Hyrum Chauncey Gardner
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HYRUM CHAUNCEY GARDNER by Mary Chard McKee, probably about 1966).
Hyrum Chauncey Gardner, born 25 Mar 1874 – died 16 Oct 1966
Elmer Chauncey, b 14 May 1895—d 22 Sep 1992
Katie LaVern, b 4 Apr 1897—d 8 Mar 1975
Lawrence Robert, b 5 Apr 1899—d 2 Feb 1965
Lida Elizabeth, b 6 Jun 1901—d 5 Jun 1933
Christabell, b 1 May 1903—d 3 Jan 1980
Avery John, b 9 Oct 1905—d 19 May 1963
Ellen Lucille, b 22 Jul 1907—d 10 Oct 1962
Arthur William, b 7 Mar 1910—d 11 Jun 1982
Marian Delilah, b 1 Jun 1914—d 19 Jan 1976
Ruth, b 17 Jul 1917—d 23 Dec 2008
Father: Joseph S. Gardner, b 15 Mar 1847—d 20 Mar 1935
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Williams, b 2 Feb 1851—d 14 Dec 1934
Transcribed to an Amiga Personal Computer some notes and headings added. by Blaine A. Gardner, I do not know the date this was written but it sounds as if it was after Chauncey’s death.
Hyrum Chauncey Gardner was born March 25, 1874, in Deweyville, Box Elder County, Utah, to Joseph Smith Gardner and Mary Elizabeth Williams Gardner. He married Mary Ellen Marshall, January 16, 1895, in Liberty, Weber County, Utah. He died October 13, 1966, in Roy Utah Hospital at the age of 92. He was buried in the Liberty Cemetery. He and Mary Ellen reared ten children to adulthood. 1-Elmer Chauncey, married Alice Georgia Smith of Huntsville, Utah; 2-Katie LaVern, married Frances Lewis Clark of Eden, Utah and was later divorced and married Charles Hales of Nypton, California; 3-Lawrence Robert, married Eva Carter of Ogden, Utah and was later divorced and married Lenore Phillips of Provo, Utah; 4-Lida Elizabeth, married Archimade Clapier of Ogden, Utah; 5-Christabell, married Alton Benjamin Poulsen of Plain City, Utah; 6-Avery John, married Zenia Mae Stallings of Eden, Utah; 7-Ellen Lucille, married Raymond Errol Lloyd of Ogden, Utah; 8-Arthur William, married Erma Story of North Ogden, Utah later divorced. 9-Marian Delilah, married Wallace Flippence of Richmond, Utah; 10-Ruth who married Earl Spencer Willard of Liberty, Utah.
PARENTS AND EARLY YEARS: Children of Joseph Smith Gardner and Mary Elizabeth Williams Gardner: Nathaniel Joseph (b 30 Jan 1870—d 28 Dec 1866 at age sixteen), Lucinda Elizabeth (b 7 Jan 1872—d 18 Mar 1948), Hyrum Chauncey (b 25 Mar 1874—d 13 Oct 1966),Emma Rebecca (b 15 Jun 1867—d 4 Dec 1886, at age ten), Ezra Benjamin (b 17 Jul 1878—d 2 Feb 1959), Electa Henrietta (b 4 Oct 1880—d 18 Dec 1911), William Frederick (b 4 Mar 1883—d 25 Mar 1919), Isaac Moroni (b 27 May 1885—d 27 May 1886 at about one year old) Francis Adna (b 5 Sep 1887—d 22 Jul 1976), Andrew (b 11 Nov 1889—d 28 Jul 1973).
Joseph settled in Deweyville after he was married because his parents and brothers moved there from North Ogden, Utah, where they had been living when he and Mary first met. Chauncey was born in a two room log cabin (It was said by Ruth Gardner that Chauncey was a premature twin but the twin sibling did not survive). “Chauncey was a high spirited, lively boy” so said his mother of him. He showed determination at a very early age and it no doubt was this spirit that helped him to create and live a very industrious life. He was highly talented in several areas which caused his maternal grandfather Dr. Ezra G. Williams of Ogden to offer to send him to school to train to become a doctor. But Chauncey was not interested in that line of livelihood. He preferred to follow his own father’s vocation as a builder, farmer and other out-of-door activities such as getting out timber from the mountains and hunting for fowl and animals for food.
