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 Reuben Alvin Green

Reuben Alvin Green

Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Death 3 Mar 1964 (aged 78)
Layton, Davis County, Utah, USA
Burial Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA
Plot 8-11-C-10
Memorial ID 124413 · View Source
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Son of George William Green and Davinie Smith Forbes

Married Mabel Merrill Rushforth, 19 Apr 1911, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah

Reuben Alvin Green, the 9th child and 7th son of George William Green and Davinia Smith Forbes, was born the 29th of August 1885, in the family home in Layton, Utah. His childhood was spent on the family farm. He attended a one-room school several miles from his home until the 6th grade.

At the age of 16 Reuben went to work for his brother-in-law, John Watt. John had the contract to deliver mail from Corinne, Utah to Bothwell, Utah. Reuben carried the mail by horseback for four months. He left the employment of John Watt to return to Layton to help his widowed mother run the farm. The other brother Ched, had married and left. Reuben's pay for the time he carried the mail was a new pair of overalls.

Reuben's sister Margaret was teaching school in West Kaysville. She was boarding with the Holland family. A young girl, Mabel was staying there tending the children. Reuben went down to bring Margaret home. He knocked at the door and Mabel Merrill Rushforth opened the door to a young man in a furry coat and cap, thus began the courtship of Reuben and Mabel (a daughter of James Burton Rushforth and Phoebe Merrill Rushforth).

Mabel worked in the Stewart-Burton store in Kaysville, clerking and each Saturday night Reuben would go with his horse and buggy and wait for Mabel to finish her work so he could escort her home safely. Their courtship lasted for a period of five years. One of the highlights of their courtship was attending a carnival in Layton where Reuben won a buggy, which he sold to one of his brothers.

They were married April 19, 1911, in the Salt Lake Temple. They went to Salt Lake City on April 18, 1911, where they stayed with Mabel's aunt Ruby Merrill Ostler that night and the morning of April 19, 1911, they walked from Fourth North and Second West to the Temple where they were sealed for time and all eternity.

After their marriage, they returned to Layton to live in the old family home, Reuben's mother lived with them for a period of 14 years. To this union five children were born. Together Reuben, Mabel and family purchased the old family farm from the other brothers and sisters until they owned 60 acres of the original 80 acres which belonged to Reuben's father George William Green.

In the fall of the year when the crops were in, and during the winter months, Reuben would go to work for John W. Thornley. Many times his sons would go with him. They would ride their horses up to Peterson in Morgan County, and trail cattle down to Layton and Kaysville to their owners.

Reuben sold his hay to Mr. Thornly. Reuben would haul the hay and feed it to the cattle. When Mr. Thornley sold the cattle, Reuben and his boys would help to drive them to the stock-yards in Ogden, Utah. The cattle were trailed over the hills where Hill Field Air Force Base is now located, through South Weber to Riverdale and across where the Ogden Airport is to the stockyards.

Reuben was not too large a build, standing about 5'8" tall, with dark hair turned gray at an early age----before their marriage. Mabel used to say she never sent him gray. He had light blue eyes that always sparkled and a ready smile on a sun tanned face. He was a kind, generous man and loved his family very much. He was most happy when they were close around him. He never sent his children into the field to work alone, he always was with us showing us how to do things just right. He loved picnics, and many times they were held on the back lawn at home.

He was kind to his animals, one time one of his horses was very sick and the veterinary told him there was nothing that he could do for her. Reuben stayed with her for three days and three nights petting her, bathing her forehead to keep her cool. She recovered and served her master well for several years for his faithful care. He loved helping his neighbors. Many times he would stop his own work, hitch up a horse or a team and go help them. If anyone was sick, he was there doing their chores and helping. His motto was: "If you do something for someone, don't pass the information along, let not your right hand know what your left hand does."

He always had time for his grandchildren. You never went to visit and turned in the lane that he was not at the gate to greet them with a smile and a love and take them to see the animals or ride on the horse.

When his own children were young, Reuben would hitch up the horses and they and all the neighborhood children he would take them to Primary, Mutual, and all the Church functions. In later years, Reuben owned an automobile which was used in the same way.

The old family home was remodeled from a two-room log cabin into a six-room home. Many times his brothers and sisters and their children came to stay with "Uncle Reuben and aunt Mabel".

Reuben lived his entire life in the home where he was born, farming the land he loved. Irrigating was his hobby.

On March 3, 1964, at 2:35 p.m. Reuben Alvin Green passed away at the family home in East Layton. March 6, 1964 he was laid to rest in the Kaysville-Layton Cemetery, Kaysville, Utah.

Reuben was an active member of the Latter-day Saints Church all of his life, holding the office of High Priest. He was secretary of the High Priest Quorum and served as a Ward Teacher for many years. He was Mabel's helping hand when she worked in all the auxiliary organizations, never a program was put on that father was not there helping every way - building stages, etc.

He was Director for the Kays Creek Irrigation Company for six years. Ditch rider for the High Line Canal for several years.

We the children of Reuben Alvin Green and Mabel Merrill Rushforth Green, have a heritage of which to be proud. They taught us spirituality, obedience, service, and love for God and our fellowmen. They taught us how to work. It is hard to remember one without the other--for father and mother were always together. They both will always be loved and cherished by their children and grandchildren as TRULY GREAT PEOPLE.

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  • Maintained by: Karen Bennett
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 124413
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Reuben Alvin Green (29 Aug 1885–3 Mar 1964), Find A Grave Memorial no. 124413, citing Kaysville City Cemetery, Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Karen Bennett (contributor 47068078) .