WILLIAM HURD 1856-1938
Most of the information came from accounts by Ruth Hurd Baird and Wilford Hurd (William’s daughter and son) and other sources as mentioned
William was the 2nd child and
firstborn son of Martha and John Hurd. He
was born in Middleton, Yorkshire, England on 7 Jan 1856.
He came to Utah in 1874, two years before the rest of his family.
When he was about 10 he heard the missionaries singing
"Oh My Father" on the corner. In his own words he wrote, "I heard
a little of a strange religion and some new preacher that had come to town. As I
walked down a street, I being one that always had an ear for music, hurried to
where they were. As I listened to their message I knew in my heart that I had
found the truth. After hearing their message I hurried home and told my mother
what I'd seen and heard. I encouraged her to go with me. We went to a few
meetings and knew they had the truth. I was baptized the 5th of September 1870
by Elder James Cracroft at Hull, England, and confirmed by the same and from
then on did my best to learn all I could about the restored gospel. I soon had a
longing to leave England and go to the land of Zion. I got passage on a boat and
came to Utah, USA. I was then in my late teens or early manhood, a stranger in a
strange land and yet I never got homesick. September 7th 1873 Milton H. Hardy
ordained me a priest. I knew that I should help all I could now I was being
blest with authority from God."
Mary Elizabeth, the eldest child of his employer, George B. Reeder, on 9 May
1878 in the Endowment House. (I am
wondering if they were married civilly first.)
Mary Elizabeth’s mother, Mary Ann, had died on 16 Feb of that same year
so she and William continued to live with the Reeders and helped keep house for
her younger siblings and father for a time.
Caroline Madsen Reeder, plural wife of George, resided there with her
Before continuing the story I want to tell you a little about George B.
Reeder. He was one of the early
settlers of Brigham City. His
family listened to the missionaries in England and joined the church in 1851.
The ocean voyage was a test of faith.
A terrible storm broke the masts but the sailors were able to make
sufficient repairs to get them by. They
were 9 weeks on the ocean but gratefully arrived in New Orleans.
George had agreed to work for Elder Spencer for a year to pay back the
money he loaned him. He entered
Salt Lake City on 19 Sep 1853. His
sister, Mary, had caught up with him in Iowa so they traveled to the valley
together. George decided to follow
his sister and her husband to Box Elder Fort in Sep 1855. They built an adobe home.
George met Mary Ann Craghead while on assignment as a ward teacher to the
family. It wasn’t long before
they were married. It also wasn’t
long before George was called on a military assignment. Word came that Johnston’s Army was marching to Utah.
This is how their first little daughter, Mary Elizabeth, came to be born
in Rush Valley, Tooele, Utah. They
returned to Brigham City and made it their home.
William and Elizabeth’s first two children were born in Brigham City.
The first little son died the day he was born.
In the book, “Directory to Commemorate the Settling of Brigham City”
by V. Fife and C. Peterson on page 70, it lists William Hurd Sr. and wife Mary
Elizabeth Reeder as having a deed to PB B38 lot 5.
I also found this reference in a film of Probate Court Deeds, which gave
a date of 2 Feb 1880 that William purchased the one-acre lot described above
from Moroni M. Faulkner for $240.00.
From Wilford’s account, I quote the following, “In 1880 or 81,
William took his family to Snowville, Box Elder, Utah.
They were some of the first settlers to that community.
They lived in a dugout until a log house could be built, which had a dirt
roof. This three room house served
as home for many years.” Real pioneer life began upon arriving in Snowville.
Ruth said that her father worked for the B. M. Cattle Co. building water
troughs in North Canyon, Idaho. The earliest settlers came into the area about
1871 and the town site of Snowville was laid out on 14 Aug 1876.
Taken from “A History of Box Elder County” by Frederick M. Huchel I
include the following description of Snowville.
“Snowville is located in the Curlew Valley in far northern Box Elder
County, only 3 miles from the Idaho border, where Highway 30 splits off from
I-15. Before I-15, Highway 30 was
the main route to Boise and went through downtown Snowville.
