Oldroyd, Hazel May (Turner) Autobiography
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I, Hazel May Oldroyd Turner, was born February 18, 1892, in East Loa, Paiute County, (now Wayne County), Sevier Stake, Utah, a daughter of Archibald and Theda Jane Buchanan Oldroyd.
When I was about four years old, I moved with my parents and brother, Edwin, to Lyman, Utah. It was here that my other brother, Willis, was born, also my sisters, Helen, Veneta, Lavell, Lucille and Janice.
I attended school at Lyman and graduated from the Eighth Grade except for one year that I attended school in Glenwood, Utah where I completed the Sixth Grade. Being the oldest in the family, it was not possible for me to go on with my schooling as I was needed at home to help with the work as my mother was not strong. While growing up I worked for neighbors both in Lyman and Loa and earned many of my clothes.
When I was seventeen years of age, I went with the Mathis family to Seven Mile Flat where I worked at the dairy, milking cows, making cheese, butter, etc. Each night and morning I milked between fifteen and twenty cows. The summer I was nineteen I also worked at the same ranch. Later I worked for the Neff and Mumford families at Horse Valley for five summers, my work consisting for cooking for large crowds of men and doing general housekeeping.
My father bought an organ when I was quite small and I had taken a few music lessons from Norah Chappell. I was appointed Sunday School organist when I was twelve years old and I filled this position for many years. I was called to be President of the Y.L.M.I.A. in 1916, which position I held for five years.
On October 4, 1917, I married James Collier Turner in the Salt Lake Temple. To us were born five daughters, Veneta, Hazel Dawn, LaWana, Mabel and Claudia and three sons, James Mark, Willis Edwin, and Scott Oldroyd. We lived for a short time with Collier’s folks then for three or four months in a house belonging to Steven Farnsworth, then we bought a two-room house where Claus DeLeeuw now lives. We lived here until October 1923, when we purchased a five-room house where we have lived since that time, with additions and improvements.
During this time I served on the Stake Primary Board as First Counselor for two years and as aid for a number of years and as class leader in Relief Society. I served as Stake Relief Society Board member from April 1946 to April 29, 1951. I also served as Chairman of Ward L.D.S. girls in January and February of 1947. I wrote and compiled a history of Lyman for History of Wayne County book which was added to by my sister, Janice. I served as Drama Director in M.I.A. from 1951 to 1954. I served as organist in Sunday School from 1948 to 1958. I served as Organist in Relief Society from 1948 to present. I served as President of Ward Relief Society from January 2, 1938 to January 10, 1943.
Have also served on committees for selling War Bonds during World War II, Red Cross drives, etc., and in raising funds for building our church house.
During all these years we have been engaged in farming and cattle raising, poultry; as Collier bought his father’s farm and pasture and so on, after we were married. All through these years I have tried to be a helpful wife, doing the many things required of a farmer’s wife such as milking cows, raising chickens (which incidentally did much to supplement our income), also making butter and cheese, making soap, making quilts, rugs, afghans, crocheting, tatting, embroidering, etc. I also did most of my sewing. I have always enjoyed cooking and preparing good nourishing meals for my family.
I have also given many music lessons, first to my sisters, then to my own daughters, and also to several other young people here in Lyman and many from Fremont, and later to my grandchildren. I enjoy writing poetry and have written many tributes to relatives and friends and poems for special occasions. I love the beauties of nature and like to express myself in poems.
We have encountered trials and disappointments also through the years. We lost our first born, sweet little Veneta when she was 9½ years of age. She was stricken with Spinal Meningitis during that epidemic in January 1928. Scott also contracted rheumatic fever and consequently heart trouble, and LaWana had osteomyelitis, but we feel that we have been greatly blessed by the Lord nevertheless.
I love life and feel that this is a very good time to be alive. I am very thankful for the light of the Gospel and for the many blessings it brings to me and to my posterity.
I have enjoyed really good health, with the exception of a few minor ailments. However, I had trouble with my nerves during December 1956, and Collier took me to the State [Mental] Hospital in Provo for treatment. I stayed there for several weeks, then returned home well and strong again.
When I was young, I greatly enjoyed dancing, also horseback riding, and playing ball. I have always enjoyed going on trips and outings to scenic spots. I also enjoy watching horse racing, basketball and baseball games. I like plays and enjoy watching the young people dance.
I also like to read good books and magazines and enjoy going to see a good movie once in awhile. The movie that impressed me most was The Ten Commandments. I have always loved music.
I have a testimony of the Divinity of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have had my prayers answered many, many times, both in behalf of my family and loved ones and also in my own behalf.
I was born in a small two-room log house in East Loa, Paiute Co., Utah. My father’s name was Archibald Oldroyd, who was born in Glenwood, [Utah] October 19, 1866. His father’s name was Archibald Todd Oldroyd. His mother’s maiden name was Mary Anderson.
My mother’s maiden name was Theda Jane Buchanan. She was born at Manti, Sanpete, Utah, December 19, 1867. Her father’s name was Archibald Buchanan and her mother’s maiden name was [Helen] Amelia Whiting. I was christened at East Loa, Utah, April 7, 1892, by James P. Sampson.
I was baptized at Lyman, Utah, June 3, 1900, by Archibald Oldroyd.
I received my Patriarchal Blessing February 18, 1935, at my father’s home. It was given by Patriarch Ernest Jackson. I have served as Ward Organist.
In Relief Society, I served as Ward president, Organist and Stake Board Member.
In Y.L.M.I.A., I served as Ward President and organist and Drama Director.
In Primary, I served as Ward Counselor, Teacher, Organist, Stake Counselor and Stake Board member.
I have served as Organist in one or more organizations continually since I was twelve years of age.