David Nelson Hill
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DAVID HILLS LIFE SKETCH
BY CHARITY L. WOLVERON, HILL
Mr. and Mrs. Mathew Hill were the Mathew Hills that came from Scotland. He came to America when he was a boy. He came to Salt Lake City and worked for a while - moved to Logan and worked for quite a while. He met Mr. John Nelson and later worked for him. It was here he met Catherine Nelson. They went together for a long time. He was a real good boy and worker. They were married and came to the Malad Valley to work. They bought a place west of Malad. He worked for a man that built the Malad Flour Mill (out of rock.) He helped haul the rock that was use to build the mill. He bought some land five miles out of Malad, in St. John. This is where their children were born. They farmed, raised cattle, pigs, and milked a lot of cows.
They had eight boys, and then David came along. They had two more boys then one girl.
They were a happy family. David helped on the farm, and got his schooling in St. John. It was a scattered town. The school was about two miles away from where they lived. They walked to school except in the winter they went in bob-sleighs, because the snow was so deep.
David liked to hunt pheasants, grouse, sage hens, ducks and geese. When (he was) a boy, they used to herd cows on the land that hadn’t been homesteaded. This was West of St. John. They milked lots of cows. Their mother made lots of butter and cheese and sold lots of butter to the stores in Malad. They had lots of chickens and sold lots of eggs. They would sell it for groceries. In those days they never got much for them, but groceries were not very much either.
There in St. John they all grew up, went to school in a one room school house for a long time, then it was two rooms. (I believe it was either log or frame). Then they build a rock school house. That was there for years. In 1918 they build a big, red brick school house. (Where my children went to school until we moved to Pocatello in the spring of 1942.) They built a rock church house where they held church.
When David got through school he went to Logan at the AG College for two years. Then he had a ranch to farm (he and Tom.) It was ten miles up to it from St. John. It was their dad’s place that they bought. They batched it up there and farmed it.
I worked for Lawrence and his family. There I met David. (They were neighbors to Hess’s.) We courted for a year or more and we were married September 1]., 1911 at Malad.
These stories come together so will add just a little.
Our honeymoon was when the work was done. Like our first Christmas. We went to Plymouth for a little while. We had a nice Christmas with Mother and family, my sister Rin (Emma) and her family.
The first winter we lived on the bench, after I got my work done we played cards. High Five, Hearts, Old Maid, and Steal the Deck. It did get tiresome. Tom would go to St. John to his folks for a few days and back. It was fun going in a sleigh with two horses. Then they made snowshoes, we’d ride on them and he had lots of fun.
We had three children when Tom finally found a sweat heart and was married. It was a lovely time. We all lived in partners. We later moved three miles apart.