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Angus James Hatt
Birth: Mar. 29, 1893
Bluffdale
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 1956
Fontana
San Bernardino County
California, USA

This is my great-grandfather. This history was written by my greataunt years before her own passing.

History of Angus James Hatt - by Lola Hatt Boyer

My father was born in Bluffdale, Utah on march 29, 1893. He is the son of Frederick James Hatt and Clara Rebecca Hardy. He has three brothers, Frederick John, George Hardy and Samuel Charles; and one sister Lydia (Lee) who died when she was 28 years old, leaving a son George and twin girls.

When Angus was about nine years old, his mother died with what was called "quick consumption" in those days. She was only 29 years old, leaving these five children, the youngest being Samuel, only 9 months old. The baby was adopted by Angus J. Cannon who later became the President of the Swiss Mission.

Grandfather Hatt then married Adelaide Amelia Knight who had nine children through this marriage. They were Clara, Charles, Stanley, Beatrice, Alta, John and three children Fern, Wallace and Kenneth who died in early childhood.

Family life being none too happy with two families growing up together, the three boys, Fred, George (Dutch) and Angus gradually went to live with an aunt, Sarah Hatt Jacobs, a sister of Grandfather Hatt. All three grew to manhood in Bluffdale. During World War I George went into the service, but Angus, being crippled with a dislocated hip which was never treated, was not taken. Fred had a family.

Angus was baptized in the Salt Lake Canal by his father, Hyrum Mousley was the witness.

He recalls working for the Mousleys herding cows for a nickel a day when he was eight years old. While still quite young he carried water for the steel gang constructing the copper mill at Lark, Utah. He also worked in a blacksmith shop at the time.

He married Goldie Isabelle Casper on September 15, 1914, when he was 21 years old. They were married in Bluffdale by William A. Turner, a bishop's first counselor of Bluffdale Ward. They had grown up together, attending the same schools, Sunday Schools and M.I.A. meetings. Five years after their marriage they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple by Joseph Fielding Smith.

Angus was considered in that community to be quite a rascal, forever playing jokes and tricks on the neighbors, and gaining a reputation that the old timers love to tell about whenever we visit with them. He was a very good worker in spite of his handicap.

He told me one that his life's ambition was to be a railroad engineer but could not follow the trade because of health restrictions. When he was old enough he went to work in the copper mills in Lark, Utah.

Angus and Goldie lived in Bluffdale for about three years farming, then they moved to Lark to be closer to the work at the mill. They lived there for about two years. He worked in the concentrate copper mill the majority of the time from age 16 to 29.

There were three children born by this time, they were: June, Lola Irene and Elaine.

He came to Rock Springs, Wyoming in 1922 and went to work for the Union Pacific Coal Company in the shops as an apprentice machinist. He worked for this company for 27 years.

My mother thought she was coming to the end of the world leaving the green Salt Lake Valley and coming to the bleak Wyoming plains. There was a difference of over 2000 feet elevation which made the winters much more severe and it seemed so far from "home". She returned to Utah to have her fourth child, Angus Jedediah. But the rest of the children, Alan Jay, Elda and Dolores Wynne were born in Rock Springs.

Angus was active in Union and community affairs. he held offices in Parent-Teachers Associations and Community Councils, which gained him many friends and acquaintances.

He was sent on a responsible trip to eastern coal mines to demonstrate the duckbill machine used in mining coal.

His health failed from too many years working under ground and in 1950 he bought a service station on Highway 187 in Rock Springs. The family home is at 409 Paulson Avenue. We lived in this house for about twenty-three years, but we did not buy it until 1946.

My father was ordained an Elder in Bluffdale in 1921. He held no offices in church affairs but was very active in plays and entertainments. His team and buggy was always available to take participants in church activities and programs all over the Valley. After he was married, he offered his time and automobile to carry Girl and Boy Scouts, 4-H groups and Mutual classes on picnics and outings.

As he grew more feeble from the disease in his lungs which was diagnosed as emphysema and an enlargement of the heart, he had to sell the service station and was unable to work at all. This threw quite a burden on Goldie and Dolores (the only child at home then).

His wife died of cancer of the pancreas on April 19, 1954, after a short illness. her loss was felt more than he ever realized possible. when a person is around all the time we lean on them and seek support without consciously realizing it. he felt the responsibility keenly of having Dolores at home. She was the youngest and not yet married.

He spent his last two years with different children. Part of the time he stayed in Rock Springs with Buddy. he then sold the house to Bud and Felicia, after being hospitalized for a time, he left for Claremont, California with Elaine. he had visited Lola in Iowa right after Goldie's death. He lived with Elaine the remainder of his life except for a visit with June in San Francisco. He died in a Fontana, California hospital at the age of 62, on January 13, 1956. He would have been 63 March 29th.

A physical description of him would be about five foot nine inches tall, dark brown hair and large brown eyes. he had a light complexion with a rosy color to his skin. he was witty and fun-loving and although he teased his grandchildren a lot, they knew he did it because he loved them.

To me, he was a very courageous man, because he knew for several years he would not get better. He never let people know that he knew his condition was serious. He hung so tenaciously to life that one doctor commented that due to his condition he would have expected him to die before Goldie.

He left all his children to mourn his passing, but they will remember the songs he sang, the jokes he told and the ghost stories. They will remember the scoldings, the fishing trips, the vacations to Utah and the camping to eat at "the old pine tree". They will remember his rooting for the Dodgers, his criticisms of boxers during the fights when he probably couldn't lick his way out of a paper sack.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Frederick James Hatt (1871 - 1930)
  Clara Rebecca Hardy Hatt (1873 - 1901)
 
 Spouse:
  Goldie Isabelle Casper Hatt (1896 - 1954)*
 
 Children:
  June Hatt Sullivan (1916 - 1957)*
  Lola Irene Hatt Boyer (1917 - 1984)*
  Elaine Hatt Ross (1921 - 1996)*
  Angus Jedediah Hatt (1923 - 2002)*
  Allen Jay Hatt (1926 - 1970)*
  Dolores Wynne Hatt George (1933 - 1989)*
 
 Siblings:
  Fredrick John Hatt (1891 - 1957)*
  Angus James Hatt (1893 - 1956)
  Lydia Ensign Hatt Lee (1894 - 1922)*
  George Hardy Hatt (1897 - 1966)*
  Charles Samuel Hatt (1899 - 1931)*
  Charles LeRoy Hatt (1907 - 1969)**
  Rulon Stanley Hatt (1909 - 1965)**
  John Allen Knight Hatt (1913 - 1968)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Bluffdale City Cemetery
Bluffdale
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 06, 2007
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