THE DRAPER UTAH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
PEOPLE OF DRAPER III 1849-1932
Excerpts from Stories
Arnold George Adamson was born June 9, 1903, in American Fork, Utah, the first son and third child of David Hutchinson Adamson and Jessie Diantha Myers. The house in which he was born was located near the home of his grandparents, Alexander and Mary Hutchinson Adamson.
In 1907 the family bought a farm in Highland with a two room adobe brick house. This home and adjoining farm became the permanent home of the family which eventually included three daughters: Nida, Alta & Afton and six sons Arnold, Marten, Clyde, Virgil, LeGrande, Keith & Karl. The home was located at the present site of the Highland City Hall.
Arnold attended school in Highland for seven years. He then attended American Fork High School and graduated in 1923. Arnold enjoyed school and made friends easily and especially enjoyed his classes in vocal music. He sang in the glee club and in the school operetta production. Arnold loved animals and all of God’s creatures and would sing as he worked among them.
After high school Arnold attend Brigham Young University during the fall, winter and spring quarters of 1924-25. He took classes in vocal music each quarter and also sang in the school operetta. It was during the winter quarter that he met his future wife, Stella Smith, daughter of Lauritz Heber and Emma Shipley Smith of Draper. Read more in the book. . .
Barbara Ballard, along with her twin brother Bruce, was born on November 16, 1932, in Draper, Utah to Ross Day Ballard and Ruby Henroid. She was the ninth child and the first girl. Her father was the owner of Ballard Feed & Egg and a well established farmer in Draper. Seven brothers preceded her and Bruce: Ross, Robert, Eugene, Dale, Melvin, Garth, and Wayne. Her sister, Rachel, was the last sibling born. At the time of this writing Ross, Eugene, Garth, and Barbara are deceased.
Barbara graduated from Jordan High School in 1951, where she served as the school historian, was a member of the Pep Club, and winner of the state story telling competition. She primarily worked as an executive secretary when employed; however, art was her first love. She was considered one of the area's most accomplished artists. Most of her works remain within her immediate family and are among their most prized possessions.
She married Donald R. Allen of Sandy, Utah, on April 12, 1951, in Salt Lake City. While stationed with her husband at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota, Barbara gave birth to her first son, Donald R. Allen, Jr. on January 8, 1953. While stationed in Puerto Rico the next year, Don and Barbara welcomed Shanna Lori Allen into the world on March 22, 1954. Tragically, she never saw her 1st birthday as she died of complications most likely related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Upon their return to Utah, Jodi Allen was born on August 30, 1955, and the caboose, Paul Wesley Allen, was born on February 23, 1957.
Don and Barbara resided in Draper while raising their
young family. At that time Draper was a small farm town nestled among
the foothills of the Wasatch Front. As expected, growing up in such a
rich environment, there are fond memories among the children of living,
working, and going to school in a town that is no more. Likewise, some
of Barbara's most beautiful paintings depict her love and appreciation
of the surrounding mountains.
Calvin R. Allen was born September 14, 1930, to Ronald Earl Allen and Ruth Rasmussen Allen. Attended Draper Elementary, Draper Jr. High and Jordan High class of 1948. While growing up in Draper there was plenty to be done: sugar beets to thin, tomatoes to plant, peas to harvest, beets and tomatoes to weed, tomatoes to pick and sugar beets to top and load. I also worked as a supervisor at the pea vinery; that is where the peas get shelled.
After graduation I went to work at Draper Poultrymen Inc., working with my father unloading trucks and railroad cars. For this I received $1.39 an hour. While there was always work to be done, we managed to find time for church athletics, playing softball and basketball. Our ward had a good team and we were always competitive, doing well in the stake, region and a couple of times in all church tournaments.
In the fall of 1949, at a seminary dance at the old mill, I first caught sight of the girl I would spend the rest of my life with. I later saw her again at the roller-skating rink. I was just about to ask her to skate when over the loud speaker they called girls choice, but she came and asked me to skate with her. Her name was Dixie Jensen from Midvale. I still did not know where she lived so went to Midvale and found her. Read more in the book. . .
