ELIZABETH JANE MCBRIDE, - First Child and eldest daughter of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns. (m. Alexander Ririe)
In the year 1937 at the age of sixty-eight, Elizabeth wrote a brief sketch of her own life. That which follows is taken, in the main, from that source.
1, Elizabeth Jane McBride Ririe, was born April 30, 1869 in Eden, Weber County, Utah 10 days before the railroads met at Promontory, where the Golden Spike was driven. I am considered a pioneer because I was born before the railroads met. I was the first child of Heber Robert and Elizabeth Ann Burns McBride. My childhood was spent in Eden except for a few years spent in Plain City, Utah. We endured the hardships of early settlers, and the Indians were rather troublesome.
I had lots of good times in my youth even though we had to walk two miles to school and church, and I had to help father on the farm. I also helped mother glean wheat for the Relief Society. Mother was a good housekeeper, midwife and doctor. She tried to teach me to be a good housekeeper. During my growing up years I was active in Mutual and in ward dramatizations.
Before I was married I worked for the David McKay family in Huntsville. They were the parents of David O. McKay who later became President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a typical boy. We became good friends.
On January 5,1887 I married Alexander Ririe in the Logan Temple. We lived in Eden and had two homes there. Our first home was at the mouth of Ogden Canyon (the east end). On our farm we raised hay and grain and had cattle.
From our home at the mouth of the canyon the children would have to walk three and a half miles to school or be driven. That was a worry and was one of the reasons we moved into the town of Eden. We bought Uncle Ether McBride's old home and built onto it. We were comfortable and contented. We had the first stationary bathtub in Eden. We poured water into it, but just pulled the cork and the water ran outside. We also had one of the first pianos in Eden.
In August, 1905 we bought some land in Ogden at 2050 Adams Ave. and built a brick home there. We also built a barn and some sheds, and still had enough land left over to build four more houses there. One of the reasons we moved into town was so that the children could continue their education. We lived in Ogden during the school year, and then went back to the farm in the summer. We also had a dry farm at Promontory and would go there when the wheat was ready to harvest.
My husband died on February 17, 1924 of cancer. The boys and I worked the farm until they decided they didn't want to farm and found other work. We then sold the farm, in 1935.
On February 17, 1925 I was called to be the second counselor in Relief Society to President Violet Summerill. On May 17, 1927 I was made President. While I was president a new ward building was built. David O. McKay, who was living in our ward at the time, Bishop Edward T. Saunders, and me as the Relief Society President broke the ground for the new ward building. Our ward was the Fourth Ward of the Ogden Stake, and the new building was put on ground at 21st St. and Jefferson Ave..
In November, 1930, I was released as president to go to California with my daughter Zelma who was going to study speech and drama at the Clark Academy there."
In her story Elizabeth Jane tells of a number of trips she took during her life time. In hopes of improving her health, she with her husband, four children, her sister Thirza, and members of the Ferrin Family, journeyed by team and wagon (1895) to Pima, Arizona. They spent the winter there. Never-to-be-forgotten experiences highlighted the trip: camping out, crossing rivers, strong winds, ice and snow, contacts with Indians; not to mention grueling travel on rough roads through forbidding mountains and deserts.
Another early trip, soon after 1904, was to Welling, Alberta, Canada, there to visit her father, Heber Robert McBride, and stepmother, Elizabeth Gould McBride, and their family, who had only recently moved to that area.
Later travel, 1915 and beyond, included San Francisco, Yellowstone National Park, Chicago World's Fair, Pittsburgh, Washington D. C., New York City, church historical sites in Palmyra, N.Y., and other places of beauty and historical interest. It seems a good deal of this travel occurred after the death of her husband, Alexander, in 1924 and after the farm was sold in 1935.
Elizabeth Jane lived a long, productive life of eighty-four years. Beginning life, as she said, "A pioneer," she claimed much happiness and took part in the transition from horse and buggy to railroads, automobiles and airplanes
A fitting tribute is the following, appended to her life story by a daughter, Zelma Ririe West. "Mother fell December 14, 1951 and broke her hip. She was never able to walk again. We children took care of her in her own home as long as we could and then took turns caring for her in our homes. But we kept her place intact so that she knew she had a home to go to. In June 1953 her daughter Elda and husband William H. Manning returned from their mission to Germany and took mother back unto her own home to stay for a while. Mother was so happy to be home again. In a few days she slipped into a coma and died June 20, 1953.’
