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John Thomas Smith
10 May 1880 | Beaver, Utah
JOHN THOMAS SMITH -- First Child of John A. and Charlotte Smith
John Thomas Smith was born in Beaver, Utah May 10, 1880. This was only about 24 years after the first settlers moved to Beaver so it was still a pioneer town during the time that "Tommy" was growing up.
Tommy's boyhood was typical or normal for those days which were truly the horse and buggy days. Everyone had to work hard and long hours to make a living and to do the many chores that all the family had. School was held in various places because a school house had not been built. He did not go to high school when he completed the eighth grade although the Church had established the Murdock Academy at the old fort near the mouth of the canyon by that time.
His father had learned the blacksmith trade from his father-in-law John Swindlehurst and his father worked at this in addition to gardening and farming, and other odd jobs. Tommy also learned blacksmithing by working with his father and he became very proficient with axe, saw, hammer and many of the other tools. He was a lover of horses and always had a good team and was skilled in handling the horses with wagon, plows, and scrapers. He helped to build many of the roads, fences, irrigation canals, reservoirs and barns in the valley and mountains.
Tommy not only worked for his parents but he started very young to work for others. He started working on his own at the age of 10. With a new dump hay rake and an old yellow horse he began raking hay for different farmers and in the next few years he raked hay for many in the valley. He was not a large boy or man but through his skills he was able to accomplish as much as anyone, He would probably be classed as a laborer because he worked on so many different jobs which was necessary in those pioneer days. He never had a steady job, but worked single handed or with a team of horses on many varied jobs. He hauled logs to the saw mills, hauled lumber, coal, wood and other freight. During sheep shearing time in the spring he sheared sheep first with hand shears and then with electrical or power driven shears. Because of his skills he could be classed as a builder and he helped build many of the barns in the valley and made many of his tools in the blacksmith shop.
He married Elizabeth Alice Bradshaw October 28, 1903 in the Manti Temple. This was a long trip in those days by horse and buggy, or wagon, but this trip would make a very interesting story if told. There was a wedding reception when they got back home and the fruit cake was very tasty as most of the children could testify because Alice kept some in her trunk and would give some to the children on special occasions.
Thomas and Alice lived with his parents for about a year after they were married and then they moved to a log house a block north where they lived while they were building themselves a home across the street from his fathers. They did not have the house built by some builder as is the custom today. They built it themselves in their spare time or along with working at other jobs. They hauled the pink rock and cut it into rectangular blocks for the walls. They made their own lime from lime stone and hauled the sand for the mortar and then they laid the stone walls, They also did the carpenter work and of course in those days there was no plumbing or electric wiring. The new house only had two large rooms, One room was used as a living room and bed room and the other room was the kitchen, another bedroom and general all purpose room. The water was carried from a well that was dug next to the house or carried from the irrigation ditch across the street for washing. The heating and cooking was done by wood stoves and the lighting was with kerosene lamps. It was some years after electricity was brought into Beaver before they got electricity connected to the house because this was one trade that Thomas had not mastered and he couldn't afford to hire someone to do it. This was a pioneer practice -- either do it yourself or do without, so they did without electriicity and other conveniences that came later.
The family grew and outgrew the two room house and Thomas and his older boys took the stone that had been piled on the lot for years and built an addition to the house. The new addition was suppo sed to provide about three more bedrooms and a kitchen and bath, but only part of it was completed for years afterward.
They raised their own vegetables, fruit, grain, beef, and pork. They had their own milk cows and a few chickens and pigs and the surplus milk, eggs and vegetables were sold or traded for things they needed from the stores.
Thomas and Alice had 11 children which was their most important accomplishhment and they were good parents and taught and trained their children to all be trustworthy and hard working. In 1929 they arranged to purchase the Joram Bradshaw farm east of Beaver and the family that was left home moved up on the farm to become farmers. They all enjoyed life on the farm and in the Beaver valley and even after Thomas and Alice moved into a little home down in town they liked to get back up to the farm to visit or to help as best they could.
They celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary on October 28, 1953 and this was the first time that they had all their children together. Milton was killed in the war so actually they never did have all of their children together. This is an important observation because it is evidence that this generation started to move out for education or other reasons rather than stay in Beaver to continue the pioneering of their ancestors.