Rayola was born in Riverdale, Idaho, February 15, 1916, the fourth child born to Robert Lauritz Smith and Doris Bennett. Rayola had nine brothers and sisters, Velma, a brother Ray who died as an infant, Phyllis, June, Robert, DeVar, Kay, Hazel, and Alice. Rayola speaks of her youth: "Bear River flowed a short distance from our home. It played a big part in our lives. At night we went to sleep to the sounds of the ripple as it made it's way down through our little valley."
"Our home was a humble two-story home. We had a kitchen, front room, and a large bedroom where father and mother slept, also a crib for the baby and a smaller bed for two of the younger children. In the upstairs were three rooms, a storage room and two bedrooms. We had no electricity. Dad and the boys brought water from the river for our washing and cleaning house. We did not have a bathroom but a real nice privy (outhouse) and a good round tin tub. Saturday night was bath night for everybody. In the summer time we got to go swimming in a small channel by the river.
"Grandpa Lauritz died October 3, 1929, and Grandma
Smith offered Dad an invitation to come to Draper and buy the family
home and farm. This was a big decision for our family because our roots
were deep in Riverdale. In the spring of 1930 we moved to Draper."
Lewis (Lewey) William Allsop was born June 29, 1915, in Salt Lake City, Utah. His father was Charles William Allsop. Charles owned a mine and a grocery store. His mother, Flora Bell Lewis, died when Lewis was three years old. His father then married Farrimond and she was the mother he remembered.
Lewis grew up in Salt Lake City. He met his wife to be, Dorothy Matheson, when they were in grade school. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 2, 1916. Her father was John B. Matheson. John was a wholesale clothing salesman. He also served as a Salt Lake City Commissioner. Dorothy's mother was Edna Hazen. Lewis and Dorothy graduated from West High School. They were married December 13, 1933, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. The first years of their marriage were spent in Salt Lake City where Lewis worked for the Utah State Highway Department. Read more in the book. . .
Marjorie Payne Allsop was born March 6, 1926, in Standard-Ville, Utah, Carbon County, to Floyd Sweet and Ona, Huntsman Payne. At the age of four I moved with my family to Draper, Utah.
Living in Draper was great, we always had so much fun with all of our friends. Deon Smith and I were best friends; what one did the other did too. Deon and I used to walk to the store, or just back and forth between our homes. A couple of times we would walk along 7th East to 10600 South, to visit with Pearl Clayton and Betty Torkelson.
After graduating from Jordan High School in May, I married Reid Allsop on August 11, 1944. Reid was from Sandy and attended Jordan High School. At the time we were married Reid was in the Navy. I worked for JC Penneys for several years. Reid and I lived in Sandy, Salt Lake City and are now living in Murray, Utah, which we have lived there for 44 years. Read more in the book. . .
Gerald G. Andersen, the second child of Erma Walker and Hyrum Andersen was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 29, 1926. (Older brother Boyd, younger sister Karen). For most of his life he was simply known as "Jerry". Jerry’s father, Hyrum, worked for the Union Pacific railroad and, along with Hyrum's brothers, was involved in boxing in Salt Lake. So, even though he was rather small and skinny as a young boy, Jerry learned to take care of himself and not let the older, bigger boys take advantage of his size.
Jerry was well liked and involved in many student activities during his high school years at Salt Lakes Granite High School. Along with getting good grades, some of Jerry’s activities included tennis, track and football, in which he lettered. He also started the Granite High boxing and archery clubs. Jerry enjoyed archery for most of his life, receiving state archery championship awards as a young man. Read more in the book. . .
Noel Huff Enniss was born December 30, 1928, in a home known as the Burnham Place (12450 South Fort Street) in Draper, Utah, to Willard B. and Annie Durant Huff Enniss. This was Willard's second family, and there were five children in the family. Leonard was Annie's first son, born in Virginia to a marriage that ended in divorce. Leonard was sealed to Willard and Annie January 19, 1927, when they were married in the Salt Lake Temple. Mary was born January 5, 1928, then me; Jane was born May 5, 1930, and Bruce was born April 21, 1933. The doctor told mother not to have any more children after Mary's birth. Three of us are grateful she never listened to the doctor.
