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The Need to Gather: Honoring Jennie and Edwin Stoddard

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Jennie and Edwin were married June 24, 1914 in Logan, Utah. This year marks their 109th wedding anniversary. While their love story was cut short by Jennie's death in 1918 (the Spanish Flu), they had two children. Edwin Cleveland Stoddard (Kimball) and Ruth Mabel Stoddard (Kimball ) Weaver. Edwin Cleveland (or Cleve as he was known) married Francis Lynch and became a military man. He is buried in the US Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. Francis and Cleve had two daughters, Barbara and Kristen. Ruth married Max Weaver from Layton, Utah. Together, they had six children and 36 grandchildren. The descendants of Cleve and Ruth have miraculously reconnected.



Descendants of Jennie and Edwin gathered to honor them. In all of us, there is a need to gather- to connect, to reach out. In so doing, we learn more about ourselves. It is in the reaching out that we become rooted to something bigger than ourselves. We learn more of our story, and we have a desire to share it.


The love story of Jennie and Edwin though brief, is impactful. It is evident in the lives of their grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.



The railroad in Utah’s North brought Edwin and Jennie together… it is this great steam horse which also tore them a part. Nestled in the mouth of Ogden Canyon where the tracks meet, it was only natural that Edwin became a railway man. The tracks connected Uintah to Logan, together, and thus Jennie and Edwin, on the Bamberger Railroad.


The two fell in love on the brink of World War I. They married June 24, 1914- four days prior to the assassination of Franz Ferdinand of Austria. This bullet triggered World War I. The Great War shaped their lives and the lives of their future generations- in ways unimaginable to these two young hearts.


Letters- A few relics is all that remains of their lives together. Words penned by their young hands and hopeful hearts. They are but etchings- a mere echo of Jennie’s short-lived life.


On March 2, 1914 Edwin wrote from Pocatello, Idaho Depot (The Oregon Short Line and Utah Northern Railway Railway):

My Dear Jennie,


“…Isn’t it the most glorious thing this love one gets for another. It appears most heavenly in its mission, and dear I enjoy it more and more every day. And it is getting most unbearable. Can’t you come, won’t you come dear, as you have stolen into my life and it appears that you have become a part of it, to leave as silently as you entered would nearly break my heart, I do believe.


I will try and bear it until the spring dear, and then won’t you come to me, as I have stated you are the missing link of the chain, to my happiness…”


Jennie, the daughter of prominent Logan citizen, Thomas X. Smith, was her father’s darling. As the youngest child of a large polygamous family, she was the pet. Uncommon in her day and especially for women, she was also a scholar having received two years of college education.


Jennie and Edwin’s letters continue but were few. Jennie fell for this eloquent railway man as they communicated via letters through their courtship, early days of marriage, and the birth of two children, Cleve and Ruth. While the war drew to a close in Europe, another disaster struck as the Great Flu Epidemic of 1918 raged hitting Edwin on the railway. The story goes that “Ed” returned for a short visit and unknowingly infected Jennie. He returned to the railway and fell ill.


The last letter of communication between the two shares the tale of their “almost happily ever after.”

The letter was post dated October 14, 1918, 2 pm Salt Lake City Utah:



Mr. E.C. Stoddard

C/O Columbia Hospital

Butte, Montana


Salt Lake City, Utah

October 13, 1918


My Dear Bug,


“No one can tell how I felt when I heard you were ill. I would give anything if you were here and I could care for you. O. Bug! Why did you go? I’m just heart sick. Ever since you left I’ve been so depressed and felt as if something would happen. If you were only home…”


The letter is signed, “with bushels of Love and Kisses

From Babes and myself,

Jen


Jennie’s mother, Annie was with her during her illness. Annie had gone out to get more medicine for Jennie and returned to find her near death. Edwin received word of Jennie’s imminent death while he lay in a hospital in Butte, Montana. He arrived in Salt Lake City on a stretcher stricken with the flu himself.


Jennie made one last request on her deathbed to Edwin- The promise that her children would not be raised by a stepmother.