The following is a brief biography of each of the eleven children of Thomas and Alice Bradshaw Smith. :
Elmer Holroyd Smith
11 Aug 1904 | Beaver, Utah
ELMER HOLROYD SMITH--First child of John Thomas Smith (Middle name is after his great grandmother Ellen Holroyd Bradshaw)
Elmer was born in Beaver, Utah August 11, 1904 and was the second grand child but first grandson of John Andrew and Charlotte Smith.
He was a healthy, intelligent and beautiful child with brown curly hair which his mother kept in ringlets until he was 4 or 5 years old which was the custom.
A review of his schooling indicates that Beaver City or County was having problems supplying school houses. He started school when he was six years old in 1910 the year that the first part of the Belknap elementary school was completed. His kindergarten class started in the Park Building which was the pink rock building on the corner south of the Belknap building. The class was then moved to the room over the boiler room of the new building. Others will remember that this room was used for kindergarten or first grade for a number of years. When he was ready to go to high school the ninth grade or first year high school went to some portables near the new high school building which was in progress. He entered the Murdock Academy, the L. D. S. Church owned high school near the mouth of the canyon, for his second and third years. The new high school building was completed in 1922 so the Church closed the Academy and he completed the fourth year as a member of the first graduating class from the new high school. He was valedictorian of the class of 13 and always said he was the 13th graduate of the High School.
Elmer worked at McGill, Nevada during the summer of 1923 for the Consoliidated Copper Company to finance entry to Brigham Young University in the fall of 1923. Sickness in the family forced a layout of school for the year 1924-1925. He worked at various jobs during this year including a period during the summer of 1924 at Sulphurdale. He enrolled again at Brigham Young University in the fall of 1925 with employment on the campus to provide the way. He graduated in 1928 with a B. S. degree in physics and mathematics as majors.
After graduating from B. Y. U. he was employed by the Utah Power & Light Co. in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was transferred to Provo, Utah in 1930 to do specialized electrical plans and write specifications for the architects located in the Company's southern division. Provo, the third largest city on the Power Co. system, won a municipal election and installed their own electric plant and with many other employees he was laid off. He moved to Seattle, Washington in 1940 with employment at Westinghouse Electric Supply Co. and remained with them until he retired at age 65.
He has been active in the Church as Ward Clerk, a Bishop's Counselor, in Stake Sunday School Superintendency and Library Director for the Stake.
He married Ethel Walker in July 1928 and they had three children, as follows:
Elwyn Lugene is a dentist and lives in Euphrata, Washington. He married Shirley Jean Hansen and they have three boys, Randal Scott, Morgan Dean and Kelvin. His wife Shirley was killed in an automobile accident in Idaho enroute to attend the Church April conference in 1967, Elwyn was a counselor to the Bishop at the time. Elwyn married Helen Titensor in September 1970.
A baby girl died three days after birth in 1930.
Eleana married Dale Hurst at the close of the school year when she graduated from the B. Y. U. They live in Mountain Terrace, a town near Seattle, Washington. They have four daughters, Elizabeth Ann, Melanie, Dayleen and Jeannine and an L. D. S. Ward family as Dale is the Bishop.
Jasper Bradshaw Smith
20 Nov 1906 | Beaver, Utah
JASPER BRADSHAW SMITH -- Second child of John Thomas Smith
Jasper was born in Beaver, Utah on November 20, 1906 in the log house on the northwest corner of Fourth West and Fifth North. This house was known as the Arissia Robinson home.
He attended the Belknap School and went to junior high school in the old Central School, which was later used as a creamery. The new high school building was completed in 1922 and so his last three years of high school were in the new building and he graduated in 1925. At that time the Church Seminary classes were held in a room rented in the high school building and Jasper attended these classes and graduated from the seminary in 1925.
Jasper was an obedient and hard working boy and started working for others at a very young age to earn his spending money and to help the family. When very young he used to ride the horse while his father and grandfather cultivated the potatoes and corn and for pulling the hay into the barns. He remembers that when he was only 10 years old he and his brother Elmer used to hire out to pitch hay for the going wage of a man (about $3.00 a day or $1.50 each) and they must have been good workers because they were able to get jobs. During the summers that he was in high school he had steady work on dairy farms with his Uncle Albert and Edwin Paice his high school algebra teacher.
After graduating from high school he worked for part of the summer helping to repaint the high school building and then he headed north to Provo to see if he could find a way to attend the Brigham Young University. He secured work on the campus and doing janitor work and completed the four years and graduated in 1929 with a B. S. degree with majors in mathematics and physics.