On our eleven acre farm were pigs, chickens, horses, cows, cats, dogs, mice and rats. We grew hay, corn, grain, fruit trees, grapes, and a garden every year. All the tools needed to operate this kind of farm were available. I learned to take care of the animals, and operate the tools. We owned a 1930, two-door Chevrolet.
I attended the Draper Park School from kindergarten
through the ninth grade. Some of my teachers were: RO Baker, George
Barton, J. Jerome Brown, Mrs. Christensen, Hulda Crossgrove, Ann
Fitzgerald, Griffith R. Kimball, Murray R. Lewis, Miss. Metcalf, Francis
Mickelsen, and JM Petersen. I played the clarinet in the Draper Junior
William Fairbourn, son of Edward Fairbourn and Eliza Ann Wright, was born November 11, 1861, in the Millcreek area (now Murray), Salt Lake County, Utah. He was baptized May 1, 1870, by James G. Walker. He was the second son in a family of nine children.
He received a common school education. At the age of nine years he went to southern Utah where he worked on a large ranch with his uncle, William Wright, son of Joseph Wright and Hannah Maria Watson. The large ranch was southeast of St. George in a town called Hinckley, sometimes called Virgin, Utah, because the Virgin River flowed through it.
William helped to run the ranch and had lots of experiences. Like most young boys, he suffered a broken arm from riding wild horses. There was a large open range for the cattle to winter in and he had a lot of experiences with the Indians, mostly stealing cattle, horses, etc. Read more in the book. . .
William C. Fitzgerald was born May 16, 1878, in Draper, Utah. He was the tenth child and second son of John and Sarah Ann Williams Fitzgerald. He was born into a family of early pioneers who helped settle and farm the Draper area.
Will's father, John, was the oldest son of pioneer Perry Fitzgerald, and Mary Ann Cosat. John accompanied his parents across the plains in 1847 and moved with his family to settle Draper in March of 1851. At age eighteen he married Sarah Ann Williams, born March 15, 1840, in Newmarket, Flint, Wales.
John was a Justice of the Peace in early Draper. He was involved with the local government. Will remembered his father and grandfather, Perry, counting votes after local elections. Will was exposed to the operations of the Mormon Church throughout his youth. His father was the Sunday School Superintendent of the Draper Ward and later served in the bishopric under Bishop Isaac M. Steward. Will learned the responsibility of ward teaching from his grandfather and would spend 50 years "going round the beat", visiting his assigned families in the ward.
As a young boy Will attended the Draper School and worked at the molasses mill located at the mouth of Bear Canyon. Will had an older brother, John Perry Fitzgerald. While in the first grade, John Perry had a very high fever. When he returned to school his teacher, Leah Day Fitzgerald, noticed that the sparkle had left his eyes. He had suffered brain damage as a result of the fever. Before his mother's death, Will promised her that he would care for his brother, John. Will remained faithful to his promise and cared for John until his death September 10, 1957, at age 86.
In 1906, when Will was twenty-five years old, he fell in love with a girl he had known all of his life, Ethel Edna Enniss. Ethel was the daughter of John Heber Enniss and Annie Marie Garfield. She was born April 26, 1876. Will and Ethel were married September 20, 1906, in the Salt Lake Temple. Read more in the book. . .
Jane Enniss was born in Weston, Hertfordshire, England, on May 15, 1824. She was the daughter of John and Hannah Park Enniss. She embraced the gospel in England when a very small child. She was seriously burned on the face and chin when she was very young.
Jane married Henry Smith, and he died in England, leaving her with three small sons: Henry, Oliver and Levi. She brought them across the ocean with her. They arrived in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She joined the Milo Andrus Company in the year 1855.
