1917 — Butlerville Ut
ON THE FARM
My parents didn't know whether to laugh or scream when I made my debut on Halloween, October 31, 1917. Doctor Brown, a general practitioner, assisted with my birth. It took place in a two-room log cabin located on an eighty-seven acre farm in the little town of Butlerville near the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. There were already four people occupying the home., my father, John Alexander Maynes III, my mother, Sarah Louretta Despain Maynes, and two older brothers, Darrel Despain Maynes, and John Alexander Maynes IV. Sleeping quarters were a bit crowded, but they found a place for me.
Let me pause and introduce you to the people that made this event possible. First, there was my mother, Sarah Louretta Despain Maynes.
The March wind was howling outside a three-room log cabiq with a lean-to shack attached. Inside, two figures were leaning over another person laying on the bed. Beads of sweat poured from the foreheads of the two who were struggling with a wiggling creature that seemed to resist all efforts to sever it tro~ tn~ WPfIlb. Finally with a tug the creature was free and as it was held up "it’s a girl!” was declared by the doctor at the bedside. Such was the birth pf Sarah Louretta Despain on the 27th day of March, 1890. She was the eighth child of Sarah Catherine Egbert and William Joseph Despain. The birth took place in the town of Granite which is situated at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
It was such a frail baby the doctor said that it would live a week at the most.
History of William Joseph Maynes
My parents didn't know whether to laugh or scream when I made my debut on Halloween, October 31, 19 17. I made my home in a two-room log cabin as the third son of John Alexander Maynes ill and Sarah Louretta Despain. I crowded in with two older brothers, Darrel Despain Maynes, and John Alexander Maynes IV. We made a cozy three-some sharing the two rooms that we called home with our mother and father. Our place of abode was located on an eighty-seven acre piece of land out of which father carved a 30 acre farm situated one-half of a mile south of Big Cottonwood Canyon, in the little town of Butlerville. It was an ideal place for a fruit farm. The cool evening breeze added flavor to the fruit that was difficult to match any where else in the Salt Lake Valley.
I was told that my grandfather William Joseph Despain visited my mother after my birth and decided I should have a name and so he gave me a blessing and named me after himself.
I must have spent a normal baby's life, or at least nothing unusual happened to impress my mother's memory until I was six months old. At this age I was afflicted with pneumonia and almost returned back beyond the veil. My mother's nursing skills saved my life.
Let me pause for a moment and introduce my mother and father and the rest of their family.
The howling mournful sound of the March wind went whipping around the comers of a three-room log cabin with a lean-to shack. Inside two men silhouetted by a coal oil lamp hovered over a woman laying on a bed. One was struggling with a wriggling creature while the other mopped beads of sweat from his brow. The situation became more tense with each painful scream from the woman on the bed. Suddenly a period of silence settled over the room as the doctor held up the wriggling body of a baby and exclaimed, "It's a girl!" Such was the birth of my mother, Sarah Louretta Despain, on March 17, 1890. She was the eighth child of Sarah Catherine Egbert and William Joseph Despain, who lived in the small town of Granite, Utah, situated at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon.
My mother was so frail at birth that the doctor remarked that she couldn't live more than two days at the most. However, he didn't know that Louretta had an indomitable spirit and along with the prayers of family and friends, she not only survived, but lived to be a beautiful child of the William Joseph Despain family.
My father, John Alexander Maynes III, known to his friends as Jack, was born March 21,1883, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the oldest child of John Alexander Maynes II and Selina Jane Sabine.
Darrel Despain Maynes. the oldest child of John A. Maynes III and Sarah Louretta Despain was born October 6, 1914 in Butlerville, Utah.
John Alexander Maynes IV 2nd oldest child of John A. Maynes III and Sarah Louretta Despain was born January 29, 1916 in Butlerville, Utah.
Lawrence Milton Maynes, the 4th oldest child was born March 23, 1919 in Butlerville, Utah.
Alden Despain Maynes, the 5th oldest child was born December 21, 1920 in Butlerville, Utah.
Robert Despain Maynes the 6th oldest child was born March 24, 1925 in Butlerville, Utah
Gaylen Despain Maynes, the 7th oldest child was born March 7, 1927 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fredrick Despain Maynes the 8th oldest child was born August 14. 1929 in Butlerville, Utah.
Mama Ruth Maynes the 9th oldest child was born September 1, 1931 in Butlerville, Utah
Mary Maynes, the 10th child was born April 11, 1934 in Butlerville, Utah.