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Alberto Wilbur "Bert" Bateman
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1888
West Jordan
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Aug. 1, 1941
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Alberto Wilbur (Bert) Bateman was born on December 14, 1888 in West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah to Alberto Delos Bateman and Catherine Rebecca Goff Bateman.

On the 7th of March 1889 Bert was blessed and given a name in West Jordan, Utah.

Bert was called a blue baby. He was very ill at birth.

On the 1st of February 1891, Bert's Sister Mary Maude Bateman was born. On the 27th of December 1892, Bert's Brother Howard Allen Bateman was born.

On the 27th of March 1895 Detta was born in Midvale, Utah.

Bert began school at Midvale, Utah in September of 1895.

On the 14th of December 1896, Bert at 8 years old was baptized a Member of the LDS Church by his Uncle Frank I. Goff.

On the 3rd of January 1897, Bert was confirmed by James Glover.

On the 31st of July 1897, Bert's Sister Ann Bateman was born at Midvale, Utah.

On the 2nd of July 1899, Bert's Sister Mary Maude was baptized.

At age 12, Bert was ordained a Deacon.

On the 27th of July 1903, Bert's Sister Lillian was born at Midvale, Utah.

On the 1st of September 1903, Bert's Mother Rebecca Goff Bateman died of Dropsy. Bert was 14 years and nine months old. June recalls how Bert would hear the dripping of ice as his deceased Mother's body was being kept in ice on a table.

On the 4th of September 1903, Bert attended the Funeral Services for his Mother Rebecca Goff. There were a large number of people in attendance. Speakers were Brother Werrett, Brother Martin, Brother J. E. Taylor. Rebecca Goff was buried in the West Jordan Cemetary, West Jordan, Utah.

At age 15 Bert became ill. He had a ruptured appendix and was taken by horse and wagon to Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah. Bert was operation by old Dr. Hosmer. A screen was placed around his bed. Dr. Hosmer left and didn't expect the young Bert to live. A Nun in the middle of the night awakened Dr. Hosmer. Dr. Hosmer opened Bert up again on the operating table. June recalls that Bert told his wife Sophie that he felt the presence of his own departed Mother holding his hand, enabling him to bear the pain without anethesia. Dr. Hosmer performed the procedure and Bert's life was spared.

Bert met Sophie Kunz at a dance. Bert was 5' 8", handsome with blue eyes and brown hair. Bert had come to the Kunz Dairies near Williamsburg, Idaho to herd Bishop Gardner's sheep while he was recouperating from a serious operation. Bert loved livestock and horses. He worked at the sheep camps and on the dairies.

Sophie was beautiful, an excellent horse back rider, loved to dance and played the guitar and ukele.

Bert and Sophie fell in love.

On the 8th of December 1913, Bert was ordained an Elder by Emanuel H. Richards and Albert Olsen at West Jordan, Utah.

On the 17th of December 1913, Alberto Wilbur (Bert) Bateman married Sophie Olive Kunz in the Logan Temple, Logan, Utah. They were married by William Budge. Sophie's parents William J. and Anna Kunz accompanied them. Bert and Sophie made a handsome couple.

Work was scarce. Bert and Sophie settled in Blackfoot, Idaho where Sophie had an operation some time later. Sophie and Bert moved back to Bern, Idaho.

On the 2nd of June 1916, Bert and Sophie's first daughter was born at Bern, Idaho. Attending Physician was Dr. George F. Ashley. June was born in a one room log cabin next to the Grandfather William J. Kunz home.

Bert applied for a Homestead from the United States Government near Williamsburg, Idaho. In the Spring of 1917 Bert received a Homestead. Bert was inducted into the Military during World War I on the 28th of August 1917. Bert received a Military discharge through an act of Congress to claim sole support for his two (2) dependents. He could stay home and support his two (2) dependents.

On the 26th of April 1918 their 2nd Daughter Ruth was born in Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho.

In 1918 ther was flu epidemic in the United States and the World. June remembers her Mother Sophie would give the children castor oil.

In August 1919 Sophie was set apart as Primary President by Bishop Robert Schmid in the Bern, Idaho Ward. In 1919 Bert was 2nd Counselor in the Bern, Idaho Ward Mutual.