Edwin kept his promise. Jennie's sister Marie and husband Leo raised Cleve and Ruth and later adopted them. Edwin or "Ed" as he was known later married Edna Weise. They had three children, Carl, Maxine, and Ronald. Edna and the children- they are all dead now. And they took with them their memories of Edwin. Perhaps, we will never know what he did with his dash and

After all, it's what we do with our dash that matters most.


We used to sleep out on grandma and grandpa's back porch in Orem. We would giggle and laugh right a long with the crickets. Grandpa would call out to his dog Slim while we played on the swing set as he sat at his potter's wheel.


Their house was filled with art, of all kinds. The scent of paint lingered and pots lined every nook and cranny. Grandma made the piano keys dance from the basement. Grandpa always gave us ice cream and grandma always gave us unconditional love. We knew they they loved each other, and that truth blessed each of our own lives.


There are thirty seven of us- thirty seven grandchildren of Max and Ruth: Kim Cleve, Chris, Wendy, Michael, Amyanne, Heather, Taresa, Bond, Shonna, Colby, Tyson, Trent, Travis, Lyndsay, Jenimarie, Brook, LaVon, Ivan, Lisa Kay, Sheldon, Logan, Max, Matt, LaRee, Clint, Sharee, Cody, Natalie, Diana, Daniel, Julie, Ryan, Hillary, Nate, Brenna and Mara.


Weaver Wonder Women Forever- (left to right) Taresa Earl, Wendy Roberts, Shonna Briggs, Jenimarie Coon, Amyanne Rigby, Diana Hodges, Hillary Messer, Julie Thompson, and Mara Englestead (not pictured Lisa Kay Walley, Lyndsay Boberg, Heather Englestead, Sharee Olsen, LaRee Merrell, Brenna Burrows, and Natalie Clements).



The Grandchildren and their spouses of Max and Ruth Weaver


The descendants of Max and Ruth Weaver


The Great Grandchildren of Max and Ruth Weaver




Jennie's Favorite Cake

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup sugar

2 eggs unbeaten

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups sifted flour

3/4 cup milk

Combine shortening, salt, and vanilla- add sugar gradually- cream until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time beating thoroughly after each addition. Add baking powder to flour and sift 3 times. Add small amounts of flour to creamed mixture, alternately with milk, mixing each addition until smooth. Grease pans, bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Frost with chocolate icing.


June 22, 2023 Scone and Drink Bar- Let the gathering begin

The Great Grandchildren of Max and Ruth Weaver: (Left to right, top to bottom: Chloe Coon, McKade Coon, Sami Hodges, Xander Weaver, Kallie Walker, Garin Walker Japrix Weaver, Madsen Rigby

Bottom: Elena Englestead, Madison Walker, Ruth Walker (baby) Liam Walker, Lucy Walker, Aiden Walker, , Kayla Walker, Owen Walker, Mya Walker, Ethan Walker, and Keller Walker

The Grandchildren of Max and Ruth Weaver- (Left to Right, top to bottom) Jeff and Jenimarie Coon, Cleve Weaver, Chris and Jen Weaver, Travis and Amy Rigby, Brook and Penny Walker, Matt Merrell, Sheldon and Sheryl Walker, Bradyk and Mara Englestead, Lavon and Kate Walker, Daniel Weaver, Logan and Sarah Walker, and Diana Hodges


The Children of Max and Ruth: Kimball, Janet, Katherine, Dean, Vickie, Ruth Kay, Dave


June 23, 2023 Spring Creek Trail






















This is what we did

Thursday, June 22, 2023: 7pm Scone and Drink bar- Mix, Mingle and night games, Rigby Residence, 2143 North Ashdown Forest Road

Getting to know Jennie and Edwin.

Friday, June 23, 2023

7 AM Morning Temple session siblings (Janet, Kimball, Scott, Rhonda, Nancy, Katherine, Dean, Ruth Kay, Dave, and Vickie followed by breakfast at Janet and Kimball’s, 245 Rountree Drive.

