Reuben Fowkes  Wanlass

Reuben Fowkes Wanlass

Male 1887 - 1968  (81 years)

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  • Name Reuben Fowkes Wanlass 
    Born 26 Apr 1887  Almy, Uinta, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    AFN 55ZG-KC 
    Census 1900  Diamondville, Uinta, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1910  Cumberland, Uinta, Wyoming, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 27 Apr 1968  Driggs, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 29 Apr 1968  Victor, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Reuben Wanlass (1887-)
      Typed by JaNell Murdock Ure (granddaughter) Written in 1958
      "I was born in a small mining town on 26 April 1887, Almy Wyoming, Uinta county. My parents were Edith Elizabeth and James Wanlass Sr. The Doctor was C. T. Gambol.
      At the age of four I was playing in the hose and I had the usual things on that a boy in that time of the year wears, I had on a pair of kilts which looks somewhat like a girls dress. An old Indian came to see us and when he seen me, he chased me around the house and I finally went under the bed so as I could get away. Mother came in from outside and the Indian told her he just wanted to see whether girl of boy.
      At the age of six I went to school in the little two roomed red school house and Mr. Bill Longdon was my teacher. I went to school until I was nine then we moved to Diamondville, Wyoming, another coal mining town. Mrs. Mary Smith (later killed in a flood at Grovont) was my teacher. At the age of thirteen I went to work in a coal mine. I worked at the mine for awhile then I worked in a brick yard for fifty cents a day. I got Typhoid fever, after I was over that, I went back to work at the coal mine. Then I got Diphtheria and became well after sometime of sickness. At that time two of my brothers died, 1st April and the second one died 7 April 1902. Before the second one died he said, "Wait Ishid (Wilford) and I well go with you." He died two days later. When I got better I had lost my speech and could not talk plain for 6 months.
      We used to go swimming in the Hamsfork River in Wyoming. We could throw white door knobs in deep holes then dive and see who would come up with the most door knobs.
      I used to work on a rock dump. The dump rock came from the mine. Oregon Short Line Railroad depot was about a quarter of a mile from the rock dump. One day I was looking towards the depot and toward me came the sheriff behind a man chasing him down the track. Sheriff McDermit shot and killed the man. The bullet had went threw the mans heart. This was the first killing I had ever seen.
      When the Hamsfork River used to freeze over, we would go skating. When snowed we would flood the river and make new ice. This would make it a lot better skating.
      When miners went on strike Bill Snedon and father were guards at the mine while on strike. Some of the foreign people got disorderly and tried all kinds of ways to get in the mine to damage it. Father went on guard and Bill Snedon came home from guard duty. A Findlander was trying to break into our house then into Bills. I wanted to shot the Findlander but Mother would not let me. About that time Bill came home, through the guy was drunk, and thought he would take him home. When he went to get the Findlander he cut Bill's throat. Bill shot the Findlander, they both recovered a while later.
      At one time I went and worked for Uncle Charlie Fowlks. I had ridden a few horses and thought I was a real horseman because I had rode horse's that had bucked a little. One cowboy told me to take the horse named Wessle. It was a cold morning but I got all ready and the horse gave one leap and I was on the ground.
      While on the ranch I hauled a lot of dressed beef to Evanston, Wyoming butcher shop. I hooked up a gentle team of horses to go and load the beef at the slaughter house then when I came back I would hook up and old mare with a new colt. This one time I hooked up two colts. On the way to town, which is 12 miles, I met a woman 3 miles out of town, walking to town. I stopped and asked her if she would like a ride and she said yes. Mrs Gray had a big umbrella and I told her to put it down and leave it down. She got up on, set, and first thing I knew, up went the umbrella, the horses took off for a nice fast ride, when I finally got them calmed down the old lady said she would walk the rest of the way to town but she had rode this far, so I made her ride to town the rest of the way. When we got in town I asked her if she would like a ride home an she said, "No thank you, Young man!"
      In the spring of 1908 Chet Stohn and I left after crops were in. We walked from Teton Valley to Sugar City. I had an old 38 Smith & Weston pistol and an 8 inch harmonica. Chet had a little lose change. When we got to Sugar City we bummed a ride on a train to McCannon, Idaho. Took off through Downy and Marsh Valley. I sold my pistol for $1.50 and Harmonica for $.50. We then went to Malad and went to a house and bought 1 loaf of bread for $.10 then went to Garland, Utah. I worked for Adolph Mickles. During that month I went and seen my sister Mary who lived in Garland. I had dinner and visited with Mary then went back to place where I worked. After June, went to Evanston, Wyoming and worked for Uncle Charlie Fowlks the rest of the summer. Then Dick Fowlks and I went to Kemmer, Wyoming and worked there during winter then we went to Teton Valley in summer of 1910. Went to Cumberland in 1910 and stayed until spring of 1912 then came to Teton Valley and worked on ranch for Mother and Father. Worked on ranch during spring in fall, worked on an old steam engine thrashing machine for $5.00 a day.
      On October 3, 1917 went to Army. Went from Camp Lewis in Washington, stationed there two months and went to Vancouver, Washington. Worked on cutting up material for planes and ships. When to Olipic peninsula on Waundafuca Strait worked in getting spruce timber for planes and Douglas fur for ships. There was 28,000 men in that division and we put out three million feet a month. Put in about 10 months of work. Armistice was signed, went to Vancouver ,Washington, was released from Army on 23 December 1918, I was back on the farm on 25 December 1918.
