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Hyrum Oscar CRANDALL

Hyrum Oscar CRANDALL[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]

Male 1844 - 1904  (60 years)

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  • Name Hyrum Oscar CRANDALL 
    Born 26 Apr 1844  LaHarp, Hancock, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Gender Male 
    _FSFTID KWZK-TJ4 
    _UID 27F9297FBAC40F4990B7067D572804E9D4DE 
    Died 30 Apr 1904  Driggs, Teton, ID Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 30 Apr 1904  Driggs, Teton, ID Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 9
    Person ID I1534  pember-crandall
    Last Modified 30 Jun 2017 

    Father Myron Nathan CRANDALL,   b. 17 Aug 1818, York, Genesee, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1860, Springville, Utah, Utah Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Tryphena BISBEE,   b. 4 Apr 1819, McDonough, Chenango, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1863, Springville, Utah, Utah Territory, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1841  Nauvoo, Hancock Co., IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 60E305BEC41A1F4ABE72BFCEB6E9EBE77B35 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois.
    Family ID F104  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Margaret Elizabeth GUYMON,   b. 29 Sep 1846, Winter Quarters, Pottawatami, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1929, Driggs, Teton, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1864  Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 7A5674CCC3381643A8E4D8B9775A6A17D31F 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Springville, Utah, Utah, United States.
    Children 
     1. Clara Elizabeth CRANDALL,   b. 10 Oct 1865, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1865, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Hyrum Oscar CRANDALL, Jr,   b. 13 Jan 1867, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1889, Driggs, Teton, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     3. Franklin Edgar CRANDALL,   b. 1 Sep 1869, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Oct 1940, Driggs, Teton, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     4. Wallace Martin CRANDALL,   b. 24 Nov 1871, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1903, Milner, Twin Falls, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
     5. Harvey Leslie CRANDALL,   b. 19 Jan 1874, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Apr 1940, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
     6. Mabel Tryphena CRANDALL,   b. 21 Apr 1876, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Aug 1970, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     7. Helen Irene CRANDALL,   b. 4 Jul 1879, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1954, Idaho Falls, Bonneville, Idaho Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     8. Zina Luella CRANDALL,   b. 1 Oct 1881, Huntington, Emery, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1958, Ogden, Weber, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     9. Bertha Grace CRANDALL,   b. 5 Jun 1884, Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jul 1979, Boise, Ada, Idaho, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
     10. Ross Nathan CRANDALL,   b. 1 May 1886, Huntington, Emery, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1886, Huntington, Emery, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     11. Julia Bisbee CRANDALL,   b. 18 Dec 1887, Vernal, Uintah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1978, St George, Washington, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     12. Elroy Ira CRANDALL,   b. 28 Jun 1891, Deming, Luna, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 1894, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 3 years)
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 17:05:48 
    Family ID F950  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Harriet GUYMON,   b. 11 Nov 1851, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1942, Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1869  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    _UID 2066B75D42685B479C5CBABEEC614B180649 
    Notes 
    • MARRIAGE: Also shown as Married Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United S tates.
    Children 
     1. Julia Euzell CRANDALL,   b. 7 Dec 1871, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1955, Price, Carbon, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)
     2. Hettie Margaret CRANDALL,   b. 9 Sep 1872, Springville, Utah, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1950, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     3. Myron Marcellus CRANDALL,   b. 2 Oct 1875, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1951, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
     4. Louis Eugene CRANDALL,   b. 3 Feb 1878, Springville, Utah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 10 Jun 1880  (Age < 2 years)
     5. Adelaide Lucinda CRANDALL,   b. 3 May 1879, Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Feb 1953, Pasadena, L.A., CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     6. Melburn Roslyn CRANDALL,   b. 18 Feb 1882, Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1952, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     7. Ralph Delos CRANDALL,   b. 18 Aug 1884, Huntington, Emery, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1971, Safford, Graham, Arizona, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     8. George Ernest CRANDALL, D.D.S,   b. 16 Jul 1887, Huntington, Emery, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1931, Mesa, Maricopa, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     9. Stanley Leroy CRANDALL,   b. 30 Jul 1890, Vernal, Uintah, Utah Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Sep 1942, Safford, Graham, Az Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2017 17:05:48 
    Family ID F24  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • !Source: "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and his Descendents"
      by John Cortland Crandall
      FHC 929.273 C85c #3488 page 460, 585