John Enniss, her brother, had sent a yoke of oxen and wagon to bring them on to Utah. They arrived on the Church Farm at 101 South in Salt Lake City. She came on to Draper. This is where she met Henry Garfield. They were married April 3, 1856. Draper was then called South Willow Creek.
One time Jane walked from Spanish Fork, Utah, where she and Henry lived, to be with her brother John's wife Betsy (Elisabeth) when she had Willard B. Enniss. Read more in the book. . .
Mildred Hendricksen was born in her parents home on Boulter Street in Draper, Utah, on June 16, 1910. She is the third daughter of Christian M. & Edith Augusta Enniss Hendricksen. She was raised on a farm in Draper with her brother, Enniss, and four other sisters: Nora, Patio, Marie and Edythe.
She attended the Draper Park Elementary School for eight years and graduated from Jordan High School in Sandy in 1928. Then she enrolled at Brigham Young University and graduated with a teaching certificate in 1930. She taught school in the elementary grades for Jordan School District for thirty-six years at Upper Bingham, South Jordan, Midvale, Bella Vista, Midvalley and Draper Elementary. In 1957 she completed and received her B. A. in Education from Brigham Young University.
She married Leonard R. Anderson, February 6, 1936, and they had one son, O'Brien. They were divorced. She married Don Dunyon, February 17, 1954. He died. She then married Vernon Raymond Haneberg, March 25, 1960.
Ray and Mildred were very active in the civic affairs
of Draper and the Draper Lions Club. Ray was president for a year and
Mildred was the ladies president the same year.
Jean Berniece Jensen Hendricksen. My parents are Ruth Elizabeth Erickson Jensen and Heber Le Roy Jensen. I was born February 10, 1929, in Murray, Utah, the 7th of nine children. A twin sister arrived ten minutes after my birth. We were the 3rd set of twins in our immediate family.
Father was a railroad worker for Union Pacific for many years. He also farmed. Because of his employment, it was necessary for us to move frequently, so we lived in various towns in Idaho, Montana and Washington. Our parents came to Utah with their four youngest children in the spring of 1941, settling first in Murray and then moving to Draper in 1943, where Father managed a Utah Oil Company service station on the north east corner of Draper Crossroads.
Draper, at the time we moved here, was a small farming community which seemed so isolated from the more populous cities. In fact, friends and relatives in Murray said, "We would come to see you more often if you didn't live so far away!" Wartime gasoline rationing made travel more difficult as well.
My twin sister, Janet, and I entered 8th grade at Draper Park School that fall. We were painfully shy girls who never felt accepted during the two years we lived here. Draper was a closed community as far as we were concerned, but we had each other as friends. There were no regrets when our parents purchased a home in Sandy and we moved from Draper. Read more in the book. . .
Bula Albrecht Hoffman. I was born in a log cabin in the tiny town of Fremont, Utah, on July 12, 1923, to Levern and Sylvia Murphy Albrecht. At the age of five we moved to Salina, Utah. My grandfather Murphy had died and my grandmother Murphy needed help to run the farm. My uncle and I walked two miles and back to school every day and the only time I had off was when I had my tonsils out.
When I was ten years old we put all of our belongings in the back of an old truck and moved to Salt Lake City. It was during the depression years and my dad had been to barber school, so he thought he could earn more of a living in the city.
I attended Oquirrh Grade School, Bryant Junior High School and graduated from West High School.
My first job was working for Cloverleaf Dairy. I took
samples of milk from the big containers so they could test for the
butter fat content. After that I worked at Classic Cleaners. My mother
also worked there and lived close so we had lunch together every day.
John Albert (Jack) Livingston was born April 17, 1881 in Salt Lake City to Niles Edward Livingston and Teresa Rosaleth Brown. When he was three years old, his mother died; he was passed around and eventually given to Elisabeth Gray and Charles Howell, who didn’t have any children of their own. He lived with them until he could take care of himself. Jack took the name Howell.
Annie Pearl Butterfield, daughter of Elizabeth Jane Sharp and William Wellington Butterfield, was born September 18, 1890, in Union, Utah.
