Elsie <I>Kartchner</I> Gale

Elsie Kartchner Gale

Joseph City, Navajo County, Arizona, USA
Death 12 Apr 1945 (aged 66)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot 486-1-5
Memorial ID 34047280 · View Source
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During the time the James Gale and William Decatur Kartchner famiies farmed in Thatcher, George Gale and Elsie Kartchner (1st cousins) met for the first time. They spent some time during the summer months canning and drying fruit. Elsie was such a sweet girl and fit into the Gale family as a dear sister. George asked Elsie to be his wife and they wanted a temple marriage. There were no temples in Arizona at the time.

George and Elsie made the trip to the Manti Temple in Utah with a team and wagon to be married. Elsie's mother rode in the wagon and she and her daughter slept in the wagon at night and George slept under the wagon.

On the return trip to Arizona Elsie's mother stayed in Beaver to visit with her parents and relatives and George and Elsie slept in the wagon.

The Indians were always on the lookout to rob or bother travelers. They attempted to hold George and Elsie up as they were traveling across the Northern part of Arizona. A small band of Indians raced after their wagon and freightened them. George pushed his blond headed wife's head down in the wagon each time she raised it with one hand and drove his horses at full speed away from danger. Elsie hid herself in the bedding when the Indians came up to the wagon and held the teams horses by their bridles and would not turn them loose. Their team was high spirited and very freightened so George decided to lash the whip on them which caused them to bolt forward and jump so fast the Indians had to let go and lost interest in chasing them down again.

The rest of the trip they traveled as fast as they could, praying frequently to not be molested again.

Five of Elsie's sons gave military service in defense of their country, two giving their lives, Hugh on the battle fields of France during World War I and Victor, dieing of cancer not long after returning home from World War II.

She raised hard-working, honest, and respectful children to be successful in whatever they do. They share a faith in the Gospel that their parents taught them and are doing their part and living lives that would reflect honor and respect to their father and mother's name.

Elsie and George now have their family of 11 children around them and share their many earthly experiences especially thier love for each other. May they rest in peace.

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  • Maintained by: Gary Foster
  • Originally Created by: Denise Crawford
  • Added: 20 Feb 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 34047280
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elsie Kartchner Gale (14 May 1878–12 Apr 1945), Find a Grave Memorial no. 34047280, citing City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Gary Foster (contributor 47500898) .