      Source:`The Life Story of Hyrum Oscar Crandall" Compiled and
      published by Henry E. Miller 1994 page 264

      HYRUM OSCAR CRANDALL
      Compiled from The Life Story of Hyrum Oscar Crandall book

      Hyrum Oscar Crandall was born April 26, 1844 at LaHarpe, Hancock County, Illinois, the son of Myron Nathan Crandall and Tryphena Bisbee. He was their second child. His parents were a close and faithful family. His father heard the gospel from missionaries in Villanova, New York and was fifteen years old when he joined the church. The Crandall family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, then followed the church migration from Ohio to Missouri, then to Quincy, Illinois and later to LaHarpe, Illinois not far from Nauvoo. Tryphena's family had joined the church in 1837 and were residents of Nauvoo at the time.

      Persecution was so strong against the church that the members were driven from Illinois. In 1847 Myron and his family and many of his siblings left Illinois for Kanesville, Iowa. Myron built the first dugout in Kanesville. As a young boy Hyrum lived there with his family in Kanesville on a six acre farm for three years. While living here they acquired a span of horses, two yoke of oxen, two cows and a two year supply of provisions. Consequently, when they left to join the saints in Utah they did not suffer as much deprivation as some other pioneers. While they lived in Kanesville, Hyrum sister Julia Ann suffered an accidental hip injury which left her crippled the rest of her life. This injury kept the family from traveling as soon as they had hoped.

      In 1850 that Crandalls left Kanesville with the Aaron Johnson Company. Hyrum was six years old when they left for Utah. The company arrived in the Salt Lake Valley 02 September 1850, in much better condition than most of the trains that had struggled across the plains. They camped at Emigration Square for a few days to let their animals rest, wash their clothes and mingle with the Saints. One morning Brigham Young came into the square and with a wave of his cane, cut out the first eight wagons and told them to prepare to leave at once for their new home about 50 miles south of Salt Lake. The Crandall's were among the eight wagons cut out. Some of the men had scouted the country on horseback and came back with glowing tales of the beauty of the Utah Valley with belly-high grass and a spring of cool mountain water with the lake shimmering nearby.

      Captained again by Aaron Johnson, the lead wagon was driven by Martin Pardon Crandall and they traveled three days, arriving at Hobble Creek abou t 3:00 p.m. on 18 September 1850. The Crandall's were among these and on 18 September 1850 they arrived at what they first called Hobble Creek, because they could hobble the horses and turn them out to graze along the creek. Later they named their camp Springville in honor of the mountain spring which gave them water and afforded power for the gristmill. The next morning the men hung up their grindstone, sharpened their scythes and began to make hay from the wild grasses which grew in abundance. They also sharpened axes and sent groups of men into the canyons for logs to build a fort.

      Aaron Johnson's history records, "The following day the men went to the hills for logs from which to build their homes. In the meantime, the women and children picked wild ground cherries, choke cherries and service berries€¦ The first days were full of promise and hope."

      The men began to build a fort the second day after they arrived because t here were bands of Indians in the area. The village grew rapidly as the wagons arrived. Chief Walker and his parties were troublesome, more from their habit of walking into homes unannounced and uninvited, and their thievery, than threatening life. One day word came that the Indians were on the warpath and all the women and children were gathered into the meeting house to stay while the men joined in repelling the Indians. The day was hot and their supply of water is gone. No one dared go to the creek until Grandmother Guymon took the bucket and ran quickly to the stream, filled the bucket and ran back. It was extremely warm but they had been told to keep the doors and windows closed.