Chauncey’s parents lived in Deweyville for 16 years then moved back to Pleasant View where their three youngest children were born. It must have been hard for Chauncey to lose a brother who was older and a younger sister in a matter of two days plus a baby brother six months before this. They were buried in the Dr. Ezra G. Williams plot in the Ogden Cemetery. (NOTE: June 1997, Ned Clark reported that he checked the cemetery records and found that they were buried in the Benjamin Gardner plot.)
Joseph’s main vocation was that of working with his father and brothers as builders of all types of mills; grist-mills; saw-mills; sugar-mills, etc, or in other words in large and heavy projects. They were often called by President Brigham Young to go wherever new settlements were being started to build whatever type mill was needed by the people according to what the area would produce most naturally. While they were gone it would become Chauncey’s responsibility to take on the man’s role in the family assisting his mother in every way he could. Finally Joseph felt he needed to be with his family more so he moved them to Liberty when Chauncey was 15 years old. Here Joseph, with the help of his sons began to homestead 160 acres of land in the north end of Liberty. They brought one-third of the land under cultivation which meant clearing off the grease wood, sage brush and large rocks. Some of the rocks were as large as boulders. Ditches had to be made and rock or pole fences made. That summer Joseph had settled Mary and the family in a tent on the low land beside a branch of the North Fork River, so she would have ample water for her usual housekeeping needs then he took the boys with supplies of food and equipment back into the mountains to get out timber to begin a house and barn. They took along a cow and some chickens in order to have fresh milk and eggs. Joseph left Chauncey in camp one morning to prepare flapjacks while he and Ezra went to the river to water the horses. When the batter was ready he set it beside the campfire while he went to call the others to come. The water in the Spring Creek was roaring so loudly he had to go further and further from camp calling as loudly as he could in order to make them hear. When he got back to camp he discovered that the chickens had stepped in the pan of batter. In his excitement to shew them away he startled them and they flew into the tent tracking the batter all over the beds which were covered with home made quilts of wool blocks. His mother said it took weeks to clean the dried batter from her quilts.
When Chauncey was sixteen years old he went with his Uncle Fred Williams to Montana to work as an errand boy (messenger) during the underground movement prior to signing the Manifesto. It took three years to clear the homestead land and in the fall of that year he took Chauncey and Ezra with him into a profitable project of hunting wild chickens which brought 15 to 30 cents in the Ogden butcher shops. The boys learned to become good marksmen and theirkill was very worthwhile. They also learned from their father the art of hunting deer. The wild meats also furnished the family with food through the winter months.
CHAUNCEY AS A YOUNG MAN: According to some who knew him as a young man, he was dashing and exciting challenge to the girls of the town. At dances and socials he was sought after by the more aggressive young ladies. It was little wonder that Mary Ellen’s head and heart were turned when he began showing her some attention. He was three years her senior and she knew of other girls his own age who would have liked his attention. They were married and first lived with his family. When spring came they set up their own house keeping in a tent at the rear of his father’s house. As a young couple they lived in several places around Liberty which is told by Mary Ellen’s story. During this time his first four children were born. During this time he often assisted Mary Ellen’s widowed mother in trying to save her farm. Finally when she decided to sell part of it to her two sons-in-law, Chauncey took the portion of the main string south of the school house and south of the entrance to the cemetery. The first real home was one his father and brother Ezra helped him build on the lower property of his father’s land which was between his parent’s home and the river. When he purchased the 15 acres from his mother-in-law, Christina Marshall, he moved that home onto the newly acquired land. It was a large one-roomed house so he built two rooms on the back, which gave them a bedroom and good sized kitchen. He also dug a well which gave Mary Ellen plenty of clear water for her housekeeping needs. She appreciated this more than anything because it was dug fairly close to the kitchen door. They had four children when they moved there and while living there four more were born. They lived one year away from Liberty and that was when their seventh child, Ellen, was born in Wilson Lane. Their last child, Ruth, was born in the last home they owned in Liberty which was built on land he purchased from Anges Burt located near the river on the main east-west road. This home was the largest one they ever owned and was built by Chauncey and his brothers. It had a large family sized kitchen, a living room, a large bedroom and a smaller bedroom, a small room for a bathroom, a good sized pantry where most of the kitchen work could be done. There was one room in the basement with stairs going down to it, also stairs leading up to the attic with the intention of making another bedroom which was realized in later years.