Jack married Annie June 28, 1906; they made their home in Taylorsville. He was a lineman for Utah Power and Light company. They had six children: Charles Albert on May 20, 1907; Venetta Elizabeth on May 30, 1909; Fern Pearl on May 7, 1911; Delpha Irene on July 23, 1913; Verla Annie on October 1, 1915 and Rhea Fay on June 10, 1918.
Annie's Aunt Zina, and her husband Fred Phelps, lived on a farm in Bluffdale; they visited them frequently. Jack had always wanted to live on a farm where he could have horses and cows and sheep. Fred talked Jack into buying the land next to his farm near 2700 West and 15200 South. They sold their nice home in Taylorsville.
On March 17, 1920, Jack, fastened their garage onto long poles, hitched the horses to it and dragged it along Redwood Road to Bluffdale; they settled it in a clearing on the south flat near the foot hills. It took them all day to accomplish this. Read more in the book. . .
Harold Howlett was born March 31, 1911, to Arthur George and Sara Elmire Howlett in Monroe, Utah. He died May 4, 1992. Phyllis Smith Howlett was born March 15, 1914, to Robert Lauritz and Doris Bennett Smith in Riverdale, Idaho. She died March 23, 2001.
Harold and Phyllis were married June 8, 1932. They are the parents of four boys: Harold Keith, born April 1, 1933, died February 26, 1988; Robert Dale, born March 29, 1935; Duane Kent, born July 11, 1937; Gary Lee, born November 5, 1938.
In the year 1933 Harold and Phyllis Howlett became
residents of Draper, living with Phyllis's parents and Harold’s brother
Gus for two years. The Great Depression of 1929 was in full swing. Times
were extremely hard. Harold took what- ever work he could find. He
worked in the beet fields, in construction and in poultry. He worked
long hard hours for one dollar per day. By 1935 Harold had secured
steady and full time employment with Draper Poultry, candling eggs. With
permanent employment Harold and Phyllis were able to qualify for a loan.
They purchased two acres of ground in the east part of Draper (1741 East
12300 South). There was a small home and three chicken coops on the
ground. They put one thousand chickens in the coops and that was the
beginning of a family business that grew to be one of the largest
poultry operations in the state of Utah.
Clairon Lowe Huff, the third son of Sparrel Everett Huff, and Jennie Lowe Doney, was born April 29, 1932, in Draper, Utah. He grew up in Draper attending Draper Park Elementary and Draper Jr. High School through the ninth grade. Then went to Jordan High School graduating in 1950. While attending JHS he played football and basketball.
Elizabeth Nell Campbell, the daughter of William Campbell and Lillian Searcy was born July 25, 1932, in Price, Utah. She attended Central and Harding Elementary, Price Jr. High, and graduated from Carbon High School in 1950. She worked at the telephone company in Price and then moved to Salt Lake City. She lived in the Beehive House and worked at the Bell Telephone company as a telephone operator.
Following high school, Clairon worked the summer of 1950 with the U.S. Forest Service in the Idaho Panhandle. Then, in the fall he attended Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah. March of 1951, he enlisted in the Utah Air National Guard, Hundred and Ninety-First Fighter/Bomber Squadron stationed at the Salt Lake International Airport. During his service career he operated a 4x6 truck, an aircraft refueling semi-truck, and a staff car for VIP's.
During the summer of 1951, Clairon and Elizabeth (Beth), met on a blind date. Many dates followed that first date. They enjoyed going to dances, movies, spending time in the mountains, and just doing things together. The Utah Air National Guard activated April 1951, going to full time military service as part of the Korean War. The National Guard moved to Clovis Air Force Base in Clovis, New Mexico, and was stationed there in January 1952. Clair returned to Draper on furlough in February. He and Beth were married for time and eternity February 11, 1952, in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Salt Lake Temple. One of Beth's brothers didn't like pronouncing the name Clairon, so he shortened the name to "Clair," which name Clairon has gone by since then. Their honeymoon was returning to Clovis, New Mexico. The National Guard remained at Clovis Air Force base until September 1952 and then moved back to the Salt Lake International Airport. Clair was honorably discharged from the Utah Air National Guard January 21, 1954.