From a 1937 History of Box Elder County, it states that Deep Creek ran
through almost the center of the valley.
President Lorenzo Snow
was one of the everlasting streams whose waters should never diminish, and one
from which many should come to drink. Esther
Arbon Goodliffe, an old time resident of Snowville, informs us that this
prediction has been literally fulfilled, that in very dry seasons its water
Taken from the “Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints” compiled by Andrew Jenson, Assistant Church historian, 1941
I glean the following about the church in Snowville.
“Curlew Valley was for many years a favorite range for stockmen who
herded cattle, horses, and sheep in the valley. As these stockmen rather
objected to any attempt being made to locate settlements in the valley, it was
not until 1870 that the first settlers (some of the brethren from Malad Valley),
ventured to look at the country with a view to settling. The founding of the settlement took place in 1871, and as the
settlers increased in numbers the saints there were organized into a branch of
the Church by Apostle Lorenzo Snow Aug. 13, 1876, with Arnold Goodliffe as
presiding elder. A meeting house
was built in the new settlement in 1877 and the branch was organized as a
regular bishop’s ward [Aug] 19, 1877, with Arnold Goodliffe as Bishop.”
Simmons shared this interesting letter found in an 1878 Deseret Newspaper
Snowville is growing.
We have the county surveyor busily engaged, and today we completed a
survey of a ditch, which will bring the waters of Deep Creek out on several
thousand acres of splendid and as yet unclaimed lands.
What we want is 50 more families to take this good land and help us to
convert it into a grain field. Our
town will be laid [out] into lots. A
good well of
Our crops have been
good, from 40 to 60 bushels of wheat and barley to the acre.
The health of the settlement is good, and general peace
Mary Elizabeth Webb in the Endowment House.
She was the daughter of Edmund and Sarah Mathews Webb. From a history
about the Reeder family it states that the two Mary Elizabeth’s were friends
in their youth. In the Reeder
history it distinguishes the two by calling one Elizabeth (Reeder) and the other
Mary (Webb) Hurd. Ruth had this to
add. “In the summer of 1882
William went to Brigham City. There was the family of Ed Webb there that was
friends of the Reeders. In that day all that were worthy were commanded to enter
into the Higher Order of Marriage. William met Mary Elizabeth Webb. Before a
member of the Priesthood could enter in plural marriage, one must get the
consent of the first wife. William came home and started to tell Elizabeth about
the meeting of Mary. Elizabeth said, "It is all clear to me, I have seen it
all in a dream, you have my consent." Jos F. Smith. married them November
acquired 80 acres of land in Stone, Idaho and homesteaded 160 acres. He built a
two room house on the property, Mary [Webb] lived there until polygamy was
abolished then the first wife or legal wife had to move to the homestead. When
the Federal Government disapproved of Plural Marriage rule of the church the
federal deputies were trying to jail every man who had entered into that Order.
William was never jailed but he was forced to stay out in the night in the wet
and chill[y] weather that brought on a bronchial cough that remained with him
all his life.”
wrote about her mother, gathering straw to split and braid hats for her father
and also gathering wool from fences so it could be spun and made into suits for
him. She refers to the property in
Stone as “the ranch”. They
lived at the ranch in the summer but would move back to Snowville during the
winter for school. “Wilford
remembers going to school at Stone, Idaho for a short time. [But after the death
of my mother] we moved to Snowville and went to school there.
Horton and Wilford slept in the granary, which had a heating stove in it
to keep warm. Lorenzo stayed at the
ranch to feed the stock. He and Willie Arbon used to skate to Snowville to
school then back at night.”
Elizabeth Reeder Hurd died 23 Nov 1898 after the birth of her child William Jr. With this sad turn of events both families lived together and
Mary Elizabeth Webb Hurd made a home for both families.
called William’s second wife, “Aunt Mary”.
She said the children slept 3 to a bed on straw ticks and some slept on
the floor. As they grew older the
boys slept in the granary. Also in
the granary was the carpet loom that her mother had used.