Music was one of his innate talents. He learned to play the violin and he taught several of his children to play chords on the organ and later the piano to accompany him for playing at Ward dances. He furnished much fun to the family with his many nonsense songs which became a real challenge for his children to learn as they were real teasing twisters. A favorite song was “Shoodle-Shoodle.” Another was “I’ve Got A dog Named Rover”. Others were “Old Joe Finney”, “Old Pompey Is Dead, He’s Gone To His Grave” and many others. This spirit of and music in the home caused the members of his family to have a desire to learn to play instruments and to sing either solos or in duets and quartets and later to form a family orchestra which helped them to earn money especially during the depression when jobs were hard to find. Liberty was a fine haven for this outlet for the Gardner family because in spite of hard times the people kept up their morale by planning social outlet especially for their young people. The Gardner Orchestra had a good sense of rhythm which furnished the fun the young people, and old alike, were needing at that time.
SERVICE IN THE COMMUNITY: During his years in Liberty he made several important contributions to the community. He helped lay out the irrigation system of six primary streams to the six original families and eighteen secondary streams to other settlers as they came into the area. He put in from thirty to forty weirs (diversion dams) and the necessary head-gates for it andlater served as president of the Liberty Irrigation Company. He was responsible for working out the scheduling for the farmers turns to the water which was very necessary in order that the farmers living in the south end of the town would have their ample share. All of this work was done under the state and county engineers. Later he served as foreman of the Liberty Pipe Line when the first culinary system was installed. Again he worked under the direction of the county engineer.
He served with Stake President Thomas E. McKay on the Ogden Valley Unit of the Farm Loan with which was affiliated with the Federal (Land) Bank of Oakland, California. During this time which was in the depression, years he was instrumental in helping several farmers to save their farms from foreclosure. He served in the Weber County Farm Bureau with Mr. Hooper who was president before George Stallings served his term. Mr. Hooper lived in Hooper so it was with some effort that he made the monthly meeting as well as to carry out his assignments throughout the county.
MAIL CONTRACT: He held the contract with the Post Office Department in Washington, D. C. to carry the mail. Among his papers which are in the hands of his children are letters of negotiation with that office whereby it was necessary for him to gain permission to change the starting point of the route which first read “from Huntsville to Liberty” to say from “Liberty to Huntsville”. He held this duty from 1918 to 1922. Among his many and diversified jobs he was custodian for the Liberty School for three years.
BUILDER: His main life’s work was that of building and carpentering. When asked by his family to list all the things he had built he said in his usual sense of humor, “You want me to tell about the time I was considered to be a privy specialist?” When urged to go on, he said that the very first undertaking he ever made to build something by his own self was a privy for Mary Ann Rhodes. He had subscribed to the American Carpenter’s Magazine. In it he found the specifications all worked out so he set out to build what was at the time the neatest “outhouse” in the town. It has crescent moon air holes for ventilation and two adult and a child’s seat all nicely smoothed. It also even had a shingled roof. And when others in the town saw it they wanted one just like it. Prior to that, people had not put much effort into building anything of so little importance. Most of them had been made from scraps or even old and used wood and were not more than lean-to’s.
