When I was about six years old, we moved to Eureka Utah, where my father worked in the mines. Shortly after this we moved to a little house a few miles away in a place called Homanville, where father worked in a pumping station. There was little company there except snakes, coyotes, and Mexican section hands. We did have a black dog we called Nig, who had joined the family as we journeyed from Eureka by wagon, with our household goods.
Later, we moved back to Eureka where the family remained until after the death of my father, December 23, 1929.
Here all my brothers and sisters grew up, went to school, and most of them married and raised their families in the center of the tintic mining district, high up in the hills of Juab County.
In these early days of my life, wages were small, and the family was large, so we never knew luxury. On the contrary, it was necessary for the boys of the family to get a job at the first opportunity. When I was about twelve years old I worked as messenger boy for the telephone company during the summer vacation, and because it seemed necessary to help out with the finances at home, I worked through the winter instead of going to school.
We used to go out into the hills with a wheelbarrow of home manufacture to obtain our firewood, and many happy days we spent in this manner, in spite of the work involved. I think the thing that relieved the strain of these difficult days and somewhat compensated us for them was the complete unity and harmony of our home. We not only worked together, but played together.
The brightest spots of these early days of my life were the trips by team and buggy to the somewhat distant lakes and streams for fishing and swimming (in these trips the entire family would participate), and the pleasant evenings we enjoyed as a family in our parties and in our simpler family gatherings at home.
I worked in the mine until I was nineteen, when I went on a mission to Great Britain - two years spent studying and teaching the Gospel. Here I made many fine friends and a complete new world of experience was opened up to me. I returned home in August, 1914, as World War I broke out.
I went to work in the mine again, but studied English in high school as a special student in my spare time.
In 1917, being barred from Army service because of defective vision, I went to Detroit Michigan, to study Electricity and aeronautics, where I later obtained an opportunity to enter civil service as an inspector of airplanes and was stationed at Morrow Field, the Acceptance Park for the U.S. Government - where the new planes were assembled and flown for the first time. At the signing of the Armistice in 1918 I was released.
Desiring to raise our children among the Saints of Zion, we sold our home and came West in June, 1926. There followed years of struggle and hardships in an effort to obtain a foothold in the new state, during which Don and Clyde B. were born. And now with our newest little girl, Joan, born November 13, 1936 we are a happy and proud family.