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 Dahlia Albertina <I>Radmall</I> Walker

Dahlia Albertina Radmall Walker

Birth
Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Death 2 Nov 1974 (aged 84)
American Fork, Utah County, Utah, USA
Burial Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA
Plot B-33-006-02
Memorial ID 64243 · View Source
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Daughter of Joseph Albert Radmall and Hadda Victoria Anderson

Wife of Lawrence Ross Walker, married 24 Nov 1909 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA


According to Grandma Anderson, I made my arrival on a bright blue October morn, bald as an eagle and weighing 12 pounds. I was the first grandchild, so they loved me in spite of no hair and my portly dimensions.
When I was nearly sixteen months old, my sister Pearl, made her advent into this world. With two babies, Mother had her hands full and as we lived close to Grandma, I became her charge. I loved it, and she did,too, in fact I always felt closer to her than my own Mother. There is no rose without a thorn and even with the love my beloved Grandmother gave me, I still lived in fear that I would be taken home. And when any controversy arose between Mother and Dad, I was used as a whip-down came Mother through the orchard and I would be grabbed violently by the hand, taken on a gallop up the path which lead from Gradnmother's house to home and kept under surveillance until the storm calmed and I could slip back down. I forgive them, they didn't realize what sense of security could mean to a child and waht a srious complex it may mean to some. The Swedish language was used in Gradnmother's home, and naturally I learned to speak that language before I did English. Grandma did learn English after a fashion but Grandpa never did.
My childhood was spent much the same as other children of that period- roaming the hills in quest of wild flowers, games such as hide and seek, ball, rounders, ganders and many other outdoors games. When winter came, we nearly drove our folks to distraction having them witness theatres, programs and burlesques. After we became school age we played school for hours at a time, the folks got a rest then.
Back of Grandpa's house was a grove of tall oak trees. The wind had bent two of them to resemble ponies. With the help of an old scaffold which Grandpa had put under them, we mounted our ponies and visited the principal cities of the world. It was so real and such fun.
I was nearly 8 years old when I started school. I knew my alphabet and could print very well. I was fortunate to attend school in a breand new schoolhouse. We were taught to march like soldiers and apply ourselves diligently to our studies. If we didn't, we just did not get promoted and not to be promoted was a disgrace and a constant worry to a lot of children who these days would be considered retarded in their ability. In those days, they didn't understand that word. I graduated from the eighth grade in 1906- quite a feat at that time as many dropped out along the way. There were no compulsory laws about schooling then. I started high school in Pleasant Grove. I had big plans to graduate from there and then attend the BYU. I went for six weeks and the best class of all was English. My love for good literature began early when my beloved Aunt Til read and told me such stories as "Silas Marner", "Last of the Mohicans", "Lorna Doone" and poems by Tennyson, Whittier, Longfellow and many others.
I went to work for the Mountain States Telephone Co. when I was 16 and when I was 17, my mother died. I worked nights and tried to go to school in a day time. I just couldn't do it so I had to quit school as the money I was earning was necessity. I worked from 7 pm to 8 am and did a small amount of book work for which I received $20 a month which was fine at that time as store clerks only received $12.50.
I met Lawrence Walker in the summer of 1908, and we were married in the fall of 1909 in the Salt Lake Temple. we made our home at Lindon with his folks expecting to move into his brother's vacant home. However, when the untimely death of his father occurred Feb 3, 1910, Lawrence took over the farm and we stayed at Mother Walker's until the fall of 1911. This was an act I resented with bitter tears. I thought I had married a schoolteacher and I wanted to move by ourselves and live our own lives. However, it was probably the best in the long run as Mother Walker was an excellent homemaker and manager. I was apt pupil (knew I had better be) and learned to do a lot of things I probably would have had to learn the hard way. In the fall of 1911 we moved our own new home.
Our union was blessed with eight children- 4 girls and 4 boys.
From the time I was a child, I have awlays attended church. Primary, Sunday School, Mutual and Sacramene Meeting which in those days lasted from two until four and consisted of lengthy discourses from sainted brethen-whle my legs dangled two feet from the floor; as my legs grew longer that helped some. We walked 14 blocks to church as our home was near Grove Creek Canyon and the church was inthe west part of town. One foot doctor told me I had real good feet due to so much walking.
After my marriage, my church activities were many and varied. I worked in Genealogy, MIA, Sunday School, Primary and for many years was class leader in Relief Society-sometimes Theology, then Literature and often Social Science. I have enjoyed very much every mintue I spent in church activities. It has enriched my life, strengthed my testimony and made me a better wife and mother. We also did considerable temple work, especially in the winter months when the farm work did not demand so much of our time.
I nearly lost my husband in the flu epidemic of 1918-1920. The Lord was very good to us and with Mother Walker's help with the children and Uncle John Johnson's help with Dad's work, we were able to get along.
We were forced by my husband's illness to leave the farm in 1945. We purchased a home in Vineyard and in July 1945 we moved from our home in Lindon after spending 35 years in it. We were never quite satisfied in Vineyard though as we wished to get somewhere close enough that we might walk to church and to the store. We had always talked to moving to Pleasant Grove. In the spring of 1947 we purchased the Genevieve Smith home in Pleasant Grove- it was an ideal location - in walking distance of all our activities-which was necessary as the new Mercury car was used to make the down payment on the home. It was a spacious house. We had room for the family as they were able to come and for the fiorst time, a third bedroom. We had two good cows which gave Dad soemthing not too hard to do- me,too. we furnished milk for the neighborhood. My health wasn't too good but going on nerve for many years I have readily accepted the prediction that in my bony condition I'll never die, just wither up and blow away.
We had the privilege of going back East trip in April of 1949 and it was a very memorable trip and the last one Dad ever took.
In 1952 we sold the home in Vineyard, we had rented it from the time we moved to Pleasant Grove.
However, Oct. 24, 1953 we moved into the new house; the top part and one bedroom in the basement were finsihed beautifully.
We held Thanskgiving dinner in the rumpus room in the basement, seating 40 people. Christmas Eve, our real event of the year was held here also. It was at that time that Dad gave his family a few words of council- encourgaed them to meet often, to love one another and to do the things that are right. It made a profound effect on the family as Dad was always retiring and unassuming. It did make us wonder afterwards because practically two months to the day, he was stricken with a stroke- lived about 30 hours and quietly passed away at the American Falls hospital Feb 27, 1954. It was a terrible shock. We mourned his passing greatly, but thank our Heavenly Father for his mercy and are trying to emulate the things he stood for. I have my family close around- all within an hour's travel. I thank my Master at all times for his mercy to me. Folks were very kind and generous- I never saw so many flowers, besides money contribuations from friends and relatives.
I went to church and Relief Society regularly, associating with friends old and new.
I taught the special interest group in Mutual for a few months and in 1955 was asked to take the Theology class in the Stake Releif Society I consented with misgivings- seemed I could never quite count on my health. I kept it for a a year and enjoyed it very much.
Two things I should place in my history are- the celebrating of birthdays and our annual Swedish party, as these played an important part of our lives. They were such happy days- I've tried to some extent to carry them on through with my family, at least past of them. They love these things as I do, but the complextionies of life now made it hard to try and live that tempo which definiatly enters in.

