Life History of Dewey Logie Bennett,
by Blanche Lafern Devey Bennett
Dewey was the sixth child of David Wellington Bennett and Eliza Sampson Logie, and was born in Mercur, Tooele County, Utah. His father owned a livery stable there and he learned to work at an early age and often drove the mail stage to St John. Gathering pine nuts and going on rabbit hunts and driving the stage coach were fond memories for him. Men from the city would often hire them to take them out rabbit hunting.
He never remembers having playmates when he was small and he never remembered his mother well and up and around. In 1913 his father bought a ranch in Fort Canyon, north of Alpine and they began farming. Soon after moving here his mother died and his only unmarried sister got married, so he and his father were left to keep house also. That fall he went to the eighth grade in the Alpine School. It was a long walk and some of the kids gave him a bab time because they were not members of the LDS Church.
Later he had a horse to ride and enjoyed the trips up and down the canyon. Sometimes his brother or a sister with their family came and lived with them. A creek ran through the farm and he soon became an expert fisherman and enjoyed fishing there and other places. One time his father and family came to live and work on the farm so he went to Canada for six months and worked for his brother-in-law as a carpenter and then went to Garfield, Utah and worked as a blacksmith helper for about a year. Then his brother moved back to Garfield and he came back to the farm where he remained. They had a busy life clearing more of the land each year and planting more berries and fruit trees. When they began bearing they bought a truck and hauled their produce to the Salt Lake Market, and sometimes peddled it from house to house and the stores. They gave work to many of the town boys and girls.
In the fall he and his father enjoyed huinting deer and sage hens in the mountains close by and other parts of the country. In the winter rabbit hunting was a favorite sport. He liked to dance and he and his boy friends took their girls to Geneva or Saratoga Resorts or one of the towns dancing each week. He and others often hired Sterling Devey's father to take them on these dates And used their horse and buggy if it wasn't too far. It was at this time in his life that he went to Sterling's one night and found out there was a dance in town that night. Blanche and Goldie, Sterling's younger sisters were going and they talked him into going. In those days the young girls and boys went separatley to the dances and had a good time. The girls danced with one another if they didn't get a male partner, and was often taken home by one of the boys. Dewey hadn't wore his coat this night, so he borrowed Sterling's and went to the dance. He had the last dance with Blanche and asked if he could take her and the coat home. She accepted and that was the beginning of a friendship that would last forever. Blanche was only about 14 and he was 21, so for a few years they were only together once in a while.
Blanche Lafern Devey the sixth child of Alfred and Sarah Elizabeth Marsh Devey was born 18 Jan 1905 in Alpine, Utah in a rock and adobe house on second east, between first and second north on the west side of the street. When she was about 6 oir 7 years old her father tore down the old house and used the adobes to line the walls of a new brick home on the north corner. She herded cows, weeded, helped plant and pick up potatoes as well as learn to keep house and sew. She loved to ride horses and embroidery and crochet.
She graduated from the eights grade in Alpine and from high school in American Fork. After graduation she worked for three and one half years in her uncle's store, previously owned by her grandfather, Albert Marsh. While working, Dewey often came after work and took her home or on a date. New Years Day 1926 they became engaged and 1 Jan 1928 she quit working in the store and they were married 18 Jan 1928 in Salt Lake in the City and County building. He parents were witnesses of the marriage. They stayed in Salt Lake until the next night and then came to the home they had beautifully furnished on first south and main. Her mother and father were there with a nice warm fire going so the water wouldn't freeze. It was really cold.
On Saturday, 21 Jan a wedding reception was held in the Gymnasium on the hill by the old school house. On 15 Nov 1928 their first child was born in their home. A few days later Dewey's father was taken to the American Fork Hospital and operated on for a hernia and when he was able to go home was taken to their home and stayed until his death in 18 Feb 1944.
From an early age Blanche had been active in the church but Dewey and his father were not members. Dewey had smoked for many years and this was the main thing that kept him from joining the church. After they were married he tied many times to quit but didn't make it. After they had beenmarried 17 years Blanche felt so badly because he hadn't quit smoking and joined the church, she began praying desperately that the lord would help him. She told the Lord if he would only help Dewey she was willing to sacrifice anything.