"At her funeral on June 24, 1953 President David O. McKay talked. After comforting her family he expressed his regard for mother and her friendship and expressed his sorrow at seeing his friend pass from this life."
"Mother is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, next
to her husband, Alexander."
Return to Top of PageMARGARET HOWARD MCBRIDE - Second Child and Second Daughter of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. Joseph Bachman)
Margaret Howard McBride, daughter of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns, was born in Eden, Weber County, Utah, March 31, 1871. At age seven she moved with her family to Plain City, Utah. At the end of five years they moved back to Eden where she spent her teenage years. As an older sister in a large family, which eventually attained to eleven in number, she became well trained in domestic affairs of family living. Her parents, engaged in farming, made sure the children always had plenty to do, for it was very difficult to make a living in those pioneer days. Her schooling was limited to the summer months because of the severe winters in the high mountain Ogden Valley and the primitive modes of travel, usually on foot. In the winter the snow often reached a depth of four or five feet. Besides the many chores on the farm, home activities included sewing carpet rags, piecing quilts, knitting, and doing fancy work of that period.
At age fourteen Margaret took the assignment of Secretary for the Mutual Improvement Association, an auxiliary organization for the youth in her ward in the church, a position she filled faithfully for seven years. Many of the programs in church and school became important factors of her early life.
At age eighteen Margaret married Joseph Bachman, December 8, 1890, in the Ogden City Courthouse. Their marriage was subsequently sealed by the priesthood in the Salt Lake Temple, August 10, 1906, at which time their children were sealed to them. She became the mother of eleven children, three of whom died in infancy.
Throughout a busy life of caring for a large family and performing the many tasks incident to farming and living under sometimes primitive conditions, this dedicated and compassionate lady found time to perform many services in the church. She held various positions in the Women's Relief Society, serving as president of that -organization for two years. Many other years of service were given in the Primary and teaching religion classes. During their married life the Bachmans made several moves: to Ogden, to North Ogden, and back to Ogden, then to Clearfield. In all these locations Margaret served faithfully in her callings.
In their later years great sorrow was to enter the lives of the Bachman family, when two of their adult children were taken: A son, Halvy Elias, age twenty-eight, passed away February 10, 1926, and a daughter, Velva Ann, died in an automobile accident in Hawaii, April 23, 1932, at age twenty-six. Both were unmarried. Concerning these tragic events, Margaret, in her later years, wrote:
"That broke me in health and spirits, and we can't get over it, and we aren't able to do much; but we try to do our church work. We have three sons and a daughter married, and two sons who are single. We have sent four sons on missions; six through college and raised two orphan nephews to manhood. They are both married. We have eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild now. I have always tried to help the sick and divide with the poor wherever we have lived. We moved back to Ogden May 17, 1939."
As a teacher in her beloved Relief Society, Margaret filled her final church assignment beginning in 1940.
With great sorrow Margaret buried her beloved husband, Joseph, albeit with much thankfulness for the beautiful life they had shared. One year later she renewed that happy union beyond the veil, October 10, 1942, Ogden, Utah.
(The foregoing was taken from historical sketch submitted by
granddaughter, Margaret B. Handy.)
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ANN BETHSINA MCBRIDE - Third Child, Third Daughter of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns. (m. Franklin Baird)
Ann Bethsina McBride was born November 24, 1873 in Eden, Weber County, Utah. She grew up in Eden, attending school there and participating in the varied activities afforded by the church.
At age twenty-two she married Franklin Baird, December 30, 1895. Her husband was the son of Robert E. Baird and Mary Hadley. They made their home in Eden. Four children were born to them. However, the first and the last were stillborn. The two remaining children were boys, Clifford Franklin and Lawrence William.
Around the turn of the century Franklin and Bethsina moved to Byron, Wyoming. At this location she gave birth to their last child, the stillborn daughter, March 1, 1902. Ann Bethsina died just three weeks later, March 23, 1902, slightly more than twenty-eight years of age. Apparently the cause of her death, though not stated, was related to childbirth. The two little boys, ages five years and two years, were taken by a relative to raise.