      2 April 1919 married Clennie May Cover. After our marriage we lived with mother and father from April to November. Then we moved up to the canyon above Ballards. That summer was a hard one on a new married couple. A drought that summer, my two brothers and I planted 50 acres wheat, we harvested 50 bus. of grain. We moved to our cabin that early winter. Hay was high in cost, people had to ship swamp grass hay from Nebraska. We gave $30 a ton on hay and $60 for corn to get our cattle there, I worked most the winter hauling hay from home place, up canyon to feed the cattle, which were only partly mine. In the spring Lee Cover talked me into renting of his 74 acres on his ranch on Fox Creek. My wife and I milked twelve cows all summer. Lee was supposed to live at Jackson Hole but he was with us most the time, trying to tell me what to do and how. So I turned his lease back to him. I left in August to get to Cannavon Ranch to stack hay with my brother Jim. We stacked 1,200 ton of hay that year. We returned 26 October. My new baby daughter, Etta Lee, was 9 days old. My wife had stayed with her folks while I was gone. I used the money I had earned to pay for the hay and corn my brothers and I had bought the hard winter. We lived with my folks for a short while. I went to Wilson, Wyoming to work at a saw mill. As soon as we could get some money from that job we moved to a house at Chapin, (Idaho). That winter was really tough, part of the time we never had money for a stamp for a letter. In April we rented 160 acres from Jake Leich. My father died 10 April 1921 after a lingering illness.
      We moved on the Leich place, lived there a number of years. Winifred Fay was born there 23 May 1922. The winter of 1923 before Leslie was born we moved back to the yellow house across from the church house. I had rented that 80 acres also. Leslie was born there 3 January 1924. In the spring the lady I had rented from, Mrs. Anderson, wanted to move into one room of the house. Knowing she was hard to get along with at a distance, let alone live in the same house with, I moved my family back to the Leich place and canceled my lease on the Anderson place.
      Things moved uneventfully for some time. Then Walt Nickel who had bought the Lee Cover place on Fox Creek, wanted to sell me his place. So being short of cash, I traded him a team of black horses and two lots in Sugar house ward at Salt Lake. So we moved there into a tent and a one room over a basement. I had rented the Leich 180 acres, also another 80 acres he owned. That was a working summer, I walked from place to place turning water. When haying time came I had to hire help, my father-in-law and brother-in-law. I had to pay them $5.00 a day for help. When sold my hay I got $5.00 a ton, so another years hard work had gone for what the little boy shot at. Oh yes, about the time Leslie was born I bought a second hand Chev. 1919 make. Up to that time was horse and buggy or shanks mares. But all in all, we enjoyed life and our family so much. Had time to visit and do our work besides the money were very scarce. I took every job no matter how dirty to help out with a dollar or two. We fixed up a big granary to live in, it had three rooms. There Bonnie May and later Irvin Doyle were born. I finally was appointed road overseer for the south end of the county. Worked at that in summer months for number of years as water situation was bad and pasture like wise. My wife and I decided to buy a swamp place, we finally did this in 1938. We milked a big bunch of cows, my daughters, wife and sons did most of the milking as I was doing road work. Fay married Silvon Lindsey Murdock on 28 August 1938. How much we enjoyed them coming home and also how we looked forward to our first grandchild. Leslie grew and left for a job at Pocatello. He worked at the airport being built there by the service. One by one the children left the old home. Of course we hated to see them go but even robins push their young out of the nest to see them fly on their own, so is life like that. Bonnie and her husband came and stayed with us the winter of 47-48, Shannon was born the 30th January 1948. They stayed with us until April. We sold out our ranch that spring much as we loved it, it was too wet for my wife who had arthritis. We lived there all summer but by fall had found a place in Smithfield, Utah, 8 acres which we bought and moved there. Bonnie and Shannon and Irvin went with us. Irvin joined the air corp. from there. Leslie, wife and baby moved from Salt Lake to Logan. It was to hard to find jobs in Utah so we sold out and moved back to Teton Valley in 1950. We moved to Silvon's as we were going to farm for him. That summer we helped build Silvon's new home and a home for us to live in. What a year! I'll never forget it, we stayed there for several years then prices going bad, we served out deal and ventured forth to look for work. What a junt! At my age and everyone looking for work, I finally found work as caretaker at Ponds Lodge, Island Park, Idaho. Worked for my room and board and $200 a month. Most I ever made in one month in all my life. My wife and I cared for the lodge, store, post-office, and service station in winter months we lived in one end of the lodge, in that it is a story all of it's own. Summer we moved into a tent. I tended to any complaints from the trailer court, helped people, seen garbage we disposed of and handy man all summer. I enjoyed it a lot but in the mean time, old age was creeping upon me. So I decided it was about time I slacked up a little and see if I could enjoy life while fishing, laying around or what ever struck my fancy. Only now, I find myself doing the washing ever wash day now and again the dishes, raking the lawn. I guess that is all just good exercise. Tomorrow is opening day of fishing, something I have lived for all winter (whoopie) (Grandpa's favorite pastime.)
      Kids all married, Just wife and I left and we feel like we have had a wonderful family. Of the five children, 5 are married and 4 have children, which makes our posterity 13 so far."

