Monday, June 8, 2009

Frank Union and Emily Rufi Frazier Part 2

Frank gave Emily a red ruby ring on the occasion of their engagement. On 14 June 1906 they were married in the rock house on the Frazier family ranch by Peter McKinnon.

Their first child, Delora, was born 19 March 1907 at Aunt Lizzie’s house [Lizzie Dell Frazier Corless]. Grandma Frazier (Emily referred to her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Walton Frazier, as Grandma Frazier) was disgruntled because she wasn’t able to attend her new daughter-in-law. Sister Cornish assisted as mid-wife. Frank had to ride horseback to Woodruff to phone Randolph for the doctor.

Frank and Emily spent most of their married lives together living on the Ranch, as it is affectionately called by family members. At that time the Ranch consisted of a large three-story rock home built by Frank’s father, Stephen Vestal Frazier, a two-story frame home, known as the yellow house (even when the paint was worn off).. There were fields of hays and grains and alfalfa, a garden and various out-buildings, a blacksmith shop, coops and barns. The yellow house was to be their home during the early years of their marriage. It has since served as home to each of their children’s families.

At the time of their marriage the yellow house was made into two separate living apartments. Annie and George Frazier made their home on one side and Frank and Emily Frazier on the other. The apartments were connected by a small hall. There was such excitement when the first telephone installed on the Ranch was hung in that hall. From then on whenever the phone rang the race was on. Emily and Annie ran to see who could answer it first. Knowing the life-long stride of Emily, I know who usually picked the phone up on the first ring.

At Emily’s house washday meant beans for dinner. One such day a vagrant traveling down the Creek stopped at the old yellow house, where Annie was all too happy to share her family’s beans with him, since she too perpetuated that pioneer tradition. After offering his thanks he traveled on and stopped next door at Emily’s to ask for food. When she brought him a bowl of beans he exclaimed, ‘my you’re both having beans today.’”

A water pump and an outhouse were in the yard. In the winter the mercury was known to dip as low as 52 degrees below zero. Ice was raised in the creek. Blocks two to three feet thick were cut and stored all summer in a hillside dugout.

They’re first son Glenn was born 27 Dec 1909. Dr. Wing and his wife were called and spent the night. While Glenn was still a baby, the family journeyed by train to California with Frank’s fellow Moose Lodge members. He always said he carried Glenn all the way to California and back. As the train rolled along the tracks, Frank walked from car to car in an attempt to quiet his crying baby.

While Glenn was small Frank and Emily moved their family to Salt Lake City where they lived in a frame home at 7200 South State Street in Union. Their youngest son, Elmer, was born there 13 Aug 1913. Emily’s mother was able to stay with her for the birth of her baby.

In about 1917 they moved their family and livestock back to Woodruff. They packed everything into a horse-drawn wagon, and walked, driving their herd of milk cows with them. It was strictly horse drawn wagons for travel then. The train ran between Evanston and Salt Lake City. When she could, Emily loved to take it to Salt Lake to surprise her mother with a visit.

The family moved to Salt Lake City one more time and lived at 1041 East 17th South where they kept one milk cow. Hazel Dean lived with them and had her tonsils removed on their round-oak kitchen table. Again their neighbors were George and Annie Rufi Frazier, who lived at 999 East 17th South.

Glenn always found it easier to ask his mother for money, than his father. One afternoon, after successfully raising a few coins, he and Elmer walked to Sugarhouse to see the movie Robin Hood.

When the family again moved back to the Ranch in Woodruff it was into a new frame home just east of the old yellow house.

The Frazier homestead, The Ranch, meant home to several generations. All relatives where welcomed when they “came home.”

(To be continued.)

Continuation of History of Frank Union and Emily Rufi Frazier. Pictures from the collection of Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier. Left to Right Mary Ellen Frazier Dean, Emily Rufi Frazier, DeLora Maud Frazier Eastman, Frank Union Frazier, children in back of truck unknown, Delora Frazier Frodsham, Dee and Clara Eastman, Ella Clare Eastman.

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