VERONA AMELIA NOAKES (NATIVE PIONEER)

Transcribed October 1998 by Carl Clegg

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Mother was a native pioneer. She was born June 30 1856 in Springville. She was the daughter of Susan Amelia Childs, who was born March 5, 1839, and died August 3, 1914. Grandma came to Utah with the 90th Co. of John D. Parker and Isaac Stewart on September 12, 1852, and John Hubbard Weakes who was born August 7th, 1831 in Litchfield [Modiana] Co. Ohio, and came to Utah with his father in 1852, he and grandmother made the trip in the same Co. Grandfather came to Springville in 1853.

She was the eldest of eleven children. After they had two small children, Verona and Emma, her parents went to California and while there two more were born. Three years later in 1863, they returned to Springville and built their first home on 2nd East and 1st North near the old fort. They had many troubles with the Indians. They would hide the children under the bed at their approach. When a child, mother would gather [service] berries and other wild fruits to dry for winter food.

Grandfather Noakes was a Veteran of the Indian Wars. He servied in the Walker War from July to October 15, 1853. In 1856 the Tintic war broke out and grandpa was on hand with a good horse and one for his companion. He served as guard at Fort Supply and in 1857 he served as a scout around Fort Bridger in Echo Canyon, heading off Johnson's army.

Grandpa built a five room adobe home and also a little fort where they would go when the Indian were hostile and dangerous. During the settling of Utah Grandpa served as body guard to Brigham Young. When the Black Hawk War was started at Manti, April 9, 1865, he was one of the fourteen men that left Springville to take part. He served Capt. [Paces] Co. He lived to reach his 30th birthday and died October 3, 1910 in Springville.

Mother married father February 1, 1873. Their first home was a one room log house by the creek on 3rr East and 2nd South. They later moved out on 4th East and 5th South and built a two room adobe house. When their first child was born mother took down with [Thypoid] fever and was bed fast for three months. Grandfather Clegg have her a blessing and promised her she should live to have a family and enter her 70th year which was fulfilled.

Mother was always a hard worker, she raised fruit and berries which father freighted to the mining communities; She later sold to peddlers or commercial buyers.

She was never a public woman but one who worked hard rearing her large family. She made all their clothes in early days by hand, did the large washings on the board, not knowing the convenience of an electric washing machine or iron. The children were adorned in hand knit woolen stockings which seemed to wear for ages.

Her cellar was always filled with canned fruits, sacks of dried corn, apples, apricots, plums, and peaches, a barrel of cured pork, with potatoes and other vegetables ready for winter.

Many are the large social and family get togethers with plenty of music and fun for all when relatives from near by communities would come by wagon with all the youngsters snuggled down with hot bricks, flat irons and quilts. There seemed always room no matter how large the crowd, beds were pulled apart, the spare straw ticks placed on the floor, several children tucked in one bed and how much fun they would have.

The older ones would sleigh ride over the drifts that covered the fences with sleight bells ringing and all singing till it was time to go home. They would then pop pop-corn and make molasses candy.

Our home always seemed like a travelers home as any one going through Springville stopped there. Father would feed and care for the team while mother would make room for some friend or slight acquaintance.

Mother had a full and complete life, bringing nine children into the world. She never was idle, in later years she did lots of handwork, knitting, making quilt tops, braiding rugs and last but not least her crochet work.

She was kind and loved by all who knew her. She died in the home she made for fifty years on March 4, 1926 and was buried beside her husband and daughters, Sunday March 7, 1926.