      Ruben Wanlass (26 April 1887) married to Clennie May Cover (14 February 1902)- 2 April 1919
      1. Etta Lee Wanlass (17 Oct. 1920) married to Vernon Christofferson
      Had no children
      2. Winifred Fay Wanlass (23 May 1922) married to Silvon Lindsey Murdock 28 Aug. 1919.
      1. Janell Murdock...married to Lewis Kent Ure
      Tamera Jo Ure
      Deborah Lee Ure
      Jackie Lyn Ure
      Brent albert Ure
      2. Cheryl Murdock, married to William Hastings
      Terrie Rae Hastings
      Layne W. Hastings
      Eric Mils Hastings
      3. Shona Fay Murdock, married 1. Kim Price 2. Ted Kasper
      4. Patricia Ann Murdock married to Lorin K. Seniess
      5. James Silvon Murdock
      3. Leslie Ruben Wanlass (3 January 1924) married to Rayola Smith
      4. Bonnie May Wanlass (13 Sept. 1926) married to Donald Ellis
      1. Shannon Ellis
      2. Shawn D. Ellis
      3. Carey Shay Ellis
      4. Wendy Leigh Ellis
      5. Irvin Doyle Wanlass (24 Jan. 1932) married to Joy Lee butler
      1. Sherrie Lynn Wanlass

