History of Leo Ernest Farnsworth and Orilla Leavitt
Early Life of Leo Ernest Farnsworth
Leo was born on January 21, 1894 to Stephen Martindale Farnsworth Jr. and Catherine
Alvina Manning in Blue Valley, Wayne County, Utah. He was the 11th of 12 children.
When he was about five years old and his sister Flossie was three the family moved to
Here Stephen (Leo's father) and some of the older boys, who were men, raised
grain and hay for several years. Then they sold the farm and built a red brick home in
Moreland, Idaho, planting shade trees, lawn and fruit trees of all kinds, plums, apples,
pears and berries. His vegetable garden was very good too. His onions were the sweetest
and nicest anywhere around
They had plenty of milk and their mother churned butter. They had a cellar with
rock steps, where they kept their fruits and vegetables and milk. Leo loved to go down
and skim the milk and eat the cream. The children would go to Tom Furnisses store and
trade eggs for candy.
Leo and Flossie set the coal oil lamp on top of the folding bed. It got knocked
over and caught the bedding on fire and could have burned the house down, but Leo
grabbed the bedding and ran out in the snow with them. Their mother had to patch the
quilts but was thankful to have a home.
They went to primary in Moreland. Sometimes on Friday, they would have an
afternoon dance, but more especially on holidays. Leo loved to ice skate. He could really
cut figure eights. They skated on ponds and canals in winter and went swimming in the
summer. In winter they would go sleigh riding and cut shines all over town. Oh, what
happy, carefree days they were. They used to play games and hold a rock between their
fingers and play like it was the reins of the horse and have such fun racing all over town.
It was here that Leo met Orilla Leavitt. She came home with his sister Flossie.
She was about 10 and Leo 12. He had his hair clipped short. She thought he and Jess
didn't look good with their hair cut short. As they grew older, they all went to Mutual
together and sang in the choir and went to the children's dances. Leo had a very good
bass voice. He loved to sing in the choir. He also loved to dance and was very good at it.
Orilla had a good soprano voice and sang in the Glee Club and Cantatas. They had a great
time in those days, skating, singing, sleigh riding and riding horses for recreation. It didn't
cost any money to have fun in those days.
Leo was popular because he was a good dancer and had good manners. At that
time Leo went with Orilla part of the time. Leo went to visit Orilla on a horse and
whistled, but her folks wouldn't let her go out when he whistled. He had to come in the
house to get her. Leo took her to a show in Blackfoot. Her sister Valeda went with
them. Valeda went with Ambros Richardson. The team ran away with the buggy and got
tar on Orilla's new dress. They didn't go to the show that night.
Early life of Orilla Leavitt (as told by her)
I was born the sixth of February, 1896 at the home of my grandmother Janette B.
Leavitt. My grandfather, George Leavitt died shortly after I was born at Lewiston, Utah.
My parents are James B. Leavitt and Pennina Jane Rawlins. They lived first at Lewiston,
Utah for one year and then moved to Iona, Idaho where they stayed for two years. From
there they moved to Ora, Idaho. My sister Valeda was born there. They moved to
Sentenial Valley, Montana where my father and brothers took a large job putting up wild
hay. In the winter they worked at the saw mill. When spring came, my sister Valeda and I
would pick the wild Bluebells and Red Roosters. It was here that I started my first year of
school. My brothers Alva and Vernal would take me on the toboggan.
My brother Roy's wife Annie, who was very dear to us, made me a little treasure
chest from a match box for may seventh birthday. It was covered with silk and padded
with cotton. It was beautifully embroidered in colored silk thread with my name on it.
Annie loved us and I remember that she taught me songs, but she wasn't with us long for
the next summer she and Roy moved to Ora, Idaho and were building a log house. It was
here that their baby boy was born. The folks took us down and we girls played in one
room of the house that was not finished. We knew that Annie was sick but never dreamed
that she would die and leave us. It was a great shock when they told us that she was dead.
The baby lived six weeks. Mother took him and they moved about ten miles form Idaho
Falls to Jameston Ward. They had him blessed and named his Harvey.
