Obituary of Pratt Taylor
Colaborador: toooldtohunt Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
The Richfield Reaper
Posted: Tuesday, December 26, 2006 12:00 am | Updated: 10:20 am, Fri Apr 8, 2011.
LOA - Our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother, Pratt Taylor, 92, passed away peacefully at his home in Loa Dec. 18, 2006, of causes incident to age.
He was born Oct. 26, 1914, in Loa, a son of Ephraim Austin and Sarah Rees Taylor.
He married Hazel Marie Jackson April 26, 1937, in the Manti LDS temple. She passed away Jan. 11, 1983. He married Golda LaPreal Morrill Sorenson Sept. 10, 1983, in the West Jordan LDS temple. She passed away July 11, 2003.
Pratt was a member of the LDS church. He was a faithful home teacher, always going the first of the month and seldom missing. He and LaPreal fulfilled an assignment to attend the Manti LDS temple twice a week and do endowments. They did this for more than three years, doing over one hundred names a year.
Pratt served as president of the Parker Mountain Grazers Association. He was a farmer and rancher. He enjoyed hunting, but most of all, Pratt enjoyed chasing cows on Parker Mountain.
He is survived by his children, Merlin and Nadine Taylor, Loa; Rosemarie and Joe Stephens, Mt. Pleasant; Bruce and Karen Taylor, Loa; Calva and Steven Rich, Trisco, Texas; Prall and Mary Taylor, Loa; Joseph Taylor, New Harmony; and EvaDean and Richard Starr, Richfield; 31 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Harold and Bessie Taylor, Ivina; Lorna and Keith Busenbark, St. George; step-brother and sisters, Brose and Marie Webster, Salt Lake City; Katie Chappell, Loa; and Faye and Hal Taylor, Salina.
He was preceded in death by both of his wives; brothers and sisters, Charles Taylor, Orval Taylor, Orlo Taylor, Avagail Moore, Elmo Taylor and Dora Bell Hunt.
Funeral services were Dec. 22, in the Loa LDS stake center, with Bishop Kevin New officiating and conducting. Compassionate services were provided by the Fremont LDS ward Relief Society.
A family prayer was offered by Bruce Taylor (son), and the invocation was given by Clint Taylor (grandson).
Prelude and postlude music was performed by Shelly Francom (niece).
Musical selections included “Together Forever Someday” by granddaughters; a vocal solo, “Daddy's Hands” by Phillip Winters (grandson) both accompanied by Shelly Francom (niece); and “Families Can Be Together Forever” by grandchildren and great-grandchildren and accompanied by Jennifer Urry (niece).
Memories were shared by Jeffrey Starr and Marcy Winters (grandchildren).
Tributes were given by Rosemarie and Joe Stephens (daughter and son-in-law). Speakers included Scott Cahill (nephew) and remarks were offered by Kevin New.
The Benediction was given by Stephen Rich (son-in-law).
Serving as pallbearers were grandsons, Lane Taylor, Jared Starr, Dale Taylor, Jason Starr, Merlin Steve Taylor and Justin Starr. Honorary pallbearers were grandsons, Joseph Starr, Ben Taylor, Breck Stephens, Thomas Taylor, Austin Rich, James Taylor and Darrell Rich.
Interment was in the Loa Cemetery, and the dedicatory prayer was given by Richard Starr (son-in-law).
Funeral directors, Springer Turner Funeral Home, Richfield, Salina and Gunnison.
Filling in blanks from life history.
Colaborador: toooldtohunt Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
I love history. I really like to read and understand the times. It fills in what happened, as expressed by Harold and others. If we understand the context, we better appreciate what they are talking about.
Diphtheria was an awful disease. It comes because of inadequate sanitary conditions. Think sewage and the like. Diphtheria ravaged Europe for almost a quarter century from 1899 to 1923. Germany, Denmark and Sweden suffered more than the rest. It is a disease that cuts off the respiratory system. It got its name from "leather" because a membrane would form that would strangle its victims. Often the throat would swell due to overloaded lymph nodes. It created a barking cough.
