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Autobiography Of Edward B. Clark
Boyhood


As a youth I attend the M. I. A. In fact I attended the first meeting when the association was first organized in Farmington. It was held in the Old Rock Schoolhouse. Thomas J. Steed was made president, with a board of directors consisting in part of the following: Moroni Hess, Jos. S. Clark and Peter Christensen. Later as time went on, I held almost every office the M. I. A. had, I was secretary, editor of the paper, second counselor to Joseph E. Robinson and then I served several years as president, being elected by the young people. This was even before the Davis Stake was organized in 1877.

In glancing back over the early incidents of my life, it is really surprising to see the marvelous changes that have occurred during my lifetime. I remember as a youth of helping make wick candles from beef tallow rendered by the family. I remember crossing the road to get a start of a fire from a neighbor. Matches were scarcely known, and my mother in order to save them, kept a supply of folded paper for lighting candles and fires.

I remember my father driving the little bay team in our small pole buggy from Morgan to Farmington. When he got out of the buggy, he looked at his watch and said, "By Ned, boy! That is the best team in the county. I have drive the thirty miles in three hours."

Father died in 1901, without ever riding in an automobile. I purchased my first automobile in 1917. It was a seven passenger Paige known as "the most beautiful car in America." It was a real luxury, but an expensive one. A tire cost $70 and was guaranteed for only 5,000 miles. My next car was a Willis Knight, purchased from Ross Richards for $1100. In 1938 I bought a Dodge Coupe, which I am now driving.

As a boy, I loved horses and was proud of my first riding pony. I took a great deal of pride in riding Old Deck---a splendid cow horse. We needed good horses and saddles for driving our stock to and from Georgetown. It used to take about 12 days to take a herd of cattle to Georgetown, via Soda Springs. Now we make the trip by automobile in about four hours.

I spent most of my early life on the farm or on the ranch handling cattle or raising hay to feed them. I did a great deal of marketing of hay in Salt Lake City.

At one time I purchased a very fine cutter from my cousin Will Stevenson. I took considerable pride in driving it. On one occasion while driving just north of Hot Springs, we had a spill. I was sitting on the high front seat alone. Wealthy, President Robinson and his wife were sitting in the back seat when we capsized. I held to the lines until President Robinson could right the sleigh. Then I jumped in and got the team under control. No one was hurt. Sleigh riding used to be quite a sport. I remember taking a load of young people in a bobsled. Wanting a little fun, I purposely drove over a slanting place and tipped the sled over. Again no one was hurt.

Skating was another of our boyhood sports. We frequently went down to Ivins Pond in South Farmington. Here I won many races and contests. The pond was named after the father of President Anthony W. Ivins, who lived near there.

As I think over my young days, I recall that I had many and varied interesting experiences. As a boy, I was quite an expert at playing marbles. This was especially true of "knuckle Boston." I had a strong thumb and could shoot very swiftly. I used to win the boy's marbles, trade and sell them back and then win them again. I accumulated many marbles.

I never cared much for dancing, especially was this true of the waltz, as it me dizzy. However, I attended nearly all of the dances. I attended a number of dance sin the old courthouse which was then in the street, and later moved to its present site. For these dances Uncle James Stevenson played the violin and most of the calling was done by Charles Turner and M. C. Udy. The church placed a ban on waltzing, allowing only two or three each evening. That suited me very well. Later, the dances were held in the Rock School House or in private homes. For one or two years the dances were held in the old Spackman home just south of Jacob Miller's home, then owned by Tommy Smith.

At one time the dances commenced in the afternoon and closed at 10 p.m. This was not a popular time. I remember attending a dance at the Court House when the ladies took lunch, and they danced nearly all night. It was at one of the afternoon dances, that I received a hint to take as a partner, the young lady who later became my beloved wife---Wealthy. As I neared the dance hall I met Myron J. Richards, a brother to Wealthy. He was escorting two young ladies to the dance. He offered to share with me but that was too sudden for a bashful boy. However, by the next dance, I had found sufficient courage to ask Wealthy to accompany me. After asking her mother, the mother was 'Yes.' And then commenced a most profitable and happy courtship which ended in a most completely happy marriage.






Edward B. Clark Autobiography

<Autobiography Main>< Introduction>< Early Childhood> < Boyhood> < Young Manhood> < Genealogy> < Summary of Church Activities> < Priesthood Activities> < Missionary Work> < Civic Service> < Positions in Civic Affairs> < Farming> < Water> < Traveling Experiences> < Children Born to Edward B. Clark> < Incidents in the Life of Wealthy Richards Clark> < Testimony By Mrs. Wealthy Richards Clark> < Incidents in the Life and Labors of Alice Randall Clark>< A Message to The Ezra T. Clark Association> < Faith Promotion Incidents of Edward B. Clark> < Another Faith Promoting Incident> < Another Case of Remarkable Healing> < Activities of My Family---My Great Achievement> < My Testimony> < Appendix>