I was baptized in Sandcreek while we were living in Jameston. I remember this
well. Shortly after that Daddy bought a farm there and planted a large apple orchard. He
was a good farmer. He raised grain, potatoes and also hogs. Mother always raised a
good vegetable garden to help with the living. She would dry apples, corn and squash for
the winter. Mother had Hollyhocks of all colors around the garden fence. Valeda and I
played with our dolls and buggies. We made doll hats and dresses out of blossoms. I
guess it was then that I learned to love flowers so much. We also had two cats that we
dressed in doll clothes and played with. We named them Stella and Luella. We always
had a good time together. In the winter we played in the house. We would put the two
rocking chairs together and drape Mother's big gray shawl with the fringe over the top and
load all our dolls in them and then we would go to far away places in our imaginations. It
was great fun and we will never forget our Christmas' there. We always got a new doll
and dishes. We had a little table and chairs and for days after we would eat on our little
table. It was while we lived here that Valeda started school. We had to go a mile. When
the weather was good we walked through the field, where we had a beaten path, but in the
winter there was lots of snow so my brother would pull us on the sleigh. Our teacher
there was Miss Adelia York and the school was named York School. She taught all eight
grades in one room.
We had a very good friend who lived just down the road from our place. Her
name was Selma Holemberg. We called her Sally. We loved to go to here home and play.
She made animals from clay that she got out of the field. She would put all the different
kinds of animals in a parade. Every summer the folks took us to the Ringling Brothers
Circus in Idaho Falls. It was a gala affair with a big parade and beautiful girls riding on
the elephants in beautiful shiny costumes. We saw all kinds of animals. One mother
elephant named Malm got loose and swam the Snake River. We always went in the white
buggy. Dad would put hay and oats in the back for the horses. Mother always took a big
box lunch and we would spend the whole day there. It was an experience we will never
In the fall the grain was threshed with horses going round and round. The day
before they would begin threshing Dad would go to town and get a big box of groceries.
Mother would make lots of pies and good things to feed the men (about twenty men as I
recall). We set a long table through the largest room and what a time it was for us.
When I was very small Mother taught me how to wash dished. I stayed on a chair.
I made my first jelly from some wild grapes that we got in the hills when we went on a trip
with the family. I also learned how to make pies and bread before I was ten.
When I was ten we moved to Moreland. Mother made us each three dresses all
alike. One was lavender, one was blue and the other was black and white striped. My hair
was in long red ringlets and Valeda was in braids with ribbons the color of her dress. We
went to Sunday School. The first Sunday there I met Flossie Farnsworth and she asked
me to come home with her for Sunday dinner. When we got there I met her brothers Leo
and Jesse Farnsworth. They had their hair all clipped short.
The first place we lived in was a dirt roofed house. It was there that I planted my
first garden of flowers. After a year or so Dad built a new house where we lived for many
years. Mother had lots of yellow and pink roses and a good garden but her health was
failing and she had a heart ailment.
I went the rest of my school days in Moreland and was valedictorian at the
graduation. Our school colors were blue and gold. Mother made me a graduation dress.
It was a light beige brocaded dress with ball trimming and a coat to match. The coat was
of heavier tan material. I sang a solo and also was in a quartet. John Wray was my
teacher and I really thought a lot of him.
I sang in the Moreland Ward Choir. Andrew Benson was the leader and a very
good one. We used to have choir practice every Thursday night. Leo Farnsworth went to
the choir practices too. He had a real good bass voice. I also sang in the girls chorus that
was led by Vere Belnap and later by Lola Hatch. In the glee club we put on cantatas and
it was really fun. I had a lot of friends in Moreland and loved them but I was very bashful
and Leo said when he first took me home that I kept my head turned away when he tried
to get near. Leo was a very good dancer and had good manners. He was always popular
with all the girls because of this. I went with Leo for four years. Whenever he flirted with
someone else I'd stop going with him and date Billy England. Things became very
complicated for I like them both. Before my first year in high school was finished I quit.
Married Life of Leo and Orilla
Leo courted Orilla in the orchard at Leo's home. He asked her to marry him and
she accepted. Her mother had the wedding dress made. It was of white satin and was
very pretty, trimmed with white silk overlace. It was long and touched the floor. She was
very slender and only weighed 101 pounds, with a very slim waist, 18 inches. He told her
she was beautiful with such beautiful red curly hair. They went on the train to Cornish
where the railroad ended. Orilla's Uncle Joe and Aunt Ev came in a white topped buggy
and took them over to their house in Lewiston, Utah. Someone bought Orilla a pearl
necklace at Lewiston. The next morning they went to Logan in the white top buggy with
Aunt Ev and Uncle Joe, who went through the Logan Temple with them. They were
happy about going to the temple. Leo and Orilla stayed all night at Joe and Ev Leavitt's
house. Next day they took the train back to Blackfoot.
