History of Eli A. Day Jr.
I was born in the old home in
My first definite recollection is of standing at the bedside of my mother and looking down at my new born brother just a few hours old, who was later named Joseph Smith Day. I also remember falling into the big ditch that ran through our lot, I think the same day, but a foot bridge across the ditch enabled me to get out.
I also remember, faintly, of mother going to
The first public appearance I remember was in Sunday School. All dressed up in a black velvet suit, knee pants and short jacket, with wide white embroidered cuffs and collar (Lord Fauntleroy style). I was to recite something for the whole school. I marched up, big as anybody, and stood behind the wide bannister that extended out on each side of the pulpit, and started reciting and was nearly scared to death when the Sunday School Superintendent (Brother John Mower) picked me up and stood me on top of this wide bannister so people could see me. I managed someway to get my breath and finish the piece.
I remember many instances of going to Sunday School and the great difference in what it was then and now.
As a small boy, I shook hands, along with all the others at
the meeting, with President Lorenzo Snow, who was attending a Stake Conference
Father and mother required that all of us children attend our church meetings and I think that I always enjoyed them.
My first experience in school was in the old white rock building that stood one block East of the present Post Office. Lena Anderson was my first teacher.
As I remember it my school days were pleasant and I do not think I ever had any particular difficulty with my studies. A few years later the eight room, grey sandstone building was built two blocks north of the old one. It still stands. It was here that I graduated from the eighth grade in the same class with my sister Dora Elam Anderson was our teacher and principal.
I was always very much interested in games and sports, and though smaller than most of the boys my age, usually managed to hold my own in any of the games. This love of athletics had quite an influence in my activities during my early manhood.
Father always kept a number of dairy cows, and it was my job, along with the others, to help with the milking and other chores. Also from the time I was ten years old, I drove the teams mowing, raking and hauling hay and doing any other farm work that was to be done.
When I was about twelve years old, Firman Brady, a musically inclined young man in town, organized a brass band of boys and I, along with about twenty others, joined and this group furnished most of the band music for many years in our town. I learned to play the clarinet and this led to a lot of activities in my life, that otherwise I would not have had. Playing for all holidays, taking a lot of nice trips, participating in many school activities etc. I played in bands and orchestras for many years and made a little money this way that was always very welcome.
In the fall of 1905, I started to school at the
During these four years, I was always active in music and athletics, along with my regular school work. I was too small to ever make the first team in basketball, but I had no difficulty staying on the second team.
My fourth year, I played third base on the school baseball team and with my partner, Reed Allred of Spring City, won the school championship in tennis. This year I also won first place in the 440 yard run and the twelve pound hammer throw, which I had been assigned to coach other students on and so learned the form of throwing it.
I graduated in 1909 from the Normal Dept. and the next year taught and was principal of the small, two teacher school, at Indianola. I had four grades and about eighteen students in all.
In 1910, I started teaching in
I lived with my parents the first two years of this time and helped father with the chores and farming the same as I had all my life before going away to school.
During my first year of teaching at home, I became very much
interested in a young lady who was still a student in the eighth grade, and she
became to me the most beautiful and sweetest person who ever entered my life.
She was at the time going steady with a young man who was away at the
On August 28th 1912, we were married in the
We had a lot of wonderful happiness spiced with thrills, heartaches, joys, sorrows, success and failure; but as I look back upon it now it was a wonderful life which I fondly hope will endure forever.
Our first home was the small frame house across the street
south from the Jr. High School building in
In 1916, we moved to the old, two story,
Sanderson home, one block west of the present 2nd Ward chapel in
Here on May 3rd 1918, our first son, Rodney, was born under rather unfavorable circumstances. I had been ill for a month with what later proved to be diphtheria and it left me partially paralyzed for three months. My wife and little girl came down with it when the baby was five weeks old and they gave them, and the baby, antitoxin. It soon cured both my wife and little girl but was very severe on the baby and he did not entirely overcome the effects of it until he was six years old.
In 1920, I decided it would be best for me to move to another school district. I contracted to become a teacher and principal of the school in Clear Creek, Carbon county for two years. We lived in this mining camp at nearly 9000 feet elevation, very short summers and extremely cold winters, with snow on the mountains from early November until the first of May, and the only way to get in or out of town was on the railroad or on skis or snow shoes.
Here on October 14th, 1920, our second son, whom we called Jack, and who now lies beside his mother, was born, but he was not permitted to draw one breath of life.
All during our life in
I still played the clarinet in bands and orchestras and for
several years played with the Utah National Guard Band with headquarters in
In the Summer I always worked with father on the farm and usually leased some land on the side.
