Dorthea Jensen Bayles Ends Life's Activities; Funeral To Be Held Sunday Afternoon
Several months of sickness and suffering came to an end Thrusday morning with the death of Dorthea Jensen Bayles, 89, pioneer and veteran of that memorable hand cart journey across the plains in 1857. Had she lived until January she would have been ninety and her advanced years had much to do with her passing. Funeral services are to be held in the West Ward chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock according to present plans.
The deceased was born January 24, 1942 on Blands Island off Lolland, Denmark, the daughter of Peder and Kirsten Weaver Jensen. At the age of only a few weeks she was christened by a Lutheran priest. Her early life was spent by the sea shore where her father was a farmer after a primitive fashion and a fisherman. Dorthea used to dig bait for him and it became her duty to sell the surplus fish he caught to the neighbors, usually at about two cents a pound.
Her family joined the church and she was baptized in April, 1856, shortly after which she was forced to quit school because of religious persecution. Her parents left that year with two younger brothers for America, leaving her, an older sister and a brother with neighbors to come the next year. They sailed from Copenhagen on the West Moreland in March, 1857, arriving in Philidelphia May 31.
Coming on to Iowa City which they reached June 9th, they were provided with handcarts and after three weeks travel they reached Council Bluffs. Here they joined her father and one younger brother, the mother and the other small brother having died during the winter before. They crossed the plains with hand carts, in Christian Christianson's company, arriving in Salt lake City September 9 of the same year. The other small brother died of typhoid fever when they were only nine days out on their journey and the father became very ill so that Dorthea had to pull one of the carts until it proved too much for her strength and she became ill. From then on she was permitted to ride in one of the provision wagons.
They came on to Parowan in October, except her brother John who found work in Salt Lake City. On December 28th of the next year, 1858, she became the wife of Herman Daggett Bayles. To them were born eight children, five of whom survive her. She endured all the hardships of pioneer life, doing much of the work of providing food and clothing for the family. She was active in church affairs and a gentle, kind, good, woman.
Her surviving children are Herman D., John P., Orpha A. Decker and Mary L. Orton of Parowan and Mrs. Edith A. Butt of Dove Creek, Colorado. All of them were with her for several days before the end came. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved ones at this time.