SONS OF UTAH PIONEERS
Hurricane Valley Chapter
November 20, 2013
Genevieve Isom Gardner was born to Thomas and Annie Hinton Isom in Hurricane Utah on October 7, 1918. She was the youngest of a family of five boys and five girls. Hurricane had been settled just twelve short years at the time of her birth. The Isom and Hinton families had played a prominent role in the construction of the Hurricane Canal and in the settlement of the town. Genevieve has pioneer heritage and had what could be considered a pioneer childhood.
Her childhood home doubled as a home for a large family and also as the Isom hotel. By the time Genevieve was old enough to reach the sink by standing on a chair, she was helping wash dishes for the family and hotel guests. Her hotel related responsibilities increased as she got older. She was a big help to her mother who was not only responsible for all the work associated with keeping a hotel, but also had to cook for the hotel quests as well as cook and care for a big family.
Genevieve had a happy childhood, which included having a best friend in Leila Petty. Leila was just two weeks older than Genevieve and this two week difference in age presented a crisis when it came time to start school. The cutoff date for beginning school was 30 September. Leila could start school but Genevieve was a week too young! Genevieve was devastated. A kind-hearted principal saw the distress and allowed Genevieve to attend with her friend. During her school years, the Hurricane School was located on Main Street, on west side of the block, south of State Street. She attended all twelve years of school there and was a member of the last class to graduate prior to the opening of the new high school in 1936.
The Branch Agriculture College in Cedar City, now Southern Utah University, was Genevieve’s next school of choice. She spent a year there taking preparatory courses for the nursing program at the LDS School of Nursing in Salt Lake City. Her plans to attend nursing school were delayed a year because of the death of her mother in the summer of 1938. This was a difficult time for her, the rest of the family, and especially for her father. She chose to spend the next year with her father to help him through this difficult transition.
Her nursing schooling began in the fall of 1939. A year or so later, while waiting for a bus in Salt Lake, she met a young man by the name of Lehi Robert Gardner. He was from Cedar City and lived next to where she stayed while attending BAC, although they hadn’t interacted much at that time. Now it was different. They dated for two years until Genevieve completed nursing school. In that era, nursing students could not be married. Graduation came in 1942, the beginning of World War II. Both the Army and Navy were heavily recruiting nurses and she considered joining, but commitments had been made between Genevieve and Robert and they married in December of 1942.
The first three years of their married lives was an adventure, a period that Genevieve considered to be some of the best years of her life. Robert had been accepted into the School of Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, so off they went to Boston in 1943. Genevieve took a position at the prestigious Massachusetts General Hospital and Robert settled into his studies. While there they were able to take advantage of many of the attractions that the Boston area had to offer, including opera, theater, music (the Boston Pops was Genevieve’s favorite), baseball and much more.
Robert Graduated from MIT in 1945 and the couple returned to Salt Lake. They stayed for three years during which time their sons Paul and Thomas were born. The family of four then moved to Cedar City in 1948 where Raymond, Leslie Ann and Debra joined the family, and where Genevieve continues to live.
During the 1960’s, Genevieve spent much of her time raising children but found time to contribute to the community. In 1962 she began a relationship with the Utah Shakespeare Festival that lasted for forty five years. It began by serving as a hostess, developed into a position on the Shakespeare Board for nine years and was followed by an appointment to the Shakespeare Board of Governors. Her service also included volunteer work with the Red Cross, filling in for various nurses at the hospital and clinic, and working for the University’s Health Service.
The seventies and eighties was a time for the Gardeners to add other interest to their lives which included golfing and traveling.
Robert died in 1992, which was the saddest day of her life. In 2010 her son Tom died, but Genevieve goes on. Her daughter, Debbie, states that the Energizer Bunny got his inspiration from her Mother. Quoting Debbie, “actually she hasn’t just gone on – she has flourished!”
Many organizations and individuals have benefited from her generous financial contributions and time. These include SUU scholarships, enhancements to the Ann J Gardner Park in Cedar City, the Utah Symphony, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Music Arts, the Orchestra of SUU, and many more organizations.
Genevieve continues to live by herself in the same home she has occupied for sixty four years. She turned 95 this past October 7!
Genevieve Isom Gardner, the Hurricane Valley Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers names you as true Modern Day Pioneer.
December 10, 2011
Our modern day pioneer for the month of December was presented in a different style. It was to the group as a sort of quiz like “Name the Pioneer” and was titled “WHO AM I”! Lee Beatty was the presenter.
His 2nd great grand father immigrated from England
His great grand father died at 28 and his wife remarried and emigrated to the colonies in Mexico
His grandfather returned to the United States from the colonies in 1911 and came to Hurricane. He met his wife to be who was visiting in Hurricane and on the last day of 1915 got married.
His father was born at the family home in Hurricane in 1917. He met his wife to be while she was visiting from Salt Lake and courted her for six years, getting married after a mission and just before entering the War. Their wedding night saw his wife’s father pass away, and the next morning he left to serve his country during the 2nd World War. They had 8 children.