Most people were exposed and because of repeated exposure, kept building up immunity. It was known as a kids' disease for this reason. Over 800,000 people died in the above period from direct transmission from one person to another in the air during this time.
Sandwiches, in Denmark were different. They were open-faced on rye bread that had a little wheat. this made a less sweet bread that was very black, but also very good. It was called "smorrebred" and you can get recipes on the internet at the present time. any and everything went on those open-faced sandwiches.
There is a small history of Michael Hansen's missionary experiences under his memory section. He served at a time of strong opposition to the church. At this time Sweden and Finland were made a mission, and Norway, Iceland and Denmark were the other. There was a Johannes Thoresen and a Preece who went around spreading lies about the church. The Mission Pres, Andrew Jensen, wrote about this and even got involved in a court case, to try to stop the lies. He went all over Denmark, refuting lies like "they just want our girls for polygamy" and other tripe.
Micheal was the branch Pres. of Aarhus for almost a year. It is speculated that after he was released, he went to see his half sister, Almina, and her kids for that month before leaving. Almina and Andreas were already members, since 1901. I suspect, based on my faulty memory, that she wanted her other kids to join because they wanted and were converted to the church on their own. I'm not sure, but I think his mom came before he did, to Loa.
Harold bought passage to St. Johns, New Brunswick with the help of his Brother, Andreas Johan, and came through Vermont April 24, 1914. He found transportation to Sigurd, via the railroad, and since he had no way to tell family he was there, he hitched a ride to Loa with the US Postal service. Most people knew someone in Sigurd that could call and alert people in Wayne Co. but he didn't even know English, much less people there.
Harold worked for Eugene Neff, who was a good man and wanted to help him. One of my dad's uncles, William Chappell, told him, as a joke, that Jack Rabbits were named "Jack A..es" and Sage brush was "sons of B..ches". Fill in the blanks. When he learned different, he never used crude language or swore. He told his kids if they heard him swear, they had permission to do so. They never heard him swear.
When WWI broke out, he agreed to be drafted to gain citizenship. At the time, there was a violent communist union, called the "International Worker's of the World" (IWW, AKA wobblies) that unionized the loggers to stop logging sitka spruce for the war effort. Sabotage was not uncommon. Pershing sent a man named Bruce Bisque to resolve the problem, and he realized that wasn't going to happen. So the army decided to ask for volunteers to man the sawmills and log this valuable tree and guard the forests and equipment.
Sitka Spruce was lightweight, long fibered,strong, and didn't split easily. It was high in demand to use for airplanes. Prior to the Spruce Division, this country produced 2 million board feet. In 15 months, the army and civilians produced 150 million board feet. Loggers were out in the forest in tents, and people like Harold and Pratt spent their time in wooden homes. Bisque had them working 8 hour days, with better pay than the rest of the army. He revolutionized the Pacific Northwest logging industry in the process.
Because the logs were in very inaccessible places, with no roads, trucks drove over planks, like a railroad of sorts to pick up the logs over the soft ground. Some army volunteers (often experienced saw mill workers) ran the saw mills with the experienced mill men, and people like Harold loaded the finished lumber onto box cars using pulleys and winches. They were producing 10 million board feet a month, at the end.
One other thing that should be stated is Harold's vision. When irrigation pipes came into the valley, most wouldn't use them, thinking that it made the ground hard. Harold and Pratt Taylor realized this was much easier than irrigating. It ended up not using as much water, as well. They were the first to try this new technology. Now, 2017, everyone uses third generation pipe and it preserves water and puts more land under cultivation.
Irrigation was hard work. Harold often came in and experienced leg cramps that were severe. People called them "charley horses" back then. With the pipes, that never was a problem and the end of the fields got watered just as much as the beginning.
Harold believed in the gospel. He never hauled hay on the Sabbath. When he was irrigating, he never watered on Sunday. Other farmers got their cut hay rained on, which made it moldy and not as good a feed. His hay was sprinkled on, but never as much as his neighbors'. I got in trouble saying this, but it's true.