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Eva Cornelia Hill Breshears
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1887
Fayette
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1990
Weiser
Washington County
Idaho, USA

*The following is contributed by Jan Thomas*
Arthur married Eva Cornelia Hill daughter of Edward Hill and Sarah Mrs. Hill on 10 Oct 1907 in Boise, Ada, ID. Eva was born on 3 Aug 1887 in Fayette, Utah. She died about 1989/1990 in Weiser, Wash, ID.

Obituary and Eulogy written and combined by Joy Beckman:
Eva Breshears was in her early eighties the first time I saw her at a ladies club meeting. She stood out like a poinsettia in a field of Shasta daisies. Her brilliant red lipstick was topped by snowy waves and sparkling eyes. I never forgot it. I knew I had met someone special.

Eva was born in a one-room adobe house in Fayette, Utah, 3 Aug 1887. Three older Hill children had died under tragic circumstances, before two brothers and Eva were born. "Those two brothers worshiped me," she once said. "They taught me the alphabet by pasting letters on my high chair tray.

Her mother left the children with a wonderful Danish lady in Salt Lake City while she entered St. Luke's Hospital, leaving as Dr. S.S. HILL. Basically a midwife, she could nonetheless set a broken leg as well as a doctor.

When Eva was 11 her world expanded. Her mother delivered a baby for the superintendent of schools...who could not afford the $5.00 fee. He agreed to give piano lessons to Eva who traveled weekly on the San Pete Valley train to take them. She had one lesson on arrival, spent the night with a dear friend of her mother and had another lesson the next morning before boarding the train. She spent the week practicing on the small family organ. At 12, Eva's parents were told she had a heart murmur and would probably not survive long.

Eva's formal schooling was short...how short she did not divulge, but at the age 15 she was teaching 48 pupils in four grades at the school in Blackfoot. Some of the students were older than the teacher, no one knew but the County Superintendent who declared Eva had the most orderly classroom in the county. Later, when she accompanied that good lady to a Normal School session at St. Anthony, the superintendent informed the assemblage that Eva was possibly the youngest teacher in the United States. The year was 1902.

Her father was in the freight business and before she turned 16 they moved to Middleton Idaho. She described those years as her "Rosebud" years. "I loved everybody and I think they loved me too," she once said.

She was always being given "extra jobs." If there was a petition to be carried to surrounding towns, it was Eva who carried it, and best of all, she was paid expenses. She was hired as an election watcher when far too young to vote.

Eva's dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Cave, lived next door. He was the postmaster and she was still 15 when sworn in as assistant postmaster...ostensibly because she could stamp letters faster. She also worked in the Cave's store and did the books. She drove a horse and buggy to Caldwell for supplies.

Also, during her teenage years she and a brother ran a confectionery shop and supplied suppers for dances. At this period in her life Eva developed a love for hats...big glorious hats, with flowers, feathers, ribbon and bows. A good deal of her spare money went toward their purchases.

When the St. Louis Fair rolled around she didn't have the money to go., However, getting her hands on a quantity of books about the event, she sold $248 worth...and became an authority on the subject. She also belonged to a literary society and wrote news items for papers, including the Capital News in Boise. She had a life long love of books.

During this part of her life she spent a good deal of time sitting with the sick and dying. One summer she and a girl friend took turns sitting with three dying persons.

In 1906 her friend, Lilly Plowhead (Langtree), who had shared her duties sitting with the dying, recommended her services to Mrs. M.A. Swift of Boise who owned a fine piano studio. The shop held vivid memories for Eva as it had white carpets and statuary. Mrs. Swift charged exorbitant prices for personal lessons and when she was busy, Eva taught the younger students. Eva hesitated in telling the piano story until a little mental arithmetic showed her pupils would likely be in their seventies and not likely to quibble about what had been paid for lessons given by Eva instead of Mrs. Swift. While there Eva met the grandest people. Mayor Penny was always dropping in and it was there she met the young William E. Borah. She also met the famous stage star, Maude Adams and Harry Wood Brown, who came to Boise with the Tiroli Opera. "He had the most glorious voice". Eva recalled.

Coming home to Middleton in 1907 Eva related the story of how she and Arthur Andrew Breshears began their courtship. At first they were both interested in someone else. She finally chose Arthur, not because he happened to have the shiniest buggy and best team of horses in town, but because he was the handsomest man, and one who smelled of soap and water. They were married 10 Oct 1907 in Boise Idaho.

They had shopped for furniture in Caldwell and it arrived on the inter-urban. There was a square table she loved, but it was too expensive so she chose a cheaper one. "But, dear Arthur, quietly bought the expensive one for me and there it was when the furniture was delivered," she related. Their little house and furniture were paid for when they moved in. Further, Arthur gave her $200 to buy what she wanted for the house. As well as owning part interest in a meat market, Arthur also became constable.

As time passed Eva became interested in Politics and was ask to help with the young Borah's campaign...to expound his virtues as a Republican candidate. They sent her $20 to campaign with. She and Arthur had only a pickup so she would drive to Boise and park at the back of the headquarters in the Owyhee Hotel, then whip around to the front door on foot, like she owned the place. At a reception for Mrs. Borah everyone in the receiving line had a long dress ...except Eva. "Can you imagine what that poor little society editor went through trying to describe my attire?" laughed Eva many years later.