9 AM – Meet at Rigby Shop (102 East Cobble Creek) for Continental Breakfast and to pack your lunch for the hike or picnic

10 AM- Depart for hike- Grands and Great Grands ages 5 and up Spring Creek Trail this, https://hikestgeorge.com/hiking-trails/spring-creek-trail/

10 AM- Scavenger Hunt, picnic and pool time(opens at noon $4.50 adult, $4 per child- 2090 W Royal Hunte Drive) and picnic (for those who stay behind)- For those not interested in hiking) Cedar City Aquatic Center and in and around Cedar City (Hillary will chair this event).

1 PM- family kickball game at Kanarraville Baseball Diamond followed by basketball pick up games, watercolor art and yard games. If you have a National Parks Pass, bring it. This would be a great time to take an afternoon drive through Kolob. Canyons.

5 pm- Family Dutch Oven Dinner -Kanarraville City Park-

8 pm- Movies, milk and cookies, pool, darts, card games and visiting at Rigby Shop (102 East Cobble Creek).

Saturday:

8 AM Pancake breakfast (Wendy), Spike ball and pickleball tournament at SUU (2-56 N 600 West). Chris will chair this event.

10 AM -Picture Scavenger Hunt of Cedar City-

Remembering Max and Ruth’s Days at SUU and Cedar City

Noon: Family Pizza Party at church near SUU 61 North 900 West- Tributes to Kurt and EdWynn by Bond and Mara.

Daniel has prepared Grandpa’s 1957 woodcut of The Branch College of Southern Utah (SUU farm). These will be available at this time as well as Jennie and Edwin’s letters.

Afternoon- 2 pm

For Adventure lovers: Shotgun shooting, BB guns and four-wheeler adventures- meet at Rigby Shop at 2 pm (102 East Cobble Creek). Michael and Cleve will chair this event.

On the softer side- Tea Party and Grandma Jennie’s cake at Janet and Kimball’s- 245 Rountree Drive.

6 pm Closing Dinner (Navajo tacos) Family story time, live music by local artist Kaeli Chae Madsen and the finale — Family Photo. Jennie and Edwin’s letters and book will be available as well as digital copy grandpa’s life story with his sketches. Bounce houses, volleyball and yard games at the Canyon View Stake Pavilion (1985 North Main Street) Navajo Tacos will be served.


For the past two decades I have been searching and studying the lives of Jennie and Edwin. Here is some of what I have found.