After graduating from the B, Y, U, he accepted a job as an engineer for the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. and went to Chicago, Illinois to work July 1929. He married Helen Louise Matheson in Chicago, Illinois August 26, 1932, and in February 1933 he was transferred to Mankato, Minnesota to work in the repeater station, In 1936 he was transferred to the District office in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was transferred back to the engineering department in Chicago, Illinois in May 1940. They bought a home in Franklin Park, Illinois and thought they were pretty well settled but in 1955 the Engineering Department for the Western Area was moved to Kansas City, Missouri and they made another move. The Western Area was divided in 1966 and a new office organized in San Francisco so they decided to make another move to see if they could get set up for retirement in a place where they could have their family closer to them. Jasper worked for the Telephone Company for 40 years and worked in most of the middle and western states on various engineering and construction projects. During this time they lived in Chicago, Illinois; Mankato and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Franklin Park, Illinois; Roeland Park, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri and Oakland, California.
Along with living in various cities they have lived in a number of Wards and Branches of the Church and have been active in various capacities. Jasper was M. I. A. and Sunday School Superintendent, Assistant Ward Clerk, Elders Pres., Bishop's Counselor, High Priests Quorum secretary and pre sident, and High Councilman. Helen has been active in the Primary, Sunday School, M. I. A. and Relief Society.
They are proud of their children and grandchildren which are as follows:
Glen Arthur Smith. He married Enedina Avilla and they have three children, Louis, Helen Sue and Lynn Arthur, Glen works for the emigration service (Border Patrol) and lives in Stockton, California.
Howard Louis was born in Mankato, Minnesota and died in infancy.
Jasmine Louise Smith was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She married Harry Rodney Burns who is a career Air Force service man. They have five children, three boys and two girls and they are now stationed at the Webb Air Force Base and live in Big Spring, Texas.
Sandra Helen Smith. She married Jimmy D. Adams and they have two childdren, a boy and a girl, and they live in Citrus Heights, California.
Jasper Bruce Smith. Bruce filled a mission for the Church in California and served four years in the air force and now works for the American Telephone Co, in San Francisco and lives in Oakland. He is not married.
Ruth Ann Smith will finish her second year at B. Y. U. in 1971 and then plans to get married. She married Robert M. Porter June 4, 197 1 in the Oakland Temple.
Larilla Smith Druce
9 Jan 1909 | Beaver, Utah
LARILLA SMITH DRUCE --Third child of John Thomas Smith
She was born in Beaver, Utah January 9, 1909. She was the first child of the family born in the new pink rock house built on the northeast corner of Fourth North and Fourth West.
She attended the Belknap School through the fifth grade and then she went to the new Beaver High School building and graduated from the High School in the spring of 1928. Accordingly, she went to the new school building the first year that it was in use.
She graduated from the L. D. S. Seminary in 1927. The seminary classes were held in rooms rented in the High School building.
In the fall of 1928 she packed her clothes in a cardboard box and she, too, left home to go to the Brigham Young University. By this time the 11th child of the family had been born and nine of the children were still at home and only two of the nine were girls, so there was plenty of work to be done to look after the home and the young children. She worked at various jobs, keeping house, and at the B. Y. U. cafeteria and completed two years graduating with a two year Normal (Teaching) degree in the spring of 1930.
In the fall of 1930 she was traveling from Beaver back to Provo to continue school and was involved in a serious automobile accident and she suffered a broken pelvis and it was thought that she may never walk again. This prevented her from attending school that year but through her persistence she was able to again enroll at the B. Y. U. the following year (1931-1932).
After school was out in the spring of 1932 she went to Salt Lake to seek employment. It was while working in Salt Lake City that she met Walter Henry Druce, a Commercial Sign writer and they were married in Salt Lake City Sept. 2, 1933. They lived in Ogden, Utah until May 1935 and then they moved to Pocatello, Idaho where they have lived since.
Although Larilla had been told by the doctor that she would not be able to have any children as a result of the accident which she had, they did have two children as follows:
Myrlan was born October 29, 1934 in Ogden, Utah. She got her teaching degree and in 1968 graduated from the Weber College in Ogden, Utah. She married Eldon Morris, a Pharmacist, and they have 5 children, three boys and two girls; they live in Eden, Utah. Myrlan teaches school besides keeping up her home and looking after her children. She is now studying for her master's degree from the University of Utah.