Eugenie learned to use it and started making carpets for the family and
she also sold carpets to others to earn money.
had a big swing that gave the children lots of fun. Father and Lorenzo, being
apt at building, built us a five room house, which was commodious and much to
the family gratitude.” Wilford
credited John Hurd, William’s brother, and the boys from both families for the
large two-story frame house in Snowville.
Clawson ordained William a High Priest on 17 Jun 1889.
I quote from the Wilford account; “William spent his life in the
service of the LDS Church. He was
counselor to Bishop Arnold Goodliffe for thirty-five years.
During this time he also did the Ward Clerk work.
He also did the Ward Clerk’s work for one or two years while Jonathan
C. Cutler was the bishop.”
musical, he was always directing choirs. William
could strike his tuning fork for the pitch and make good music. William taught
his daughter, Eugenie the notes and she became a good organist and played for
the ward. William's favorite song was "I Know That My Heavenly Father
Knows". When the Box Elder
Stake officials made visits to the Snowville Ward, they always stayed at the
William Hurd home. Eugenie would
play the organ and William and his family would gather around and sing for them.
Some of them used to say that Brother Hurd had a choir of his own.”
From Ruth’s account we learn that the organ was acquired from the
Eliason Family. Lorenzo worked for
Eliasons to pay for the organ. The family spent many evenings singing together.
William's education was limited, he read much and learned much. He was a self
made man. Hay in Curlew Valley was sold by measurement and every one who sold
hay would come and get William to measure it and figure the haystack. John S.
Bingham, our schoolteacher, said many times William Hurd spoke with less
grammatical errors of any speaker he had listened to. Colen Sweeten, one of the
presidents of the stake in looking at the minutes of church records, said that
William's records were more complete and meaningful than many he had read and
were easy to audit.”
was secretary for the Curlew Irrigation Co. for years. At one time the Curlew
Irrigation Co. had a lawsuit with Pratt Irrigation Co. William being the
secretary was the company's top witness, the Curlew Irrigation won. After the
trial was over the judge said, "if the attorney asked something that was
none of their business he just sits and whistles."
time William was giving advice on the use of liquor and Tobacco, he stated there
was no use for any of his sons or family to use them, as he had never tasted the
stuff. Martha Hurd, his mother (my grandmother) with a smile on her face said
"Hold on William, you were mighty good but I must tell this on you. When
you were two or three when I ran the store in England you became very quiet and
I found you under the counter pale as a ghost." In those days the only
tobacco she sold was the dry leaf form and William had reached into the crock
and did more than taste it.”
“William was very strict with his children and taught they should let
other people's things alone. One Sunday afternoon his young sons Edmund and
William Jr and a few other boys got into Jos Robbins gooseberries and William
found out about it. Monday morning while getting ready to go to the hayfield
something was said about having everything ready to go. Wm Jr said, "I know
something you haven't got, that's a trip rope". William had his chance to
set Wm. Jr and Edmund straight, saying "Well I know something I have got,
two thieves stealing gooseberries from an old helpless man. Now you've got to go
down to Brother Robbins and ask forgiveness and pay for those berries before we
go to the field this morning." So down the boys go and ask forgiveness and
pay for them. He gave them a talk on honesty and told them next time to come in
the front gate and ask and not sneak in the back.”
“William had a little wit. His mother, Martha, used to come for meals
[and one time she] said, "I wonder where Brother Larkins was going today, I
saw him standing in the street all dressed."
William said, "You wouldn't want to see him in the street
undressed." Martha said "Now you rascal."
“Everyone had chores to do. To
get fruit they would go by wagon to Brigham City.
This was a 2-day trip that required an overnight stay at Blue Creek or
Harris Ranch. It was an annual trip to go for fruit. It tasted extra good in
those days. We went home loaded with peaches, tomatoes, grapes, plums and
cucumbers. At Brigham City there
were relatives to visit with and enjoy. When
Ruth was 12, she and Eugenie went to stay with Reeder relatives in Brigham City.
They continued their education, including high school. In 1919 William
got a Model T Ford. Fruit peddlers came around and it was a little easier to get
Wilford writes about the medical challenges as follows, “In those days
while rearing a family, there was no doctor available and for the normal aches
and pains, people used such herbs and laxatives as were to be had.
