White River Valley -- NOW and THEN -- 1898 to 1980

Chapter 104

Heber Charles Smith Family

      Heber Charles Smith was born 14 June 1856 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was the fifth living child of Charles Smith who was born in England in 1819 and Sarah Price Smith who was born in England in 1821. Heber, as he was known in Lund, married Isabella Ross, 1 November 1883, in St. George, Utah. There were four children born of this marriage; all born in St. George Utah, namely: Ethel, Heber Arthur, Zina and James Ross. His wife Isabella died a few weeks after James Ross was born. Heber married Bertha Elizabeth O'Donnell on 20 December 1894 in St. George Utah. Both marriages were solemnized in the St. George Temple.

      From this union there were seven children born who lived past childhood; three of which were Isabella, Sarah Mona and Elizabeth, born in St. George and Price, Utah; and four, Charles Paul, Virginia, Nephi Lamar and Kendall Lanse were born in Lund, Nevada. An eighth child, Marlyn, was born in Lund but lived only a little bit over three months.

      Heber and his family moved from St. George to Lund in 1902 and settled on a lot at the west side and near the center of the town. He was a carpenter by trade, learned while working in the mines of Southern Utah and Nevada as a young man. He was a skilled carpenter. This was evidenced by the workmanship of his own home and several other houses he helped build in Lund. His daughter Isabella lives in the home he built for his family and she bas taken pride in keeping it in good repair and surrounded by beautiful flowers, trees, and shrubs.

      He also farmed his land and raised his family to maturity with the exception of the child Marlyn who died after three months and Lamar who died from pneumonia in his 15th year.

      Heber died on 7 February 1930 in Lund after fathering twelve children and had forty six or more grandchildren. He was respected in Lund as an honest man, fair in his dealing with all who knew him and was loved by his family and friends. He served as Superintendant of the Sunday School and served many years in the Lund Ward as ward clerk. He was well known for his dry wit and humor.

      Heber's first wife, Isabella Ross, was born 25 September 1864 at Scipio, Millard County, Utah to David Gibson Ross who was born at Sinfield Downs, Ireland, 5 November 1827, and Mary Lockwood who was born at Harlington, Yorkshire, England on 13 April 1840.

      Her mother left England in 1847 at the age of 18 and spent the first winter in America at Winter Quarters. On reaching Salt Lake City she caught mountain fever and was cared for by David Ross and his wife. Later she became the plural wife of David Ross. The Ross family moved to Scipio where Isabella was born in 1864 and then on to St. George.

      In 1867 David Ross took his two wives and his daughter Isabella and left for San Bernadino, California. Isabella's mother turned her wagon around at St. Thomas, Nevada and drove back to St. George and later married William B. Kemp. He adopted the child Isabella. This gives a small summary of the young girl who married Heber Smith and bore him four children. Isabella died shortly after the birth of her fourth child and thus never saw Lund. However, her four children moved there and raised families in Lund.

      Bertha Elizabeth O'Donnell was born 5 November 1872 at Greenville, Beaver, Utah. She became the second wife of Heber Charles Smith two years after the death of his first wife Isabella. This marriage was solemnized in the St. George Temple on 20 December 1894. She was 22 years of age at the time and became a mother to four children ranging in ages from 2 to 10. Three more children were added to the family in St. George: Isabella, Sarah Mona and Elizabeth.

      The family then moved to Lund in 1902 and there five more children were born to Heber and Bertha: Charles Paul, Virginia, Marlyn, Nephi Lamar and Kendall Lanse. The story is told how she and two of her small children made a wagon trip to Utah for supplies when the church in Lund was being built.

      Bertha known to the saints in Lund as "Aunt Bertha" was a good mother to all twelve of the children and all of the children were a pleasure to her in her later years.

      When World War II broke out and all of her children had left or moved away from Lund or gone to war, she moved to Los Angeles, California to live with her daughter Mona and died there on 9 March 1945. Her body was shipped back to Lund and she was buried there beside her husband.

 

                  Written and submitted by:

                  Richard R. Smith


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