Hyrum Woodward Maughan(1872) and Eliza Snedden Adamson(1876)

Hyrum Woodward Maughan was born in Welsville, Cache County, Utah on the twelfth day of November in 1872. He was the oldest son of William Harrison Maughan and Rachel Barnes Woodward. Hyrum along with his brothers and sisters grew up on the farm adjoining the town of Wellsville. He attended the Old Rock School house on the northeast corner of the Wellsville town site. Later another rock school house was built in Wellsville by the town square. This second school has been replaced by a brick building which still stands. Hyrum finished the district school of eight grades.

Then as now, sports were popular. The boys played some cricket and a great deal of baseball. The baseball teams were very much a part of community life and good teams toured the surrounding counties of Utah and Southern Idaho. “The Maughan Brothers Baseball Team Beats the World” – it was sort of a family motto, however Grandpa remembers with a chuckle that though this team was not beaten by teams in Utah, they were beaten by a team ofIdaho Indians. Arch, Charlie, Jim and Hyrum Maughan along with Ed and John Poppleton, Will Gunnel, Eli Hill, George Woods and others played on this early team. Hyrum played first base or right field and confesses that he was never a heavy home run hitter- though he managed to hold his own.

When Hyrum was 23 years old, he married a childhood friend and playmate, 19 year old Eliza Snedden Adamson. She was the beautiful daughter of a scotch farmer who lived on a nearby farm in Wellsville. They were married the 2 Mar 1896. She was the second daughter of Thomas Cunningham Adamson and Agnes Snedden. Eliza was born 6 Nov 1876 in Wellsville.

Eliza and Hyrum began housekeeping on the old Redford Farm which was just outside of Wellsville. They had a comfortable four room house but no well. It was here that the two eldest children Hyrum and Thomas were born. They then moved to a large two room house which still stands on the “Old Farm”. At this time, on 28 Jun 1899 Hyrum and Eliza were married for time and eternity at the holy temple in Logan, Utah. Harry, Rachel and Leslie were born in this home on the “Old Farm”. It was here that they were among the first Cache Valley residents to raise sugar beets. Before this time the farmers of the valley had only raised grain, hay, cattle, pigs, and sheep.

In Apr 1906, they left Wellsville, Utah and moved to Canada. They had been called to settle southern Alberta. They had five small children, the oldest being nine years old and the youngest baby Leslie was just nine months. The little family made the trip by train by way of Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Butte, and Great Falls. they shipped the household furniture, a wagon and horses, but no cattle. They sold five fine cows for $100 which was considered a very good price. The family arrived at their new home four miles southwest of Kimball which was a farm that Hyrum had picked on a former trip. There on 160 acres of good farm land, they erected a large two room house near the St. Mary’s River. The river supplied their water. This was a hard job as the river was 114 mile away and it took lots of water for the family to use in the house and to wash clothes.

Later Hyrum bought five lots in the town of Kimball and moved the house to one of them so that the older children could go to school without riding horses for five miles, which they had to do while out on the ranch. Cyril, Merrill, and George were born in Kimball. All of the older children attended school in Kimball. In Kimball, Hyrum took an active part in church activity. He was first assistant to the Sunday School Superintendent, a Sunday School Teacher and leader of the Priesthood Class. While living here Eliza fell and broke her leg. It took a long time to heal and she always walked with a limp after this.

Again the family moved, this time to Boundary Creek where they stayed and farmed for one year. This was followed by a move to a farm south of Cardston. May, Bertha, and Willard were born in Cardston swelling the little family to its maximum of thirteen members.

Hyrum A. Maughan was now a young man and the year after Willard was born he married Alice Alberta Wright. Hyrum, Thomas, and Harry were frequently away from home working at various jobs and the little home alternately bulged at the seams and returned to its norm. In Feb 1922 the family suffered its first loss by death when 12 year old Merrill succumbed during the flu epidemic which was then sweeping Canada and the United States. Hyrum and his older sons worked to help build the beautiful Cardston Temple. Eliza was a faithful Relief Society member, but her growing family kept her too busy for much outside responsibility. Eliza had lost her hearing shortly after she and Hyrum were married. But despite this handicap she raised eleven children and taught them to love one another and always play together. She had a hard time visiting with people because she couldn’t hear what was being said unless they spoke very loudly. In spite of this she attended Church Meetings regularly because she said she could feel the wonderful spirit there and it helped her through the week. One time when the family was at home, they were laughing and having quite a time, she came over to Alberta, her daughter-in-law, and asked what they were all talking about. When she was told, she said, I think I am glad I can’t hear all that stuff.

From the earliest days of their marriage, Hyrum was often away from home helping to augment the farm income by shearing sheep or trapping. He sheared sheep almost every year after his marriage until he moved to Charlo, Montana. With his partner Levi Wheeler, he trapped for twelve winters in Canada. Times were very hard, and more money could be earned by trapping during the winter than could be earned on the 480 acres of land. Eliza worked efficiently on the home front, and was a real helpmeet.

After six years in Cardston, the family moved to Peskan in Northern Montana near the Canadian border.

They raised grain, cattle, sheep, horses and hay. As this was an Indian reservation, the trapping activity had to cease, but the sheep shearing continued as a source of income. In July 1928, while they were living at Peskan, Hyrum and Eliza along with some of their friends went to a party at Waterton Lakes, Canada. On their way home they had a terrible accident. While coming down a hill, Hyrum got to close to the edge and got in the loose gravel and lost control of the car. It turned over on Eliza’s side and took her arm off just below the elbow. She almost lost her life, but a bus came along with a Doctor on it, and he tied the blood vessels and saved her life. This was a shock to the family to have something like this happen to their dear Mother. She still had part of her family to raise, but she soon got well and learned to use her left arm to do all her work. She learned to write with her left hand, but her brother soon got her a typewriter and she learned to use it to write letters. It didn’t take her long until she could do things as before; she made her own bread, she did all her own sewing, making her dresses and she would sweep her floors. She even peeled her own potatoes, it was hard for her as she had to cut so much of them away, but she would do it if there was no one to help her. She didn’t let it stop her in any of her work, what a wonderful mother.

A short time later, they moved to Browning, Montana, where Hyrum operated a dairy for three short years. Still searching for the prosperity which Mr., Hoover had promised was just around the corner, the family moved to the Lone Star Ranch near Glacier Park. They stayed there for one year.

The following year in the spring, the family moved to Charlo, Montana in the beautiful Mission Valley, which lies on the western side of the Rocky Mountains. Many of the older children had left the family roof for homes of their own, but May, Bertha, and Willard still remained at home. Other family members visited frequently. The family has always been a closely knit unit with strong ties.

In 1935 the family home was finally established in Round Butte community near Ronan, Montana. In March of 1939, Eliza got sick; her leg bothered her quite bad. She had been in bed with it for a week or so. Then one morning she passed away quite suddenly, a blood clot broke and went to her heart. It was the 15 March 1939; she was loved and missed by all. She was buried the 19 Mar 1939 in the Ronan Cemetery.

This was a sad time for Willard and his Dad as they sorely missed Eliza, but they were comforted by the knowledge that she had earned a high place in God’s Kingdom. Willard and his Dad continued to farm together until the War broke out. Then Willard and Hyrum went and got their US Citizenship papers. Willard was drafted into the army and Hyrum stayed on with the farm. Hyrum lived alone at the family home until his passing on 2 Ju11950. He was buried in the Ronan Cemetery next to his beloved Eliza.


Carl G Rice – Funeral Card