Orilla's mother, Pennina Jane Rawlins Leavitt couldn't go with them because of her
heart. Her Dad, James Brinkerhoff Leavitt, couldn't go either. Flossie, Leo's sister, gave
them a kitchen shower after they arrived home.
Leo and Orilla moved into a little red house out in the field of Lou Robbins. They
lived there all winter. The next spring Orilla's folks moved to Hamer. They had a dry
farm out there. Leo and Orilla moved into the old home. Leo worked for his Dad on the
dry farm. Valeda came to stay for awhile. Here a boy, Ural Ernest Farnsworth was born,
15 Oct 1914. Leo was thrilled with his boy...
They bought a horse and buggy. The horse was named "Old Billy". He was a
Pacer, a Bay horse and used to run races at the fair in Blackfoot. He has a spasm on his
leg so they wouldn't take him any more. Orilla learned to hook up the horse to go buy
One day as she was going for groceries, she went past Tom Furniss's Pool Hall and
a crowd of men were standing around. Roy Bitten was there with his pacer. He had been
to the fair and won a race and was telling the men all about it. When Orilla came by with
her "Old Billy", they said, "Let's see who can beat up Main Street". She said, "OK, come
on Roy". She beat the race and boy did they every laugh. When she got home and told
Leo, he about had a fit, he thought it was so funny.
The Next summer they moved to Hamer and built a two room house about one
mile from Orilla's mother. Leo worked for the Woods Livestock Company. Sometimes
Orilla stayed with her mother.
One day a woman wanted to tell Leo's fortune, but he didn't have the money. She
said, "I'll tell you this much. A tall dark man will try to kill you". Sure enough two days
later he had trouble with a Mexican who worked at the same place. He stabbed Leo in the
head but it was not a deep wound and soon it healed over. He quit that job.
Another day Orilla was at her mothers, while her mother was making her a dress
and pinning the tucks. A lightning storm came up all of a sudden. There was only one
cloud in the sky. It wasn't cloudy or stormy looking at all. It was in the evening and her
Dad was out putting the cows in the coral. It ripped the boards up to where Ural lay on a
pile of quilts in the corner of the room. Clawson came in the door as Orilla went out and
her mother hollered and made the funniest noise. She was scared to death. She ran
towards the barn. Her Dad was laying by the gate with face upward and it was pouring
buckets. She thought he was dead. She wasn't big enough to move him, but she knew
which way Roy's house was from the barn, so she took off even though she couldn't see it
because it was raining so hard. They could see her coming and opened the door and said,
"What's wrong? What's happened?" She said, "it's Dad! I'm afraid he's dead." Roy took
off as fast as he could go. Bertha and Orilla helped get him in the house. He was out of
his head for weeks and weeks. They called the Doctor and he said to lay him on the floor
and she believes he said to put hot and cold packs on his head. In time he got better. This
happened on the 10th of May 1915.
They moved to Rupert when Ural was one year old. Leo worked for his brother
John, feeding livestock. He worked until the following spring, when they returned to
Moreland, where he worked for George Leavitt, Orilla's brother, on his ranch, irrigating
and all kinds of farm work. They lived in part of George and Lillie's house. Their second
child, Viona, was born here 5 Nov 1916. Lillie helped with the baby and when Lillie had
her baby Orilla helped her back. While here someone stole all the clothes off the line.
Orilla taught a Primary class wherever she lived and they both sang in the choir together.
They moved again this time to a one room log house on the corner lot back of
Leo's folks house. His dad helped him build it. Here Edna Orilla was born 23 April 1918
weighing 9 lb. 1 oz., their first red head. Ural and Viona were blond. Mae Fyans was the
midwife (Leo's Cousin). Another baby girl was born, Vera, 23 May 1920 in Leo's sister's
house, Mary Gertrude Furniss. Another interesting note was when Orilla took some
lemonade out to Leo and while she was gone, Edna tried to take Vera out of her bed.
Orilla found her on the floor under the bed when she came back.
The next winter, Leo went out to the Lavas where there was a lot of wood. He
sold cedar wood and posts to make a living for his family. The children remember their
daddy coming home from the lavas. They could hear him coming for miles when it was
clear and cold. Sometimes it snowed and blew for days and they had to dig out in the
morning. It was below zero a lot at that time in the winter. This was the time when they
had wood stoves and had to chop a lot of wood to keep warm. There was no heat in the
bedrooms. The children would heat lava rocks in the oven to put at their feet. They
would run real fast and get into bed. They had kerosene lamps for light.