An item of interest is this comment made by Thelma Uibel, a niece of Ann Bethsina: "I remember a special thing about Aunt Bethsina, my mother's sister. She made beautiful flower representations from hair. My mother had a wall picture done by her. It was an arrangement of flowers all done by hair wrapped on wires. We loved and admired it. composed of all different colors of hair: red, white, blond, brown and black, to me it was very artistic, and I have never seen anything like it again."
(We regret that more information about Bethsina
McBride was not made available.)
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ORLANDO MCBRIDE - Fourth Child and First Son of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. Mary Kirstine Wangsgaard)
Orlando McBride was born January 14,1880, at Plain City, Weber County, Utah. His family subsequently moved to the Ogden Valley where it had lived before. Orlando grew up in the town of Eden, Utah, where he attended school and took part in the many religious activities afforded by the Mormon Church. Six feet tall, of athletic build, he loved to play baseball and run foot races. A youth of quiet and reserved disposition, Orlando was exceptionally handsome, with thick wavy hair, and was also jolly and good-natured. He had a good voice and loved to sing folk songs. As the first boy in his parents' family (there were three older sisters), he shouldered much responsibility on his father's farm, starting at an early age.
From his youth Orlando exhibited great love for animals. A family tradition has it that, at age ten, he had gone to bring the cows down from the hills. Darkness overtook him. Greatly concerned, his father went looking for the tardy boy. He found the young lad attempting to bring home a new-born calf. Fearing the wolves might get it if left in the hills, he had somehow gotten the calf up onto the horse with him and was headed for home, the mother cow, of course trailing anxiously along with them. Such was his concern for the animal, and his sense or responsibility to the family business.
In February, 1897, at age seventeen, Orlando worked at logging for a sawmill owned by a Mr. Wilson. From exposure to the extremely cold weather, he developed pneumonia and was left with a severe lung condition, which caused him much suffering the remainder of his life.
During his teen years Orlando had met an attractive young lady, Mary Kirstine Wangsgaard, from Huntsville, a neighboring town. following an extended courtship they were married in Huntsville, October 28, 1898. Mary came from a large family where she had received thorough domestic training by caring for a number of younger ones, cooking, baking, washing and sewing clothes. Their only child, Etta Alberta, was born to them June 4, 1899.
Orlando worked for a time for Mary's father at a sawmill in South Fork Canyon of Ogden River, and also for Mary's brother, Henry. They praised him highly for his work, saying that he was a wonderful young man who could be depended upon. Early in his marriage, however, his lung condition worsened, which made it difficult for him to do much work, other than drive a team.
He hemorrhaged blood from his lungs. Family tradition has it that he often bled from his nose and even from his ears and was greatly weakened from the loss of blood. This was in the early 1900's and in primitive condition's when doctors knew little about treating such conditions, and before anything so helpful as blood transfusions. The doctor advised him to drink warm blood. He went to the slaughter house several times a week and drank the blood of animals killed there, a futile effort to replace the blood he was losing. (So much for professional advice.) He continued to grow worse: Again, on advice from the doctor, he moved to a warmer climate and was told to live outdoors as much as possible.
Orlando sold his team and wagon, and with his wife and daughter went by train to Pima, Arizona, there to live with an aunt, Sarah Burns Webb. Orlando lived in a tent in the back yard, while Mary and Etta occupied the house with the aunt. At the end of one year the mother and daughter returned to Huntsville, Utah. Six months later, after seeing it through another winter, Orlando returned home, March, 1905, in an extremely weakened condition. He died two months later, May 24, 1905, age twenty-five.
Following the death of her husband things did not go well for the young widow. A second marriage ended in divorce. In later years Mary developed cancer, which led to her death at age sixty, while residing alone in San Francisco, California.
Mary was born January 11, 1878, in Huntsville, Utah, daughter of James Christensen Wangsgaard and Bergitten Pedersen Johansen.
The only child of Orlando and Mary, Etta Alberta
McBride, married Harold Harwood Haddon, April 16, 1919.