She prayed and prayed this way all that summer and that fall our seventh and youngest child, Brent, got run over. The men werew hauling potatoes and putting them in the cellar and Brent got back of the cat and was run over as they backed up. They rushed him to the hospital but he died about a half hour after arriving there. As Blanche sat by him she knew this was the sacrifice the Lord was taking. She felt so badly she couldn't quit crying. This was in the evening and the Bishop came over the next day and wanted to have his funeral on Sunday and she just didn't want to have him buried on his fourth birthay.
After some time she remembered telling herself that everyone wanted it on Sunday so she should look at it how our church teaches it, it would be like letting him go on a long beautiful trip and what little boy wouldn't like that. After praying about it, a different feeling came over her and she didn't care any more. As he was being buried on Sunday she wouldn't leave the cemetery until the grave was covered, because she wanted to be there when he left. The next morning She had the most wonderful feeling, when Dewey woke up she told him that she didn't see how anyone could feel so bad and yet so glorious. She knew that the LORD was going to help them.
Soon after this Blanche had the feeling that she had to right the mistakes she had made if she wanted the LORD to help Dewey. She had made a lot of mistakes, so she started by going to her father and others she had not been quite honest with. It wasn't easy , but she wanted Dewey to join the church more than she wanted to live.
After this she had many promptings and feelings that she followed and the LORD gave her a desire to read the scriptures and some mornings she got up early to read and she would open one of our church books, there would be the very thing that she needed to help her. She had many wonderful experiences that strengthened her testimony and helped Dewey.
Brent was buried 14 Oct 1945 and through the fasting and prayers of Dewey's family and self, he was able to quit smoking and was baptized 14 Feb 1946. He was ordained a priest in March and in August baptized his daughter Janice, and two other boys. On 13 Oct 1946 he was ordained an elder and 13 Nov 1946, he took his family to the Salt Lake Temple where they were sealed for all eternity.
On 5 Jan 1947 he was called to be a Ward Teacher, a Counselor on 12 Oct 1947 in the Elders Presidency, and in Feb 1948, a Ward Teacher Supervisor. May 18 a Counselor in the Sunday School Superintendency on Feb 19 1951 his 53rd birthday. President of the Elders Quorum 28 Oct 1951. ordained a High Priest 5 Feb 1952 was set apart Second Counselor in the Bishopric. His main responsibility was work director on the stake and ward farms. This was a very busy time for him, having two farms of his own to take care of, but with the Lords help and the help of his family he served in the Bishopric and was released 18 Sep 1960. Now he could take it easier and take a few nice trips with his family and tours with Blanche.
In 1966 he was again made the High Priest's Group Leader. On 18 Nov 1971 he signed up to be a veil worker in the Provo Temple and Blanche an ordinance worker. They helped with the tours through it in Jan 1972 and began working there right after. Due to a stroke and a bad heart he was released in Sep 1980. They had worked three days a week and enjoyed in very much. He took care of his garden in 1980, but the next year he wasn't able and his health continued to fail. He died Sat 9 Oct 1982.
Dewey always showed me a few courtesies that many men don't show their wives and that I really appreciated and hope all my grandsons will show their wives. He never walked in head of me, he always wanted me to go at his side or ahead of him. He always waited until I was ready to eat with him before he started. He always wanted me to go wherever he went.
He had a smile for everyone, one of the Temple workers said, "He is gone but his smile will never be forgotten," his cousin said "Dewey will long be remembered for the good he did for his fellow men. I remember Daddy saying many times that there was not a better man or a more honest man than Dewey. I'm sure that Daddy was amoung those who happily greeted him when he left this life. It worried him if he thought he had offended anyone and always tried to straighten it out. A few weeks before he died he ask me if there was anything we should straighten out with anyone. His last advice to me was to do everything I was asked to do in the church.
Dewey's father, mother and Grandparents were:
David Wellington Bennett - born 25 May 1858 in Doniphan County, Kansas. His word was as good as his bond. Died 8 Feb 1944 in American Fork, Utah. Married 9 Dec 1883 in Mercur, Tooele, Utah
Eliza(beth) Sampson Logie - born Dec 21, 1863 in American Fork, Utah. Died June 17, 1913 in Alpine, Utah
Abram Bennett - born 11 Mar 1819 in Warren County, Ohio. He was a chaplain for a short time until the president appointed him Indian Agent of the Kickapoo Indians. Died 11 Mar 1906 in Doniphan County, Kansas. Married 30 June 1839 in Warren County, Ohio.
