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Joseph Henry Bodily
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Birth: Apr. 1, 1876
Franklin County
Idaho, USA
Death: Sep. 5, 1974
Duchesne County
Utah, USA


Services for Joseph H. Bodily were held September 7 at the Vernal Fourth Ward Chapel. Loran Reynolds, counselor in the bishopric, was in charge.

Owen M. Bodily, a son gave the family prayer. Dale Bodily, a nephew, played the prelude and postlude music. Lorna Condon played a violin solo entitled "Nearer My God to Thee". Luther Bodily, a grandson, gave the invocation. Loran Reynolds then gave some short remarks. Glade Watkins was the speaker and followed by Douglas Barlow singing "Oh My Father", accompanied by Danna Dee Smith. Verdin Johnson was the second speaker. Sterling Bodily, a son gave the benediciton.

Pallbearers were Reed Bodily, Sterling Bodily, Carl Bodily, Keith Bodily, all sons and Glen Fowles, a son-in-law. Honorary pallbearers were the High Priests from both Ashley and Uintah Stakes.

The grave was dedicated by Edwin Bodily, his brother.

Interment was in the Maeser Cemetery. Vernal Fourth Ward Relief Society was in charge of the flowers.

Joseph Henry Bodily, 98, was born April 1, 1876 in Fairview, Idaho, the son of Robert Bodily and Harriet Ann Roberts.

He married Mary Alice Fisher in the Salt Lake LDS Temple April 3, 1899. She died February 9, 1944. He then married Joan Loeffler Bingham in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 29, 1944. She died February 2, 1952. He then married Vilate Goodrich Jensen in the Salt Lake LDS Temple July 25, 1952. She died August 19, 1966.

Mr. Bodily worked as a farmer and sheep rancher. He was an FHA and VA building inspector for Uintah County and Duchesne County and held many other jobs in the LDS Church and in public service in the county.

He is survived by sons and daughter: Reed, Owen, both of Vernal; Sterling, Kearns; Carl, Bountiful; Keith, Boise, Idaho; Mrs. Glen (Wilda B.) Fowles, LaMesa, California; 26 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One son and son daughter preceded him in death. Also one broother and two sisters survive him, Edwin Bodily, Isabel Hacking, both of Vernal and Mrs. Roy (Sylvia) Richens, Mesa, Arizona.

-Vernal Express, September 12, 1974, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
Joseph Henry Bodily

Joseph Henry Bodily was the son of Harriet Ann Roberts and Robert Bodily.

Joseph married: Mary Alice Fisher April 3, 1899 at Vernal, Utah; Johanne Loeffler Bingham on June 29, 1944 at Salt Lake City, Utah and Vilate Goodrich, July 25, 1952 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

With his wife Mary Alice Fisher they had the following children: Joseph Irving Bodily, Reed Fisher Bodily, Sterling Bodily, Carl Robert Bodily, Owen Moroni Bodily, Mary Alice Bodily, Wilda Bodily Fowles and Keith Levi Bodily.


Before the days of rural free delivery people had to go to the post office for their mail, which for many people was quite a trip. During this time however, small post offices were maintained in many of the outlying districts and many people got their mail from these instead of going to the general post office.

During the first 27 years of its existence the Mill Ward area had two of these post offices, the "Mill Ward" and the Buena Vista." These two post offices together lasted about eleven years. During the other 16 years of this period the nearest post office was at Vernal, except for a few that got their mail at Old Ashley Town.

The "Mill Ward" post office was first, being established in 1894 with Lewis Allen, a rancher from Diamond Mountain moved into Ashley and bought a place from S. D. Colton, May 17, 1895. This place is now owned by Wallace Caldwell and the house into which the Allen family moved is at the present time one unit of the Caldwell home.

Shortly after moving here in 1894, Mr. Allen built a small store just west of his house on ground that is now used as a driveway into the Caldwell garage. In this store was soon installed the "Mill Ward" post office, the first designated post office in this area, with Lewis Allen as postmaster. This post office operated from the date of its instalment in 1894 until the 17 of July 18999 when Lewis Allen sold out and moved away, then it was automatically abandoned after about five years of services.

This left the community without a store as well as a post office, but nor for long however, as Moroni Gerber at this time built a store on the southeast corner of section 17 which is still in use as part of the A & O Store doing business there at the present time. As soon as this store was built a move was immediately started to get the "Mill Ward" post office reinstated in the Gerber Store.