Ural and the girls had to haul water from the canals on a small wagon for the
family washings. They had to break the ice in the winter and heat it on the wood stove.
They boiled the clothes in a tub and scrubbed them on a wash board to get them clean. It
was standard equipment around the home in those days. They walked a long way to
school. There were no buses then. They had flat irons to iron with. They had to keep a
hot fire going in the wood stove to heat the irons. They had one handle and when the one
they were using would get cool, they would exchange it with a hot one from the stove.
Such things were just a matter of course in those days.
Leo was a hard worker. A lot of the time he went out all alone to the Lavas. If
anyone has been to Moreland, they know that between Moreland, Blackfoot and Idaho
Falls are thousands of acres of lavas. Hundred of years before this time, there had been a
lava flow from two Buttes and in the course of time, cedars had grown up through the
cracks in the lava and between the rocks. They provided a living of sorts for a lot of
people. In those days, everyone around went out to the lavas with teams for their cedar
posts and cedar wood for their fires. Cedar burned with a bright hot flame and just
crackled and sounded really cheery. They loved to lay and listen to the fire. The children
gathered many cedar chips for the fire, so their mother could make some cookies. The
cedar chips made a quick hot fire. Orilla kept the house nice and clean and she always
kept the children clean and dressed so cute. She was a good seamstress and cook. She
made a lot of cookies, pies and cakes. She done a lot of cooking. When she was a girl at
home, her mother had been sick a lot.
They moved again and Leo worked for Mr. Augustine for a while, then they
moved to Pocatello, where Leo worked for the Western Coal Company. He came home
black and dirty as could be. The children will never forget how dirty he was. They all had
whooping cough here. Another girl, Wilma Larue was born in Pocatello on 7 May 1923.
Aunt Valeda came to be with Orilla. They were the only girls in their family and were
very close to one another and were pals and shared one another's burden and joys.
Their house caught on fire in Pocatello burning a lot of their things, only saving a
bed and some bedding and some clothes that were in the laundry. They were all at the
neighbors when Leo and Ural came back. They had been looking for another house. Ural
said, "Oh!, The house is burned. Where is mother and our little baby?" Leo loaded the
family up in the old pickup and took them to Moreland to Grandmother Leavitt's home.
They stayed three weeks and then were able to go back to Pocatello.
Orilla had an Easy Spindrier clothes washer. This made life a little easier for her.
Edna got diphtheria and was real sick. Leo couldn't come in and he stayed with Uncle
Parley and just brought groceries and left them on the porch for the family. That was a
rough winter. The washer saved the day for Orilla.
The family went down to Roy, Utah. Leo topped beets which he was very good
at. They stayed in an old shack and Orilla cooked on a campfire. When school started
they moved the family to Ogden. It was Christmas time, they didn't have any money but
found a new fishing pole behind an old piano and sold it so they could have a little
Christmas. It was real hard to find a house when you had a lot of children.
The next spring they moved back to Moreland. Leo worked for Mr. Augustine
again for $ 100. a month, a cow to milk and a house furnished. Leo rode a horse around
the place irrigating and changing water. He had 365 acres to irrigate. Doris Loraine was
born here 26 May 1926. Aunt Valeda came to help. That made five girls and one boy.
While living there Orilla's mother and father came in the white topped buggy on their way
to Uncle Roy's place to live because she wasn't well. However, she had made all the girls
beautiful dresses. When Doris was five months old Orilla's mother died in the Idaho Falls
LDS Hospital. Orilla was there with her. She was by her side when she died.
The family went to Burley the next year. Leo done field work to make a living in
beans and picking tomatoes. The older children helped. They had an old Overland car.
They took the children on a trip to Emmett and Boise in the old Overland car. They
picked tomatoes on the way. They had two flat tires. It was so hot. They wet sheets and
hung them up on the windows of the car. They waited a long time for Leo to come back,
then they went on to Boise and slept in two brown tents all night. The next morning they
went on as far as Emmett. The mosquitoes were really bad. Then they went back to
Burley. They rented a nice house. The children went to school there for a while, then
they packed up and moved to Victor, Idaho where Aunt Valeda and Uncle Ralph lived.
They lived in a furnished house across from the school. Orilla made all of the girls
beautiful shiny dresses for Christmas. In the spring, Orilla took the train to Idaho Falls to
Uncle Roy's and Bertha's for a few days till Shirley was born 29 April 1930. She had been
sick most of the time while carrying her. She had a hard time. Then Leo came to Idaho
Falls and picked up Orilla and the new baby and took them back to Victor. However,
when Shirley was just five weeks old they moved to Idaho Falls on First Street.
