Alma Raymond

3 Jun 1871 - 12 Dec 1955

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Alma Raymond

3 Jun 1871 - 12 Dec 1955
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This is a transcription written 26 of March 2002 of a letter written in 1975 by Ireta Pitcher Raymond to me, Sandra Raymond Jarvis. I had asked my grandmother, Ireta, to tell me the story of the triplets born to Grandma Rose. I have tried to follow the original as closely as I could figure it out. T
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Alma Raymond


Smithfield City Cemetery

376-424 E Center St
Smithfield, Cache, Utah
United States

Jane Little

April 21, 2012


March 26, 2012

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Letter to granddaughter creates an addendum to the story of Alma Raymond and Rose Pitcher

Colaborador: Jane Little Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago

This is a transcription written 26 of March 2002 of a letter written in 1975 by Ireta Pitcher Raymond to me, Sandra Raymond Jarvis. I had asked my grandmother, Ireta, to tell me the story of the triplets born to Grandma Rose. I have tried to follow the original as closely as I could figure it out. The Life Story of Alma & Rose Raymond Rose Ella Phillipa Pitcher was the daughter of John and Rebecca Brown Pitcher Jr. She was born 17 Oct. 1873 in Smithfield. She married Erle Ewing, son of John Jackson and Rebecca Smith Ewing. He was born 18 Feb 1871 in Smithfield. They were married Sept. 1900. Alma Raymond was born 3 Jun 1871, son of Alonzo Pearce and Elizabeth Raymond. He married Cordelia Jane Ewing, daughter of John Jackson and Rebecca Smith Jackson [Ewing?], brother or Erle. Rose and Erle had 6 children - Zelda B. 23 April 1901. Lois B. 1 Nov. 1902. Martell B. 24 June 1904. Myrle 12 Mar 1906. LaRue 29 Dec 1907. Cordelia 12 July 1909. Alma & Cordelia was married 14 April 1892 (maybe a 6 written over it.). Alma and Cordelia Raymond had children - Alma Ewing B. 5 [maybe 15] Feb 1896. Wickliff Clayton B.13 Mar 1898. Glen B. 4 May 1900. Florence B. 13 Oct 1902. Shele B. 12 May 1906. Mother Cordelia had cancer & was in bed all 9 months of pregnancy. The baby girl was born 11 June 1913. Cordelia finally went and stayed with her mother, Rebecca Smith Ewing and died in Sept, 1913. Erle Ewing had diabetes, was just skin & bones. They lived in a little 2 room log house just across the street from Alma & Rose. He [Erle] was too ill to work. Had no way of making a living for his children so he bootlegged. (Liquor) The city officials didn’t try to stop him as he had no other way of support for his family. The house was 2 log rooms & a shanty at the E. of the house, but not attached. Erle died in Aug. 1917. Alma & Rose lived in a little home that belonged to Alma’s mother, Grandma Raymond. (Elizabeth). It consisted of one small room on the E. that she used for all purposes. And it was an outside toilet. On Alma’s side of the house there was a fairly good kitchen. Just a kitchen cabinet. A small room about 2 ft. wider than a double bed. No doors either into the kitchen or living room. Curtains to pull & a pretty good sized living room. After Clate’s mother died, he & his Dad started to buy the Gilt Edge Mill at the cross roads west of Richmond. Clate was putting nearly all his wages into the mill he & his Dad were trying to buy it. But after Erle Ewing died, he [Alma] spent most of his time with Rose. He left Clate alone at the mill to do everything. He, [Clate] couldn’t keep it up so they lost it all. $1500.00. That was a lot of money. One of Rose’s Girls was Zelda. Alma & Rose were married in April & she [Zelda] got pregnant in Aug. You can imagine Alma’s reactions. Rose’s family were still sleeping over at the old house. Ewing had got married the Aug before, so Clate, Glen & Shele slept up in the attic. Florence went and lived with Aunt Kate & Uncle Wick, he was Cordelia’s brother. They had 4 daughters. She lived there 4 years. About this time Martell was old enough to work for farmers. He had got a job with Brown Wood over in Amalga. They had a daughter that had just received a diamond engagement ring. In a few days it came up missing. Of course, they soon traced it to Mart. They arrested him. They gave him his choice of going to prison for 2 years or going into the Navy for 2 years. He went into the Navy. After Zelda’s baby was born, it was a little girl, Alma insisted she get rid of it. Zelda was working down at the café & anyone & everyone was helping to take care of it. Sometimes it got fed too often & others she went hungry, crying all the time. They were trying to keep her quiet with paregoric. Alma & Rose’s boy, Myrle, didn’t get along. Alma had ordered him to stay off the place. He was only about 16. He had a night job doing something, but didn’t have a place to sleep and wanted to know if he could sleep at our place. I only had one bed & no extra bedding, but I told him he could sleep there during the day. Can you imagine the reaction when Clate got home? He slept there and I cooked breakfast for him for about 2 months. Clate called him Ireta’s Star Border [Boarder]. Well, at this time, Rose got pregnant. She was 39 & Alma was 47. It really was tragic. She kept getting larger and larger. Those days you had your babys [sic] at home. Grandma Elizabeth Raymond, Alma’s mother, was the mid-wife. She was 82 years old. There was triplets; one still born. They weighed about 2 ½ lbs. The only was to care for them was in shoe boxes & then in the rocking chair in front of the circulating heater with a blanket around them. They only lived 2 days. The one that was still-born Alma just took out & buried it in the orchard. Church officials heard about it & made him get cemetery permits & bury it in the cemetery. About this time Zelda had put her baby up for adoption. A professor, Dr. Merrill from the Utah State Agricultural college adopted her. Zelda never had any more children. She married [Frederick Kenneth] Dine. They moved to California & she adopted a little girl. In Nov. 1917, Clate & I had been going together off & on, more off than on, for 3 years and decided to get married in Nov. When we told his Dad; his Dad thought we were too young & said he had called for a meeting with the bishop who was his mother’s brother - Bp. C. J. Plowman. They decided we were too young. I lacked one month of being 18 & Clate lacked 3 months of being 20. Boy, was I boiling! After Alma got married the next May, & all the kids & confusion, in the fall he asked Clate why he didn’t get married. Every time Rose would have trouble which was often, she would pack her whole family up & go down to her mothers. After Alma’s death, Rose tried several times through her bishop & her stake presidency to see if she could get a Church divorce from Alma. She & Erle were just married by a civil judge. When she and Alma were married they went to the temple. Alma & Cordelia had married in the Temple. And what I think was sure simple was she allowed herself to be sealed to Alma. Rose’s girls now have done the work for their Dad & would like to get a [temple] divorce so they could have their mother & the family sealed to him. . [Eventually the policy was changed, allowing a deceased woman to be sealed to all of her deceased husbands. The sealing for Erle and Rose was performed 6 June 1991 in the Seattle, Washington Temple.] They named the two boys that lived a couple of days - Arom & Owen [Maybe Oran]. Sandra, I have all kinds of records you could get a lot of information right from me. That’s a lovely picture that was taken at Gwens. I got the negative & had it enlarged. Love, Grandma [Ireta] Raymond