Our recipient tonight was the 2nd child. His birth was his father’s ticket to come home from over seas.
As a boy growing up in Hurricane in the 1950’s he learned the value of work and service to others, working along side his father at his “early morning 2nd job”. His father served for 17 years in the Zion Park Stake Presidency.
Though his middle name is Tolman, given for his mother’s Idaho ancestry, the “T” became “Trick” to his friends for his basketball moves and later stood for “TROUBLE” to his students at the school.
He served a mission to Scotland in the mid-1960’s. His education after graduation from Hurricane High School, was an associates degree from Dixie Jr. College, receiving his Bachelor of Science from SUSC in Cedar City. After graduation from SUSC he went to work with Skagg’s Drug Center in St. George, moving with them to Las Vegas and then returning to school in Cedar at SUU to obtain his Elementary Certification. He taught at the Hurricane Elementary for 25 years, instilling the love of learning and love of the Constitution and this Country in the hearts of hundreds of children including my (Lee’s) own children, then later my grandchildren.
He served on the Hurricane Utah Stake High Council, and on the Hurricane Utah North Stake High Council and then 5 years as the bishop of the newly created Hurricane 9th Ward.
He and his wife are the parents 7 children, all married in the temple, and grandparents at this time to 19 grandchildren.
He has served on the board of the Hurricane Valley SUP for the past 15 years with two of those years as their president. For the past two years he has served as the National Area Vice President for the far southern region of Utah, serving the Hurricane Valley, Cotton Mission, Dixie Encampment and Red Rock Chapters of the SUP.
He is 66 Years old.
If you haven’t guessed by now – the recipient of the Hurricane Valley Chapter’s “Modern Day Pioneer Award is David Hinton
21 September 2011
David Bryon Stirland was born March 7, 1963 to Gordon and Polly Stirland in St. George,Utah. He is the youngest of six children, three boys and three girls. Her grew up in Hurricane attending Hurricane Elementary, High School, graduating in 1981. He was active in music and sports in high school. He took parts in the school musicals and was a finalist in the State Fair where he sand and played the trumpet. He played taps at many military funerals and was presented an American flag for his service. He was a Sterling Scholar his senior year in Music. He is an Eagle Scout and received the Duty to God award.
After high school David attended Dixie College where he continued to be involved with student government and many other activities. He was on the student council as the Cultural Vice-President. He was voted Student of the year and received the Dixie Spirit award.
He served a “foreign” mission to South Carolina.
After Dixie David attended SUU, U of U, and Idaho State University. While attending SUU he would commute back and forth to Hurricane in order to court Beatrice Hare, another great product of the Hurricane Valley. After a year or so they were married in the summer of 1990. Since then they have become the parents of six children, ages 6 to 20 years. After SUU he attended U of U and was proud to go to the same school his father attended. You might say that he is an avid UTE fan…He then enrolled into pharmacy school at Idaho State University where both he and Bea attended with David graduating in 1990.
David has run in the St. George Marathon for at least 10 years and is a member of the ten-year club. His personal best time is around 3 hours and 23 minutes. His 4th place in his category one year is something he is very proud of. He missed qualifying for the Boston marathon by just a couple of minutes. He enjoys golfing, four-wheeling and rare but much loved vacation time with his family.
Dave has always been active in the community sharing his time and talents in many ways. He has a beautiful voice and has sung at funerals, county fairs, church, and many other events.
His involvement in the community consists of:
City Planning Committee (10 Years)
City Board of Adjustments
Dixie College Alumni Board
Washington County Board of Education Foundation
County Fair Executive Committee
Voice of the Tigers, announcing the football and basketball games for about 10 years.
One of the instigators of bringing PEACH DAYS back into the Hurricane Valley in 1999. He has served as the co-chairman and chairman of that committee since then.
He has received numerous awards among which are:
Hurricane Business Man of the year 1995
Utah Pharmacist of the year 2003
City Citizen of the year 2005
After graduating as a pharmacist he returned home to Hurricane to follow in the footsteps of his father and worked many years with his father at Zion Drug. After his father passed away, David became the owner of Zion Drug. While at Zion Drug he became a “best friend” to everyone who came into the store. He still maintains his friendly personality, and considers everyone a friend. You might say that his love for everyone he meets is genuinely felt by all who meet him. In December 2008, Dave and Bea sold the Zion Drug to Walgreen’s so that he could spend more time with his family. Today he works for Walgreen’s as their Pharmacy manager.
David has served in the church in many capacities and is currently the Bishop of the Hurricane 10th Ward. He and his family love the Hurricane Valley and are so happy to have been able to make it their home. He loves and enjoys serving and being with others. When asked what his best accomplishment has been he, without hesitation, says his family.
David has demonstrated in his life, service and love for his fellow man, and in so doing has bought honor to himself, his ancestors, his family, his community, his profession, and to his Savior and Father in Heaven.
We salute you David B. Stirland, for being a Modern-day Pioneer.
Ashby was born on April 26, 1921 to Harold Walter and Artemesha Jepson Reeve. He was born in a one room house in back of the Hurricane Hotel. At the time of his birth, the population of Hurricane was estimated to be about 400 citizens.
