|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1867|
|Death: ||Jul. 17, 1945|
A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LIFE OF
LOUISA LAURETTA JOHNSON CLUFF
(Sister of Hyrum Stephen Johnson)
I was born June 8, 1867 in Springville, Utah, the second child of John Wesley Johnson and Louisa Collings.
Beginning my life history from when I was five years old, as I can remember well of my mother celebrating my fifth birthday by quilting a quilt I had pieced the blocks for, beginning when only three years old. The sewing was done by placing the pieces together then turning the edges back and sewing over and over. I was two years getting enough pieces together.
I was the only girl in our family until about two months before I was married. My mother's health was very poor, therefore, it was necessary for me to do all I could from the time I could stand on a chair and wash dishes. When only nine years old I took care of my mother while she was a bed with one of my brothers. I did all the house work only when it was possible for my father to come in and help me. He had a man to help with the farm work. We had to get dinner for him so my father would always try to help with that. I always washed and dressed the baby until my mother was able to do it herself. My parents were very kind and good to me, so I never felt to complain at anything I had to do. It gives one great joy now when I think back of how I tried to do all I could to help my parents.
We always had good home training and were taught the principles of the gospel. My parents, as well as we children, always took an active part in the different organizations.
My parents were called to come to Arizona when I was fourteen years of age. There was a company of fourteen wagons with two captains, my father being one of them. We had good order on the trip. Every night and morning the captains would call all together for prayer. We had lots of good times as well as hardships on our trip. Some had accordions, violins, harmonicas, etc., so we had music and singing and playing of games to spend the evenings. We always camped early Saturdays so the women and girls could wash and prepare things for the coming week. The men and boys would clear the ground and prepare for a dance at night, and built large bonfires to give light. All this was done so the trip didn't seem so dreary. We were thirteen weeks on our journey.
On one occasion while we were at Lee's Ferry, the men were ferrying over wagons across the river and we girls were looking around to see what there was to see. We ran onto the men's dinner pails and found some peach preserves, and were they good! When we camped that night we told of our find and what we had done and did we get reprimanded for swiping the men's lunch while they were helping us across the river! Well, I guess it was a good lesson, for I never did forget it.
When we arrived in Pima (where I now live) it was certainly a desolate looking place. There weren't many houses and what there was couldn't be seen for mesquite and sage brush. There was one public well and everyone hauled water from it in barrels on forked sticks called lisords. We certainly had some hard times but we were all united and took part in all the organizations. I was secretary in Primary, teacher in Mutual and Sunday School, and sang in the choir.
At the age of sixteen I was married to Moses Alfred Cluff on March 6, 1883 in Pima, Graham Co., Arizona. He was the son of Moses Cluff and Rebecca C. Langman. He proved to be a kind and loving husband and father, an industrious and hard working man. In time his health failed, so we decided to sell the ranch and move to Pima. This we did and purchased the Pima Hotel which we operated for twelve years. Moses departed this life in 1915, leaving to mourn his passing, myself and eight living children, five of which were at his bedside at the end.
After I was married I was called and set apart as a Relief Society teacher. I am still a Relief Society teacher and belong to the choir and have been a member for fifty-three years. I have raised a large family, five girls and seven boys. I have forty grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. I enjoy my labors in the church and always have, hope to prove true to the end. I am now sixty-nine years old. I own my home and am out of debt so I feel that God has greatly blessed.
Graciously shared by Sharon, F/G #47352082
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Louisa Collings Johnson (1846 - 1916)
Moses Alfred Cluff (1860 - 1915)*
Alfred Moses Cluff (1884 - 1969)*
David Lovell Cluff (1886 - 1887)*
Earl Cluff (1890 - 1968)*
Wallace Moses Cluff (1893 - 1928)*
Clella Vendetta Cluff Lines (1898 - 1989)*
Leland Birchfield Cluff (1903 - 1940)*
Milton Cluff (1905 - 1905)*
Minnetta Cluff (1906 - 1907)*
Louisa Lauretta Johnson Cluff (1867 - 1945)
Hyrum Stephen Johnson (1873 - 1950)*
Lyman Wallace Johnson (1875 - 1935)*
Plot: SEC A-BLK 04-LOT 02A-SITE 07
Created by: Mike H
Record added: Mar 10, 2007
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Looking forward to meeting you someday and learning more about your brother, Hyrum Stephen Johnson, as he is my husbands grandfather.|
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