Hannah Elizabeth <I>Price</I> Spencer


Hannah Elizabeth Price Spencer

Caineville, Wayne County, Utah, USA
Death 5 Sep 1979 (aged 87)
Aurora, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Burial Aurora, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot Block 8, Grave 11.
Memorial ID 9306514 View Source

Hannah Elizabeth Price was actually born in the town of Aldridge, which because of flooding was later moved and renamed Caineville, Wayne, Utah. She was born to Benjamin Hyrum & Sarah Annie Durfee Price on 19 April, 1892. She was the oldest of 11 (living) children, and later she also raised 11 children of her own.

At the age of 3 or 4 she remembered the terrible nightmares of having diphtheria and soon afterwards, whooping cough. She also suffered with malaria when she was older.

Her family lived in southeastern Utah, Tucson, Arizona and El Paso, Texas for the first ten years of her life. At the age of 8 she sewed her own clothes. She was able to take a course to draft patterns by measurements and sew for other people. She was soon able to make her patterns just by looking at a dress that she wanted to copy. She made underclothes as well as outer clothes.

For her youth her family lived in Colonia Dublan, Chihuahua, Mexico, where she had happy times, growing up with relatives and friends. She finished the 6th grade which she enjoyed as well as church activities. She treasured a violin which was made by her father as he was quite an accomplished musician. She practiced long hard hours to do well and please him, and regretted when she got so busy raising her family that she had to set it aside. She loved going to Sunday School where she was able to sing, which she loved doing.

When she was young she would get up early in the morning and go to a boarding house and cook breakfast for the people who stayed there and for others that were coming in on the train and then clean up and go to school from there. It was necessary for everyone that could find work to do so to help the family ‘stay on its feet' (her wording). Later in life she cooked for crews of men as they worked on the farm. With 11 siblings and 11 children, she just always cooked big meals in big utensils.

She married Austin Jabez Spencer on the 24 May 1908, when she was only 16. Their wedding was at her family home and preformed by Bishop Albert D. Thurber.

The Mexican Revolution finally forced the Americans to leave Mexico in June of 1912. Austin and Hannah had 3 children at that time; the youngest one being only 2 weeks old. The US Government helped by paying the train fare for them to go anywhere in the U.S. where they had family that could sponsor them. They traveled to Aurora, Sevier, Utah, where the Spencer family had lived previous to going to Mexico. Austin's father, Franklin, stayed in Mexico with his 2nd wife, while Austin's mother, Chloe, the 3rd wife, along with his siblings, and Austin, Hannah and their children all came to Utah.

That December (18 Dec 1912), they were able to go to the Manti Temple and be sealed as a family. Her wedding ring was worn out and Austin sent by order to a company and got a 14 caret ring for her at this time.

They moved around a bit and Austin had several different jobs, before they settled into a nice home, on property that Austin bought next to his mother's in Aurora, Sevier, Utah. He hired several carpenters to work on his home to hurry it along so he could move close and help to relieve the burden that his mother was carrying.

The last 6 of their 11 children were born in this home. Austin ran his own farm, besides ground that he leased. Hannah dreaded the laundry that took one day a week and would give her such pain by the end of the day. She made 8 loaves of bread every other day and did lots of canning of fruits and vegetables that she grew on their property.

In the year of 1926 their family traveled to Tucson, Arizona to see Hannah's parents and siblings. They lived here for most of the year. Austin worked for the farm at the college, and the older kids got jobs and the younger ones went to school. They came back to Utah when the weather started getting hot.

During World War II she had 5 sons in the service and one in the reserves. This must have been a very difficult thing. She was a "Gold Star Mother", since her son Hyrum, an air force tail gunner, was shot down and killed over Germany.

She enjoyed reading, especially doctrines of the gospel, and she loved music and so they bought a piano and several of the children learned to play it and to sing. Austin died 27 years before she did (1952) which caused the need for her move to a home in the center of town that was more convenient to walk to church, the store, the post office, etc. It also caused the need for her to market one of her hobbies, quilting. She made and sold them, or she would quilt ones that others made. She kept a record of how many she did each year from 1963 to 1969. Added all together for those years she did 137.

She served in Relief Society and Primary and enjoyed going to the temple and joined the DUP.

She shared her home with her mother in law, Chloe, a great deal of the time until she passed away in 1964. When Hannah needed to be with someone, due to her age related health issues in 1975, she moved in with her daughter, Alta and her husband Franklin, who lived on the south end of Aurora. Here she had a secure and comfortable home for her remaining years.

(Condensed from a history that Hannah wrote herself in 1969, by her granddaugher, EvaLynn Holt.)


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