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THIRZA MCBRIDE - Seventh child and fourth daughter of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. James LeRoy Fackrell)
Thirza McBride was born April 25, 1882 in Plain City, Utah, a daughter of Heber Robert and Elizabeth Ann Burns McBride. In July 1882 they moved to Eden, Utah where her father built a little pioneer home for the family while they resided in a tent. She was educated in the little Eden School with Bro. Ballantyne as her teacher. She loved to read and had a lovely singing voice, so was often asked to perform at community and church functions.
Her parents were engaged in farming. Growing up on the farm in Eden, she became proficient in all the crafts which characterized the lives of pioneer women: sewing, cooking, quilt making, canning, and the rest.
Thirza met James LeRoy Fackrell at a wedding dance, and after a year of keeping company, they were married April 23, 1902, in the Salt Lake Temple. They raised eleven children.
At the beginning of World War II, she worked in the housekeeping department of the Thomas Dee Memorial Hospital, and stayed on the job for more than twenty years. She retired at age sixty-seven and spent many years of her later life sewing and making quilts.
Thirza spent most of her life in Eden, Utah, and raised her children there. Before the death of her husband in 1950, they lived for a time in Oregon where her husband worked in the lumber mills. They then lived in Salt Lake City and Woods Cross before entering into a dairy operation back in Eden, Utah.
She loved church work and was a visiting teacher for over 70 years and taught the literature lessons in Relief Society for 12 years. She always yearned for further education, and her interests were in literature and science.
She lived to be an inspiration to her children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She saw good in every one and always was an example of the things she believed.
Always cheerful, always busy, Thirza was loved by
everyone that knew her, and lived until the age of 103. She died in
Salt Lake City, Utah, November 14, 1985. Her remains are interred in
the Bountiful Memorial Park.
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CLARENCE BURNS MCBRIDE - Eighth Child and Fourth Son of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. Ellen Maria Bennett)
Clarence Burns McBride was born July 6, 1884, in Eden, Weber County, Utah. Only recently the family had lived in Plain City, Utah (a suburb of Ogden). It is family tradition that a primary reason for moving to Eden was because the father, Heber, did not like the taste of the water in Plain City. Water from the flowing wells in the high mountain Ogden Valley, where the small town of Eden was situated, would no doubt fill the bill, not only for drinking, but for irrigation as well. Clarence grew up on a farm in that small Latter-day-Saint community and attended school there.
Clarence's father and mother were both very active in church affairs. They each held leadership positions in the youth organizations, which promoted dancing as a favorite entertainment. Young Clarence considered dancing one of his favorite pastimes.
Hard work and frugality were habits formed early in the life of Clarence McBride, as they were in his several brothers and sisters. In his later years he is quoted as saying, "Mother saved every drop of grease to make lye soap for the laundry. They rubbed laundry on a washing board. When we got a washing machine that had to be turned with a crank, we thought that was wonderful. Now you just press a button and it's done for you. People don't get enough exercise now. Hard work and exercise is the reason I have lived so long."
Clarence was near age twenty when his father and family were "called" by church authorities to move to Canada to help settle new lands and bolster the work of the church there. With other families they settled in Magrath, Alberta. Here Clarence met, and soon married, a lovely young lady, Ellen Maria Bennett, then only recently from Idaho, December 26, 1907.
History records good reasons for the Canadian Government inviting the Mormons to colonize in Cardston, Magrath, and a number of other locations in Canada. A certain report by Ora Card, given to the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company, cites, among other reasons: Mormons were known to be excellent colonists. They were organized under farseeing leaders. They were experienced in farming, particularly in irrigation and in opening new lands. They could be trusted at all times:
Under these conditions Clarence and his bride took up farming and began to raise a family in Magrath. Two sons were born to them in Canada; but the family eventually moved back to the U.S., living for a time in Idaho and eventually in Taylorville, Utah. The last of six children was born there.
Clarence was a farmer most of his life, an honest, hard worker. He served well his church and community, as priesthood leader, in the Sunday School, and as a home teacher. A humble, dedicated man, and a great pal to his boys, he told them to "always give a day's work for a day's pay; and always be honest in your dealings." In his home they had family prayer regularly. He and the mother taught their children how to pray.
