Memorial / Obituário / História Pessoal
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Dolan’s parents were Hyrum Dudley Brian and Julia Jacobenia Bastian. They had five boys, Hyrum Leo, born 4 August 1899 – died 12 days later. William Rex, born 18 September 1900, Dolan Gross, born 7 January 1902, Arthur Dudley, born 5 March 1905, and Reed Bastian, born 12 June 1908.
Dolan’s father was a blacksmith in Loa. He also had a herd of sheep which ran on North Mountain. One day he took Dolan with him and they went to the herd. Hyrum was trying to catch a ewe; he had a sheep hook in his hands. The ewe jumped over a log, the hook caught on the log and the handle hit him in the side. A large blood vessel broke and he bled internally. Joe Taylor, the herder, helped Dolan round up two horses, hooked them to a light buck-board wagon, they put Hyrum in the back and Dolan drove the buggy home. His father died the next morning, June 4, 1910.
When Dolan went to high school in Bicknell, he would ride a horse down on Monday morning and then turn the horse loose to come home. He would board with some family during the week. There were no cars and the school terms were short. He did this for two years. The third year he went to high school in Ephriam. He and two boys from Loa boarded at the same place. That year he made a buffet, which we still use, a rocking chair, and two straight back chairs with leather seats. He did an extra good job on them.
As the boys grew older, they started to acquire land and began farming some of it. In the fall of 1924, Dolan and Dean Webster went to Bingham to work. After Christmas, Rex came up and they worked together until it was time to come home of farm.
Rex went on a mission to the Eastern States. The boys helped keep him on his mission. Shortly after he returned home he married Martha Jenson on June 1, 1927. Arthur started to work in the State Bank of Wayne when he was sixteen. He is still there (1980).. Rex started to buy a farm and Dolan and Reed started to farm also, and they bought sheep together.
The depression of the 1930’s started so Dolan decided gas was too expensive to chase to Salt Lake, so we went to Evanston, Wyoming, and were married 30 August, 1930…
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We lived with his mother until the next spring when we leased the Lazenby place from the State of Utah. It was the most run down place one ever saw. The house was two stories, four adobes thick, no windows or doors and the fire place was caved in. Dolan cemented the fireplace up and closed it in. We bought windows for two rooms, fixed the doors, calcimined the walls and bought linoleum. We went to Park City and brought back my bed and dresser, Dolan made a couple of shelves and with some muslin curtains we had a cupboard. With a coal-oil lamp we started housekeeping. Dolan even made a checker board and checkers from cardboard.
We couldn’t buy gas for the car so Dolan jacked it up on blocks and we walked wherever we went. We even walked to the dances and back.
I raised lots of turkeys and chickens. The last we couldn’t sell. We dressed them, took them to Richfield and couldn’t sell them. We let a restaurant have the big tom, if they would give us our dinner. We didn’t raise anymore turkeys.
We decided to buy the place, and started to make payments. When we saw we would be able to make it, Dolan, started to dig a basement. We were still using horses. The boys were coming home from the war and labor was cheap and plentiful. We built a house of sawed logs and stucco, with six rooms in the basement and five rooms on the top. It was heated with a coal furnace.
On August 5, 1934, I was baptized in Spring Creek, up by the Old Mill, by Rex who was the bishop and confirmed the next day by Karl Mathis.
Mother died in 1939 and dad came down here to live with us. At times it was lonesome for him. He stayed out in the sun a lot and enjoyed the kids when they came down. He died July 7, 1944 and we took him back to Park City for burial.
That fall we received word from the State Relief Society that they had a boy 9 and a girl 11 for adoption. The day we received that word, Dolan’s cousin Twila Boston, whose husband is a doctor, called from Idaho to say they had a new born baby boy for adoption if we wanted it. We didn’t know what to do but we went to Salt Lake that morning, debating pro and con. We went to the Relief Society office and saw the children. We went out on the street and walked and talked. The next morning we went back and told them we would take the children, and brought them home. We called Twila and told them we had decided on the older children.
They had many personal problems and we had some hard times. After about four years Dolan took them to Salt Lake to the stock show. There they met a former neighbor and they found out their mother had taken back one of their sisters. She had given four children away. Loretta became upset and wanted to go back to her mother, so the Relief Society took her back. Norman stayed here but as he got older he left a couple of times, but came back. Finally he joined the Army and was sent to Germany. Shortly after he came back and married Sherril Meacham of Glenwood.
Dolan’s mother got so she couldn’t take care of herself so we three here in Loa took turns keeping her a week at a time. One day at Arts she fell and broke her hip, so we had to take her to Salt Lake City, and eventually when she was in a wheelchair she had to go to a rest home, where she was until she died the 14th of February 1962. She was buried by her husband Hyrum in Loa.
On January 16, 1953 we were endowed and sealed in the Manti temple. At that time I had many names for temple work, which we did. We’ve had two separate calls to do initiatory work at the Manti Temple – about twelve trips each time. In 1958 Apostle Antone R. Ivins gave me a blessing for my health, when I was Stake President of the M.I.A.
Dolan was set apart as a Seventy by Apostle Henry D. Moyle on May 11, 1958 and a High Priest by Roderick Howard on February 22, 1976.
We drove to McAllen, Texas with Gerald and Inez Mason, of Aurora. They had purchased a place there. One evening we went to Reinosa, Mexico with a group from Salina, who were down there. We saw the Alamo and several other famous places. We really had a good time.
We flew to Hawaii with Bill Brian, Patsy and their three children; Art, Wilma, Camiel and Wilma’s mother. Bill was well acquainted there. He rented a three seated bus and took us all over the island, and we saw everything. When we came back, Dolan and I stopped off in Los Angeles and went to Long Beach to see Revanna and Juliet. We had been to their home a couple of times before and they had taken us to Tiajuana, Mexico, Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland.
When Juliet died we went down for the funeral. Charles and Eva went and Max drove our car. Bob and Rosalie took Tom, Lottie, Dorothy and Norma Jean down.
I’ve worked in the Primary as teacher, secretary and president. In the Relief Society as class leader for many years, also secretary in the M.I.A., and as the Stake M.I.A. president. Girls attendance secretary and in the Stake and Ward Genealogy.
Dolan bought a farm in Cainsville, and leased the one in Loa to Dudley. I stayed in the house on the farm, and Dudley lived in our house on Main Street. Dolan built a two room house in Cainsville and gradually added on a couple more rooms, until it even had a bathroom. He pumped water from a well. He raised a lot of hay and had a good garden with corn, tomatoes and melons.
He sold the farm in Cainsville, and he sold the farm and home in Loa to Dudley. We bought a house in town and moved from the farm. We’ve added a couple of rooms and a double garage.
Dolan raises a big garden, helps his neighbors and nephews when he can and goes fishing. Were 78 years old at this time and very thankfull we are
still together and can take care of ourselves. We will celebrate our 50th Wedding Anniversary this fall…
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