in Hailey, Idaho and had resided in Salt Lake from 1913 until 1928.  She was well known here as a nurse, having been graduated from the St.Mark's nursing school. 
     Surviving are her husband, five sons and daughter, Yvonne, Charles Jr., Ralph, Merle and Jack Hepworth of Twin Falls; [Albion] her mother; Mrs. M.O. Duffy of San Francisco:  five sisters, Mrs. John Claussen of Oakland, Cal.:  Mrs. B.H. Daw of Salt Lake; Mrs. C.J. Binder, Mrs. Thomas Canty and Mrs. John Carnato of San Francisco, and one brother, Herbert Duffy of San Jose Cal.
Mabel was buried in the Salt Lake City, Cemetery.   
     Her daughter Yvonne "Tells stories of her mother's return to their house late at night after treating many people, or after someone died, or after she cared for families with very serious and contagious diseases.  Her mother would call to her and ask her to throw a potato sack out the front door to her so that she could remove her contaminated clothing and burn it, taking every precaution to protect [her family].  (From a tribute to Yvonne's ninetieth birthday written by Patricia.)  

     What a difficult time for the Hepworth family.  Yvonne the oldest child  was thirteen.
Their father Charles never remarried.  Yvonne being the oldest became mother to the boys with a great deal of help from Nana and Grandmother Ethel in raising the  children to adulthood.    
      Charles died at age sixty involving a drowning accident.  I have searched the archival newspapers of Twin Falls, Idaho and Salt Lake and failed to find any more information surrounding the drowning death on 30 April 1947.  His funeral was held in the Albion LDS Church.  Interment was in Salt Lake City. 

     All four of Charlie and Mabel's sons served in WW ll. WW ll Hepworth Brothers  Their only daughter Yvonne faced many challenges in her life with grace, courage and integrity. 


Monday, March 4, 2013

Charles Vern Hepworth One Hundred and Five Years Ago .

This is my grandmother's older brother Charles Vern Hepworth. .   He was born on 16 July 1885 in Salt Lake City, Utah and is less than two years older than Grandmother Ethel. This must be the person my father was named after using his middle name Vern.  Charles didn’t marry until he was thirty years old.  He lived  with his parents on 757 West 1st North in Salt Lake City until his marriage to Mabel Ann Duffy in 1916.      In the Salt Lake City Directory in 1908 he is listed with his older brother James Edward (he goes by Ed) all working as a butcher in the family butcher shop.  Also, in the Salt Lake Newspaper in 1908 I found this article about an accident one dark night involving Great Uncle Charlie. 
Salt Lake, 23 March 1908. __  In a buggy 
collision on State street, below Ninth South, Sunday night, the vehicle occupied by Mrs. George H. Earl of 1178 Emerson Avenue, two babies, 2 and 3 years old, respectively, and Reed Betts, the driver was overturned and Mrs. Earl was severely injured, about the spine and abdomen.  Her injuries are rather alarming, their extent being uncertain.
     Although the Earl buggy was overturned and thrown several feet, the babies miraculously escaped serious injury, only being shaken up severely.  Betts grabbed the younger baby, a boy, in his arms and protected the infant from the force of the fall at his own risk. 
     The Earl buggy, (going southward, collided with C. V. Hepworth's rig apparently was going a little faster than the Earl rig, which accounts for the overturning of the latter buggy.  The axle of the Hepworth's rig was strained, while the crossbar and shaft on the Earl buggy were broken.
     The patrol wagon was called and carried Mrs. Earl and babies home, where Dr. Ernest Van Cott attended them
     Hepworth lives at 757 West. First North street and is a member of the firm of Hepworth & Sons, butchers. 

In the Deseret News 23 March 1908 it was reported:
Darkness the Cause of An Accident 
Last Night on State Street. 
In a collision last night, on State street, between the 
buggies of Mrs. George H. Earl and 
C.V. Hepworth, the former was overturned,
throwing Mrs. Earl and two babies and
the driver, Reed Betts, into the road-
way,  Mrs. Earl was severely injured
 about the spine and abdomen, while the 
children and the driver were unhurt.  She
 was removed to her home, 1178 Emerson
avenue.  The darkness was the occasion
of the collision.

       Being a very curious person of 'the rest of the story' I did some research on Mrs. George Earl.  Was her injury as bad as it sounded in the newspaper report?  Was there more in the paper reporting on her condition?  I could not find any more information but, I did find out who she was by finding her in the 1910 US Census that was taken on 2 May 1910.    Her first name was Edna and her husband George worked as a clerk for Sears and Jermony Co. Apparently she recovered
from her injuries because she had one more child as reported in the 1910 Census, a child that was almost two years old.   Sadly, that same year on the 21 Aug 1910 she died in child birth.  I found her digital death certificate on line.  At the time of this accident she was only nineteen years old and had been married four years.      
     This must have been a terrifying experience for Charles, too.   I wonder what kind of buggy he was driving?  Was it a personal buggy or a work buggy with the logo Hepworth and Son's on the side?   Who rescued him?  His parents?  A friend?
His older brother Ed?  One hundred five years ago this month.