5.19.2017 Finding Jennie- family letters mentioning Jennie When I can't sleep at night, I often think of Jennie. I have so many questions about her and her short life. There seems to be a connection of sorts that I just can't describe, and so I continue to search. I feel compelled to find the descendants of her son Edwin Cleveland Stoddard, but have found nothing yet. I will keep digging. Until then I share these tender letters with you that shed a little light upon Jennie's life as a newlywed. I am so grateful to her mother Anne and her brother Eugene. I can't wait to meet them one day! While researching and digging for information about Jennie and her short life, I came upon David Barkdull's name on family search. Thankfully, he left his email address and I was able to communicate with him. He had some amazing letter and photos of Jennie. I really feel like I hit the "motherlode." I can't thank David enough! Communication from David Barkdull (descendant of Thomas X. Smith, (Eugene Smith) Jennie and Marie's older brother)May 7 (12 days ago) to me The below paragraph was taken from an original source, but I can’t locate it right now. If I’m remembering correctly the information comes from a letter written by one of Jennie’s siblings to their brother Eugene. It is taken from the book I wrote on Eugene and Mary Smith, “True to the Faith”. Jennie Smith"During the 1918 flu epidemic, Ane's daughter, Jennie, was struck down with the deadly disease. Ane left Logan and went to Salt Lake to help nurse her back to health. She was again alone with her gravely ill daughter and two young grandchildren. Her husband was away in Pocatello on business during this time. One day she went to the drug store for medicine. Being in a hurry she confused her directions and was lost for two hours. She stopped and prayed to God to direct her home. She was then able to retrace her steps and found her daughter's home. When she arrived home though she found Jennie unconscious. She died soon after.” Smith Family letters mentioning Jennie David Barkdull <drbarkdull@gmail.com>Sun, May 7, 2017 at 7:08 PMTo: amyanne rigby <fab5rigby@gmail.com> The below paragraph was taken from an original source, but I can’t locate it right now. If I’m remembering correctly the information comes from a letter written by one of Jennie’s siblings to their brother Eugene. It is taken from the book I wrote on Eugene and Mary Smith, “True to the Faith”. "During the 1918 flu epidemic, Ane's daughter, Jennie, was struck down with the deadly disease. Ane left Logan and went to Salt Lake to help nurse her back to health. She was again alone with her gravely ill daughter and two young grandchildren. Her husband was away in Pocatello on business during this time. One day she went to the drug store for medicine. Being in a hurry she confused her directions and was lost for two hours. She stopped and prayed to God to direct her home. She was then able to retrace her steps and found her daughter's home. When she arrived home though she found Jennie unconscious. She died soon after.” ------------------------------------------------------------ These are letters I transcribed for the book, “True to the Faith”. They were written while Eugene Smith was serving his mission in Colorado, 1915-17. Let me know if you have any questions. David Letter from Anne Howe Smith (mother of Eugene and Jennie). Eugene was about to depart to the Western State’s Mission, Headquartered in Denver, CO. 25 Dec 1915 Rexburg (Independence), ID "My dear Son, I was very glad to receive your dear letter. A little surprised to know you had been transferred to Denver. I do hope your health will be better there and that you will be more contented. You are quite near Jennie. She is in Cheyenne, Wyo. She has talked of moving to Denver. If she does it will be fine for both of you. Well my dear son Xmas is here. I do hope you will have a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. We sent a large package up to Mary and children. All kinds of things that are useful. So we thot that would make her happy. We had a letter from Mary, she feels fine only a little lonesome. She is a very brave girl. We sent you a package to New York. I guess it will be forwarded to you. All the girls have sent things. There is one thing sure, it is better for a missionary to go where he is called first. I would like you to send a card to Patience. Address 367 No 2 East. Write all the girls. Sister Stoddard wishes to be remembered to you. Everybody sends love. Tis sure lovely to know you are becoming such a good speakers. Keep on my dear son and the Lord will bless you. Love from all, Loving Mother XXXX (Address is 191 East 5th North, Logan, UT, Home where Eugene Smith grew up in) 28 Dec 1915 Denver, CO "Dear Mary, I am feeling better. Ed and Jennie took me out to supper tonight, they treated me very nice. Mary, how I would like to see you and the children. With love, Eugene (Sent on postcard with Tunnel #3 of Northwestern and Pacific Railroad on it.) (Mary was Eugene’s wife who remained home with her three children, ran the farm, taught school to support her husband on his mission) (Letter from Anne Howe Smith to her son Eugene who serving a mission) 3 Jan 1916 Logan, UT "My dear Son - Received your card