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James W. Strong

James W. Strong

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James T. Strong and Elizabeth Swaner were married April 1861. They had eleven children whose names were James William, John, Arthur, Mary G. Bailey, Julia Paul, Ernest, Alvin C., Clarence, Ettie S.Beat.

My father was James W. Strong: he was born April 20, 1869 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He married Harriet Poll who was born April 5, 1863 in Dixie, Utah. They were married July 17, 1884 in Salt Lake City. Utah. They lived there until 1889 when they moved to South Weber. There they bought a farm and lived until his death Jan. 23, 1897. They had four children: dive James, Hazel Lottie, Lowie Elizabeth and George Raymond. The oldest was only 12 years old and the youngest 4 years old when our father died. My mother had to work hard to save the farm, but she did it. Then she married John L. Walton. They had 2 fine boys, Alphand Poll and Reginal. Then John Watson died and Harriet was married again to John Gibson. They sold the farm and moved to Metraphs, Nevada. They stayed there a few years, then moved back to Ogden. They adopted a baby, Elsie Gibson -- she is living in California.

Lowie Elizabeth Strong was born 15 December 1889 in Salt Lake City, Utah. My father bought a farm in South Weber when I was about a year old. We moved there, so that is where I spent my school days but they were very few as my mother was left with four children and a farm to finish paying off. My oldest brother was only 12 years old, Hazel 9, I was 7 years old, and brother George was 4 years old. We all had to help all we could. But I do have some fond memories. There was always a children's dance on George Washington’s birthday, and I always got new shoes and a new dress for this. As my cousin and I were walking to the dance one time there was water all over the road. So he was carrying me, but we got to laughing and he fell down. Of course, I went down with him. We felt terrible, and we still laugh about it to this day.

When I was 15 years old I went to Ogden to work for Heber Scowcroft for $5.00 a week: that was pretty good then. I stayed there for about 4 years. Then I met Robert Claude Stimpson and was married 21 April 1909. We bought a farm in Heyburn, Idaho. That is where we spent most of our married life. It was very hard to make a go of it as our family came along. We had nine children, 5 girls and 4 boys: Elva May, Ethel, Alvin Claude, Helen Naydine, Robert James, Lewis Harold, Dwaine Strong, Claudine, Barbara Jean.

There were hard times but they were happy times. That is the way I spent most of my life. I did work in the Primary for a while; it seems like I have always been a Relief Society teacher and love it. I would go out in the field to help.

Claude died 17 November 1955. Then I was through with the farm. I couldn't take it any more, so I went back to Ogden, Utah. I went to help and stay with my sister Hazel and husband. But I still have the farm and have to make my monthly trips to Idaho to see my children.

Then I met and married Alma Marsten. We are doing temple work and genealogy work. Last year we did 85 Endowments and we hope to do more this year if our health will permit us to. We have 27 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, and they are still growing.

STRONG, James William
b. 20 Apr. 1862 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
d. 23 Jan.1897
md. Harriet Poll 17 July 1884
Son of James T. Strong and Elizabeth C. Swaner
Clive James b. 20 feb.l885
Hazel Lottie b. 25 July 1887
Lowie Elizabeth b. 16 Dec. 1889
George Raymond b. 15 May 1893


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