The Reeves homesteaded a place in the Canaan Gap known as the Haslam place. Ashby spent a lot of time out there as a 12 year old. This was the beginning of the school of hard knocks where he learned the ins and outs of responsibility and how to get all types of work done as well as survive. There was a spring there that provided water for Ashby and the animals, (cows and horses). He hunted wild mustangs in the spring and summer with Arnold Adair and Lewis Black until the mustangs began to disappear. He has worked on the ranch for 78 years and it has provide him with a love and respect for life and for this great earth.
Travel to and from the ranch in the early days was vastly different from today. He would go in horse drawn wagons. The journey required careful planning and gathering of necessities.
From 1942 – 1945 Ashby served his country in the US Army, A/R Company 1 316 Infantry 91st Division. He was sent to North Africa after basic training, then on to Italy with Patton’s 5th Army. He walked all the way through Italy to Austria. While in Italy he was in the city where the infamous Benito Mussolini had been caught and hanged by his own people by his heels. Ashby walked right near the place and viewed Mussolini hanging. he came home by ship from Naples, Italy and the ship was actually on the way to Japan. The A-bomb was dropped on Japan before the ship arrived in Japan, so it turned toward the good old U.S. of A. Ashby was an undecorated war hero. His army unit was on a hillside in a tremendous firefight with the Germans. His senior officer told his group that they had 15 minutes to leave. Ashby refused to leave because there were men wounded that he would not leave behind. Ashby made the time to get some men to safety but, did not leave with the other men. He was able to get himself and some wounded off that mountain side. He turned down the medal he was awarded for his heroic service.
After the war, he went back to farming, ranching, and many long and hard hours of work on the Hurricane Canal. He could literally write the book of the Canal history. He tells of the account when Victor Sylvester slid off the steep hill side. Ashby and the others dug him out of the dirt and rocks that covered him, but on close examination there were no broken bones, but plenty of cuts and scrapes.
Ashby got started in the cattle business a little differently. He had won a duck in a contest at peach days, and later traded it for a burro. Later he traded the burro for a heifer calf. The calf grew up and had babies, some were heifers, and Ashby was in the cattle business. His father Hap had the first Clydesdale horses in the Hurricane Valley, and Ashby became famous in this part of the county because he would use these animals on the farm. They pulled all types of farm equipment, even large loads of baled and or loose hay.
When the movie industry was in Kanab, Ashby worked for them in many ways. He was able to meet most of the western movie stars of that time period. His most memorable acquaintance was Audie Murphy, who was also a WWII hero prior to his movie experience. Also, Ashby helped in the building of the Tuachan amphitheater, hauling people and equipment to and from the canyon before there were any established roads there.
He was a charter member of the Hurricane Roping Club, appearing in parades and other events with them. He is one of the oldest members of the Utah Farm Bureau. He rendered many hours of service organizing events and doing the leg work that led to the success of the Farm Bureau. Ashby will be honored this July at the Utah State University for his outstanding work as a farmer and rancher in the state.
Ashby joined the American Legion shortly after his discharge from the Army, and was honored for 60 years of dedicated service to that organization. He as stood with other veterans in Honor Guards at the burial of deceased veterans all over eastern Washington County.
One of his loves is racing horses, and he has raced from Beaver to Phoenix. He is a natural with horses and knows how to train them to be winners. Ashby also love the Christmas season because it was a special time to haul ward members on his horse drawn wagon so they could go Christmas caroling. He would also provide horses and wagon for other groups like the SUP for riding in parades.
Raising sugar beets was a mainstay of his farming efforts. He was one of the largest beet growers in the Hurricane valley. Beet seed growing started in Hurricane Valley about 1950 and lasted as a viable crop until 1980.
He married Iva on November 12th, 1942, Just 4 days before entering the military. From this union have come 5 children: Vickie, Artie, Iva Lyn, John and Bernice. They have 11 grand children, 18 great grand children, and 7 great, great, grandchildren.
A true Son of the Utah Pioneers
As a boy he reaped the benefits of Pioneer labor,
Drinking, irrigating and washing, using the water from the canal.
In time he joined with those intrepid Hurricane Valley Pioneers, planting, picking, reaping, cutting, hauling, and stacking.
As a young man he heeded his country’s call to arms, to the Philippines. Stalwart and brave to stand
Just as brave men and women past heeded their own call to battle, standing strong against these harsh desert lands.
As a man, Dad has carved many a road out of steep, rocky slopes, pioneering routes with his dozer, such as the Smith’s Mesa road. Emulating the precarious canal route, building, creating, working, leaving his mark in the world
As an experienced man, he has worked on the banks of the historic canal – banks built in part by his own grandfather and uncles, making a trail for yet others to follow, accessing a great heritage.Using the very rock his fathers planted to build the massive wall which now protects the pioneer fort at “Look-out Point”, reforming walls long tumbled down – helping preserve the work of hands long still.A true son, to carry on the heritage his fathers left him, not a heritage of gold or worldly wealth, but of honor, virtue and love.