Eva also worked in the Women's Department of the Farm Bureau and with the State Extension Program. Through the latter, she and friends arranged the first Women's camp, at Starkey Hot Springs, north of Council, to accommodate 100 women. They stayed in a large circus tent, that is most of them. Richer ladies stayed in the hotel. On the way to
camp on the "Galloping Goose", with her best friend, Bess Foster Smith, and Bess's two youngsters, Bob and George, she and Bess noticed two young men, little knowing they were to make Eva famous. During the camp the two scenario writers, took moving pictures. Eva who was camp chairman became the star.

That wasn't all. The camp scenes were only part of the picture. Tfhey
expected Eva to produce a handsome husband and four darling children.
Well, she had the handsome husband but they had never been blessed with children. Undaunted, Eva borrowed two year old Bob Smith; Reta Bivins joined the family as a four year old and Maud Galloway and Raymond Bishop became her teen-age children. The photographers dully pictured the home life of the happy family and the film, called "Mother Takes a Vacation", was used effectively to show mother could indeed attend women's camp with the aid of her children and husband.

23 March 1923, Eva invited her neighbor ladies to a party. Shamrock Club was born. It had been reported to be the only such club in the state which has kept a continuous record in the University of Idaho extension service.

One day Guy Galloway came to Eva and told her there was talk of a 4-H
club, and he offered any money they might win. The next year, under
Eva's guidance, they won $1,300. Further, Eva Jeanette, a fine polish
sow, won the Armour prize and trip to Chicago, plus cash, for her owner. At one time she had Calf; Pig and sewing clubs.

In the days of the fallout shelters, Eva taught a home medical course....because the trained nurse who was to do so couldn't make it. When it came to sections on setting bones and resuscitation she called one of the doctors of Charley Gill. Nineteen of 21 persons who started the class completed it...and one died before it was over.

Around 1939 Eva ran for state representative against George Durant, a popular attorney. There was no one else to run against him and she didn't expect to win - she had a grnd time anyway.

Eva and Arthur generally drove pretty nice cars and she related about the time they were speeding along in their new Chrysler, on their way home from Boise with only a dime between them for gas...which they were fast running out of. "We were singing as if we had good sense as we watched the meter drop. Then I remembered my cream can. We stopped at a station, wrote a check and got some gas ...hoping there would be enough in the cream can to cover it."

Eva recalled about how they used to have house dances. The last time there were 63 people to dance in their little spare bedroom. There were also babies asleep on their bed and one of them wet clear through on their new mattress. There were no more house dances in the Breshears home.

Eva and Arthur were named Citizens of the Week by the Idaho Statesman 7 Sep 1975. He died 26 Aug 1978. The two had been married 70 years. in April 1981, Eva was named Beta Sigma Phi First Lady of Weiser Idaho. Her last years were spent in the Weiser Care Center where she died Sunday 18 march 1990. While the couple were never able to have children, 16 youngsters passed through their home at various stages of their lives and stayed long enough to call them Mother and Father. David Grant, Payette was raised in their home. He later married Lela Babcock from Payette and she became the daughter that Eva never had. There were many of the Breshears nieces and nephews who treasured their Uncle Arthur and Aunt Eva also - other survivors included foster children & their descendants - David Grant, Payette; Lela Grant, Payette; Sonya and Mike Smith, Pendleton Oregon; Debbie and Monte Bruck, Ontario Oregon; Tom and Kay Grant, Fruitland; Pam and Frank Steelman, Boise; 10 foster grandchildren; 1 foster gr-gr-grandchild; and a multitude of family [see lineage charts included here for names], and other friends that her life touched.

While Eva was a member of the LDS Church and was a firm believer in God and Prayer, she did not attend. She felt if she helped others along the way it was with the help of God. "I am grateful to the Good Lord for letting me come to earth," she said. Eva who would have been 103 years old on 3 Aug did not plan nor want to live so long, even though she accepted it as God's plan. In recent years she would say "Why do I have to live?" The answer by Joy Beckman was "Perhaps you are alive because everyone loves you so much, Eva."

Notes that were taken by the Arthur Breshears family as they visited Union Co., Oregon, 1940, and the picture of the homestead cabin erected by the Andrew Hammacks, are included with the Idaho Breshears sketch at the beginning of his book. 
 
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 Parents:
  Franklin Hill (1849 - 1921)
  Sarah Samantha Edwards Hill (1854 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Andrew Arthur Breshears (1885 - 1978)*
 
 Siblings:
  Geneva Cynthia Hill (1878 - 1882)*
  John Heber Hill (1879 - 1921)*
  Orson Pratt Hill (1885 - 1915)*
  Eva Cornelia Hill Breshears (1887 - 1990)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hillcrest Cemetery
Weiser
Washington County
Idaho, USA
 
Created by: Cheryl Hanson
Record added: Oct 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22004863
Eva Cornelia <i>Hill</i> Breshears
Added by: Cheryl Hanson
 
Eva Cornelia <i>Hill</i> Breshears
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