Walter Smith Druce married Caroline Lee Will and they have two children, a girl and a boy. Walter works for the Western Electric Company as an electronic technician. They live in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Earl Thomas Smith
6 Jan 1912 | Beaver, Utah
EARL THOMAS SMITH -- Fourth child of John Thomas Smith
Earl was born in Beaver. Utah January 6, 1912.
He went to the Beaver schools and was a good student and a good worker and always had a lot of chores and work to do.
He had a bad accident in 1921 when he was 9 years old while driving the milk cows to the pasture with a one-eyed horse. He had a compound fracture of his leg and the bone became infected requiring hospitalization and several operations, and this affected his life somewhat. He could not pass the physical for the army, but he never let it stop him from work or playing on the high school football team. He learned to keep his leg heavily padded for certain types of activity.
In 1929 when he was 17 he and his brother Alden took care of Uncle Jorem Bradshaw's farm during the summer while Uncle Jorem and Aunt Ella went to Idaho for a vacation. When they returned home everything was in good shape and Uncle Jorem decided the farm was too much work for him and a deal was made for the Thomas Smith family to purchase the farm. Accordingly, Earl lived on the farm the winter that he was a senior in high school as he graduated with high honors in the spring of 1930.
Earl decided to go to college and enrolled in the Brigham Young University in 1930.
He helped with the farm during the summers and also worked at other jobs and at various jobs at school and made his way through college and graduated in June 1934 with a major in Mathematics and Physics and a minor in Education.
After graduating, Earl went back to Beaver and taught school in the Beaver High School from 1934 to 1946. He also worked on the farm and with other farming activities of his own.
After one year of teaching he married Mabel Petersen on June 5, 1935, whom he had met at the B. Y. U. They, of course, bought a home and lived in Beaver where Earl was a combination school teacher and farmer. Earl took a special refrigeration course and then set up and operated a locker plant in Beaver for a number of years. He quit school teaching when his farming and other activities became a full-time job. During this time Earl and Mabel helped to butcher many of the deer that were killed in the mountains and got acquainted with many people from various places.
Earl and Mabel have been active in Church and Civic affairs and done much to help the people and the community. Some of Earl's assignments were: Scoutmaster, Elders Quorum Presidency, Stake Missionary, Bishop's Counselor, High Councilman, and High Priests Quorum Presidency, in addition to various teaching assignments. Some of his Civic activities were: He is past President of Beaver Lions Club, County Republican Chairman, President and Secretary of various water boards, President of a farm group that brought a creamery and Grade A milk to the valley.
Earl and Mabel have no children, but they have done much to help others rear and teach their children. One of Mabel's nieces lived with them for a number of years.
Alden X Smith
3 Nov 1913 | Beaver, Utah
ALDEN X SMITH--Fifth child of John Thomas Smith
Alden was born in Beaver, Utah, November 3, 1913.
He was a very serious, hard working boy both at home and in school. He went to the Belknap Elementary School and to junior high and high school at the high school building. He also graduated from the Church Seminary.
Alden was 15 years old in 1929 when his Uncle Joram Bradshaw asked him and his brother Earl to come up and look after his farm during the summer while he and Aunt Ella took a much needed vacation. When Uncle Joram and Aunt Ella returned, things were all in fine condition; later a deal was made for the Thomas Smiths to purchase the farm and the family moved to the farm. Alden lived on the farm from this time until he graduated from high school and was the oldest child at home for most of the time because his older brothers and sisters had either left to make their way through college or had gotten married. He accordingly got himself very much involved with the farm operations so that when he graduated from high school it was a big decision to make as to whether to go to college or stay home on the farm.
He chose to go to school and work on the farm in the Summers so he went to the Brigham Young University. He would have completed college but he became interested in pre-medical subjects and advanced subjects in this field were limited at B. Y. U., and so he dropped out hoping to get into another school. These were the depression years so jobs were hard to get, and a lot of money was necessary to pursue education in this field. There was no subsidy programs as there is today.
Alden worked on a lot of different jobs in various places with the thought that he would finish school, but things did not work out that way. He served in the Medical Corps of the Army during the Second World War. Alden had obtained some carpenter tools and on various jobs he found that he could get jobs with good pay as a carpenter, and he has worked at this profession for most of his life and he has chosen to live in Pocatello, Idaho. He has built or helped to build many buildings and homes in the Pocatello area.
