A SHORT SKETCH ABOUT ANDREW EPHRIUM TOOLSON by Wayne Toolson
Colaborador: Jane Little Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Born 26 May 1862 Smithfield, Cache, Utah
Died 11 August 1945 Smithfield, Cache, Utah
Father's mother died when he was twelve years old. His father so strict about church and church affairs, taking father by the ear and making him go that he lost all desire to attend. His Father would make them kneel at the table when asking the blessing and would pray for a long time, the children resented this. Father left home and went to Lewiston to work. His father remarried but father's home was unhappy and at the age of 16-17 he went to work on the railroads.
In his early 20's Father went to Corinne, Box Elder County, he drove freight wagons from Corinne to Butte, Silver Bow, Montana. He hunted deer and elk in the Mountains around Bear Lake and Logan Canyon. Work was hard to get at this time and Father hearing that the railroad needed men, Walked all the way from Price, Carbon County to the Green River and from there to Thompson, Grand County to cut ties for the company. He went three days without food and used a hatchet to blaze a trail through the forest.
When father was about 25 years old he helped put the Canadian Pacific Railroad into Calgary, Alberta, Canada. When he was about 29 or 30 he prospected in British Colombia and after selling his claim (mining) for 3000 dollars returned to Utah. He met and married Laura Abigail Buxton in Smithfield. He wanted to return to Spokane, Washington and buy building lots in the town site, which he was sure would bring a good price. These lots are now the business section of Spokane and of course worth a great deal. Instead he let his wife's father talk him into going to Abraham, Sevier County, Utah. His brother-in-law, Joe Buxton together with a few other men bought neighboring farms in Abraham.
They made their homes in tents until they could build houses for which they made their own dobies. They made the dobies out of straw and clay. They also built a rock granary. The land on Abraham was unusual, one farm would have fertile soil but the neighboring one would have too much alkali. It seemed that watering the crops brought the alkali to the surface.
In 1897 the panic was on so Father hauled what produce he had, mostly wheat, to Hinkley and sold it for 17 cents a bushel. They pulled up stakes, abandoning all they had worked for and went back to Butte to the mines. From there on he followed the mines. If a strike occurred in those days it would very often be bad--blood would often be shed. There were no unions to fight for the men--so Father would leave and seek work with another Mining Company. Some of the mines he worked at were the Never-Sweat and the Boston Con. or consolidated.
Father was a temperate man, he had a very even temper. He liked to read very much--He enjoyed shows or the theatre--he was very good-natured with children--he liked sports but never took part in them. He went to school long enough to learn to read and write. When he left home for good he had been with a group who pulled a Halloween prank--they accidently broke a window and fearing the punishment his father would inflict, he left home, he was about 18 years old. His father was inclined to whip his younger brother Tom quite a bit so before father left home he told his father he was never to touch Tom again.
Father was 6 foot 1 inch tall--his hair was black and curly, his eyes a soft brown. He was pleasant always-letting others do the loud talking. He weighed about 180 pounds in his prime. He had many friends in Canada, especially at Rossland, who gave him a big party and send off when they left for the United States. They also lived at Nelson. Father was generous with what he had. He was honest and could have credit whenever or wherever he needed it. He had a very good memory and when he did speak he meant what he said and you could depend on it. He wasn't against religion but was indifferent to it. Religion in our home was never denied but was never practiced.
Father passed away at this home in Smithfield the 11 of August 1945. His health began to fail while working in the mines so he returned to Smithfield and bought a small farm. He seemed to do better or make more on his few acres then some did on farms three times the size of his. His health failed and he lost weight rapidly but he stilled enjoyed life. He lived to be 83 years of age and was the father of four children two of whom died in infancy.
Jorgine Kirstine Funk Toolson by Charles M. Jenson, Jr.
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Jorgine Kirstine Funk Toolson, better known as Gena Funk Toolson, was born November 25 1827, at Pedersker, Bornholm, Denmark, the third child and second daughter of Diderick Esbersen Funk and Kirsten Madsen.
Her father was alternately a fisherman and a farmer depending on the season of the year. Jorgine undoubtedly spent much of her time, with her older sister Elise, learning to do the tasks expected of the young women of her time. She likely helped to mend the fishing nets and to till the soil. As she grew older, she probab1y hired out as a housekeeper or maid. Her activities took her as far as Ronne, the main city on the island.