In serious illness, they relied upon faith and the administration of the
Elders. William suffered from
neuralgia quite often. One time he was found rolling on the floor in pain.
It was a Sunday afternoon. Someone
went for Bishop Goodliffe and Joe Robbins who was his counselor.
They came and anointed him with
oil and blessed him. He received
almost instant relief, and
as far as can be remembered, he was never afflicted with that trouble again.”
Ruth wrote the next two accounts on the subject."
1910 William had a lump come on his thigh which caused him terrible pain. That
was the year there was so much typhoid in the valley. William finally decided to
make the trip to the doctors, after several days of severe pain without sleep at
night. At that time money was hard to come by. William got the whole family to
kneel around the table and each took their turn in praying for his welfare. Next
day came and still the team was all he had to go with‑also a straw bed in
the wagon box. Just as they were ready to pull out of the yard Uncle Fred Hurd
came in the yard. He asked if he had enough money for the night's lodging and
pulled a five dollar gold piece out of his pocket and gave it to William. How
grateful he was. The wagon left the yard and started for Tremonton and for
Brigham to a doctor. They hadn't gone a mile when the bumpy road and pain broke
the lump and the matter [pus] ran out. Fred Hurd who had volunteered to go with
them laughed about it many times how William had called out "Broke,
Broke!" William always said it was in answer to prayer. “
had faith in the blessing of the sick. The fall of 1914 another typhoid epidemic
broke out. Wm. Jr was one of the first in the valley. Wm Jr made a trip to the
ranch and returning the next night got caught in a terrible rainstorm or a
cloudburst. The horse would not face the storm. Only the lightning showed him
the way to go. He arrived home about 9:30 PM. Father William was at the gate
with it open. The fever came on and Wm Jr was ill a long time. Uncle Fred Hurd
went to Brigham City to bring Dr. Pearse. William Hurd and A. Levi Peterson, who
were blessed with the gift of healing, went from home to home to bless the
people in the epidemic that had broken out. Eugenie, my sister, came home to
help care for Wm. Jr. The bishopric and William would bless Wm Jr. Father had
great faith. Wm Jr tells this story "I had been trembling with a high fever
all night and early in the morning, I seemed to get normal and when I opened my
eyes there was my Father on his knees at my bedside pleading with the Lord for
my recovery. I have thought many times since that I got better from that time
Curlew Stake was organized 15 May 1917 with Snowville as headquarters. William
was called as a member of the High Council. He and H. B. Robbins were traveling
south from Juniper Ward on Sunday after speaking at the afternoon meeting. As
one drives south out of Cedar you can look for miles. At that time all one could
see was sagebrush, the only ranch between Black Pine and Snowville was the Sinks
ranch owned by George Showell and Abe Rose. William had the Model T
ford‑‑William stopped the car and as if a vision unfolded to him he
said the time would come when the land before them would be cultivated and much
of it would be irrigated and homes would be dotted on the desert. It has
literally come true!”
always paid cash for what he bought. He took advantage of the sale items he
needed in the Goodliffe and Granehel store.
He bought a pair of shoes that were too large but he wore them to church
and everywhere he went the shoes squealed and everyone said Brother Hurd hadn't
paid cash for once. William was a
good cobbler. He kept his family shoes in repairs and did the neighbor shoes and
made a little money with his fine work.”
always had family prayers. If a stranger were in the home he always ask them to
kneel in prayer. Once he had a hobo sleep in the barn. When breakfast was ready
he invited him to kneel in prayer but the hobo set with his feet in the oven
talking to himself out loud.”
was justice of the peace for many years. A. L. Peterson, constable, brought two
men in court. He fined them $4.00 for fighting, one of them paid his fine and
said "William you have always been a just man but this day you have made a
big hole in Tillie's eggs and butter." Tillie was his wife who sold eggs
and butter, a thing that many did in that day.”
wife, Mary Webb Hurd, died 6 Jan 1921 at the age of sixty.
