Friday, August 14, 2015

History Norman Ingles Bliss 1875-1919

Norman Ingles Bliss, son of Norman Ingles and Lydia Mariah Stout Bliss, was born the 23 January 1875 at Toquerville, Utah. Norman Jr. was seven years old when his father was killed in a accident. His mother Lydia, then had her brother David (Stout) moved them from Toquerville to Rockville, Utah a town a few miles east.
Norman as a young man carried the mail in the Zion Canyon area. One of the places on his route he would have to lower the mail over a steep cliff, where another many would take it from there.

His mother, in the early part of 1884 married Cyrus M. Jennings. They had one son, David Stout Jennings, who later married Henrietta Webb.

Norman's mother died 14 Sept. 1888, leaving five children. Another son Stanford died (earlier) 29 May 1882. The other children are Fanny, Norman, Lillie, Alfred an David. Six months later Fanny married John P. Terry, she then had her sister and brothers come and live with her and John.

Norman married Mary Elizabeth Morris, the 31 Oct. 1895 at Rockville, Utah. She was the daughter of Daniel and Sophia Russell Morris. She was born the 16 of June 1878 at Grafton, Utah. To them was (sic) born five children; Clarence, Leon Clark, Oren Vernon, Maitlan and Earl Morris Bliss. Clarence was born in Rockville, Utah.
In 1897 they moved to Hinckley, Utah where the other four children were born. after arriving in Hinckley Norman jobbed around where ever he could get work. he worked for President Hinckley on his farm, and also hauled ore for him. Drum, a place about forty miles northwest of Hinckley, was were they hauled their ore from. There were quite a few people hauling ore and they would work together. Sometime in the early spring when the ground was thawing it would take them all day just to travel a mile. They would help each other pull their wagon(s) in the deep mud. It was so cold at nights that the horses would paw the ground trying to keep warm.

There was an old mine shaft that went down about three hundred feet. At the bottom it was full of water. They would hook a large wooden bucket on the end of a rope and lower it down the shaft to get water for their horses. the bucket would then be pulled up by a horse. One time this bucket got lodged at the bottom of the well. They tried all different ways to get it loose, but nothing seemed to work. Finally, Norman said that he would go down and try to free it. He put his back against one side and his feet against the other, then grasping the rope with his hands e went down the wall. There were some very exciting minutes waiting to hear from him that the bucket was free. After much maneuvering he freed the bucket and gave them the signal to pull it up.

Norman was considered a good boxer and he was quite often challenged by  new comers or they would have him box at different celebrations. Baseball was his favorite sport, at which he because very good. There was always baseball equipment around for his children to play with. Nearly all of sons became very good at the sport. His first wife, Mary, could play the organ, and he was a good singer. At parties and different occasions they would have his wife play and he would sing. While hauling ore or freight he would sing to pass the time.
He was considered a very good farmer, an expert in handling or horses, and a top driver in the hauling of freight. His horses were always taken good care of, and his equipment was in the best of condition. He was a good blacksmith and did all the shoeing of his horses. he owned a riding horse that he called Brownie, it was about the best roping horse in the country. Money could not buy this horse from Norman. A good fried of his, Alfred Jones, made him a raw hide quirt, and hackmore (sic), and a lariet (sic).
As a young man he would go out and catch wild horses, ride the, then just before he turned them loose he would pull out of their tail, by doing this he was able to collect enough horse hair to braid into a long rope. He was a very good horse trader, and seldom did he get beaten in a trade. He had the ability to look at an animal and tell if it would suit his purposes.
At one time the rail road washed out in the Southern part o the state, and he volunteered to take his horses and equipment and go down an help repair the washed out rail road. They loaded all their horses and equipment and shipped them down by rail.
On June 7 1907, his wife Mary died leaving Norman and five children, the youngest was just one and a half years old. Ten months later, on the first day of April, he married Harriet Theobald, the daughter of George and Naomi Ruth Tanner Theobald. She was born 30 March 1887 at Duncan's Retreat, Washington County Utah [town doesn't currently exist it was in the Rockville Utah area]. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple. After He and Harriet had been married and sealed to each other, they went through again, and Harriet acted as proxy for Norman’s first wife. Norman also had his five children sealed to him and Mary.

After Norman and Harriet's first child, Stanley, was born they moved to Abraham, a settlement, a few miles northwest of Hinkle. A Mr. Newton Woodruff and Mr. Howard had purchased a half section of land (320 acres). They hired Norman to run it. Normal was to furnish all the animals and they would furnish the equipment. they agreed to pay him $125.00 per month. Alfalfa and alfalfa seed was the main crop raised; sugar beets were also grown. One year they harvested 1400 bags of alfalfa seed, each bag weighing around 180 lbs. they received about 14 cents per pound.

Three children were born to them in Abraham; Mary Zelma (Zel), Charles Howard, and Theon Theobald (Bill) Bliss. Just before Howard was born, Norman had to go to Oak City. He told his son Clarence if anything came up that he was needed, he was to call by phone. A day or so later, Harriet told Clarence he had better call his dad, for she was already in pain. When Norman received word he borrowed the fastest horse he could get from Mr. Collier Lovell to make the trip. In just a little over an hour he had covered the distance from Oak City to Abraham, which is a little over twenty miles.
In 1915 they moved back to Hinckley and purchased a farm owned by David Stout. This farm was located about one mile north of Hinckley. Three mroe boys were born to them; Jesse Max, Ferron Lane, and George Ingles (Joe). This made a total of sever children born to Norman and Harriet. All together Norman was the father of eleven sons and one daughter.

In July, about a week after their last son was born, Normal had a terrible accident, which caused his death. he was getting ready to move a derrick they used to stack hay with, when the Jackson Fork got loose and swung around and one fork tine struck him in the back and penetrated his body. he suffered this terrible pain about three weeks before he passed away. He died the 12th day of August, 1919 at Hinckley, Millard County, Utah. (He actually was transported to Salt Lake where he died). He was buried in the Hinckley Cemetery beside his wife Mary.

The one thing that people said about Norman was that his word was as good as his bond.

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