      At this juncture 1851, Utah was a young land. American history was still in the making here. An early day log fort arose in "Hobble Creek" almost immediately to afford the first settlers protection from the Indians and from the approaching winter. The area had a bounty of mountains, badlands, canyons, valleys and desert. In short, the area was a geologic showcase. This was the wide open west the Mormons did so much to shape. The experiences of the settlers in Springville were peculiar to the pioneer way of life. Their experiences were accounts of travel in covered wagons, accounts of Indian battles and otherwise the eking out of an existence that at times was barely of subsistence level.

      Hyrum received his schooling in Springville schools and grew up in a community that placed great importance on socials, dances and parties. Bishop Johnson, when he built his permanent home, built a large room in which the young people could socialize and dance. They had only to provide the fuel and the candles. When the meeting house was built, socials were held there.

      Hyrum married Margaret Elizabeth (Betsy) Guymon who was also a lifelong resident of Springville. They had known each other even across the plains coming to Utah when Betsy was seventeen they married on 06 March 1864. They were later sealed and received their endowments in the Endowment House in Salt Lake City on 14 January 1869.

      The Black Hawk War broke out in 1866, lasting two years. Hyrum, 22 was as signed guard duty. Whenever trouble came, the old bell on the church was rung three times, then after a few seconds lapse, three more times. In case of extreme emergency, a drum roll was added to the end of the alarm.

      Early in May a courier came dashing into town reporting that some people had been shot near the forks of the canyon. Immediately that bell rang out, "come, come, come – quick, quick, quick," followed by a long drum roll. In half an hour a posse had formed and twenty men left for the crime scene, among them was Hyrum. When the posse arrived, however, no dead were found but the men divided up into pairs and searched all afternoon for signs of Indians. At sundown they met at the Curtis ranch where ten more men joined their ranks. The group held a council of war and decided that the Indians had holed up for the day and would try to escape through a familiar canyon after dark. Ten of young men volunteered to try to head them off. When they arrived at their destination, one of their numbers was missing and they waited fearfully for the confrontation. They descended the trail to return to the ranch for breakfast where they found the missing boy who had become lost during the night. They were relieved that he was alive, as they had feared and dead.

      All that summer the men worked in parties of 30 to 40 men when they went for wood, staying close together and keeping armed. A company of minute men was formed and for six months they camped in the tithing yard. Each day a squad was detailed to herd the cattle to feed on the bench and bring them home safely in the evening. During that summer they encountered the Indians several times but the Battle of Diamond Fork in which Hyrum Oscar was involved is worthy of mention.

      A band of Indians came down Maple Canyon in June of 1866 and drove off 50 head of cattle and horses. This was the start of the Battle Diamond Fork. The bell rang, the drums rolled and a posse was formed. Only about ten were in the initial group as the other men were working in the fields and it took awhile for them to gather. Another posse from Spanish Fork was scheduled to meet them, hoping to surround the Indians on two sides. The Spanish Fork group met the Indians and engaged them in battle before the Springville group arrived. The skirmish lasted about an hour and a half and two young men were killed. The Indians finally fled, so they picked up their two dead comrades, strapped them to horses and sadly went home. They were met by Bishop Johnson who told them to get a few hours of sleep because one boy hadn't returned. Shortly the bell rang and they were on their way again.

      The Diamond Fork Battle was one of the most successful of the Black Hawk War as the Indians lost all of their camp equipment and much of their ammunition and guns. Most of the cattle were found and returned and after 48 hours of continual fighting with little food and water, the Springville men, including Hyrum Oscar, dragged themselves home.

      Hyrum and Betsy had been married five years when it was decided that Hyrum would take a second wife, so he chose Betsy's sister, Harriet who was eighteen. They were married 25 October 1869 at the Endowment House in Salt Lake. Betsy worked diligently spinning wool and weaving cloth to make Hyrum a suit to wear for this marriage. Betsy had just had a baby, Franklin Edgar, born 01 September 1869 and could not make the journey, so her mother went with them. Betsy worked all day to prepare a fine supper the night that Hyrum and Harriet got home. When everyone was eating, Betsy slipped out and a friend found her sitting on the chopping block sobbing. Polygamy was probably the hardest principle the pioneers had to live.