R. L. Woodward took the initiative in this effort and soon forwarded the necessary petition and application to Washington for the approval of this action. At a special meeting held later Mr. Woodward informed the people that he had instructed by the postal authorities that once a post office had been abandoned it could not be re-installed under the abandoned name. So some new name must be attached to the application before it could be approved.

At the same time he suggested the name of Buena Vista," meaning "Beautiful View," be given the new post office and asked permission to have this name placed on the application instead of "Mill Ward," the name previously applied for.

This request was granted and the papers were soon on their way back to Washington for approval.

Thus amended the application was at once favorably acted upon and the "Buena Vista" post office was established with Moroni Gerber as postmaster. This took place during the year 1899.

So now we had the "Buena Vista" post office and the "Mill Ward," one place with two names. This proved to be confusing to the church authorities in the keeping of records so during early winter in 1905 the Presiding Bishop's Office began writing us relative to the matter and requesting that, if possible, we change the name of the post office to conform with that of the ward or the ward to that of the post office; of if necessary, change the name of both in order to have the names identical.

Bishop S. D. Colton happened to be spending the winter at the mines in Idaho at this time so the responsibilty of getting this matter adjusted rested with his counselors, J. H. Bodily and John Galloway, who called a meeting to discuss the question. At this meeting the proposition was presented to the people and the decision was made to have a new name selected for both the ward and the post office. Quite a number of names were presented and voted upon, among the number being "Maeser" by J. H. Bodily, in honor of Dr. Karl G. Maeser, the great educator.

The final vote unanimously favored this name which was immediately placed on the application and forwarded to the church and post office authorities for their approval. The name was once approved by the presiding Bishop's Office and the necessary adjustments were made on the church records to conform therewith, but before the postal aurhorities had time to act on the recommendation rural free delivery was inaugurated and the "Buena Vista post office, along with the similar ones throughout the county, was abolished.

-Vernal Express, October 17, 1957, transcribed by Rhonda Holton
His father had given Joseph a piece of ground on the south end of his, Joseph sold that and got a home at Moffat. After a while there was an opening to get another piece just opposite his, so his father bought it.

Joseph was called to go on a mission to Great Britain, he was married just before he left to Miss Alice Fisher, Alice lived with his father while he was away. Irving their son was born before he returned, he was gone for 2 years. Things in general went along as usual, They were working at whatever there was to do farming, tending to sheep, and such things.

Children not listed below: Keith Levi Bodily 
Family links: 
  Robert Bodily (1844 - 1942)
  Harriet Ann Roberts Bodily (1849 - 1923)
  Mary Alice Fisher Bodily (1876 - 1944)
  Johanne Loeffler Bingham (1892 - 1952)
  Vilate Goodrich Jensen Bodily (1885 - 1966)*
  Joseph Irving Bodily (1900 - 1924)*
  Reed Fisher Bodily (1902 - 1982)*
  Sterling Bodily (1904 - 1995)*
  Carl Robert Bodily (1906 - 1979)*
  Owen Moroni Bodily (1908 - 1979)*
  Mary Alice Bodily (1910 - 1921)*
  Wilda Bell Bodily Fowles (1914 - 2013)*
  Keith Levi Bodily (1920 - 2005)*
  Mary Ann Bodily Jones (1869 - 1929)*
  Levi Robert Bodily (1870 - 1941)*
  Emma Jane Bodily Jones (1872 - 1890)*
  Lucy Matilda Bodily Wamsley (1874 - 1956)*
  Joseph Henry Bodily (1876 - 1974)
  Delecta Bodily Nielson (1877 - 1935)*
  Harriet Bodily Hacking (1880 - 1965)*
  Isabell Marinda Bodily Hacking (1882 - 1978)*
  Christopher William Bodily (1884 - 1958)*
  Estella Bodily Moulton (1885 - 1907)*
  Walton Edwin Bodily (1888 - 1975)*
  Sylvia Louise Bodily Richens (1890 - 1984)*
*Calculated relationship
Maeser Fairview Cemetery
Uintah County
Utah, USA
Plot: L91_S1
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Record added: Jul 10, 2007
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Joseph Henry Bodily
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For my paternal cousin.
- David Metcalf
 Added: Apr. 3, 2015

- Angel of Flowers
 Added: Nov. 28, 2014
Joseph Henry Bodily is my great grand uncle.
- Rhonda
 Added: Apr. 15, 2009

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