Eli A. Day Sr., my father, was born September 23, 1856 in
Father grew up much as other boys of the time, His mother encouraged him to get all the schooling he could, which was not very much, and also to learn and live up to all the principles of the church.
A detailed history of his youth is in another history I have written.
His mother died when he was 16 years old and he and his sister, Flavilla went to live with the family of the first wife. They lived here for about two years when she had trouble with some of the boys and she and Eli left to live with their older sister Dora Johnson. His brother in law Gustaff Johnson was always very good to him and helped him out all he could.
In the summer of 1875 his bishop asked him if he would like
to go to the
At this time the University was back in the middle of the block, south of the temple block, and the faculty consisted of Dr. John R. Park Pres. With J. B. Toronto, F.M. Bishop, and Karl G. Maeser making up the faculty. He overcame many difficulties and only by strong determination was he able to finish out the year, but on the 9th of June,1876, he was graduated and given a diploma from the Norma Dept. and also one from the English Language and Literature Dept.
That fall he was wade principal of the
In the mean time he fell in love with a popular young lady,
Eliza Jane Staker, daughter of Nathan and Eliza Staker, hardy
That spring the church called him to go to Indianola, an
Indian rown 12 miles north of
When he go back to
This was the only permanent home he had for the rest of his life.
At this time polygamy was being practiced by members of the
church and father and one of his teachers, Elvira Euphrasia
Cox, fell in love and decided to marry. Father built an addition of three rooms
on to the house and with the consent of his first wife they were married in the
As the government had passed a law against polygamy, the
His father had sold out in
After he returned home the marshals continued to hound him so
he moved to Emery Co. and took the position as principal of the
Near the end of the school year a U.S. Marshal appeared on
the scene again and served papers on father, but there was something wrong with
the way they had his name and father refused to go with him. They went to the
bishop of the town and he agreed with father that the name was wrong and the
marshal left on horse back to go back to
The first wife was left to look after herself and children
at Castledale but she managed to get to
Again things were so very unhappy for all of them that in Dec. 1892 father again decided to face it and came home. He was again arrested and taken back to the pen for another 3 months.
After he got home this time, they took over a lot where grandma Cox was living in a small log house, and father built a frame house on it for the second wife to live in, and it seems that there was no more trouble from the law.
He secured 60 acres of land southeast of
Some disagreements developed between the families and at times some bad feelings, but nothing serious. We boys worked together on the farm and got along very well.
About this time dry farming became popular and father purchased 160 acres of land on the hills north west of Fairview and homesteaded another 160 adjoining, which he developed as fast as he could, and here he raised grain which helped in the feeding of all kinds of stock.
About 1897 or 98 a man from Springville, by the name of James Hall, started traveling around the state holding secret prayer circles. He seems to have had much success in the healing of the sick and it evidently went to his head, so against the advice of the church authorities he was holding these meetings.
He came to
One night she came very late from one of these meetings and told Father that Brother Hall had walked home with her and before telling her goodnight, put his arms around her and wanted to kiss her, and said surely there could be nothing wrong in kissing such a good man. Of course at this father blew up and forbade her to ever see this man again or attend any of his meetings. She replied that it was none of his business and she would do as she pleased. This resulted in her leaving him and it happened on the first day of January 1900.
A fair division of all property was made. Part of the dairy
cows had been kept at each home and they remained this way. Twenty acres of the
land east of
At this time she had three boys and one girl. Orville was
15, Earl 13, Eriel I think 9, and Heloise about 7.
She moved to
Orville and Eriel both worked
their way thru school and graduated from the B.Y.A. (it was at that time). Earl
went out into the Uinta country. He never married and died quite young. I do
not know where he is buried. Eriel moved up into
We all know what a fine man Orville was and of the wonderful and of the wonderful, large family he has raised. Also about his being one of the greatest genealogists of the church. He did a great work in building up the community where he raised his family and will long be remembered, not only for the work he did, but for the stamp his family will make in this community.
I have written this giving the facts as best I can and I hope it will possibly add to the knowledge of the members of my family, and an appreciation of some of the hardships father and his families had to go thru.
Eli A. Day Jr.
Day, Eli Azariah. History of Eli A. Day, Sr. Courtesy of www.olson.net