|Birth: ||Nov. 28, 1917|
|Death: ||Nov. 6, 1990|
J Hyrum Kartchner was born on a dry farm that had been homesteaded by his parents and it consisted of 160 acres. His half brothers were Nowlin Decatur II (died at 10 months), Charles Savage (killed while in his teens), Orrin Karl and David Vernile. His half sisters were Floy and Linda. His full brothers were Nowlin Decatur III, Floyd (who was killed with lightening at age 20), Millard, and Martin William. His full sisters were Rhea, Dorothy, Alzada (who died at six days), and Prudence (who died at thirty-one and left four children).
Father Nowlin Decatur was the head of the home and the children followed and obeyed him. Mother Ellen Bodella worked to make the house a home cooking, mending, canning and making quilts. They had prayer kneeling morning and night and blessings on the food. There were not many material luxuries in his childhood home, but there was always food to eat such as eggs, beans, cereal, bread and milk.
At about eleven years of age, Hyrum moved with his mother, Martin and Prudence to Thatcher and attended high school where he excelled in music; Boys Glee Club, Boys Quartet and was in several operettas. He won letters in football, basketball, track and field; the last year of high school he received "honorable mention" for all-state football.
At nineteen Hyrum moved to Miami and got a job at Miami Copper as a cleanup man and eventually advanced to extra foreman. When Miami Copper shut down he went to work for Kennecott in Hayden June 1959, at age forty-two, as a maintenance mechanic and after seven years became maintenance supervisor, which he held until retirement in August 1979, working twenty years for Kennecott. He always did a good job and was able to make many suggestions that helped to increase productivity and cut costs. The company gave him bonus awards for his suggestions.
Hyrum moonlighted on remodeling old houses for people. This was a big help when the mines went on strike. His wife, Norma, worked with him painting and making drapes for the windows. They enjoyed working together besides making extra money. Hyrum and Norma were a fun loving, ideal couple with two lovely children Sharon Eileen (Bill J Capps) and John Norman (Barbara Ann Wilson) and 10 grandchildren.
Nowlin Decatur Kartchner (1863 - 1927)
Ella Bodella Mortensen Kartchner (1877 - 1939)
Norma Ethel Lewis Kartchner (1921 - 2005)*
Charles Savage Kartchner (1888 - 1907)**
Orrin Karl Kartchner (1892 - 1954)**
Rhea Kartchner (1901 - 1952)*
Nowlin Decatur Kartchner (1902 - 1988)*
Floyd Kartchner (1904 - 1924)*
Millard Kartchner (1906 - 1990)*
Dorothy Kartchner Worden (1908 - 1999)*
Alzada Kartchner (1910 - 1910)*
Prudence Kartchner Johnson (1912 - 1944)*
Martin William Kartchner (1914 - 1979)*
John Hyrum Kartchner (1917 - 1990)
Mountain Breeze Memorial Garden
Created by: Erlene Plumb
Record added: Jun 10, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91720275