Upon retirement from farming Clarence and Ellen moved to Meridian, Idaho, where they spent their remaining years. At a new chapel built in Meridian, Clarence served as custodian for the next seventeen and one-half years, until eighty years of age, loved and respected by all who knew him. Upon his retirement from the custodian job the ward members held a special party in his honor, "to show our appreciation for your faithfulness these many years."
During their many years of church activity, Clarence and Ellen sang in the Meridian Ward choir, his voice a beautiful baritone. In Meridian he was ordained a High Priest. His family and friends agree that Clarence's most distinctive physical characteristic was his beautiful head of hair, so curly and full that it often became unruly. Only by parting it in the middle could he deep it under control.
In his declining years, his wife now in poor health, Clarence faithfully helped with the housework and spent his spare time in a small garden. He still had his flowing white hair when he passed away in the Boise, Idaho, hospital, November 2, 1973, at age eighty-nine. He was buried at the Cloverdale cemetery near Meridian, Idaho.
(Submitted by Owen Bennett McBride, the eldest son
of Clarence and Ellen.
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PARLEY MCBRIDE - Ninth Child and Fifth Son of Heber Robert McBride and Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. Ora Geneva Day)
Parley McBride was born on a rainy day, June 26, 1886, in Eden, Weber County, Utah. He had the experience of growing up in an exceptionally large family. There were not only those of his own mother's family, but in addition several others by his father's second wife. Parley's mother died when he was eight years old, at which time the stepmother took charge of raising both families.
Interesting experiences of his early years are revealed in a short sketch Parley wrote of his own life.
"Everyone had to help with the chores on the farm, and as soon as I was old enough I had to learn to milk the cows. Then as I got old enough to handle the horses I delivered milk to the dairy.
When I was eight years old my real mother died and I was very upset. I missed her very much. She was such a good mother to us. I wanted to be alone one day, so me and Old Ring, my dog, started walking and kicking stones. We walked farther than I realized. It was getting late when I started back home. My father and sisters spent many hours looking for me and they were really worried. When I came in the back gate they all hugged me and said how happy they were to see me. But he also told me that I must never go away alone again, that the Indians had been roaming the valley and that they had stolen a lot of children. That's what they thought had happened to me."
Parley spent his youth in Eden, Utah, where his life revolved around family, school and church activities. Early in life he learned the virtues of hard work and dependability. At age eighteen he played a major role in getting his father and stepmother's large family moved to Canada. In Welling he helped build the family home; and they were soon settled on a farm.
Though most of his time was now devoted to helping his father on the farm, Parley found time for other activities, chief of which those centered around the church. He advanced through the offices of the priesthood and took part in the spiritual and social activities afforded by the newly organized ward in Welling. Of the years of his youth, Parley speaks thus:
"I had many friends while I was growing up. These included both boys and girls; but two special boy friends were Lawrence Ririe, who lived about a mile from our farm, and George Springfellow. But my, brother Clarence was my best friend of all. We got along well with my half brother Ira, and we made a great team, and were always together. We would go to the dances and sports days held at Welling, and sometimes Magrath."
No doubt the most significant period of Parley's early life was that between the time he met his first love and the time of his marriage. In a few paragraphs he tells a touching love story of how a shy young farm boy won the hand of a beautiful young lady. The reader will be both impressed and amused to have him tell it.
"My girlfriends were just girlfriends, but there was one that took my eye right away and I set my cap to win her. She had blue eyes and dark curly hair. Boy oh boy she was something to look at! She could sing and dance and was a very popular girl. I was afraid someone else would win her before I could. Her name was Geneva Day and she was the daughter of another farmer by the name of Joseph Elisha Day.
Once I made up my mind it didn't take me long to carry out my plan. I went to her home one beautiful spring evening and asked Jenny if she would take a ride with me. To my delight she accepted my offer. We went for a long ride through the coulee and down by the river. We found out that we enjoyed many of the same things, such as pretty wild flowers, watching the different birds and many other things.
Sometime in August of 1910 I got up enough nerve to ask Jenny to marry me, and she said yes. Oh happy day! I felt like I could sing the stars out of the sky. I was so happy. I went in to Lethbridge and bought an engagement ring. I bought one with three opals set in gold. I bought opals because they were supposed to be the sign of strength and lasting love. Jenny was very happy with my choice. We were married 21 Nov.., 1910, by Bishop John F. Anderson in the home of Jenny's parents. We went down to Burdett shortly after the wedding."
