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Alma Gardner "Gard" Jewkes, Jr
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Birth: May 30, 1877
Fountain Green
Sanpete County
Utah, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1960
Carbon County
Utah, USA

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Alma, commonly known at Gard Jewkes, was born in Fountain Green, Sanpete, Utah, on 30 May 1877. He came to Castle Valley when he was two years old with his father and mother and his father's brothers. He went through all the experiences of pioneer life in a new settlement.

During the tedious journey to Castle Valley by way of Salina, the children played in the wagon. Suddenly his mother screamed. Gard had fallen from the wagon to the ground. His father stopped the team and looked down to find the rear wheel of the heavy wagon resting across the body of Gard with his legs and arms tangled among the spokes.

His father hurriedly extricated the body, but Gard was apparently lifeless. His mother urged his father to pray. He did so, and Gard's arms slowly moved. Soon others of the company hurried over, and one of the leaders suggested that they administer to him. The father's testimony is that Gard was healed instantly following the administration.

When his family came to Orangeville, they settled on the old Jewkes' farm later owned by Orson Miles, grandson of Samuel. Here they lived in a dugout where several families lived. They all ate in the dugout and spent their evening hours there. Their bedrooms were their wagon boxes.

Gard's first school teacher was his father's oldest brother, Samuel Richard. (his mother was Sophia Lewis), and his last school teacher in the grade schools was his father's youngest brother, Jesse David (his mother was Mary Gardner Adams).

Gard was one of the first students at the new Emery Stake Academy at Castle Dale, which later became the church house for Castle Dale.

After Gard graduated from the Emery Stake Academy, he decided that he had enough of school. He went to Helper to live. He worked there as a clerk in a store owned by his Uncle Jesse and John T. Perd. He stayed one year.

He returned to Orangeville and became an apprentice miller in the new mill of which his father, Alma, was president. After three years he became the manager and operated the mill for seven years.

At the age of thirteen he became interested in dramatics under the tutelage of his Uncle Jesse. He played many heavy parts in plays. At that time there wasn't a year passed that the Orangeville Dramatic Club, of which he was a member, put on summer plays. They put on four to six plays every year for every benefit. They traveled to other towns in Emery and Carbon Counties.

Gard moved to Salt Lake and became associated with the LeGrand Ward Dramatics and produced several plays there. He was invited to join the Shakespearean Society of Utah. After playing the part of Bassanio, the immortal lover in the "Merchant of Venice," he received quite a write up in the Salt Lake Tribune Newspaper. He was asked to tour the U. S. in theatricals, but refused because of his large family.

While working as an apprentice in the Roller Mill, he met the sister of Ole Sorenson, who was running the mill. He was married October 13, 1897, to Julia Maria Sorenson, daughter of Ole Sorenson and Catherine Caroline Hansen.* In March 1898 he was called on a mission in the North West States. He spent most of the time in Washington and was made President of the conference. His first child, Lee, was 18 months old before he saw him.

In 1901-02 he filled a mission in Unitah Stake for the Y.M.I.A.

From that union was born three children: Lee, Lillis, and Julia. Two days after baby Julia was born, his wife, Julia, died (December 28, 1903).

On June 20, 1906, he married Emeline Cox, daughter of Sylvester H. Cox and Mary Ellen Parry.** To that union was born ten children: Fred, Parry, Erma, Mary, Bernerd, Hue, Kay, Beth, Dall and Tom. At this writing, June 7, 1956, (the year of his fiftieth wedding anniversary), he has 12 living children, 41 grandchildren, and 42 great grandchildren.

In 1908 he was called on another mission to the Eastern States working in New York. His son, Parry, was born during that time and he was 16 months old before he saw him. While on a mission in the East, he had an opportunity to go to England on a cattle ship taking care of the cattle for his fare. He found many of his ancestors' names in the parishes while he was there. However, his father, who was having a major operation, called him home at this time. Three missions were made when he was married and had children. His father helped with the family.

After his last mission, he became interested in politics. He served a term as Emery County Recorder. He went to Salt Lake and through the influence of his Uncle Jesse D. Jewkes, became clerk in the Secretary of State Office and served there for four years. He returned to Castle Dale, Emery County, Utah, and was Deputy County Treasurer for seven years. He was drafted as Director of the County Welfare Dept. for thirteen years and became Deputy County Treasure for four years. At the death of Ray Cox, Treasurer, he was appointed County Treasurer for four years. After this a Democrat was elected County Treasure, but he was retained as Deputy for four more years. He spent thirty-two years in County and State Offices. He retired at the age of 75 and is still working on his farm (1956).

Gard's church activities were very numerous. Alma Gardner Jewkes, Jr. died on April 28, 1960, in Price, Carbon, Utah.

(Original author unknown. Condensed by the Sunflower Lady. There are still two living children at this writing.)

*Alma Gardner Jewkes, Jr. - marriage to Julia Sorensen
Details For Marriage ID#214891
Groom Last Name: JEWKES
Groom First Name: Alma Gardner, Jr. (20)
Groom Residence: Orangeville
Bride Last Name: SORENSEN
Bride First Name: Julia M. (20)
Bride Residence: Fountain Green
Place: Manti
Date: 13 Oct 1897
County of Record: Emery
State: Utah
Volume: A Page: 175
[Contributed by 'On angels wings' on Jun 17, 2011]

**Alma Gardner Jewkes, Jr. - marriage to Emeline Cox
Details For Marriage ID#267444
Groom Last Name: JEWKES
Groom First Name: Alma G., Jr.
Bride Last Name: COX
Bride First Name: Emiline [Emeline]
Place: Manti
Date: 20 Jun 1906
County of Record: Sanpete
State: Utah
Volume: 5 Page: 264
[Contributed by 'On angels wings' on Jun 17, 2011]

Family links: 
  Alma Gardner Jewkes (1858 - 1954)
  Amy Amelia Guymon Jewkes (1859 - 1947)
  Emeline Cox Jewkes (1887 - 1974)
  Julia Maria Sorenson Jewkes (1876 - 1903)*
  Gardner Lee Jewkes (1898 - 1940)*
  Lillis Jewkes (1901 - 1964)*
  Ardis Julia Jewkes Paulsen (1903 - 1964)*
  Fred Cox Jewkes (1907 - 2000)*
  Edward Parry Jewkes (1908 - 1986)*
  Erma Jewkes Lowry (1911 - 1979)*
  Mary Jewkes Peterson (1913 - 2003)*
  Frank Bernerd Jewkes (1914 - 1989)*
  Leonard Kay Jewkes (1921 - 2005)*
  Beth Jewkes Huntington (1924 - 1995)*
  Lorus Dall Jewkes (1926 - 1981)*
  Alma Gardner Jewkes (1877 - 1960)
  Clarissa Ermina Jewkes Killian (1879 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Orangeville City Cemetery
Emery County
Utah, USA
Created by: Sunflower Lady
Record added: Mar 08, 2009
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Alma Gardner Gard Jewkes, Jr
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Alma Gardner Gard Jewkes, Jr
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Alma Gardner Gard Jewkes, Jr
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- Tammy Thomson
 Added: Feb. 4, 2014
family. related by the Burson family
- historylover4ever
 Added: Jan. 13, 2013
You are not really gone until no one remebers you. You will always be remembered, dear grandfather.
- Sunflower Lady
 Added: May. 18, 2011
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