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.