He never married, but he lives in a beautiful home he built himself and he enjoys his home, his garden and life in general. He has been and is a good pioneer. He never got to practice medicine professionally, but he has been kind and helpful to many.
Bertha Alice Smith Barton
18 Nov 1915 | Beaver, Utah
BERTHA ALICE SMITH BARTON--Sixth child of John Thomas Smith
After having four boys and only one girl, it was a joy to Thomas and Alice to have another girl born November 18, 1915.
Bertha lived with her family in the pink rock house on Fourth West and Fourth North in Beaver until she was about 14 years old when the family moved up to the farm. It was not an easy life for her as it might be expected. The living space was limited and inadequate at both homes and although she did not have to help with the regular farm work there was always a lot of work to do. Five more children, all boys, were born to the family, so she got plenty of experience with house work, cooking and looking after babies and getting along with brothers both older and younger than herself.
Bertha went to the Beaver schools and was a good student and graduated from the Beaver High School May 1934.
She married Ralph Henry Barton of Greenville, Utah May 17, 1934 and has been a good wife and mother.
Ralph is a construction man and worked on the construction of various dam and canal projects as follows: Hoover Dam in Nevada, Imperial Dam in Yuma, Arizona, and the Yuma Canal. At Fresno he worked on a store and warehouse. Calexico and Holtville worked on the All American Canal. In July 1939 moved to Redding, California to work on the Shasta Dam. After the completion of Shasta Dam he did general construction work in the Redding area. In 1950-1951 moved to the state of Washington to work on the Albeni Falls Dam on the Priest River in Idaho. They then moved back to Redding where they now reside.
Bertha and Ralph have four children, one boy and three girls as follows:
Marlin Ralph Barton. He was born in Boulder City, Nevada. He married Joan Moyer and they have three children, one boy Roger and two girls Renee and Janene Rose; they live in Ukiah, Calif. Marlin works as an engineer for the city of Ukiah.
Peggy Merle was born in Fresno, Calif. and married Peter E. Hufford; they have four children, three girls and a boy. They live on a ranch in Whitmore, California, about 30 miles from Redding,
Arleen Elizabeth was born in Redding, Calif. and married Gene Delane Anderson, They have three children, two boys and a girl. They live in San Bernardino, California,
Alice Ann was also born in Redding, California and married Billy Gene Stewart. They have two children, a boy and a girl, and live in Pensacola, Florida.
Eldred John Smith
18 Aug 1917 | Beaver, Utah
ELDRED JOHN SMITH--Seventh child of John Thomas Smith
Eldred was born in Beaver, Utah August 18, 1917.
When Eldred was six years old he had a bone infection (osteomyelitis) in the shin bone of his leg. That year he was in the L. D. S. Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah for nine months and he missed much of the first grade in school but he was allowed to pass to the second grade. This disease affected Eldred later and required a number of operations and was a problem to him for years, but it hasn't kept him from working hard and achieving his objectives. The summer after he was out of the fifth grade (1928) he had to again enter the hospital for the summer.
The family moved up to the Bradshaw farm when he was in the sixth grade so he became a farm boy and did his share of work on the farm and had the extra distance to walk to the Belknap and Beaver High Schools.
He graduated from the Beaver High School in the spring of 1935 and that fall he went to Logan, Utah and enrolled at the Utah State Agriculture College to learn more about farming.
After completing the school year he went back home and helped put in the crops, and then went looking for work to help him get back to school. He went to Milford, Utah and got work with his uncles Richard and Ambrose Bradshaw and stayed there until February 14, 1937. He then went to Imperial Valley, California and worked as a carpenter apprentice until May 1937. He then hitch hiked back to Beaver, Utah and then on to Utah Valley where he worked at various jobs and hoped to enroll at the Brigham Young University in the fall. While picking fruit in Orem, Utah, he had a ladder tip with him and he bumped his bad leg which started up the infection again. He had another operation and his leg was put in a cast for nine months and he missed another year of school.
He was determined to get back in school so shortly after his cast was removed and while he was yet on crutches, he left home and hitch hiked to St. George, Utah where he worked for his board and room and enrolled at the Junior College there.