June remembers he Father bringing a beautiful cut green pine tree home for Christmas at Bern, Idaho. She recalls seeing her parents light candles on the tree briefly.

On the 28th of November 1919 Bert and Sophie were presented a picture for 2nd prize in a Mutual dancing contest. The picture was of sheep in a meadow.

In 1920 Bert was the Scout Master in the Bern Ward, Bern, Idaho.

On the 12th of December 1920 their 3rd Daughter Loa was born in Bern, Bear Lake County, Idaho. Loa weighted 9 1/2 lbs. Bert worked in the Phosphate mines near Montpelier to earn money.

In September of 1922, Bert, Sophie, June, Ruth and Loa moved to Green River, Wyoming. Bert worked for the Railroad icing refrigerated rail cars. Bert lost his job. Sophie, pregnant and with three (3) young girls moved back to Bern, Idaho.

Bert was looking for work on the 2nd of June 1922 in Conda, Idaho.

Bert went back to Midvale (where his Father Alberto Delos Bateman lived) to find work.

In May of 1923, Bert, moved to Midvale, Utah. Bert began working in the Midvale Sharon Steel Smelter Baghouse. This place was full of deadly arsenic. This powder was used as a pesticide in the crop spraying of fields for bugs.

Both Bert and his Father Alberto Delos worked here. The arsenic was so powerful that it ate the ling out of their noses.

Sophie, June, Ruth and Loa traveled by train from Pocatello, Idaho to Salt Lake City, Utah. Grandpa Alberto Bateman picked them up at the Union Pacific Train Depot. Bert and Sophie rented a home on Wasatch Street west of the railraod tracks at Midvale, Utah.

On the 25th of August 1923 their 4th child and only Son Duane Alberto Bateman was born at the home on Wasatch Street, Midvale, Utah. Duane was 9 1/2 lbs. Duane was attended by Dr. Quick.

June said that Bert stood up to foreman of the Sharon Steel Mill who was working employees seven (7) days a week. His friends would not stand up to the foreman and Bert lost his job.

In 1925 through 1926 , Bert bought and sold pedigree rabbits which were dressed for market.

Bert loved to play Baseball. He collected newspaper clippings and wrote poetry. Burt's handwriting was elegant. He loved babies and cut out many pictures of babies. He liked to sit out in the yard and listen to the radio. Bert and Sophie loved life and their family.

In 1925 Bert, Sophie and Family moved from Wastch Street to # 55 East Lennox Street, Midvale, Utah.

On the 3rd of June 1928 Sophie was sustained and set apart as the Relief Society President of the Midvale Second Ward.

In 1929 Bert raised and sold chickens. Bert showed a keen interest in animal husbandry and how to care for chickens.

In June of 1930 Bert worked for the Draper Poultry Association Midvale Plant.

In March of 1930 Bert hauled coal by truck for the West Jordan Lumber Company.

On the 25th of June 1930 the Fourth Daughter Dawn Bateman was born at Mr. Miller's maternity home.

On the 14th of September 1930 Sophie was released as Relief Society President after two (2) years of service.

On thee 1st of November 1930 Bert purchased a 1 1/2 ton Ford Truck from Wasatch Motors for $275.00 dollars credit. The 1st payment was $43.30 for 17 months.

In 1931 the truck business was good for Bert. Bert hired Lew Steadman to drive a second truck. Bert purchased a 2nd truck from Frank C. Howe for $275.00 dollars credit.

On the 29th of July 1932 twin daughters Joyce and Janyce wree born at Mr. Miller's Maternity home. Dr. A.V. Linsey of Midvale, Utah was the attending Physician.

In 1932 Sophie and Bert raised chickens, a garden and owned (1) cow.

In 1933 the Depression hit hard in Utah. Jodan High School was closed due to lack of funds. Bingham Mine shut down.

Bert lost most of his trucks. June said he had a number of trucks before the Depression. The loans for all these trucks came due after the Depression and he lost the trucks.

The family survived on a garden with chickens and one (1) cow for milk.

During January and February 1935 , Bert visited his Sister Nan Hall at 411 Sierra Vista Avenue in Monterey Park, California.

On the 28th of March 1935, Bert and Sophie's eldest Daughter June was married to LeGrand Black in the Salt lake Temple by Joseph Christenson.