was sure glad to hear from you. I also saw Jennie she told me what a fine time they had with you. I just came from Bountiful where I spent a few days with Jennie. Was sure glad to hear you are more contented where you are now. I do hope Eugene you will be satisfied. There isn't a sickness in the world like home sickness, it makes one feel like they are sick all over. I have passed through that myself. The only way you can overcome sickness is to go to the Lord if necessary several times a day and he will help you. I know Eugene, if you will humble yourself fast and pray the Lord will hear you and you will fill an honorable mission. And I know you will do it. Dave was a little sorry you left the East. But I also know Elders are often not satisfied unless you go where you are first called. Eugene, I want you to continue writing to Dave you know you will never get a better friend than he is. You know Eugene, two years in the mission field is worth six years of college. I know my dear son you will do your best and fill a grand mission. The time will fly after you get used to public speaking. Say, you didn't tell us if you received the fruit cake, a box of candy, a money purse with little money in it. They were all sent to NY, also a necktie. Let us know if you haven't received them, we will have to write. We had a letter from Mary, all are feeling fine. I hope by this time you are real well. Love is your companion. All send best love, may the Lord bless you my dear son, Loving Mother & Mabel Excuse the pencil, I have mislaid the pen." (Letter from Mary Smith, Eugene’s wife, while on his mission) 4 Jan 1916 Rexburg (Independence), ID "My dear Husband: "Elder Eugene Smith in the name of the Lord, we set you apart . . . You are sent forth to carry a message . . . , you are the bearer of a message that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph is a true Prophet and that the gospel has been restored. You are one of his servants and the way shall be opened unto you. Ask the Father to give a portion of His Spirit unto you . . ., you will be able to fulfill this mission. The evil one will do all in his power to discourage you and to turn you from your work. We bless you that you will be successful, if you will but seek his Spirit. If you will go forth, we promise you that you shall fill a splendid mission. You shall be warned of danger and all things shall be for your good." This is all I got of Elder Kimball's prayer when he set you apart. I thought maybe you might like to have it. Your card today made me feel badly. I cannot understand why you do not receive the letters I send. I sent two to mission hdqts. and a box and some to Denver. I sent several letters and a box at Christmas time to Scranton. I feel very worried about this box as I have not heard from it. Did you make arrangements to have your mail forwarded? Please answer me at once and let me know if you have heard from or received the box. If not, I will start investigation from my end. I wanted, to be so much comfort to you. Eugene, are you keeping a Diary? I hope you are. There are so many things I want to know. How have you spent the Holidays? Were you entertained by anyone else besides Jennie and her husband? What did you receive for Christmas? Where did you go? I ate dinner at Martha's. Went to S.S. [Sunday School] program and entertained Geo, Martha, and family and Gladys Jensen at dinner on the 26th and remained right at home the balance of the time. You say the time goes so rapidly to you. It will soon be past. I'm thankful to hear this. To me it has no end. I am sorry my letters have failed to reach you. I am more sorry than you can know. If you do not get your letters more regular, I will send them to Thornton, instead of posting them on the Rural Route. May God bless you and assist you in your labors may His Spirit be a constant guide and comforter is the prayer of, Your wife, Mary. P.S. I'm sorry your companion left. Hope you get another good one soon. No we have not had our pictures taken yet. One of the other children has been ailing ever since I came from Utah and the weather has been so severe that I have been unable to have them taken as yet.” (Letter from David Smith, Eugene’s older brother to him while on his mission) 8 Jan 1916 Logan, UT "Dear Brother, I guess by now you think I am never going to write to you. We have been all sick. I hope you are well and are enjoying your mission. I had a letter from Mary today. Mother is well and all send their love. I bet you were surprised to see Jennie and Ed they said you were looking fine. Do you like Denver. I am sure you will like it when you get used to it. Dave was here Friday. I think he is looking better than he has for a long time. Well I guess this is all for now. I pray the Lord will bless you is my wish, your sister Fannie." (Letter from Mary Smith to her husband Eugene Smith while on his mission) 19 May 1916 Rexburg (Independence), ID "Today it looks as if we are going to get the long desired rain. The sky is overcast and there is no wind. We had an excellent Priesthood meeting last Sunday. Two missionaries reported their labors. Judge Donaldson's son was one of them. He had been on a short term mission in South Carolina. It was his second mission. His entire