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 This second school has been replaced by a brick building which still stands.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.


Rachel Adamson Maughan and Jeremiah Herrod Leavitt

Jeremiah Harrod Leavitt

Jeremiah Harrod Leavitt (Jerry) was born February 23, 1896 at the Leavitt farm on Lee Creek, west of Cardston, Alberta. He was the third child of Jeremiah and Rhoda Leavitt, having two brothers, William and Lee and three sisters, Carrie, Rhoda and Nora.

He rode five miles to Leavitt school in the winter, and helped his father on the farm from spring through harvest. Jeremiah drove a six horse team on the plow when he was about ten years old. He also helped at threshing time while still a very young boy. During the winter of 1916-17 he went to B.C. with his father where they worked at Elko in the timber, driving a team and wagon skidding logs. They drove their team and wagon to Pincher Creek and then shipped them to Elko by railroad.

He stayed on the farm helping his father until he received his call for the Canadian army in the fall of 1917. He reported to Calgary on May 10th, 1918 where he was stationed for a month, and then Petawawa, Ontario for a months training before going over seas in July 1918.

In England dad was stationed at Aldershot for nearly a year. He came down with mumps and was in the hospital when the rest of his company received a call to go to France and were at dockside ready to sail when the Armistice was signed. He returned to Canada the following July, 1919, on the ship Aquatania, with 40,000 other homeward bound Canadian troops.

for the next couple of years he helped his father on the farm. At rodeo time he helped saddle the bucking horses, etc. At that time all such work was donated. It was about this time that he met Rachel Adamson Maughan.

Rachel Adamson Maughan

Rachel Adamson Maughan was born June 9, 1903, at Westville, Cache County, Utah, near the city of Logan. She was the eldest daughter and fourth child of and Hyrum Woodward Maughan and Eliza Snedden Adamson. she has three elder brother, Hyrum, Thomas, and Harrison and four younger brothers, Lesley, Cyril, George and Willard. Also two sisters, May and Bertha.

In April of 1906 the family emigrated to Canada, coming by train to Cardston. Grandfather Maughan shipped horses, machinery and household furniture by freight.

The family first settled at the Horse Shoe Bend Ranch southwest of Kimball. The older boys rode horseback four miles to Kimball school but when Mother was old enough to start school they built a large two room house in Kimball, and it was there she took all of her schooling which was through grade eight at that time. She missed one year of school when Grandma Maughan broke her leg and Mother had to stay home and do all the work, but made it up by taking two grades in one year.

The family lived at Kimball eight years and then in the spring on 1917 moved to Boundary Creek. They made several trips with the wagon to move the household. The house was just one room with a porch in front and a lean-to in the back, and it was a struggle to make room for everything. They only stayed there for a year and then moved to a farm two and a half miles south of Cardston where the youngest son Willard was born in 1918. When her father and brothers were away shearing sheep, it fell to Rachel to do the chores. This included the job of  milking 27 cows by herself along with the rest of the chores. Evenutally all of the family but Rachel returned to the United States.

When they Met

Rachel and her brother s often attended the local dances. She and her brothers attended one such dance at Harrisville, where she met a young man, Jerry Leavitt who had attended the dance with his sister Rhoda. Jerry and Rachel became fast friends.

About 1920 she went to work in Cardston.

Jerry and Rachel were married at Cardston by on June 25th, 1921 by Thomas R Duce. They lived for a time at the Leavitt farm on Lee Creek, where their eldest son Jay Maughan Leavitt was born June 5, 1922.

In April of 1924 they were able to buy a farm at Harrisville, about 10 miles southwest of Cardston. They had two children Jay and Jean when they moved to Harrisville. They resided on this farm for forty-four years. During this time six more children were born to them; Kent, Elda, Arlene, Betty, Tommy, and Jerald. Times were both good and bad. In the early years they traveled by team and buggy in the summer and by sleigh in the winter. In the wintertime the sound of the sleigh bells ringing would alert the children to their parents return long before they could see them coming. They drove their first car, a 1927 Chev in 1928.

The winters were long and cold and the basket socials and card parties, also the Christmas concerts at the Harrisville school were always looked forward to. In the summers the Leavitt Family Reunion and the Beazer and Aetna Celebrations were always attended.

Over the years many improvements came, the first radio, which they spent many hours around. Later on came running water and electricity, a telephone and better roads and cars.

In February 1943, Jerry once again went into service for his country joining the Veteran’s Guard of Canada. He served for two and a half years at Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Trail, Vernon, and Sea Island, B.C. His job was to guard the prisoners of war. During the time when Jerry was in the army and Kent serving with the RCAE Mother with the help of Jay and the younger children, looked after the farm.

Over the years Rachel beautified the farm with trees and flowers. She was always clever with her hands and made many quilts and rugs and is always busy. She always loved flowers and with running water on the farm, she grew beautiful flowers and gardens. She won many prizes for her flowers at fairs in Southern Alberta.

In March 1968 they left the farm and moved into a lovely home in Cardston where Rachel soon had the yard covered in flowers. During the summer especially their house is always filled with friends and relatives. During this time they took many trips to Arizona, California, and Ontario, as well as many shorter trips to visit family members in Western Canada and the Northern States. On 25 June 1971 they celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary, with many family members and friends joining them.

Jerry and Rachel enjoyed their home and family. They both loved to read, and had many other hobbies. Rachel made many lovely quilts and other articles for her home and family.

In November 1974 Rachel had a serious operation and although she was still able ot look after her house and garden, her health deteriorated and she passed away 7 September 1977. She is buried in the Cardston cemetery.

Jerry continued to live in their home in Cardston enjoying good health, raising a garden, and looking after his own house and yard for a number of years. Then he moved to hte Grandview Nursin Home, where he spent the remaining years of his life. He passed away 6 Jun 1988 and is buried beside his beloved wife in the Cardston Cemetery.

In 1999 the posterity of Jerry and Rachel Leavitt number eight children, 31 grandchildren, 65 great-grand children or more and 17 or more great-great-grand children.