He was born 22 May 1870 in Salt Lake City and died at the age of sixty two on 31 Dec 1932 and is buried in Albion. He never married.
In 2005 a third cousin Lee living in Colorado sent me lots of valuable information on the Hepworth family that I have looked over and over and is much appreciated. From the "'History of Joseph Hepworth" it states that Joe came to Albion in 1892 and was partners in the meat business with Cyrus Albertson. Cyrus was his nephew the son of his older sister Mary Ann Hepworth. In fact Mary Ann married Charles L. Albertson in 1869 before Joseph was born. Cyrus was just seven years younger than Joe and if the information is right Cyrus was a mere fifteen years old when they opened up the meat market business. I just this moment identified the young man in the Albion Meat Market picture.
|Cyrus Albertson b 1877 Albion d 1956|
According to Joseph's life history he left the Salt Lake City Meat Market before the death of his father Thomas in 1895. This surprises me because I thought it was after the death of father Thomas before Joe moved on. I didn't realize the Albion Meat Market was in business for over twenty years before Great Grandfather James moved to Albion to be a partner with Joe after the partnership with Cyrus was dissolved. I'm not certain of the exact year James moved to Albion but, I do know that GGrandmother Sadie did not join him in Albion for several years.
The picture below of Joe was cropped from the 'Butcher Shop' picture taken in Salt Lake City. What a handsome man with a sturdy strong chin. I do see a resemblance between Uncle Joe and his nephew Cyrus. The picture of Joe on his right is a much older picture of him was taken in Albion, Idaho with James his brother and my Great Grandfather.
The ad below 'Albion Meat Market' ad is another business 'Harnesses and Saddlery' owned by the
Seymour Jacob NUTT . Joe's older sister Frances Amelia Hepworth married a NUTT and this business is owned by her father-in-law. Until putting this post together I had no idea of the number of Hepworth relatives that were living in Albion during this time.
The background of the pictures is of the Albion Valley.
Joe, until just before his death never lived alone. The1900 Census shows Joe living with with his sister's family, Edwin and Frances Nutt. In 1910 he was living with Cyrus and Emma Albertson 's family. By 1920 Great Grandfather James had moved from Salt Lake City to the Albion Valley; Joe and his brother were sharing a house. Great Grandmother Sarah was living in Ogden with Grandmother Ethel. Sometime before 1930 Great Grandmother Sadie finally moves to Albion to be with James. So in the 1930 Census living in the Hepworth house are James, Sadie, Grandmother Ethel and her children Vern (my father) and Louise and Uncle James.
Maybe, he felt it was a little crowded because by 1932 for the first time is his life he was either living in a house located across from the Butcher Shop or the Banner Hotel. At this writing it is unclear which fact is correct.
For $5.00 a year I get the Albion Valley News each month. This months 'History Page; Titled A GLANCE AT THE PAST BY Verlene I. Powell is about Farm wives; Keeping milk & meat cold.
This is what was written about Joseph Hepworth. Another question: how did they keep meat cold?
Joe Hepworth, owner of a meat market and the slaughter house, had a big pond out from the slaughter yard which he would fill with water during the winter to freeze. The ice was hauled to the 'ice house' in back of the butcher shop. Several men with teams and wagons went to the pond; cut the ice into blocks with ice saws and sharp wedges, then hauled and stored them in the ice house. Sawdust was poured between each layer.
More on Great Uncle Joe continued