time while he was away was spent in assisting the church. At night he acted as our Ward Teacher. At first he thought it foolish to be sent just to assist in building. He thought they could get plenty of masons there. Now he sees how he helped to build up God's Kingdom in that place. Many of the best people in the county and town were attracted to Mormonism through the building of the church. Newspapers made favorable comments, real estate men rejoiced because it brought up property values and especially in the neighborhood and people were anxious to buy. So he had learned that there were many ways we would humbly do our parts. Eugene, my heart is with you in your work. I realize more than ever that we need to walk by faith, absolute faith in God. We cannot see far unless it is through the promptings of God's Spirit. However, great our desires may be to do a big or good work, it all depends upon God. One thing we must learn is patience. That, it seems to me together with faith and obedience, is the key note of all success in life. By faith we "see far". In regards to Sis Mann, will say that you know that any friend of your is always welcome in our home. But before asking one to become a permanent inmate, there are many things to take in to consideration. First, would they accept our mode of living? Are our aims and views alike? Would we make agreeable companions? Then, Eugene, you know that just a present, I could not give her a room for herself and I am afraid that she would not like to live as crowed as we do. I would gladly give her a home if she will accept pleasantly our environment but let us think and pray about it so that we will do nothing in haste. Irma wants your measurements so that she can pass an examination and get credits in Genetics. She failed in California in this subject because she did not have hereditary statistics of every person in mother's family. Would not have needed to have sent bust, arms, waist measurements, only height and weight, because she is not going to get you a suit. Oh, no! Jennie has an 8 1/2 lb. boy who arrived May 15. All are rejoicing. We send our very best love to you and pray that God may bless you, Your loving wife, Mary” 24 May 1916 Probably Salt Lake City, UT "My dear son, I was sure glad to hear from you, you must be contented where you are and perhaps Pres Herricks will move you back to Denver. Give my love to your companion and be kind to him and teach him to preach if he cannot sing. I do hope your garments arrived alright and I hope they will fit. I wish I could send you $50 a month if I were a millionaire but you know I cannot. Jennie had a fine boy on the 15th and she sure earned him, as she had a bad time and nearly left us but of course she is feeling fine now and will be up tomorrow for a while. I can tell you Ed is proud of him so are the rest of us. Gene, don't take any notice of what the girls say, you will have enough to do if you listen to all of them, use your best judgment. Please don't be lonely and after you have fulfilled your mission you will find it was one of the happiest times in your life. Pres Smith said the other day that he would lose all he had rather than deny the faith also that he had made many sacrifices during his life. Eugene, I received a fine letter from Mary on Mother's Day and sure enjoyed it very much. I also received a card from Leon and was sure glad he was getting along in school. I wish you would write Dave once in a while Gene he sure has had a hard time. I think I would be going home about the last of June. I am enjoying good health with the exception of an awful headache. Dave just came in now and his family is fairly well, with love and best wishes I am your, loving Mother" 8 June 1916 Logan, Utah "My dear Son, Was so glad to receive your dear letter and to know you are doing well in your work. I had a lovely letter from Mary. I hear from her real often. We are getting along OK. Jennie and Babe are doing pretty well. Time is flying it will soon be time for you to come home again then how happy you will be that you have been out into the world trying to do good for your fellowman. There is a great MIA excursion from Logan today. I am expecting Sis Stoddard and also Patience. I sure hope they will come. I can't write much today tis time for me to go to the temple. I sure enjoy doing my work there. There was such a crowd yesterday. I had to come home couldn't get in. There were 40 couples married yesterday. I hope I can get in today. Well my dear Son, do all the good you can and God will bless you in so doing. Write me often. God bless you dear Son is the prayer of your loving Mother. XXXXX" 21 July 1916 Logan, UT "My dear Children, I received your kind and welcome letter some days ago but have been so busy going through two shifts at the temple but now it is closed for one month. How are the crops doing? I am expecting Jennie home tonight with the baby because it is so hot in Salt Lake and they are going to move to Ogden pretty soon. If you go to teach school this fall, I do hope you will get someone to care for the children. The girls all send their best love, Goodbye my dear children, Loving mother." 