Andrew Ephraim Toolson

26 May 1862 - 11 Aug 1945

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Andrew Ephraim Toolson

26 May 1862 - 11 Aug 1945
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Andrew Ephraim Toolson


Smithfield City Cemetery

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


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Jane Little

April 12, 2012


April 2, 2012

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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.

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

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.

Life timeline of Andrew Ephraim Toolson

Andrew Ephraim Toolson was born on 26 May 1862
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 18 years old when Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey. Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed "The Wizard of Menlo Park", he was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and large-scale teamwork to the process of invention, and is often credited with the creation of the first industrial research laboratory.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 21 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.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 31 years old when Electrical engineer Nikola Tesla gives the first public demonstration of radio in St. Louis, Missouri. Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist who is best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 46 years old when Ford puts the Model T car on the market at a price of US$825. Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand. Ford also owns Brazilian SUV manufacturer Troller, an 8% stake in Aston Martin of the United Kingdom, and a 49% stake in Jiangling Motors of China. It also has joint-ventures in China, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Russia. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and is controlled by the Ford family; they have minority ownership but the majority of the voting power.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 55 years old when Tsar Nicholas II of Russia was forced to abdicate in the February Revolution, ending three centuries of Romanov rule. Nicholas II or Nikolai II, known as Saint Nicholas in the Russian Orthodox Church, was the last Emperor of Russia, ruling from 1 November 1894 until his forced abdication on 15 March 1917. His reign saw the fall of the Russian Empire from one of the foremost great powers of the world to economic and military collapse. He was given the nickname Nicholas the Bloody or Vile Nicholas by his political adversaries due to the Khodynka Tragedy, anti-Semitic pogroms, Bloody Sunday, the violent suppression of the 1905 Russian Revolution, the executions of political opponents, and his perceived responsibility for the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). Soviet historians portray Nicholas as a weak and incompetent leader whose decisions led to military defeats and the deaths of millions of his subjects.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 66 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.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson was 77 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Andrew Ephraim Toolson died on 11 Aug 1945 at the age of 83
Grave record for Andrew Ephraim Toolson (26 May 1862 - 11 Aug 1945), BillionGraves Record 909304 Smithfield, Cache, Utah, United States