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 Tacy <I>Hunt</I> Barnum

Tacy Hunt Barnum

Death 14 Aug 1951 (aged 73)
Burial Enterprise, Washington County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 60337 · View Source
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Tacy Hunt, daughter of Jefferson and Celestia Terry Hunt was born 22 April 1978 at Hebron, Utah. She spent her childhood and early married life here.
Tacy received all the schooling she had in Hebron. School was held in the church house with all the grades meeting in one room.
When Tacy was 13 years old her aunt (Aunt Lydia Winsor) taught Tacy and her sister Effie how to operate the telegraph system. This was the only means of communication in Hebron at that time. She and Effie did Aunt Lydia's washing for all of one summer in payment for this training. After learning to do this, they helped her run it for a few months. Then Aunt Lydia had to move away so the girls put the telegraph in their father's home and took complete charge of it for several years.
Tacy learned while still very young the art of cooking, housekeeping, sewing, mending and piecing quilts. As a result Tacy was the one to stay in the house to help her mother with these things and her sister would help their father with the outside work. Before Tacy's marriage, she spent several weeks during the summer months at neighboring settlements helping friends and relatives. She would help them at the birth of a baby or during the canning season.
During her young and carefree teenage years, Tacy's mother passed away.
The training Tacy had received from her mother earlier in the art of homemaking came in handy for her now, as Tacy along with her older sister, Effie, had to become homemaker and mother for their father's family of 9 children. In spite of these added responsibilities, she found time to be active in the church, serving as a counselor in the MIA and Primary organizations before her marriage.
When Tacy was about 18 years of age, she met and fell in love with a young man by the name of James Russell Barnum, who had come from the northern part of the state to live with relatives. After a courtship of about 2 years, they were married in the St. George Temple, 25 May 1898.
Upon arriving in Hebron, they moved into her father's home, Jefferson Hunt , to help him with his family as Effie had gotten married some months previous to this. Tacy's first two children, Myrtle and Edna, were born there.
One morning in the year of 1903; James Russell Barnum was away from home working. Tacy had just bathed her two small girls and left them to play. Then taking 2 buckets, had gone to the spring for water, a distance of about two blocks. Upon filling her buckets and climbing back to the bank, her first glimpse of home was one of alarm. Fire had broken out in the roof of the house and the whole top was in flames. Knowing it was useless to try and carry water to help; she dropped her buckets and ran, thinking only of her babies. But her efforts to enter the house were useless. By the time she reached home, the house was burning in such fury it was impossible to enter. The lives of her two children were saved by her sister Mary Ann Bowler, who was living just across the street and had discovered the fire just in time.
Tacy and James moved to St. George after this and lived in a granary belonging to Uncle Frank Winsor. Her first son, James LaVon, was-born here on February 5, 1904. Then, for a few years they lived in Peoa, Utah where she worked in the Primary organization the short time she lived there.
In 1904, the new town of Enterprise was established. And after about a year , they moved here to make their final home. While living with her father, Jefferson Hunt, her twin sons Milton and Milford were born. A few months later they moved into the home of a bachelor, Aaron Huntsman, to help take care of him. He had the only telephone in town in his home so Tacy again took over the job as operator for the town. Another daughter, Afton, was born while living there.
A few years later they succeeded in building their own home again and their last two children were born there.
Times were hard and money scarce, but Mother never wavered, but worked hard all the time to do her share. Dad was away from home working a great deal of the time and there were always cows, chickens and pigs to take care of besides all the other work that was necessary to keep eight children fed and clothes. Although many times our clothes were patched and darned, we were always neat and clean. She loved to knit. She knit many pairs of socks and several sweaters. There were mittens for every child and later every grandchild. Another talent she enjoyed to the utmost was piecing and quilting quilts. She must have pieced hundreds of quilts and everyone desired her quilting on their quilts. She did beautiful quilting.
It was necessary for most of the women in those days to do most of their own sewing for their families. Mother was no exception to this. She made all the shirts and dresses her children wore, as well as most of her own things, along with several other things. She traded all the eggs she would get that weren't needed for family use to the local stores for material for shirts and dresses. She took great pride in her butter making, selling all the extra pounds she had. She never lacked for a sale for this. Much of the extra milk was used up in making cheese which she kept for family use. She was very good at making soap, making all her own soap as well as several batches for other people.
At all times, she was very thrifty and ambitious. She had an abundance of food supplies of all kinds to last them through the winter. Every fall Tacy and James would take the team and buggy and go to Central or Pine Valley and spend a day or 2 picking apples for their winter supply. Then every year that there were any pine nuts several days would be spent out camping and gathering the nuts. They would arrive home with enough for all winter and part of the next summer.
Tacy was in constant demand and always willing to go into the homes of her friends and neighbors or anyone that needed her, whenever there was sickness or death. She attended the births of numerous babies, sometimes caring for the mother and baby for several days afterwards. Many were the bodies she helped to care for and dress ready for burial before the town had access to the services of a mortician. She did many baptisms and hundreds of endowments and sealings for the dead in the St. George Temple.
On June 22, 1929, she stood helplessly by while her oldest daughter, Myrtle, fought a losing battle for life. Myrtle's tiny new son died at this time. This was indeed a hard blow for her. Grief and shock were almost too much for her and for a few days it seemed we were to lose her too, but the mountain of strength she had always possessed, along with her staunch faith in the Gospel came to her aid and she again went on with the daily tasks that had been hers before this tragedy. Along with her own home duties then, there came another responsibility --that of helping to give Myrtle's two small children a home. This she cheerfully and willingly did.
In August of 1931, she was destined to again lose her home by fire. With the help of her husband and what family was still living at home at that time, they collected the few belongings they now had and moved into a house a few blocks away. And a very few belongings it was too.
A few years after this, her sister Effie's eye sight failed her and Mother spent many hours and days helping her with her house cleaning, sewing, mending and writing letters. Also, many hours reading to her. She also canned her fruit, made her bread and churned all her butter, cleaned house and wrote all her letters.
In the winter of 1935, she had a case of rheumatism, that caused her to be bedfast for several days, and in the summer of 1941 her eyes failed her due to cataracts forming over both eyes. In the early spring of 1945, she had one eye operated on in Provo, Utah. This operation was not too successful and was a source of constant worry to her as she was now almost totally blind in the other eye.
The following spring she had a case of Shingles that was most severe. From this she was bedfast for two months and suffered greatly. In fact, she never did fully recover from the pain of this affliction.
At James' death, on 14 April 1951, her health failed. Her heart that had been so strong and big enough for everyone, had begun to wear out. Under the doctor's order, she was put to bed for a complete rest, over strong protests from her. The pain she suffered was very severe and she fought hard to live, but it was a losing battle and just four months to the day after Dad's death, she passed away at 1:45 p.m. on August 14, 1951.

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  • Maintained by: Daniel
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 60337
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Tacy Hunt Barnum (22 Apr 1878–14 Aug 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 60337, citing Enterprise City Cemetery, Enterprise, Washington County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Daniel (contributor 46847239) .