When school was out he went to work on the St. George Temple Cottages and when this job was completed he went back to Beaver, Utah for a visit. When he arrived in Beaver his brother Elmer was there and was on his way back home to Seattle, Washington and Eldred decided to go with him to get work. He worked in Seattle three months and then in October 1939 he went to Alaska to work for the Government as a carpenter and carpenter foreman. He had a good job and worked hard and long hours. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Dec. 1941 he decided to come back to Utah and headed for Beaver and then to Santa Clara, near St. George, Utah. The main attraction now was not employment or school but Anna Elizabeth Gubler of Santa Clara whom he had dated while going to school and whom he had been writing to while in Washington and Alaska.
Anna accepted Eldred's proposal and they were married July 2, 1942 in the St. George Temple. Eldred did not pass the physical for the Army because of his leg, so they moved to Seattle, Washington where Eldred worked in the ship yards to help with the war the best he could. They purchased a home and some rental property with the money Eldred had saved while working in Alaska and they proposed to make their home in Seattle. After the birth of their first child John Douglas on September 30, 1944, Anna got rheumatic fever and the doctor advised them to move to a hot dry climate.
In February 1945 they sold out in Seattle and moved back to St. George, Utah.
Shortly after arriving, Eldred again entered the hospital in Salt Lake to have another operation on his leg, which had never completely healed. Eldred and Anna feel that the Lord really blessed Eldred and inspired the doctor, and this operation was a real success.
Eldred has always worked hard and long hours, and he is a builder. They have a lovely home in St. George, Utah, which was built with Eldred's skill, mosty as an after work hours project and with the help of the rest of the family. He has always had some horses, cattle, pigs and chickens to care for and to supplement their income. Eldred has enjoyed most of his work and doing things for his family and others, and he has also enjoyed dearly the work he has done for the Lord. He was in the Elders Quorum Presidency and President for nine years, a Sunday School Superintendency member; a Scout Master and an assistant Ward Clerk and also over the Aaronic Priesthood over 21.
Eldred loves to hunt and fish and has enjoyed having his boys join with him in these hobbies. He also loves animals and has had a hobby of raising animals for many years. The family has shared in this hobby of raising animals both in helping care for them and in sharing in the profits and in many a good meal.
Eldred and Anna have the following children and grandchildren:
John Douglas Smith served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and married Joyce Millard; they have two daughters, Tamara Koreen and Nina Angela.
Deanna Smith married Robert Gower Davis, and they have a son Robert Scott. Jillyn Smith married Arthur Leavitt Cottam.
Doyle Smith was born March 7, 1955 and is still at home.
8 Apr 1919 | Beaver, Utah
VENAR SMITH -- Eighth child of John Thomas Smith
Venar was born in Beaver, Utah April 8, 1919.
He went to school at the Belknap and Beaver High School buildings and was a good student and was very active in many Church and school activities. He grew up on the farm as a normal farm boy.
After graduating from High School in 1937 he enrolled in the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah to learn more of the technical aspects of farming. He completed two years of college in 1937-1938 and 1938-1939 and he, too, supported himself at school and helped with the farm work during the summers. He learned to be a good judge of animals through his studies in high school and college.
In the summer of 1939 he, too, went to Seattle with his older brother Elmer and with brother Eldred to seek employment. He worked in Seattle for a while and then he and Eldred moved to Alaska to work for the Government as a carpenter.
He returned to Utah in 1941 to answer a call to the army in the second world war. On October 1, 1941 he married Laural Ann Webb of Cedar City, Utah whom he had met while attending school and whom he had been corresponding with.
Upon returning from the war and release from the Army, he returned home to his wife and to make a living. He has lived and worked mostly in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he now lives, He has helped with the construction of many homes and other buildings in the area, Venar and Laural have no children but they have found many other activities, Venar has had much pleasure working with boys as a boy scout leader.
2 Apr 1922 | Beaver, Utah
DELVIN SMITH -- Ninth Child of John Thomas Smith
Delvin was born in Beaver, Utah April 2, 1922.
He went to the Beaver schools and was a good student and graduated from the Beaver High School in 1941.
Delvin was only 7 years old when the family moved up to the farm, so he was raised mostly as a farm boy and became very much involved with the operations of the farm. When he graduated from high school in the spring of 1941 he did not leave home to seek employment or to go to school. The older brothers and his sisters had left home so by this time there was only Delvin and his two younger brothers at home to help with the work.