On the 30th of March 1935, LeGrand and June went to Aberdeen, Idaho to help LeGrand's Brother Perry on Pearl Clinger's Farm which Perry leased.

On the 31st of May 1936 Bert, Sophie and Family moved from 55 East Lennox Street to 175 South Holden Street, Midvale, utah. This home was directly east of the Smelter.

On the 31st of May 1936 Bert and Sophie's first Grand Daughter JoAnn was born to DaughterJune and son-in-law LeGrand Black in Cottonwood Maternity Home at Murray, Utah.

From August 12th 1936 through October 29th 1936, Sophie did volunteer work and cleaned houses.

In 1937 Bert and Sophie's Family subsisted by having chickens, one (1) cow and a garden.

In 1938 Bert hauled feed and eggs for Utah Poutr in Midvale, Utah.

June said that Bert would take a chair with him to sit down on the way to and from work.

Bert provided for his Family up to the end. It was so difficult for him to breathe. The lining of his nose was gone from work in the Smelter.

On the 1st of January 1940, Bert received a Notice to Report to Work on project for Midvale, City as a Driver. Bert was hired to work for the City.

On the 6th of February 1941 Bert received a load of coal from Albert Christensen for 3,050 lbs. at $9.90.

On the 1st of August 1941 Bert died at age 52 years and seven (7) months of Myocarditis (inflamation of the lining of the heart) at his home surrounded by loved ones at 175 Holden, Midvale, Utah. Those present were his Wife Sophie, Daughter June and her Husband LeGrand, Bert's Cousin and Friends Ezra Bateman and his Wife Ella Bateman and Iris Buhler. Other Family members were Son, Duane , Daughters Joyce and Janyce. Daughter Ruth and her Husband Ray were on a trip to yellowstone and returned the next day. Bert's great grand children present were JoAnn and Roger Black.

On the 5th of Aughst 1941 the Funeral Services for Bert were held at the Midvale 2nd Ward at 2:00 PM. Bishop Henry Beckstead conducted. Speakers were: B.A. Rasmussen, a Member of the Bishopric. Bishop Robert Schmid, Faun Bateman's uncle Bishop Henry Beckstead. Music was by the Relief Society, "Oh My Father", Mark Hall, "I Come to the Garden Alone." Violin Solo by Roberta Calquist, A Duet , "Going Home" by Brother and Sitster Brown of Draper. Bert was buried in the Midvale City cemetary. The grave was dedicated by Sophie's Father William John Kunz.

From 1941 to her death for 28 years later in 1969,Sophie remained a widow, raising a Family of Seven (7) and never remarried. Bert and Sophie's stone marker located in the Midvale City Cemetary is a monument to their love for each other and their Family.

Family links: 
  Alberto Delos Bateman (1866 - 1941)
  Rebecca Goff Bateman (1867 - 1903)
  Sophie Olive Kunz Bateman (1894 - 1969)
  June Bateman Black (1916 - 2003)*
  Ruth Bateman Beck (1918 - 2010)*
  Loa Bateman Bateman Uremovich (1920 - 2007)*
  Janyce Bateman Fox (1932 - 1990)*
  Joyce Bateman Burkinshaw (1932 - 2015)*
  Alberto Wilbur Bateman (1888 - 1941)
  Mary Maude Bateman Egbert (1891 - 1943)*
  Howard Allen Bateman (1892 - 1954)*
  Detta Bateman Wells (1895 - 1966)*
  Ann Bateman Kurilich (1897 - 1987)*
  Lillian Rebecca Bateman Wells (1903 - 1990)*
*Calculated relationship
Midvale City Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Plot: A, 106A
Created by: Bruce J. Black
Record added: Dec 13, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12676036
Alberto Wilbur Bert Bateman
Added by: Bruce J. Black
Alberto Wilbur Bert Bateman
Added by: Bruce J. Black
Alberto Wilbur Bert Bateman
Added by: Bruce J. Black
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Grandpa Bert,
I never was privileged to know you in this life. I know you were a wonderful, hard working, responsible man. your family meant the world to you. I have felt your presence and I love you.
- Shari Payne
 Added: Jan. 8, 2006
We love you Grandpa Bert
 Added: Jan. 1, 2006

- Love Mo~Proverbs 3:5&6
 Added: Dec. 13, 2005

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