Clair worked for a trucking company, Union Pacific Railroad, Bingham Copper Mine, in a Conoco Service Station business with a brother-in-law and then in 1954 enrolled at Carbon Jr. College in Price, Utah, where he graduated in 1955 with an Associate Degree in Zoology/Botany. He received a scholarship and attended the University of Utah, majoring in Botany. Read more in the book. . .
LaVar Lowe Huff was born March 24, 1924, in Draper, Utah, to Sparrel Everett (1892-1947) and Jennie Doney Lowe Huff (1898-1992.) He grew up in Draper attending Draper Elementary School and then graduating from Jordan High School in 1942. He worked on various farms in Draper. He enjoyed plowing fields in the fall and spring of the year, but a job that suited him, which he seemed to enjoy the most, was herding sheep along the east slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains. From his sheep herding days, he brought home a sheep dog he had named Gooch. All the kids in the family loved Gooch. The family didn't have enough rooms in the house for all in the family to sleep, so LaVar and his brother Gale had a room in one of the chicken coops. They would get very upset if the other kids in the family went into their room without being invited. The kids in the family liked to go to their room because they were always curious about what they were doing. . . .
LaVar liked things mechanical. He and a friend, Wayne Johnson, had a an old jalopy as teenagers that they were always working on or needed gas for. In 1938 his parents had recently purchased a new car. One evening while his parents were away to a church party, he and Wayne needed some gas to operate the jalopy. It was during the evening when they were getting gas from the car. It got too dark to see to put the plug back in the tank, so Wayne struck a match for light. There was an explosion and then a fire. The garage, car, chicken coop, and 2500 chicks were completely consumed. Wayne died from the explosion and burns. LaVar was severely burned.
His friends were Richard Orgill, Cliff Joosten, Lyn Ballard, Richard Hendrikson, Leland Fitzgerald, Lance Draper, Sherwood Boberg, Lawerce Blaney, Allen Blaney and Wayne Johnson. Richard Orgill said, " LaVar was a good basketball player. He and I played a lot of church basketball together."
LaVar entered the armed forces in May, 1943. He received training at Camp Callen, and Camp Haan, California; Fort Bliss, Texas; and from Camp Meade, Maryland; was shipped overseas in July, 1944. A friend, Woody Holdaway, from Terre Houte, Indiana, writes first hand about their last days together in Metz, France. " They went into combat a few miles north of Nancy, France, November 5th, 1944, with Company B, the 104th Regiment of the 26th "Yanky" Division in Patton's 3rd Army. A couple of days later the 26th was pulled off the line and sent up to Metz, France. At that time the 95th Division had started their all-out offensive against Metz and wasn't making any headway because the Jerrys (Germans) were getting reinforcements and supplies from the east. The 26th, our division, was assigned to spearhead a southern pincher in behind Metz from the south and link up with the 5th Division that was driving in from the north. By the 18th of November, we had fought our way to the point east of Metz where we were supposed to dig in and wait for the 5th Division to link up with us. Read more in the book. . .Ruth Lowe Huff was born in Murray, Utah, in Cottonwood Hospital, December 3, 1929, to Sparrel Everett and Jennie Doney Lowe Huff. She was the seventh child born of nine; the fifth daughter of five girls and four boys in the Huff family. She had some injuries from birth that affected the nerves around her eyes causing her to squint. Ruth was mentally challenged but had a pleasant gentle disposition that she maintained throughout her life.
Ruth had a normal childhood, much like other kids in Draper, growing up during the Great Depression of the 1930's. Father's and mother's worked very hard to provide food and clothing for their young families. Entertainment was mostly in the home and the LDS Church activities, but there were times when she, along with her sisters and brothers, enjoyed a swimming trip to Saratoga, a resort in Lehi, Utah, or to Lagoon, a resort in Farmington, Utah.