Few marriages have had a more humble beginning than that of Parley and Geneva McBride. On a homestead in Burdett they occupied a cabin built by Parley and his brother Clarence. The single room, fourteen feet square, offered little comfort to this young couple and two babies who arrived during the five years they lived there.
Over a period of forty years Parley and "Jenny" made many moves and engaged in many endeavors to make a living: brick making in Ogden, Utah; farming in various locations in Canada; raising livestock; working in the local mines and sugar mills; all the while raising seven children and contending with periods of crop failure, ill health, and other misfortunes that seemed to dog their footsteps. The main source of Parley's difficulties was a sickness he contracted in 1924. After many days of chills and high fever, he was left with double vision, a severe shaking, and a sleeping sickness. From then until the time of his death in 1951, these maladies gradually worsened. He was never again able to lead the productive life necessary to adequately provide for his family. Certainly no man ever tried harder. With magnificent faith and courage he refused to give up, constantly striving to work at whatever job he could handle.
Doctors were never sure what had brought on the maladies in the first place. They theorized that he had contracted a case of rabies. If so, it was caught from a coyote he had killed and skinned. All the symptoms pointed to this as the beginning of his ailment.
During more than twenty-five years of Parley's health problems, the major responsibility of the family income fell to Geneva. As the children grew old enough and more capable, each did his own share to help make a living and hold the family together. Geneva did sewing, washing and ironing for the neighbors, and otherwise took advantage of every opportunity to earn a few dollars.
For many years Geneva was plagued with severe headaches and stomach trouble. She finally had her gallbladder removed in 1936. Two sons, Lloyd and Harold, were severely wounded in combat in World War II, but survived. This, combined with other accidents and sickness in the family, caused a great deal of anxiety and hardship for Parley and Geneva.
Early in the year 1951, Parley's condition had worsened to the point that everyone knew he would not last much longer. He passed away February 11, 1951 - no more would his tired body shake.
Of Parley McBride this could be truthfully said, "He always spoke the truth. He was upstanding and honorable in everything he did and said. The Lord will honor anyone such as this, and Parley will be remembered among the greatest. Without question, Parley McBride was a man completely without guile."
Geneva lived another twenty-three years after her husband's death. After a few years (1956) she met and married a widower, Albert Green. Albert passed away in 1967, after which time she began to fail in health and was cared for by members of the family. After some difficult times, involving several strokes, the little lady who had cherished the gold ring set with three opals, as a token of true love, silently slipped away, August 13, 1974 - a noble lady whose life was filled with charity and good works.
(To Zelma McBride Innes, youngest daughter of Parley and Geneva, our
thanks for the story)
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AMBER McBRIDE - Tenth Child and Fifth daughter of Heber Robert McBride & Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. Niels William Peterson)
Amber McBride was a member of a large
family. She was born Dec. 27,1888, in Eden, Weber County, Utah, the
tenth child in her father's family by his first wife, Elizabeth Ann
Burns. Her mother died when Amber was six years old, at which time her
father's second wife, in a polygamous marriage, Elizabeth Gould
McBride, moved into the home to raise both families.
The family situation on the farm required
that everyone work hard to keep things going. Amber attended school in
Eden and entered into all of the activities afforded by the auxiliary
organizations of the church.
was sixteen when the family moved to Alberta, Canada, in June of 1904..
Settled on the farm in the fledgling community of Welling, Amber soon
made new friends. She found employment to help support the family,
doing housework and helping care for other families. At one time she
worked for the Jensen brothers who owned a store in the neighboring
town of Magrath. Away from home she lived with Chris Jensen's family in
Among others whom they had known in Utah, and
who had recently moved into the area, were the Peterson brothers,
Christian David and John Christian. The former had married Amber's
stepsister, Elnora McBride. Soon Amber became acquainted with a
half-brother to the Peterson boys, Niels William Peterson..
Following a two‑year courtship, they were married in Welling, Dec. 9,
1908. The following day the happy couple left by train for Salt Lake
City, where they were welcomed by family members and friends, and were
there sealed in the temple.