For several years I was in partnership with Aaron Cheney running a grain heading outfit. We always cut several hundred acres each year for other farmers.
In 1922, I signed to teach in the Junior High School in Price where we lived for one year. Here again we were active in church activities, especially in the musical program of the ward. I did quite a lot of conducting both in Sunday School and the ward choir and Lucile sang the leading role in an opera put on by the ward choir.
In the fall of 1922, I started to work part time for the J.
C. Penney Co. and the next Summer was offered a
regular full time job with them at
Lucile remained with the children in
The family joined me in
My sister Nola had come to
We took part in a number of special events during the building of the temple and in several concerts just prior to the dedication. I was given the honor of directing the singing the combined choirs of all of Maricopa Stake, just the week before the dedication. This was held on the temple grounds at night. During the dedication week Lucile sang a solo as part of a concert given from the roof of the temple.
Our children enjoyed life in
In 1927, just one month after the
Again we joined in church and local activities. Bess graduated from High School here, the honor student of her class; Rodney went thru two years of high school and Bartley started here and went thru the 7th grade. I served as Superintendent of the Sunday School for several years and the last year here was a member of the High Council of the Lyman Stake. I also served one year on the school board and was active all the time here in the Chamber of Commerce.
I left Green River in 1934 and in the next three years spent
some time in
While I was working in Price, Montgomery Ward opened their
big store in
We had purchased the home at 336 Redondo Ave. which has been my home ever since and where I know the most happiness and the most sorrow of any home I ever lived in.
Bartley finished the 7th grade in Morgan and soon after we
We were in the Wells Ward until about 1940 where we were as usual busy in church work, my part again in music and Lucile mostly in Y.L.M.I.A. Then when the Ivins Ward was organized our home was within it's boundary and here we became even more active than ever. I was made Secretary of the High Priests group and also directed the music in Sunday School and a little later became teacher of the Gospel Doctrine class which position I held for 10 years. I have also served as teacher of the High Priests group for 5 years.
In 1955, I was called to act as an assistant to the High Council to work with the Senior Aaronic group which I did for two years. In March of 1959, I was called to be a stake missionary. In May of the same year I was set apart as a 2nd councilor in the Mission Presidency to President Royden E. Weight, which position I held for two years.
Going back to my vocational work; I stayed with Montgomery
Ward for 7 years, the last 4 as manager of the Shoe Department. Here I was very
successful and was sent on several trips for the Company to help other stores
who were in need of direction and Department layout. I also took several buying
In 1944 I decided to accept a position with Sears Roebuck
I was retired from Sears in August 1954, and by that time we had managed to pay for the home and buy a new Chevrolet Sedan. Also in anticipation of retirement I built a shop and equipped it with several pieces of power tools and have since made quite a bit of money in various kinds of wood work besides being able to make a lot of things for myself and other members of the family and friends.
About one year after I retired, I was offered a job at the
Mill End Shop, a drapery store here in
In 1933 my wife had to have a very serious operation at the Rock Springs Hospital, a complete hysterectomy, and from then on it seemed that one thing after another kept her ailing or in the hospital.
In 1945 she had to have her gall bladder removed, in 1947 a sudden hemorrhage, which was very severe, led to the discovery of a malignant cancer in her left kidney and that had to be taken out
She seemed to always make a good fight and never gave up so that after each of these spells she had moderately good health and always did her own work around home.
Again in 1954 she had to have an operation for a very bad case of hemorrhoids, and in September of 1956 had the misfortune to break her left leg just above the knee, and this put her in the hospital for eight weeks. She also rallied from this and seemed to walk as well as ever. but in the mean time it was discovered that she had some trouble her lungs that the doctors thought was tuberculosis, but it finally turned out otherwise. It did weaken her however and along with all of this her heart became weakened until she had to be very careful.
On June l1th, 1958, she fell breaking her left collar bone
and complications which followed brought on pleurisy and finally pneumonia. On July
4th I took her to the L.D.S. hospital where everything possible was done for
her, but she was just entirely worn out and on the morning of July 14th she
passed away. After a beautiful funeral ceremony, was buried in the
All members of the family were here when she died. Bartley
had come clear from Greenland, where he had spent a year commanding an
anti-aircraft battery, and Rodney from his Summer camp
Now going back briefly to the children:
Bess and Clarence were married October 20th, 1934 and they
They have four children; Kenneth C., Lu Jean S., Raymond D., and Ross F., all good workers in the church and fine, intelligent and healthy persons. Kenneth is married to Linda Massey and they have one little girl Kristal Faye. Lu Jean is married to Allen Proctor and they have two boys Michael Allen and David Olson.