      In 1879 the two families moved to Huntington, Emery County, Utah in what is known as Castle Valley. The party included Betsy and six children, Harriet and four children. Harriet's fifth child, Adelaide Lucinda was born, enroute to Huntington.

      The history of Huntington, Utah reveals that Hyrum Oscar arrived with a large group of settlers in late summer 1879. Castle Valley had been settle d as early as 1850 but it was not until 25 years later that settlers move d there in any great number. A colony of Mormons had arrived in 1877, bui lding dugouts along the north side of the creek. As they built homes, oth er settlers moved in and occupied the dugouts. Hyrum arrived with Noah Th omas Guymon, his father-in-law and they helped survey the town of Hunting ton. As was the custom, lots were numbered and the numbers placed in a ha t, then each man drew for lots. Those with plural wives drew a lot for ea ch wife. Noah Thomas and Albert Guymon both drew lots at this time. Hyru m and William Howard were business partners in a saw mill and built ident ical homes. The old Crandall home burned down later, but the Howard hous e still stands.

      Hyrum was a counselor to the Elias Cox, first Bishop of Huntington, whe n the ward was organized 07 October 1879 by Canute Peterson, Stake Presid ent and shortly afterward the auxiliary organizations were formed, a ceme tery designated and an "Old Folks committee" was appointed. Hyrum also fi led on 160 acres of homestead land which he improved a great deal. Hyru m and William O. Howard's steam sawmill used the timber that was one of t hem valuable cash crops in Huntington. Their mill was a shingle and lat h mill located in Crandall Canyon found in Huntington Canyon. Another saw mill was located in Rilda Canyon but it later moved to the Forks, also i n Huntington Canyon. For the first year there was no drinking water, so t he pioneers hauled water from the creek.

      While they lived in Huntington, three children were born to Betsy and thr ee sons were born to Harriet. Noah Thomas Guymon, grandfather to all thes e children, owned the first store, the first grain binder, the first "sur rey with the fringe on top." This surrey was used as a hearse in the comm unity for many years.

      The year after their arrival in Castle Dale Valley, a big 24th of July ce lebration was held under a large bowery erected for the occasion. The sam e bowery was also used as a church until a log cabin, forty by sixty feet , was erected. This log cabin church had a dirt floor, but a wooden floo r was added shortly, but the building had a thatch roof and mud filled th e chinks between the logs. Doors and windows from Sanpete County were add ed and when it was finished, of big New Year's Dance was held in it. A ne w wing was added later, forming a T. A stage at one end of the addition m ade it possible to hold plays and programs and eventually a coat of plast er and whitewash improved it aesthetically and a new floor over the origi nal improved it functionally. It served the community until it was destro yed by fire in 1918.

      The first Thanksgiving celebration was held in this building in 1881. A p rogram of songs, recitations and stump speeches started the day, then a m idnight supper and dancing until morning completed the festivities. Danci ng was one of the favorite pastimes of the Saints. More men than women we re usually in attendance, so the men were given numbers and weren't suppo se to dance until their number was called. If they didn't wait, that wa s called "ringing in," a practice that cause more than one fist fight out side.

      Just what prompted Hyrum to pull up stakes and move his two families to V ernal, Utah it is not known for sure. In 1887 Hyrum sold his hundred 16 0 acres and moved his family to Vernal, Utah where he purchased 80 acre s of land and worked as a contractor, building homes. Here Betsy had anot her daughter and Harriet had her last child. In Vernal, Hyrum purchase d a large lot, building one house on one end of the lot and one on the ot her. Each had two rooms on the ground floor and two rooms upstairs. Ther e was no stairway, but a ladder provided access. The children ran back an d forth between the two houses and everyone was congenial with one anothe r.