Rachel Anderson - born 3 Dec 1822 in Clinton, Ohio. Died Dec 21, 1893 in Norway, Doniphan, Kansas.
Charles Joseph Gordon Logie - born 15 Oct 1859 in Paddington, England. Died 12 July 1903 in American Fork, Utah. Married May 24, 1853 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Rosa Clara Friedlander - born 16 Jan 1837 in Guernsey Island in the English Channel. Died 15 June 1913 in American Fork, Utah.
Love of kindred is a trait sacred to the human race, and poor indeed is a representative of any family who has no glory in his ancestors, nor cares to know something of the family of his own generation. The Bennett family, in point of number, is said to stand seventh in the United States.
William Bennett emigrated from his native land France in about 1760 to the then inhospitable shores of the New World, and locatewd in New Jersey previous to the breaking out of the Revolutionary War. Himself imbued with the spirit that characterized the French under the leadership of the immortal LaFayette, he took up arms against the minions of George the Third, and in defense of the home and liberties of the oppressed Colonists fought in the battles and shared the hardships of those trying days. At the battle of Bunker Hill he bore aloft the colors of the regiment, and at Yorktown he was one of Washington's own body guards. AtYorktown he received wounds from which he never recovered, and which caused his death years later.
After the close of the war he married Adra Ann Britton, of his adopted state, who was born a native of Holland and was brought by her parents to America by her parents in her infancy. In a short time they moved to Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, where seven children were born to them; John, William, Nicholas, Abram, Mary, David and Isaac.
In 1816, following the Star of the West, William and family, excepting his sons John and Abram, who remained in Pennsylvania, emigrated to Ohio, settling in Sec 3, TurtleCreek township, Warren County, Ohio. Making the stay of the Bennett family are the towns of Bennett-Mills in New Jersey, and Bennettville, in Pennsylvania. Abram, John, Nicholas and David, sons of William, were all in the Mexican War. Abraham and Nicholas being color bearers.
William was born in France in 1742, and died in 1828 in Ohio - his wife Adria died in 1839. His ancestors are thought to have come from England to France.
Nicholas Bennett the third son of William and Adria Ann Bennett was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1786. He came with his father to Ohio in 1816 and 8 Aug 1816 he married Catherine Innes, who was born 11 Jun 1797. The marriage liscense of Nicholas Bennett and Catherine Innes is a valied family relic, and is in the possession of his daughter by a later marriage - Mrs. Hannah Foster, of Effingham, Kansas. Four children were born to them; William, Abram, Mary Lloyd, and Henry Innes.
Abram Bennett was born in Warren County, Ohio on March 10 1819, and married Rachel Anderson, who was born 3 December 1822. Some years after his marriage, he left Ohio in company with C.H. Phillips for the west, settling in Kansas. During the war he joined General Lane's men in Iowa and came with them through Nebraska, leaving the company in northern Kansas. He was chaplain for a short time, until the president appointed him Indian Agent of the Kickapoos. His son George and Thomas were also soldiers in the Civil War, belonging to Co.A 7th Regiment, and Co.C 13th Kan Inf respectively, George was with Grant in his march to Vicksburg and carried a dispatch through 40,000 Rebel troops the night before the Battle of Corrinth, Mississippi. Abram Bennett died 11 Mar 1906. His wife Rachel, died 21 December 1893. They had 11 children.
David Wellington Bennett
David Wellington Bennett (Dewey's father) was their ninth child, he was born 25 May 1858 in Doniphan County, Kansas. At the age of 15 he started farming. In the spring of 1879, he the being 21 came to American Fork, Utah and worked in the logging business in American Fork Canyon for 3 seasons and one season in Preston Canyon east of Alpine. Here he met Eliza S. Logie of American Fork and they were married 9 Dec 1883 in Mercur, Tooele, Utah. They returned to Kansas for a few years and then returned to Alpine, Utah.