At Ronne she became acquainted with a young batche1or by the name of Hans Peter Vang. Though they were never married, she did have an affair with him and conceived a son. The child was born June 22, 1853, at Pedersker.
While she was away from home, the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were teaching and preaching in the area. The family became interested in the truths of the Gospel, and gradually, one by one, they all embraced the message that the Elders had brought.
When Jorgine's child was born, they wondered what they should call him. One of the missionaries suggested that they name him Willard Richard in honour of Apostle Willard Richards, who had been directing much missionary work in Europe at the time, and this was agreed upon.
The boy, Willard Richard, was adopted by his grandparents and grew up as a son of Diderick and Kirsten Madsen Funk. Quite some time after his death, the Danish parish records revealed the truth, and Willard Richard Funk's children were surprised to learn of his true parentage. Never in his lifetime did he acknowledge Jorgine Funk Toolson as his mother. While he was yet alive, Leonard Olson, the son of Ole and Priscilla Toolson Olson, wrote to him, asking him about his mother. Every such query was totally ignored.
Jorgine, herself, did not join the church until March 4, 1854, almost a year and a half after the first of her sisters joined the church, but thereafter, she was a staunch supporter of the church. She exhibited great faith in the restored gospel throughout the remainder of her life.
The family, with others, who had embraced the new religion, were the objects of intensive persecution by their former friends and neighbors, and it was decided, at length, to leave their native land, and immigrate to America and to Zion. They left Denmark in the spring of 1857, traveling from Ronne, to Copenhagen, and from there to Hull, England. They traveled overland from Hull to Liverpool. They sailed from there on May 30, 1857, and arrived at Philadelphia, July 2. They reported that the city was all decked out in preparation for the July Fourth celebration. They left Philadelphia on July 5, for Burlington, Iowa, where they spent two years before proceeding on to Utah.
Traveling from Copenhagen to America, the Funks were in company with other emigrants from Scandinavia, as well as some from England and elsewhere in Europe. Among these was the family of Per Toolson from Sweden. Jorgine became acquainted with Andrew Toolson, a son of Per Toolson, and this acquaintance ripened into a romance which culminated in marriage, presumably in March of 1859.
The company left Florence, Nebraska, on June 13, 1859, and arrived in Salt Lake City in August 1859. From Salt Lake City, Andrew and Gena were directed to go to Smithfield in Cache Valley. Gena’s father, Diderick Funk and Gena's seven year old son, Willard Richard, went to live at Richmond. The two communities, just six miles apart, had just been settled earlier that year.
Andrew and Gena took up farming, and began to rear a family. Their first child, a daughter named Leah Priscilla, was born on Christmas Day, 1860, the third girl born in the settlement. Other children born to the couple were Andrew Ephraim, George Peter, Mary Ellen, Gena Christina, Thomas Alma, and Clara Matilda. Mary Ellen died as an infant, but all the others grew to adulthood, and had families of their own except Thomas Alma, who prospected for gold in Alaska and was found dead outside his cabin in 1913.
During the Fort Days of Smithfield from 1860-63, Andrew and Gena lived between Andrew's brother Lars Toolson and Virgil Merrill, at approximately Center Street and Second West Street, but when they were able to spread out, the two Toolson families established their homes on the east side of South Main Street between Second and Third South Street. Their home was located mid-way back on the lot with room for their gardens in front, and buildings for their animals behind.
In November 1862, Andrew and Jorgine made a pilgrimage to Salt Lake and the Endowment House, where they were sealed together for all eternity.
Gena was a good wife and mother, attending to her duties of cooking, mending, and churning, and tending to the livestock around the place. On the side, she engaged in a hat making enterprise with a Sister Emily Smith. Manfred Smith, a son of Emily Smith, said that he had never known a more angelic person than Sister Gena Toolson. She was a woman of great faith and devotion to her family and to the church. She was always willing to give aid when it was needed.
In May 1874, she became a victim of a typhoid epidemic, and six days later on June 3, she died, leaving her husband with six surviving children. She was buried in the Smithfield City Cemetery.