Of the seven children born to Niels and
Amber Peterson, the eldest, Le Ora Ann, leaves this record of her
mother's married life:
When my parents came back from Utah to Canada they moved into a two‑room house on land that my father had homesteaded. They were very happy in their new home and mother often said how lucky she was to have such a nice house and a beautiful coal and wood stove in the kitchen. There was no church in Welling, but there was a one‑room school and it was used by the church for all their services and activities. My mother often told me that I slept better on a schoolhouse bench than in my own bed. My parents were always very active in church. Mother was MIA President from 1909 to 1919 and also taught Sunday School and was a visiting teacher.
She never learned to drive a car. We didn't have one until 1916, but she had her own horse and buggy and went to Magrath and Raymond a lot. She raised a big garden and did lots of canning. She raised chickens, but Papa never let her milk a cow.
In 1915, Papa had a basement and four more rooms added, and it was a lovely home; still being used by a grandson.
Mother was a beautiful woman, five foot
seven inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. She had long dark
brown hair, and never had it cut. She didn't knit or
crochet but she made all our clothes; and she made lots of quilts. She
was an excellent cook, and she often said, "Everything on this table
has been raised on the farm except the salt and pepper." We took wheat
to the flour mill in Raymond, and also raised sugar beets for the sugar
Le Ora Ann concludes: "It was a sad day for her family and the Welling community, by whom she was well loved. She had been teaching Social Services in the Women's Relief Society since 1922.
Amber was buried in Raymond,
Alberta, Canada, November 20, 1926.
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EDNA McBRIDE - Eleventh Child and Sixth Daughter of Heber
Robert McBride & Elizabeth Ann Burns (m. George Albert Rasmussen)
Born January 15, 1891, in Eden, Weber County,
Utah, Edna was the last child in her father's family by his first wife,
Elizabeth Burns. Three years after Edna's birth, her mother died
leaving seven unmarried children. Heber's second wife, by a polygamous
marriage, Elizabeth Gould McBride, who already had two children, took
over to raise both families, a Herculean task indeed. Edna and her
brothers and sisters always addressed her as "Aunt Uzzie." Over a
period of the next few years, four more children were born into the
When the family moved to Canada in 1904,
Edna, then found it difficult to leave her friends and the pleasant
surroundings in the home town of Eden she had come to love.
Settled in Welling, Alberta, however, this
vivacious young lady soon made new friends; and there she continued her
schooling. Early in life she displayed a natural talent for music.
Without formal training she learned to play the piano and organ, both
of which instruments were in the home. A beautiful singing voice
brought her great popularity as a soloist and leader of the singing at
church meeting. With her splendid musical talents Edna made lasting
contributions in church and community activities.
Being a member of such a large family, Edna
was certainly no stranger to hard work. Conditions at home required
strict measures in household management, each member being required to
work at tasks commensurate with age and ability. Young Edna willingly
did her share. Difficult tasks, such as housecleaning and doing laundry
on a scrub board, often became her lot.
Edna married George Albert Rasmussen, January
14, 1909, in Welling, Alberta, Canada. (sealed in the Cardston Temple,
Feb. 23, 1924). They raised seven children, all of whom married and
raised fine families. Learning about the gospel and living its precepts
always held priority in the Rasmussen home. A lasting tribute to this
fine Latter‑day‑Saint is this statement by her daughter, Erma: "My
mother was a gentle, kind and soft-spoken lady. She never struck her
children. She never spoke ill of anyone. There was love in our home. My
father often said he would never expect to have a daughter as beautiful
as his wife. Indeed, my mother was a beautiful lady. Before I was five
years old, my grandfather, Heber McBride (her father), used to spend
many hours in our home. I knew him well, and I sensed he held a very
special place in his heart for my mother."
No doubt Edna
possessed the fine‑toned qualities of mind and spirit that engendered
the love, not only of her father in a special way, but of all who knew
her. She touched, for good, the lives of many. Edna undertook a short
mission for the church, indicative of her willingness to serve.
In later life, a lung ailment, requiring
constant care, put Edna in the hospital. Greatly loved and cared for by
members of her family, she passed away quietly and gently, like the
spirit she was, October 9, 1963, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
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