Bess had held many responsible positions in the church,
being for several years Stake President of the Primary in
In 1941 Rodney enlisted in the Utah National Guard and
served all through the 2nd World War. He was highly blessed thru all of this
and came home well and clean, having advanced to the rank of Captain. He has
kept active in the Artillery reserve and is now a Lt. Colonel and an instructor
He was married to Virginia Knight, April 14th, 1942 and they
have three children; Rodney K. (now on a mission for the L.D.S. church), Craig
K., and Barbara J. They have a very find home in
Rodney is at present one of the seven presidents of seventies in the South Davis Stake, and has a good position with the Bee Line Refining Co.
Bartley, our youngest., became very
much interested in military work while at South High and was made Cadet Lt.
Colonel of the South High R.O.T.C. for the year 1940-1941, his senior year, and
at the end of the year was made Colonel of the entire
He set his goal to become a West Pointer and after being in
the army nearly two years, he finally worked his way, thru stiff competition,
into the Point, where he graduated in 1949. My wife and daughter Bess and I
went back to his graduation and had a wonderful trip over the East and the
He married Irene Olson December 29th, 1949 and they have
four children; Carl B., Victoria J., Janice I.. and Wayne A. They keep busy in the church work wherever they
go. He has served at
In January of 1961 I went with the Mormon Battalion to the
Inauguration of President Kennedy in
On this trip I met Faye S. Anderson, a widow of about ten years.
She was born and grew up in Ephraim, Sanpete county, so was just about a neighbor of mine. I knew her
father while I was a student at the snow Academy and also since being here in
Some time after returning from this Eastern trip and thru Mormon Battalion activities we became interested in each other and after keeping company and enjoying various activities for several months, vie decided that we might find a lot of joy and happiness together and that it would be better to share our lives and make one happy home than to each be alone and lonesome all the time.
So we were married in the
Fay's mother gave us a wonderful wedding dinner at the Doll House, where all the close members of our families, who lived near enough, joined us in a lovely-evening.
We are making life better and better as time goes on and are enjoying life with our families and friends.
I am sure all my children welcome Fay as their new mother and feel that her family do the same for me. Her mother and brothers and sisters treat me like I were a member of the family.
We took a trip during the summer of 1962 to see her daughter
Shirley and her family who live in
We are trying to do our part in our own ward in church work and have now been asked to work on the Stake Sunday School board together. We hope to make a success of this also. And we look forward to many years of happiness in our lives still ahead. God grant us peace, love, happiness, and success in all we may yet find to do.
Addition to life history of Eli A. Day Jr. by his daughter Bess
Dad and Faye continued to enjoy life together. For a few years Fay's Mother, Mrs. Sorenson, lived with them until it finally became necessary to have her go to a Nursing Home.
As Dad grew older, his driving became somewhat erratic and he had several small accidents. Finally the Insurance Company refused to insure him and suggested that he not be allowed to drive the car. This was a hard fact for Dad to accept. He felt it was not right to always have Fay do the driving.
Due to failing health and advancing years, it became evident to Dad and Fay that it was in the best interests of all if they consolidated somewhat their holdings and in June of 1980 the only home that Dad had known for more than forty-four years was sold and they moved from the Ivins Ward. They moved into one side of a duplex that Fay owned at 1487 East 17th South. They were quite comfortable here, but Dad really missed his old home and flowers.
In the early winter of 1980, it was determined that our
brother Rodney had developed a terminal brain tumor. and
that his life was quite limited in time. When Rodney came to
The shock of this news and Rodney's rapid deterioration and death on February 1981, took much of the will to live out of Dad. This was aggravated by several falls in one of which he suffered a broken upper arm which was dislocated from his shoulder. This resulted in his hospitalization and later being moved to a nursing home for recovery. Because of his age and frailness, he just did not recover from this last fall and injuries.
Loved ones were about Dad a great deal of the time and he knew
of their love and concern for him and he expressed his love and concern for
them. He was not receiving very good care in the nursing home in
The Doctors at this facility were very concerned for him.
Twice they transferred him to the
We know both our Mother, Lucile, and brother, Rodney, were waiting to welcome him We know of him, for the life of service which he led, that, indeed, it will be said to him, "Well done thou good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord."
(Some of this information was taken from the Eulogy given by his son, Bartley, at his funeral in the Ivins Ward on April 6, 1981)
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