      The family prospered in Vernal but persecution of polygamous families int ensified. And it was at about this time that the laws of the land began t o focus against those Latter-day Saints who had entered into polygamous m arriage relationships. Because of the attacks against the church over thi s issue the Mormon Church issued its Manifesto suspending the practice o f polygamy in the church. This occurred on 06 October 1890. The church ha d conformed to the laws of the land but the families that had been consti tuted through plural marriage found themselves in an adverse situation. H yrum Oscar was already having to evade local and Federal agents bent upo n putting him in jail.

      Because he was not openly able to be with his two families the way his he art and conscience dictated, Hyrum Oscar Crandall held council with his t wo families over the untenable situation and both families agreed they sh ould load both families into the wagons and move to Mexico where they ca n live unmolested.

      President Wilford Woodruff, an Apostle and himself a polygamist, became v ery ill while he was fleeing the Federal officers, so he came to the Cran dall Home for refuge. Betsy killed a chicken and made chicken broth to su stain Elder Woodruff and he stayed at their home for several days. He sta yed upstairs in the boys' bedroom and when he was better, the children we re allowed to go up and visit him. He taught them a little song, "I'll b e a Little Mormon."

      Because of Federal persecution and after much discussion, Hyrum decided t o take his two wives and seventeen children and move to Mexico, hoping t o escape constant surveillance of the "Federals." They packed all their n ecessary furniture to head for the Mormon Colonies in Mexico. Preparation s were completed, and on a cold day, 23 January 1891, they said their goo dbyes when Franklin, decided to marry before they left. Julia Euzell and Hettie didn't join the family going to Mexico. They also married about this time.

      At the last moment Hyrum saw that he needed an extra rope and the only place to buy one was at the hardware store but he was afraid he would run into officers, so he elected to shave off his beautiful beard and mustache . A Deputy Whitaker, who was a "spotter," passed right by Hyrum on the street and didn't recognize him. After Hyrum bought his rope, jumped on his horse and rode away, Whitaker ask the storekeeper if that wasn't Cranda ll!

      Three wagons left Vernal 23 January 1891, one pulled by a four-horse team . In addition to this they had 48 head of loose horses and they trailed a cow. (Some family dispute arises over the existence of a cow). Just h ow much planning went into this move no one seems to know for sure. In an y event Hyrum Oscar Crandall took enough time to sell and dispose of it s property. It is recorded that the wagons were well outfitted. The olde r boys drove the extra stock and the wagons. When evening came they cooke d and ate around a campfire. They were entertained by singing and playin g the harmonica and recollections of that time were spoken of the beautif ul spring flowers, the streams and lovely valleys. The days pass quickl y and soon it became warm and sunny and the roads became dusty and dry. T he stock kicked up clouds of dust that whirled around everyone.

      Finding water was always a problem. In the arid regions when a water hol e was located they more often than not found the Indians guarding the wat er. Hyrum Oscar had to barter a horse to the Indians on one occasion fo r permission to fill their water kegs and water their stock. On their tri p down, many times it passed over large beds of saleratus or alkali, aki n to baking soda. They filled all there empty cans with it and used it t o leaven their bread. It made the bread very yellow but at least it woul d rise and they found it very tasty.

      The days on the trail passed quickly and soon it became warmer and the ro ad became dusty and dry. One day just before they got to Monticello, a sp otter came into camp. All the polygamists' families had been taught to an swer all questions from strangers about their family with "I don't know. " The spotter asked all the children where their father was and what hi s name, but all he got was a chorus of "I don't know." He drove out of ca mp cursing and calling them dumb little brats but the children felt prett y smart. He was not deceived, however because shortly Marshall Whitaker s howed up. His jurisdiction was in Utah but he bragged that he was going t o arrest Hyrum the next day. Hyrum's friends took the Marshall's group t o the saloon and treated them to as much drink as they wanted, while Hyru m and Brother Wrigley herded their horses into New Mexico out of immediat e danger.

      In some places quicksand made it necessary for the men to drive the horse s back and forth until they could find a safe place to cross. Many place s were so steep that they had to tie the wheels together with chains in o rder to let the wagons down slowly enough.