Ruth attended Draper Elementary School until the fourth grade. At age ten, it was evident that she was much slower in learning than the other kids her age, so the state and the school district recommended she attend American Fork Training School. While there she progressed slowly in general learning, but excelled in working with children. She became a trustworthy and faithful caretaker, especially taking care of babies and young children in the nursery.
When Ruth was 25 years old, a Mrs. Edith Hill, an invalid living in Spanish Fork, Utah, contacted the training school and inquired if they had anyone who could live in her home and help take care of her. The school recommended Ruth, and so she moved in with Mrs. Hill and became a caretaker to her for about ten years.
Her mother, Jennie, was living alone in Draper. She needed someone to live with her, and so Ruth moved back to Draper and lived with her mother for 26 years. Her mother moved into the Draper Rehabilitation and Care Center in 1990, and Ruth went to live with her sister Marilyn Huff Rishton. Ruth lived with Ben and Marilyn Rishton for about eight years, after which she moved to The Draper Rehabilitation and Care Center about 1997, where she lived for about six years.
On her 60th birthday she was very proud to receive a temple recommend and receive her endowments in the Jordan River Temple.
Ruth worked at the Murray Deseret Industries Store for about 12 years, retiring at age 65. She was a faithful, trusted and respected employee. She worked mostly in the apparel shop.
She possessed two great talents: she was very good at teaching children how to read, and she had an uncanny ability to remember birth dates. Family and friends had great times with her remembering birthdays. She was very good at working complex word puzzles and putting picture puzzles together. She would work from the center out on a 1000 piece picture puzzle. Read more in the book. . .
Max Edward Humphrey was born on January 15, 1907, in Salt Lake City, to Curtis Edward and Susie Isabelle Porter Humphrey. He was the oldest of the three children, with Evelyn in the middle and Hugh Curtis as the youngest child.
The family lived on Gregson Avenue in Salt Lake until 1921. Max was fourteen years old when they moved to an 80-acre farm in the east end of Draper. The farms' orchard is now part of the Hidden Valley Golf Course. Max worked on the family farm and also hired out, helping other Draper residents with their farms. He left school after the eighth grade to help support the family.
Max met and married Dorothy Rideout. She became ill shortly after they married and died a few years later. At this time Max decided to move in with his aging parents who were now living in the family home located at 12400 South 709 East in Draper. After their deaths he remained in the home, which is still owned by his family.
Max went to work at Riverton Motors in Riverton, Utah. He worked there until World War II started, when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. After basic training in Georgia, Max was put on an ocean liner and sent to Europe. Max was stationed in England for most of the war, as an airplane mechanic. It was during this time that Max had his first airplane ride. He was invited to ride to Scotland with some "fly boys" on a whiskey run. This was to become one of his favorite memories of the war.
Upon returning from the war, Max again went to work at Riverton Motors, and continued working there until he retired in 1972. He was known as one of the best body and fender men in the Salt Lake Valley.
While working at Riverton Motors, Max became best friends with other Draper residents, Alvin Hill and his wife Gail. They lined Max up on a blind date with Gail's cousin Shirley Fitzgerald Davis. Immediately, Max and Shirley knew that they were a good couple. The only thing that held them back from marriage was that Shirley had three children from a previous marriage, the youngest being just a small baby, and Max wasn't sure he was ready for that kind of responsibility. Later on Shirley would say that Max finally married her because he loved her children so much.
Max and Shirley eloped on March 30, 1950. On their
way through Parley's Canyon to Coalville, they were pulled over by
Highway Patrolman James Rasmussen, who happened to be married to Max's
sister, Evelyn. Jim radioed ahead and had Evelyn meet them. Jim and Ev
became the witnesses at the wedding ceremony. The foursome then
continued on to Evanston, Wyoming, for a wedding dinner celebration. In
Evanston they ran into Floyd and Dora Dansie, Max's neighbors. By the
time the newlyweds returned home that evening, all the neighbors had
heard the good news and helped them to celebrate.