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Blanche Davies Cluff
Original name: Blanche D. Cluff
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Birth: May 26, 1896
Lake Point
Tooele County
Utah, USA
Death: Jul. 11, 1964
Lake Point
Tooele County
Utah, USA

Blanche Davies Cluff was born to Brigham and Elizabeth Griffith Maxwell Davies. She spent her entire life living in Lake Point, Utah.

When Blanche was a small child, she developed spinal meningitis. Her father nursed her through this illness by applying mustard plasters on her spine from top to bottom several times a day. This along with many prayers and priesthood blessings are credited with saving her life. She was never a robust child after this illness, but grew into a beautiful young woman.

Blanche married Owen Houtz Cluff on 30 October, 1917. He was born in Springville, Utah on 26 April, 1892. When Owen was two years old, his father died of penumonia. A few years later his mother, Eleanor, married Silas Franklin Drury. In addition to Owen and his older brother Oscar, two more children were added by this marriage; Eleanor and Florence.

When Owen was 8 years old, his mother and stepfather bought a farm in Lake Point, Utah and moved their family there. Blanche's family owned a bordering farm. Blanche and Owen grew up together as friends and eventually fell in love.

Owen was called to serve in the military as the United States entered WWI. Blanche gave birth to their first child, Eleanor Blanche "Nan" (1918-2007) while Owen was in France.

When Owen returned from war service, his stepfather offered to share the farm and crops with his family. He eventually deeded part of the farm to Owen as a reward for his hard work.

Four additional children were added to the family; Afton Elizabeth Cluff (1920-Living), Owen Lavelle Cluff (1923-2010), Barbara Cluff (1926-Living) and LaRue Cluff (1928-2008).

Being a farmer's wife, Blanche contributed greatly to the family's well being. She always had a hearty breakfast prepared for Owen as he returned from the morning milking. Then a large lunch was prepared for Owen and the hired farm hands. Dinner was prepared next. Blanche was known as a wonderful cook; from her large plates of fried chicken to flaky, delicious pies.

Every spring, Owen and Blanche would buy several hundred baby chicks. Blanche loved and cared for these chicks to maturity. During the summer and fall months, she would spend days canning fruit over a hot coal stove. She also sewed all her children's clothes on an old treadle Singer Machine. She never bought a pattern but created her own patterns from cut newspaper. Everything she made was beautiful and fit perfectly.

Owen and Blanche taught their family many lessons of honesty and integrity by word and example.

Blanche died at the age of 68 with her husband and brother, Gilbert, at her side. Owen followed her in death just 373 days later.

Bio info compiled from the genealogy book, "John and Ellen Price Davies - Progenitors of Faith".
 
 
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 Parents:
  Brigham Davies (1853 - 1940)
  Elizabeth Griffith Davies (1857 - 1950)
 
 Spouse:
  Owen Houtz Cluff (1892 - 1965)*
 
 Children:
  Eleanor Blanche Cluff Monson (1918 - 2007)*
  Owen LaVelle Cluff (1923 - 2010)*
  LaRue Cluff Miklovik (1928 - 2008)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Ellen Davies Griffith (1880 - 1922)**
  William Maxwell (1880 - 1940)**
  Primrose Davies Arnold (1882 - 1963)**
  Joseph Turner Maxwell (1882 - 1929)**
  Josephine Davies Brown (1884 - 1974)**
  Bertha Davies Keyes (1887 - 1973)**
  Ethel Davies (1889 - 1890)**
  Gilbert Davies (1892 - 1994)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Davies Guysi (1893 - 1956)*
  Blanche Davies Cluff (1896 - 1964)
  Eva Davies Hogan (1897 - 1979)*
  Brigham Dewey Davies (1899 - 1996)*
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Tooele City Cemetery
Tooele
Tooele County
Utah, USA
Plot: Block 10, Lot 56, Grave 4
 
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Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
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