He was drafted to serve in the U. S. Army in November 1942 during the second world war. He received his training at Camp Koler in California and Camp Couder, Missouri and was assigned to serve in the Army Signal Corps, and served in the European war zone until his release in October 1945. Three other brothers were also called to serve in the army during this time and only his youngest brother Leland was left to help with the farm work. Leland did not graduate from high school until 1945, so all of the work fell to Leland and his parents with what help they got from his brother Earl who lived near by.
After he was released from the army he came back to work on the farm and in 1950 he contracted to take over the farm from his parents. In addition to operating the farm, Delvin works as a truck driver.
Delvin has served the following positions in his church and community:
Secretary of an Elders Quorum; Counselor in the M. I. A.; chairman of Gold and Green Ball; Treasurer of American Legion Post 32.
He married Shirley Ward March 13, 1959, and they have five children, all still living at home on the farm. The children are as follows: Gregory Thomas, Donna Ileen, Debra Earleen, Milton Delvin and Dale Allen.
Milton George Smith
26 May 1925 | Beaver, Utah
MILTON GEORGE SMITH -- Tenth child of John Thomas Smith
Milton was born in Beaver, Utah May 26, 1925. At this time or shortly thereafter his two oldest brothers had gone away to college so he was the youngest of the eight children, 6 boys and two girls, at home. This is mentioned to show the change taking place in the family.
He was a good hard working farm boy both at home and in school and loved and respected by all. He was a good student and was active in many fields. He was strong and active and a good athlete and participated on the track and basketball teams and was the valedictorian of his high school graduating class.
He graduated from high school in the spring of 1943 and was called to serve in the Military service November 23, 1943. After receiving his military training he was assigned overseas in the infantry of the Seventh Army in Europe in the second world war. He was wounded and died in a first aid station January 19, 1945.
As we are writing about John Andrew Smith, Milton's grandfather, it should be noted that at this time all of John A. Smith's 41 grandchildren had been born and only one other had died from any cause. These 41 grandchildren were born between March 1904 and June 1943, so the Lord did bless the family.
Milton was a good boy, a good student and a good soldier, and he gave his life for his country and for peace and those things he believed to be right. Let us help to preserve the peace in this choice land.
Leland Orven Smith
16 Sep 1927 | Beaver, Utah
LELAND ORVEN SMITH -- Eleventh and last child of John Thomas Smith
Leland was born in the pink rock home on Fourth West and Fourth North in Beaver on September 16, 1927. All but the two oldest children were born there.
The family moved to the farm when Leland was 1 1/2 years old so he was truly a farm boy. Only Leland can understand what it was like to be the youngest child in this large family. Being the youngest he got to be the water boy, errand boy, wood carrier, hay tramper rather than pitcher, the boy who looked after the sheep and many other jobs. No doubt he often wished he could do the job instead of just hold something for someone else or help others. This time did come when all the rest had left and he had to do it himself and he didn't have anyone else to do the holding or run the errands.
Leland went through the public schools in Beaver and graduated from the high school in June 1945 as valedictorian of his class. He was a good student and a good worker.
Leland married Elaine Stoney on October 15, 1946 in the St. George Temple.
Soon after they were married they moved into the old pink rock home on Fourth West and Fourth North where he was born. Over the years they have done connsiderable remodeling of the house and since a fire in 1966 they have added on to it and completely remodeled it.
Leland has worked on various jobs over the years in Beaver and in 1955 he contracted to take over the home and the land owned by his parents on the west side of the valley. In addition to doing this farm work he works as a sheet metal worker and installs and repairs furnaces.
Leland and Elaine have five children, three boys and two girls, as follows:
Randall Lee Smith was born June 10, 1948 and died April 16, 1966 of a basal skull fracture in an automobile accident.
Connie Jeannine married Hal Gale and have one child, a girl.
David Stoney was born Dec. 9, 1955.
Verlane Smith born Sept. 11, 1960.
Tony Loren Smith born July 25, 1964.
Leland was a 4-H leader and has held the following church positions--Stake dance director, MIA Counselor and boy Scout and Explorer Leader. In addition to being a good wife and mother, Elaine has helped with Leland's work, worked as Secretary, was dance director with Leland and also was MIA counselor, taught in the MIA for six years, received her Golden Gleaner award and was a Sunday School teacher.