The cause of death was carcinoma of the liver. She must have had problems for many years leading up to her
death. On the death certificate it
said 13 years and that she had had surgery in 1913. This must have been a great sorrow, having been married
for 38 years, but at the same time it may have been seen as a blessing for Mary
to be released from the pain she had been suffering for so long.
Just the year before this, their daughter, Sarah Robbins, contracted a
bad case of the flu and died after giving birth to her 9th child. The
family pulled together to help. Her
sister, Elizabeth Larkin, took in the new baby, little Sarah, and her sister,
Anne Hurd cared for Lola, who was only 15 months old.
Keep in mind that Anne and William were helping Mary too but Lola quickly
became a part of the family and probably added a ray of sunshine to the Hurd
these challenges William continued on. “Besides
being a busy farmer, William was also the postmaster at Snowville for many
years. William was a good hand with
chickens. He and Annie sold eggs and with the Post Office, Annie's washing for
the Nelson family, and hotel, and William's Notary Public, they got along very
nicely. Life was easier. William turned the hand-cranked washer.
and Annie got lots of little chickens in the spring and had them ready for the
fall market. One time they went to Tremonton and got 500 chickens. It got dark
before they got home. The road over the Rattle Snake Pass in those days was very
crooked, the Ford got out of control and tipped over, the chickens scattered
everywhere. William had a few cuts and bruises. Annie a black eye but they were
not seriously hurt. The boys and Uncle Fred gathered up the chickens in the
was blessed with good eyes and he read long winter evenings. He did have trouble
with his hearing.
few years after William's wife died, about 1927, he got a growth on his body
under his arm. He worried about it as it would heal and slough off and be sore
again. He showed it to Dr. Wardleigh and he just looked at him. William said,
"That's a cancer isn't it." Doctor just said "Don't worry you're
good for ten years." William had great faith in the healing power of the
Priesthood. He testified that one night after all had gone to bed he was sitting
before the fire and a voice spoke to him in a whisper "Lay thy hand upon
that cancer and command it to wither." The sore healed.
was never one to take much medicine. In late years he had some gland trouble. In
1934 in the fall he had trouble with hardening of arteries. Not long after that
Annie took over the responsibility of the Post Office.
3, 1938 William's son, Arnold, was killed when a grain bin gave way and spilled
the grain, covering and smothering him, breaking his leg and hand, and [making]
a hole in his head. The death of Arnold upset William, [and] affected his
mind.” The tragic accident came
as a shock to all who knew him.
William died 23 Oct 1938, at the age of 82 years, 9 months and
16 days. His cause of death was given as endocarditis mitral, 1-year duration
and arteriosclerosis, 3 years. The
day before his death as told by Ruth,
“William went to the residence of William Jr (Billy) about a block away, and
inquired for Billy. Iris, William
Jr's wife, told him he was up to the farm. He told her he had something to tell
him, to come up and see him. He asked the time, he tried to fix his watch. There
was a little lever Iris didn't understand. William said, "Well let it go I
won't need it much any more”. The
house was dark when William Jr. came home and he didn't go over. About 5:30 AM
Annie came and said William had gone to bed early and passed away without a
move; a desire he had wanted. So ended a good life, January 7, 1856 to October
23, 1938. Patriarch Jos. Larkin
stood by the casket and said, "Brother Hurd was a great and good man".
William Jr. replied, "Yes there is a man that had an understanding
of God's plan more so than most men".
Brother Larkin said, "Brother Hurd, I am sure you are right.”
should be noted here that both of William’s wives were named Mary Elizabeth. Each was the mother of 12 children. William put down his roots in the Snowville area.
He and his wives are buried in the Snowville Cemetery, as are some of his
children. There are many of his
descendents living in northern Utah and surrounding states.
and compiled by graduates of Franklin County Seminary, Preston, Idaho, 1930
by the Brigham Young University Library, 1943
William Hurd was born January 7, 1856, at Middleton near Pickering, Yorkshire, England, The same year the great handcart companies came across the plains.
His parents, John Hurd and Martha Stockel Hurd, were the parents of seven
 children. His father was only a farm laborer getting about seven or eight
shillings a week. [A shilling is equal to about 25 cents in American Money.