Edna was about 13. They moved again over on 2nd street in a nice house with a
big front porch, a nice living room, dining room and a basement. They thought they had a
mansion and it was pretty nice. Here their 8th child and daughter Delores Margean was
born 30 July 1932. She had beautiful dark red hair. ( Doris had light red hair, Wilma's
was dark red and Edna's hair was a light auburn. The rest of the children had dark blond
hair. It is also interesting to note that Orilla's father had red hair, but now it was a fully
head of wavy white hair.) When Margean was six months old, Orilla's father said, "She's
my girl with all that red hair." He died shortly after this in 1933.
At this time Leo was roofing, his brother Park had taught him how. Leo loved to
box. He would work out in the basement with a neighbor, Dewey Clark. He also played
the guitar and the whole family would sit out on the porch and he would play and the
family would sing together. They had some happy times together. Leo also sold
insurance part of the time. Orilla had a miscarriage and had an operation. He had her
appendix and an ovary removed.
Then began the marriages of the family. Viona went to Victor and met and
married Edwin E. Schiess on the 31 December 1933. Edna Orilla met Ivan Robert Shaw
in Idaho Fall on 2nd Street. He came in to visit his cousin who lived next door to them.
They were married on the 31st of March 1934 in Idaho Falls by the Bishop, John M.
Homer. Then the family moved the Mound Street where Wilma and Vera met their future
husbands and were married within a month of one another. Vera married Herbert Weber
23 September 1939 and Wilma LaRue married Harvey Heyrend on the 10th October
1934. It was on Mound Street that they had a big Thanksgiving Dinner with all the family
there. Ural gave his mother Orilla a beautiful set of dishes.
Then they moved again, this time to Rupert, Idaho. Ural and Leo hauled cedar
posts out of Oakley, Idaho close to the Nevada line. They had a few bad times out in the
hills, running out of gas one time and walking clear into town. Leo and Ural roofed in the
summer. Orilla and the two youngest girls went with them. Also Edna and Ivan went
roofing with them. Their first child a daughter, Carol Jean was with them. She was born
9 June 1935. They done a roof for a car which was given to Edna and Ivan. They all had
a fun time together. They all went up through Mackay, Idaho where Uncle George
Leavitt and Aunt Lillie lived, then on down to Challis and Salmon, Idaho.
Ural was drafted into the army in April. He went to Fort Lewis. When he had his
first furlough, he met the family in Salmon and helped roof. Ural told of the time when his
dad fell off a load of posts and broke his ribs. He had to ride all the way in on the load
with the broken ribs, but he did it. Leo and Orilla suffered a lot of hardships before,
during and after the depression. Leo sold apples on the street and flowers Orilla had
made, just anything to keep his family eating. The children went and stood in line for
commodities from the government and Orilla had the responsibility to feed the hungry
children. Those were happy days.
They then moved to Blackfoot, Idaho. By then there were just three youngest
girls left at home. From Blackfoot, they moved to Portland and there things didn't go so
well. After 30 years together Leo and Orilla separated and obtained a civil divorce. It
was truly a sad day in the lives of the children.
Orilla married Frank Alexander on November 2, 1945. They lived in a two room
cabin out of Gresham about three miles. Frank worked at Oregon City for his step
daughter and her husband in a cafe. Later Orilla took a job there too. Then Orilla and
Frank moved to Oregon City and lived there above a shoe store. The girls didn't like the
school there so Orilla let them go to Victor to live. Doris married Charles Parker
Kendrick in Oregon on 30 June 1945. Ural was married to Hazel Bone on September 28,
Orilla received a telegraph from Edna telling them that her granddaughter Carol
wasn't expected to live so she went to Salt Lake City. Carol was in the LDS Hospital.
Leo came too. They were with Edna and Ivan until Carol died. Then Orilla went to
Victor with her sister Valeda and her husband Ralph. Frank packed their things and came
to Victor. They got a job cooking for the forest service for three months. Then they went
to Victor and lived above the old Post Office. They decided to rent a part of a hotel and
put in a cafe. The girls went into Driggs for school. They graduated from High School
and Seminary there. They had the cafe in Victor for about one year then they closed it and
got another job by the month in the Home of Fine Foods in Newdale. Shirley went to Salt
Lake and worked in Z.C.M.I. all winter. She came back and both she and Margean were
married that spring. Shirley married Morris Butler on April 13, 1951 in the Idaho Falls
Temple and Margean married Nuel Jones in the Idaho Falls Temple on June 1, 1951.