PROJECTS: Following is a list of the different things he had built. An effort had been made to keep them in sequence but in some instances they might be out of order. It will show his many experiences and the locations of each which meant that much of the time it was necessary for him to leave the family under Mary Ellen’s guidance which was no small task for her. 1) What he termed was his first important project of his own responsibility was transferring of a saw mill from one place half a mile to another location on the Davenport Creek in Brigham City for William Burrows. [Wellsville Creek feeds into Davenport Creek which feeds into the South Fork of the Little Bear River which passes through Avon and Paradise on it’s way to Hyrum Reservoir. It is not near Brigham City. I don't know what this reference was really intended to be but something is amiss. Blaine A. Gardner, May 1993] In an oral history of Elmer Gardner there is a description of Hyrum Chauncey hauling lumber to Brigham City to sell for cash. 2) He built barns for Orson Shaw, Walter Whiteley, Christina Marshall, and one other in Liberty. 3) A house for William Chard on the site of his farm prior to owning the store. [Lyle Chard told me that this home is the location where Elmer and family lived prior to them moving to California. B.A.G.]4) A home for Mary Ann Chard. [This little home was south of the cabin where the family lived down in the flat near the Cemetery] 5) Additions of two rooms each on the homes of Johnny Gibson, William Penrod, and Richard Barret. Gene Judkins worked with him on these. 6) A special dairy barn for James Ward. 7) A house for Wiltz Bailey. 8) A house (four rooms) for Thomas Judkins which later became Arthur Ferrin’s home. 9) Another dairy barn for Ariel Shaw. 10) A home, barn and chicken coop for William Holms. 11) A job which took him further from home than any so far was on the Southern Pacific Bridge gang for a man named LaMae. It was across the desert to the west side of Salt Lake. The railroad paid him with two tons of coal. While he was still with the railroad, he was foreman on a task of moving a bunk house from the Bonneville Station which was two miles north of the Hot Springs to Promontory Point. There was an accident in which he was injured and he was hospitalized for 18 days. It was a small wonder he wasn’t killed as the whole house slipped from it’s bedding on which it was being transported and in order to save the other workmen he called out to them to save themselves but in the delay he was caught underneath. It held him up from doing any heavy work for months.12) His first work following that experience was for Johnny Barton of Wilson Lane. It was to make repairs on the sugar factory. This was while he was still on crutches. He worked in the coke room, sheds, silos, flumes, high lime and on railroad ties. When he was able to do without crutches he became foreman of maintenance in the factory. He had an inside job from October to February. 13) He built the Warren Meeting House. 14) A home in Hooper for Uncle John Neal’s brother. 15) On his return to Liberty he built the grandstand and did some repair on the church. The Bishop hired him to do all repairs on the church from then until he left Liberty to make his home in Ogden. 16) A home in Enterprise, Morgan County for William Robinson. 17) He worked for three months for the Garfield Smelter in maintenance work. 18) He built three rooms and a store for his father in Grant, Idaho. 19) A homes for James Burt, Jack Whiteley, and Parley Clark in Liberty. 20) Derricks for himself, James Lindsay, and others. 21) Remodeled a home for John and Jennie Neal. 22) A granary and chicken coop for Mr. Blackman in Eden. 23) He did the finish work on the Billy Hill home. 24) Built barns for Walter Lindsay and Alfred Penrod. These were larger barns 20 by 40 and 28 by 48 feet. 25) A barn for Mr. Dunbar which was 24 by 48 feet. 26) A barn for Richard Jones which was 20 by 48 feet. 27) One room with lean-to for Charlie Shaw. 28) Large barns with basements for John Shaw, George Shaw and Ariel Shaw; with Gene Judkins. 29) Another barn by himself for Orson Shaw which was 24 by 60 feet. 30)Barns for himself and William Chard that were 22 by 40 feet. 31) Moved a 24 by 40 foot store from Huntsville to Eden for Adam Peterson. 32) He later moved half of the same store by for the Penrod Brothers for a small store and the rest was bought by John Montgomery for a little house on the west side hill of the Jimmy Ward homestead. It was later moved back down for a granary. Lafe Sessions bought the store from Penrods and remodeled it then later traded it to William Chard. Chauncey later moved it onto the old school house which had been remodeled by Snyder. 