      They were glad to cross over into New Mexico Territory to get away from t he jurisdiction of the Marshalls and spotters. However, in New Mexico the y traveled on Zuni Territory and those Indians were on the warpath. The b oys took turns sitting watch night and day.

      After five months of travel the families arrived in Deming, Luna County , New Mexico on 05 June 1891, after traveling by wagon for five months. T he nearest railroad point to the Mormon Colonies. Margaret was sent to de liver when they arrived here. Hyrum rented a small house for her and th e younger children and helped put up tents for the older ones. After gett ing everyone settled in, Hyrum left with Harriet, her children and all th e older boys to look over the colonies in Mexico and see if it was wher e they wanted to settle. They hadn't been gone long when Margaret went in to labor and they came back to help Margaret. She gave birth to their twe lfth child.

      A few days later the party set out again, leaving Margaret with the smal l children and a new infant. When Hyrum and the rest of family arrived a t the Mexican border, they were told that they would have to pay $5.0 0 a head to the Mexican Government for all their livestock. The austere c onditions of the area had already turned their heads, so the return to De ming convinced that Mexico should not be their destination. Inasmuch as t hey were not impressed with the country, they returned to Deming. They to ok a contract to dig a canal to bring water to that thirsty land and the y worked all summer only to find that a Mr. Taylor, the bookkeeper had ab sconded with all the money, leaving Hyrum and his families completely wit hout funds. It was a hard time for all of the family and they decided tha t Margaret was to return by train to Utah with all of her younger famil y to a place Hyrum had purchased this was 1892 purchased sight unseen sev eral years before in this small community of Indianola, 50 miles south o f Springville. Mr. Black, from whom he had purchased it for span of mules , had represented it as a sound house and everyone was looking forward t o living there.

      Harriet and her family proceeded on to the Gila Valley in the territory o f Arizona. Harriet reportedly had already made friends with some people f rom Gila Valley who spoke favorable terms about the area. It was decide d that Hyrum should accompany Harriet and get them settled and then retur n to Utah himself and live with his first family. And this is the order o f events that finally developed.

      Hyrum, Harriet and her family preceded by wagon to Safford, Arizona wit h what remained of the stock taken to New Mexico. They arrived in Saffor d (the Layton area) in December 1892. Harriet and her children settled i n a temporary house which is now part of the Lawrence Fuller ranch. Thei r immediate concern of course was a livelihood. Hyrum remained with Harri et less than a year reportedly. A Tax Collector's s Office receipt reflec ts that on 12 April 12, 1893, one H. O. Crandall paid $24.70 to Graham Co unty, Arizona Territory at Solomonville, Arizona the county seat. It is s aid that when Hyrum returned to Utah to join his first wife he took one w agon and one span of horses with them. The laws of the land, so to speak , had separated her and her children from Hyrum Oscar Crandall never seei ng her husband again. They were left in a two room shack with tents for t he older boys. Two wagons and teams gave 17 year old Marcellus the oldes t and Mel, teenage sons, means to earn a living hauling and freighting an d Harriet served as a midwife.

      Hyrum met Margaret and her family in Indianola in 1893. They were thrille d to see their husband and father after nearly a year without him. In 189 4, Margaret and Harriet's brother, Ed Guymon wrote about a wonderful plac e in Wyoming so Hyrum left his family again to file on a homestead there . This was 1894 in the big horn basin of Wyoming in the fall. In 1895 soo n he wrote for Margaret and the children, to come and be with him in Wyom ing. The family was destitute when they receive the letter but they packe d their belongings into two wagons and started out. It was a sad meetin g when they met Hyrum headed for Utah. They spent that winter in Otto, Wy oming.

      The next summer Hyrum and the boys worked on the Joe Brown's Ranch betwee n Otto and Mormon Bend. Hyrum and the boys contracted to build Cody cana l nearby, 1895 – 1896 laid out the city of Burlington Wyoming. So whil e the rest the family set up housekeeping in Otto, they worked on the can al until the spring of 1897. It was also at that time that Hyrum and Rich ard Prater laid out the city of Burlington, Wyoming and the family move d there. In the spring of 1897, Hyrum got a contract to build the road th rough Yellowstone Park. The family lived in tents, cooked over campfire s and carried their water up a steep hill to their camp.