Life timeline of Alma Raymond

Alma Raymond was born on 3 Jun 1871
Alma Raymond was 12 years old when Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change. The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa in the Dutch East Indies began in the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 1883, and peaked in the late morning of Monday, 27 August when over 70% of the island and its surrounding archipelago were destroyed as it collapsed into a caldera. Additional seismic activity was reported to have continued until February 1884, though reports of seismic activity after October 1883 were later dismissed by Rogier Verbeek's investigation into the eruption. The 1883 eruption was one of the deadliest and most destructive volcanic events in recorded history. At least 36,417 deaths are attributed to the eruption and the tsunamis it created. Significant additional effects were also felt around the world in the days and weeks after the volcano's eruption.
Alma Raymond was 23 years old when Mahatma Gandhi forms the Natal Indian Congress (NIC) in order to fight discrimination against Indian traders in Natal. Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was an Indian activist who was the leader of the Indian independence movement against British rule. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, Gandhi led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. The honorific Mahātmā – applied to him first in 1914 in South Africa – is now used worldwide. In India, he is also called Bapu and Gandhi ji, and known as the Father of the Nation.
Alma Raymond was 33 years old when The Wright brothers make their first attempt to fly with the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane. They made the first controlled, sustained flight of a powered, heavier-than-air aircraft on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904–05 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Alma Raymond was 41 years old when The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive. RMS Titanic was a British passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in the early hours of 15 April 1912, after colliding with an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. There were an estimated 2,224 passengers and crew aboard, and more than 1,500 died, making it one of the deadliest commercial peacetime maritime disasters in modern history. RMS Titanic was the largest ship afloat at the time it entered service and was the second of three Olympic-class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line. It was built by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. Thomas Andrews, her architect, died in the disaster.
Alma Raymond was 57 years old when Walt Disney character Mickey Mouse premieres in his first cartoon, "Plane Crazy". Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
Alma Raymond was 68 years old when World War II: Nazi Germany and Slovakia invade Poland, beginning the European phase of World War II. World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945, although conflicts reflecting the ideological clash between what would become the Allied and Axis blocs began earlier. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all of the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. It was the most global war in history; it directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. In a state of total war, the major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.
Alma Raymond was 73 years old when World War II: The Allied invasion of Normandy—codenamed Operation Overlord—begins with the execution of Operation Neptune (commonly referred to as D-Day), the landing of 155,000 Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy in France. The Allied soldiers quickly break through the Atlantic Wall and push inland in the largest amphibious military operation in history. The Allies of World War II, called the United Nations from the 1 January 1942 declaration, were the countries that together opposed the Axis powers during the Second World War (1939–1945). The Allies promoted the alliance as a means to control German, Japanese and Italian aggression.
Alma Raymond died on 12 Dec 1955 at the age of 84
Grave record for Alma Raymond (3 Jun 1871 - 12 Dec 1955), BillionGraves Record 938995 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States