33) He built his first brick home for Charlie Price on 24th Street in Ogden. 34) A seven room house for Monroe Wade in Warren, Utah. Ed Wade was the architect. This was his first experience working from blue prints. His use of the Carpenter’s Magazine had prepared him for this experience as he put in many hours of study from this tool. He told that his first formal lesson in reading blue prints was given to him by Ed Wade on a Sunday afternoon before starting the job on Monday. He learned about quarter rounds and the laying of stairs to make two turns. At this time he also learned about hip rafters, valley rafters and cripples and jack rafters. All of this better prepared him for later projects. 35) Added two rooms and porch for Jim Burt. 36)Built a house for Christina Marshall with the help of Ward members. 37) Built a one room loghouse for Walter Whiteley, next to Jack Whiteley. 38) Built a home and store for his father on what later became the Ariel Shaw home across the street and near the entrance to the (Liberty) cemetery. This was later bought by Bishop Arthur Ferrin who later had him build a barn on the property. 39) A large store in Snowville, Utah that was later made into a duplex. 40) A home for his son Arthur in North Ogden. [As of 1993 it is still there on the south east corner of 2600 N. and Fruitland Drive. In 1999 it was demolished] 41) A barn for Virgil Stallings in Eden (the big barn). 42) A barn and house for his son-in-law Archie Clapier in Ogden. 43) Helped Josiah Judkins build a school house in Warren. 44) A home for his nephew Isaac Robinson in Ucon, Idaho. Lucinda Gardner Robinson’s son. 45) A home for a Mr. Knighting in Ucon, Idaho. 46) A home for a Mr. Milfite in Ucon. 47) Spud cellars for Knighting and Milfite. 48) A double garage for William McIntire in Huntsville. 49) Did many repair jobs around the Valley such as a kitchen for Jesse Wilbur. 50) A blacksmith shop for Jesse Wilbur. 51) He worked on the tunnel for the road to the Eden side of Pine View Dam. [When the level of the dam was raised, the rock above the tunnel was blasted away and removed so the road on that side of the dam is no longer covered by a tunnel.] The area where he worked is now covered most of the time with water. There are two rows of steps which run down to the bottom of the dam which carried some pipes etc. for water flow control. He told Blaine that he laid all of the forms for the concrete for those steps. 52) He worked at the U. S. Navy Supply Depot in Clearfield, Utah. When he was asked which of all the building he had done did he think was the best, he immediately answered that it was the Officer’s Quarters there. He said when it was finished it was in his opinion “a picture to behold” and that one would never believe that a room finished in knotty pine and trimmed in black and white could be beautiful but it was very effective. He told me the officer supervising the construction of that Officer’s Club was a stickler for perfection and that he saw a hammer mark on one of the door frames and told Grandpa to tear it all out and replace it. Grandpa said he would take care of it. Material was in short supply and he was not a wasteful man. He sanded and worked the wood until no mark could be seen. The officer was very bothered because he was sure it hadn’t been torn out and replaced as he directed, but since he could not see of feel any flaw he reluctantly accepted the job as satisfactory. (added by Blaine A. Gardner, May 1993) 53)His last major job was in maintenance for the U. S. Air Force at Hill Field, Utah. He held this job until he retired. There are many other things he had done but this covers most of them. At one time when his older boys were young men he went into partnership with Jesse Elgin and purchased a hay bailer which kept the boys busy for four summers as people from both Liberty and Eden made use of their services.
Chauncey was not a church going man but he was deeply religious. He spent most of his Sundays reading the Church works. In his later years he devoted much time doing temple work. Although he didn’t participate in church services himself, he never would allow any of his children to shrink a duty or assignment and when his Mary Ellen served as President of the Relief Society, he supported her in every way he could. He leaves an enviable posterity totaling 227: ten children, thirty seven grand children, one hundred fifteen great grand children. (about 1966). His Mary Ellen’s religious influence carried over to the children who served in many church and community capacities.