      The fall of 1897 the families moved out of the park and homesteaded som e land in the Teton Valley just south of Driggs, Idaho. Hyrum Oscar and h is boys built a two room log house with a dirt roof. A spring of pure wat er provided plenty of water. The valley was beautiful, nestled just unde r the Teton peaks. Choke cherries and other berries grew in profusion i n the summer. Heavy winter snows cover the trees and meadows but the vall ey was ready to bloom come spring. Hyrum with the help of his boys farme d the land. He bought cows and chickens to stock the place. Margaret sol d butter and eggs to the store. For the first time the family was reall y settled.

      Once again Hyrum contacted from the Utah Construction Company and moved t he family to Evanston, Wyoming in 1899 through 1900. That year Hyrum clea red $3,000.00 making roadway for the railroad. The following year he want ed to try "just one more time," and contrary to Betsy's wishes, they stay ed in Evanston to build more roadway. The formation of the dirt changed , however and the hills which had to be blasted before the bed could be l aid, and weathered and "air slaked," and when the inspecting engineer cam e, he would not pay them, saying that the bed was dirt instead of rock. T hey lost all their money.

      The family returned to Teton Basin to start over. During those years Hyru m was first counselor in the bishopric under Don Carlos Driggs. The Teto n stake was organized later. Bertha recalled it vivdly:

      "Joseph F. Smith was the visiting authority. At that time he was an Apost le and I remember sitting by father listing to the conference. The way th ey had it arranged, we all sat on planks laid over cut-off logs. I rememb er it being an exciting conference. Thomas E. Rex of the Rexburg stake wa s there and I remember him reading off the names: Don Driggs, president o f the Stake; George Young as first counselor and a fellow by the name o f Wingren as Second Counselor. Then they began to read off the names of t he high councilmen. As I sat by father, I could see the perspiration runn ing down his neck and it wasn't too warm, at least I didn't think so an d I wondered what the matter was. But he knew he was going to be made Bis hop and so he was. He was Bishop for three years, until the day he died . He was a wonderful man. A thoroughly honest and good man. A man whose w ord was as good as gold anytime."

      Hyrum had always had bad headaches during his life. He loved to have hi s hair brushed when his head ached. That spring he got a very severe head ache so Margaret got the hairbrush and began brushing his hair. While sh e was thus engaged, he grew still and died in Margaret's arms. The docto r said it was a heart attack. The date was 30 April 1904. He was just 6 0 years old. Hyrum was buried in Driggs Cemetery which he and his counsel or had laid out just a week before. He was the first grave in it.

      Harriet, who never again saw her husband after he left the Gila Valley i n 1893, lived in Safford near her children and died there 18 May 1942.

      CRANDALLS ON THE MAYFLOWER
      Hyrum Oscar Crandall's 6th great grandfather, John Alden, was on the
      Mayflower. It goes like this: Hyrum Oscar Crandall, Tryphena Bisbee,
      Polly Packard, Elisa Packard, Merce Alden Packard, Issac Alden, John
      Alden. This is the same John Alden who married Percila Mullins. They
      both came on the Mayflower and were made famous in the poem of
      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "The courtship of Miles Standish".

      The Mayflower was a 90 foot sea "tramp" that usually carried any cargo
      they could find. The load just prior to the famous voyage was load of win e
      from Franca to England. They left Plymouth, England on September 20,
      1620 and traveled for 68 days in the worst weather of the year in the Nor th
      Atlantic. Their food during the two month trip was sea biscuits, salted m eat,
      dried fish and washed down with beer. They stopped first at Provincetown,
      Massachusetts, then proceded to Plymouth, across Cape Cod Bay. They
      almost had a mutuny after landing so they prepared and signed the
      Mayflower compact, stating that everyone would have fair treatment from
      the government that would be set up. Cousin John Alden was signer, as was
      John Howland who is another cousin to many Crandalls.

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