She passed away 2 Nov 1974 in American Fork, Utah and buried by her lovely husband in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, Utah.


THANKSGIVING

"Over the river and through the woods
To Grandmother's house we sing.
But now it's "Over the street and through the
town, our turkey and pie we bring."
At first it was just Grandma, Grandpa and
their brood of eight.
At a beautiful table they gave thanks, and then ate.
Then Daddy joined the group and I came along.
Aunt Jennie was married,
And Uncle Elroy swelled th throng.
Uncle Grant, Uncle Leon and Aunt Lorayn married,too
then fifteen grandchildren came,
Which made quite a few.
At the big table now, we can't al get around,
So small ones were added, that everyone might sit down.
And when we were all seated we'd listen to the prayer
That Grandpa gave for the bounties we had there.
"Let's serve the little ones first,"
dear Grandma would say
And then we would feast on that wonderful day.
My heart too is full as thought it had been fed,
With gratiude for our Pilgrims, who by God were led
To this land of freedom which above others is choice
May we His children give truly grateful thanks and rejoice.

By Barbara Fielding, granddaughter





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  • Maintained by: SRBentz
  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 64243
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dahlia Albertina Radmall Walker (6 Oct 1890–2 Nov 1974), Find A Grave Memorial no. 64243, citing Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by SRBentz (contributor 47051679) .