25 July 1916 Logan, Utah "My dear son, I received your welcome letter guess it makes you humble going without purse or script. I had a letter form Mary. They are all well and Leon is a very busy boy. The temple is closed and I feel very lonesome, don't hardly know what to do with myself. Jennie is here with her babe tis sure a lovely child but quite cross. Have you a good companion? I would love to visit Mary about Xmas time but if I go I'll try and get my own money and don't worry about it. I have rented my rooms for six months after Mabel leaves. I am so glad as I need the money. Mabel leaves the last of next month. God bless you my dear son, Mother" 25 Nov 1916 Logan, Utah "My Dear Son, I received your kind and welcome letter and sure was glad to hear from you and to learn that you are well and getting along alright. I sent you a letter two weeks ago that I had fallen down and hurt myself. I hurt my back and it has affected my leg and I can scarcely step on the floor. I feel quite badly about it and I have so many temple names to complete. I guess you have gotten my letter by now. My dear son, you will be surprised to know that Sis Bell is dead and so is Sis Johnson. I guess you remember them don't you? There are just two people left, Brother Monk and Sister Mikelsen of the old pioneers of our ward. I came up to Jennies last night for a few days till I feel better. My dear son, I guess you are lonely but I think you will like Denver much better than where you were. I pray God to bless you with health and with strength that you may return home in peace to your loved ones. This is the prayer of your loving, Mother. Hello Uncle Jean - Violet” 19 Nov 1916 Ogden, Utah "My Dear Son, I was surely glad to get your kind and welcome letter and to learn you were doing so nicely with your missionary work. I was also pleased to hear you were going to conference and only wish I were going with you. Eugene, you will be surprised to hear I am in Ogden. Jen's baby was very sick so I came down and the next night after I came I got up to go to the bathroom and fell over a chair and hurt my back terribly. I think I never felt worse than I do now and I was so anxious to do my temple work for Christmas. Jen called the doctor and he strapped it up. My dear son listen, you and your companion go into your room and ask the Lord to heal up my back and I have faith that He will for when my back gets better, I will be all right. The other night I got a letter from Mary. You surely have a grand wife and she is doing all she can do while you are away. I do not think you have any cause to worry for everything seems to be going on all right. I certainly hope you will have a good time at conference. Goodbye and may God bless. I am going to try to go home this week so sent my mail to Logan as usual." 1 Apr 1917 Logan, Utah "My dear son [Eugene], I received your letter and card and was very glad to hear from you and that you were well. Yes, Eugene, I am going down to see Jennie she is sending me the money. I don't know whether I will go to Salt Lake or not as I am not very well but Dave will see Pres Herrick. I have not had a letter from Dave for a long time but had a card yesterday from Lamanthea. I had such a nice letter from Mary and sure did me so much good. It was full of encouragement and they were all well. Many have now enlisted in the War and it is all talk. I hear President Smith has issued a word of warning to our people in one of the papers. I am anxious to see it. Mabel said there school closed on 3rd of May. I guess she will soon be home now. I do miss Mabel, I begin to feel it is not very nice to be alone. We had 24,000 ordinances last month in the Logan Temple. Don't you think that is fine. That beats any temple record yet. Give my love to Elders Porter, Griffin, and your loved ones at home is you loving Mother's prayer. P.S. Hello Eugene, how are you? This is your old friend Sister Stoddard writing this time for Mother. Love and best wishes to my dear boy. EYL" 23 Aug 1917 Logan, Utah

"My dear Son, I received your card was so glad to hear from you. I began to get uneasy as I hadn't had a line from you for about 12 days. I guess you are glad to be back to Denver you will meet all your friends. We are sure glad you are soon coming home. I will sure be glad to see you. Does seem such a while since you left home. Mabel is sorry she won't be home when you come as they leave here next week. Mary has been here for several days. They are all well, you sure have two lovely girls and a handsome son. Tis great to be able to sell so many books, shows you work hard. I know you have done a good work tis wonderful how much pleasure one gets from doing good. When we do what is right, how the Lord blesses us. I had a long talk with Pres Herrick and he said you had filled a fine mission. I am so thankful for that. Give my love to Elder Putman. I would very much like to meet him. We are very busy while the weather is good. There has never been such good crops in this valley. Write and let me know what days you will be home when you find out. Eugene, be sure and call on Jennie and Dave when you come home. Jennie's address is 442 Herrick Ave. God bless you my dear son, your loving Mother" Jennie Smith

551 North 200 East Logan, Utah Annie Masters Howe Smith's home


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