In his childhood William attended the Sunday School of the Primitive
Methodist Church as well as the Church of England. But their teaching seemed to
have no effect on him. He stated,
"my mind was imbued very early in life with the doctrines taught by the
Latter‑day Saints' Elders and their tracts". His mother was a firm believer in those doctrines and he believed
everything she taught him. But they were not members of the church at that time,
and it was not until he was fourteen years of age that he had an opportunity to
be baptized and join the church. The same age that Joseph Smith was when he
received his first vision. Though William firmly believed through all the years
previous to being baptized.
We may think he wouldn't learn much during the years of his childhood,
but he learned early in life to read. He
remembers reading in the “Hull and North Lincolnshire," [a
newspaper] of the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 when he was but five years
old. He said, "Oh how I longed for the northern army to win.”
The reason he wanted the northern
army to win was because his father was a common laborer and the common laborers
of England did not like slave labor.
first went to the National School at Pickering when he was 6 years of age.
He attended that school for about two
went to School at Middleton for about two years, or until he was ten and a half
years old. At this age he had advanced so far in his studies that has parents
would have to pay one sixpence per week. [This was equal to about 12 cents.]
This they could not afford, for they had a family of six children to provide
for. So this ended his schooling.
Schools of England are as follows:
You are old father William, the young man cried,
The few locks that are left you are grey.
You are hale, father William, a hearty old man,
Now tell me the reason I pray.
In the days of my youth, father William replied
I thought of the future whatever I did,
That I never might grieve for the past,
are old father William, the young man cried,
And life must be hastening away,
You are cheerful, and love to converse upon death.
Now tell me the reason I pray.
I am cheerful young man, father William replied,
Let the cause thy attention engage.
In the days of my youth I remembered my God,
And He hath not forgotten my age
time his father took up the business of making besoms, brooms as we call them.
They were made of ling or wild heather that grew wild upon the moors of northern
Yorkshire. William and his father would spend part of the summer gathering
heather, which they cut with sickles and made it up into brooms. Then they would
sell them the rest of the year.
[William] made brooms until he was fifteen and a half years old. Then the family
moved into Lancashire where the girls of the family got work in the cotton
factories. William got work at a Picker shop. (Pickers are articles that are
used on looms of all kinds. They are arranged so that they send the shuttle
backward and forward across the looms.) He
worked here three years, and saved enough money to come to Zion, for this was
his chief object.
So on the
second of September 1874, he took passage with a company of Saints on the
steamship "Wyoming," from Liverpool, England bound for Near York. The
rest of his folks remained in England until a year and a half after he came to
Utah. The voyage was made in twelve days. He was seasick two or
three days while coming across the ocean. On the sixteenth of
September he took a train from New York and arrived in Ogden, Utah at
7:30 a.m. September the twenty‑third, exactly three weeks from the time he
He had a letter of introduction from the President of the Branch of
church in England to Brother Henry Crawshaw in Ogden. Ogden and Salt Lake were
villages at that time compared with what they are now. He stayed in Ogden
six weeks, a lone boy of eighteen years. Then Brother James Bywater, who was
president of the conference in England, came home because of ill health. His
home was in Brigham City, the city named after President Brigham Young. He
invited and advised William to leave Ogden and come to Brigham City.
He thought William would get work there with the co‑operative
Mercantile Institution. The
Co‑operative Mercantile Institution was first organized in 1869. It
was so arranged that all the people might have an interest in a store and
receive their merchandise based on a small margin of profit. It was proposed in
self protection for the people so they could trade with each other rather than
with their enemies, and as early as 1864 a co‑operative movement was
inaugurated in Brigham City by Elder Lorenzo Snow.
(“Essentials in Church History” by Joseph Fielding Smith p. 543-544)
went to Brigham City and got work immediately. He stayed there six years,
working most of the time on the co‑operative Institution under Brother
George B. Reeder as Superintendent
While he was at Brigham City, he joined the Sunday School and
on May the ninth 1878 he married Miss Mary Elizabeth Reeder, at the Endowment
House. The Endowment House was a comparatively small house,
erected in the northwest corner of the temple block at Salt Lake to serve
temporarily as a House of the Lord.