After the girls were married Frank and Orilla moved to Salinas, California where Ural and
Hazel lived. They were there for three years.
Leo married Ann Sass in 1947. They lived in Phoenix for a while and separated.
Leo got sick and was diagnosed with cancer. Leo had been a kind and wonderful father to
his children and they loved him dearly. When each new baby came Leo would rush to his
folks and say, "This is the cutest one yet, you just have to see this one." He would do
anything for anyone. One of his favorite sayings was, "I'll do it or have it done", whenever
anyone asked him to do anything. Another one was, "Smile and the world smiles with
you, frown and you frown alone", which his children had engraved on his tombstone with
the names of all his children. It was Vera's idea and all the children went in together and
He raised a lovely family and he never failed to boast of them to everyone he
knew. In his hour of need his family took care of him until the end came. Viona took him
to her home first, then Doris and then Vera took him to her home. He died on the 11th of
July 1953 in Vera's home in Freedom, Wyoming. They held the funeral at Rupert, Idaho.
Everyone was there. He was buried in Heyburn, Idaho and later was moved to Pocatello
where he is resting from all his hard labor.
Frank and Orilla moved to Depoe Bay, Oregon and managed the Glendale
Cottages for three years. Edna and Ivan visited them there with their family. Shirley came
out too when Darla was a baby. Then they moved back to Pocatello. Frank worked at
the green Triangle for a short while. Then they got a chance for a good job taking care of
the First Baptist Church with an apartment furnished in the basement. They liked it there.
It was nice and cozy. All the children visited them there. Edna and Carmen came from
Othello to visit them several times. Orilla's sister Valeda and Ralph came out quite a few
times to visit them also. On February 12, 1959 Frank died of a heart attack. He had been
shoveling snow. They had been married for thirteen years.
Orilla married Allen Harmon a year later. They had a lovely home where Orilla
planted flowers of all kinds. Her roses were lovely. The first four years everything was
fine. They went to the Temple together. All the kids came to visit. Edna and Ivan lived
in Othello, Washington, Viona and Ed in Victor, Vera and Herb in Idaho Falls, Doris and
Parker in Gresham, Oregon and Wilma, Shirley and Margean and their husbands all lived
in Pocatello. Her sister Valeda and her husband Ralph visited also. Then things went all
wrong for Allen and Orilla and they got a divorce.
Orilla moved to Pocatello and not long afterward she broke her hip. It took her
two years to get over that. Then came a sad day in her life. Her only sister Valeda that
she loved so dearly and was so close to passed away on the 16th day of March 1971 at
Victor, Idaho. Orilla's eye sight began to fail . She couldn't see to cook so the girls had a
woman stay with her for a while but that was too expensive so she went to Shirley's for
two weeks. Annette, age four would come to the car and say Grandmother I'll help you
out of the car. She was so cute and helped her in the house. Shirley's girls were real busy
with their church work and boyfriends but Russell and James would help her. They
opened the car door for her and other doors. Shirley was a lot of help. She kept all her
finance. Morris was good to her too. Then she went to Margean's for a couple weeks.
Robbie, age 3, would take a hold of her hand and say come on Grandma. He would take
her in the house. Sometimes he would kiss her hands and say it's all right Grandma and he
told her he loved her. He would carry her out to the car when she couldn't walk. Next
she went to Vera's. Sammy made cookies for her and was always nice to her. Vera
worked but always found time to be concerned about her mother and always fixed things
for her to eat. She stayed there two weeks. Viona and Ed came down and Then went
back with them. Orilla did go to Wilma's but she had so many at home so she didn't stay
long. Wilma was always helpful and would come and cook her meals when she could.
Then it was time to spend time with her daughter Edna. Edna came for her. They
got on the bus and rode all night. Ivan met them at the bus at 8:30 am. They then
traveled to Ivan and Edna's new house in Careywood, Idaho where they had a room
prepared for her.
After this Orilla moved back to Pocatello and lived by herself. She then moved to
Idaho Fall where Vera took care of her. Finally she went into a Nursing Home in Idaho
Falls. She had lived a long productive life and had a great influence for good on many.
She died on February 21, 1985 at the age of 89.
Credit for the information for this history comes from Orilla Leavitt
history. Also Her daughter Edna Orilla Farnsworth Shaw provided important
information. This was compiled and typed by grandson John Shaw - December 1998.