It was torn down in 1889 by the order of President Wilford Woodruff.
(Essentials in Church History p. 581)
The following year after he was married, 1879, the
co‑operative Institution at Brigham City failed and President Lorenzo
Snow, president of the stake in which he lived, advised some of the young men to
go to Curlew Valley and help Brother Goodliffe, the Bishop there. William was
one who went, arriving at Snowville in Curlew Valley November 1880, with his
wife and one child.
He took up a homestead of eighty
acres first and planted trees but he couldn't get enough water for the trees and
they failed to grow. He then planted grain, vegetables and other things, which
he needed. He and his family lived in a log cabin with a dirt roof over it.
1883 he married his second wife. The
United States' officers tried to arrest and imprison all the men who had more
than one wife and he bad to be on his guard for some time.
his first wife died he left his farm and moved into town.
had a school teacher in Snowville that winter who decided to give lessons in
book keeping at night for those wanting to take it. He succeeded in getting a
class of about six students, William being one of them. The teacher only gave a
few lessons and then quit. William
did not quit studying, and now (1930) at the age of seventy-four he is the post
master of Snowville and has been for the last fifteen or sixteen years.
learned to read music in much the same way. A schoolteacher taught him because
he said he could see the time when William would be the choir leader in the
Snowville Ward and he should know how to read music.
had about eighteen children, a large number of grandchildren, and a number of
great grandchildren. His wives are both dead now.
moving to Snowville he was ordained Seventy and High Priest, labored as a ward
teacher, superintendent of Sunday School, in the presidency of the Y M M I A,
for six years as a bishops counselor, twenty-five years as ward clerk, sixteen
years as ward chorister and for six years a member of the High Council of Curlew
found in this biography was taken from a letter written by William Hurd,
“Essentials in Church History” by Joseph Fielding Smith and a personal
interview of Mr. Hurd’s son in-law.
Note: I think the son-in-law interviewed was Cyrus Robbins. (Father
of Leah and Laura Robbins) He lived
in Dayton, Idaho. His wife, Sarah
Ellen, (William’s daughter) had died in 1920.
One copy of the book, Mormon Trail Blazers is found in the special
collections area of the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU in Provo, Utah.
They sent me a j.peg copy of the report.
I was certainly surprised and delighted to find this source and chose to
include it separately with only minor adjustments to spelling, punctuation,
placement of footnotes and explanations so that you can enjoy it as his
granddaughters presented it in 1930! The
photo of William was not part of the original report but probably how he was
remembered by his grandchildren.
and Elizabeth’s family:
23 Jun 1878 - 23 Jun 1878
Lorenzo Mahonri 18 Jul 1879 - 28
Feb 1960 (blacksmith)
27 Aug 1881 - 29 Aug 1881
25 May 1883 - 25 Aug 1884
11 Feb 1885 - 9 Jan
25 Sep 1886 - 15 Feb
7. Rachel 28 Nov 1888 - 9 Jan 1891
29 May 1890 - 29 Jun 1976 (railroad)
9 May 1892 -
9 Aug 1892
26 Mar 1894 - 3 Mar 1895
14 Jan 1896
- 19 May 1986
12. William Jr.
21 Nov 1898 - 23 Apr 1985 (farmer)
and Mary Webb's family:
1. Sarah Ellen
5 Oct 1884 -
26 Feb 1920
1 Aug 1885 -
8 May 1960
14 Jan 1887 -
14 Jan 1887
23 Mar 1888 - 18 May 1899
7 Mar 1890 - 16 Jan
18 Nov 1891 - 18 Nov 1891
14 Jun 1894 -
14 Jun 1894
7 Sep 1895 - 23
Jul 1949 (postmaster)
26 Jan 1898 -
23 Jan 1980 (rancher)
17 Mar 1901 -
9 Apr 1981
Nov 1904 -
9 May 1967
12. Arnold Goodliffe
3 Nov 1907 -
3 Sep 1938