      My Dad, Reuben Wanlass
      by Fay Wanlass Murdock
      Dad and I grew into a relationship that made us best friends. When I was young I remember watching to see if Dad was mad, and us kids could always tell by the way he drove the car or walked to the house, but there were so many special and good things that I would like to share with you about my Dad. He always made me feel better when I was sick, by blowing smoke into my ear for an ear ache, or rubbing my tummy when it hurt. It was Dad that came to the hospital and went with JaNell into surgery.
      There are memories of his helping with the farming, milking cows, and letting me drive the horses. Evenings out in front of our home in Chapin paint a beautiful picture with Dad playing his harmonica or steel guitar and singing to us. It was Dad who taught me to love America and our flag through the songs he sang, such as: "You're a Grand Old Flag; Story of Old Glory; Taps; and one about 2 little boys who grew up together and went off to war. As Dad would sing, I would get very emotional and not wanting anyone to think I was a boob, I would go to the kitchen and get a drink and hide my emotions.
      Dad and I shared countless hours at the old organ, Uncle Chad Cover let us borrow, he never tired of singing and I never tired of playing for him. Dad sang at most of funerals, church, & Civic functions. He a beautiful clear tenor voice. Aunt Jessie Wanlass played for him (and gave me lessons), but when Aunt Jessie moved away I was his accompanist, what a pleasure to play for My Dad.
      I marveled how he could always remember the little rhymes and songs as he would sing and play with the babies. He seemed to have a song for every occasion and shared them with all. Mom said he had always done that.
      In my grown up years, Dad & I didn't always agree on everything, but could visit by the hour. I'm so glad we could live so close and share so much of his and Mom's life. Having them next door on the ranch was a rare treat for our children as well and they all have very choice memories of their Grandparents.
      JaNell remembers having a Grandmother to teach her to sew and a Grandpa who would ease the load of some of the farm jobs she hated to do and a song about a date, or other special occasions that were met with a song.
      Cheryl and Grandpa would go fly fishing and she always loved the songs he sang to her.
      Shona remembers how Grandpa loved roses and Grandma always had nice big pansies bed.
      Silvon spent a lot of time with Dad over the years, they understood each others weakness's and were friends.
      Dad could always sing a song to fit any occasion, and when traveling in the car on our many trips with he and Mother, we enjoyed his tunes.
    Person ID I53  12: James Wanlass & Margaret Neilson
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2001 

    Father James Wanlass,   b. 9 Aug 1846, Beatty's Row, Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1921, Chapin, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Mother Edith Elizabeth Fowkes,   b. 20 Aug 1865, Coleville, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Mar 1949, Chapin, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 10 Apr 1882  SALT LAKE CITY, SALT LAKE, UTAH, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Biography of James Wanlass & Edith Fowkes & their family
    Biography of James Wanlass & Edith Fowkes & their family
    Personal recollections of various people.
    Family ID F9  Group Sheet

    Family Clennie May Cauer,   b. 14 Feb 1902, Smith Center, Smith, Kansas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1970, Driggs, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 2 Apr 1919  Driggs, Teton, Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Last Modified 22 Apr 2001 
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] LDS Family Record - James Wanlass, James Wanlass, pg 25 (Reliability: 3).

      Name in full: Reuben Fowkes Wanlass
      Born at Almy, Wyoming 26th April 1887
      Blessed by James Wanlass & James Bowns 4th May 1887
      Baptized by Alonzo Hutchinson 30th June 1895
      Confirmed by James Wanlass, Sr. 30th June 1895
      School commenced at Almy, Wyo. Sept 1893
      Graduated 1908
      Ordained a Deacon by Joseph Lynn & Arthur Haddock & Frances Rossen 10th June 1901
      Ordained a Priest by James Wanlass, Sr, 2nd May 1909
      Married to Clennie May Cover 2nd April 1919 by Don C. Driggs, Stake President, at Driggs, Idaho
      Patriarachal Blessing by J. A. Quibell 6th March 1907
      Vocation: Enginering - farming
      Color of Eyes: Blue, Color of Hair Dark brown
      General Condition of Health: good
      Specially Interested in Singing - Drama

      Important Events: Was set apart as second assist to president of Sunday School of Chapin Ward on Jan. 24th 1926 by C. M. Hatch.
      According to Leslie Reuben Wanlass, his father's name was simply Reuben WANLASS, not Reuben Fowkes Wanlass 08/14/2000
      However, written in his fathers hand it says, Reuben Fowkes Wanlass.

    2. [S26] LDS Church Ward/Branch Records, #034535 Almy Branch Records 1872-1884 (Reliability: 3).
      pg 48 # 326
      Reuben Wanless, Parents: James Wanless, Edith Fowkes, Birth 26 April 1886 at Almy, Uinta, Wyoming. Blessing 4 May 1887 by J. Bowns.

    3. [S7] Census, 1900 June 8th, At Diamondville Town (#1,2741,827) Uinta Co, Wyoming (Reliability: 3).
      1900 June 8th, At Diamondville Town (#1,241,827) Uinta Co, Wyoming 1900 census
      James Wanlass, head, white male, born Aug 1846, 53 years old, married 18 years. Both he and his parents born in Scotland, emigrated 1877 and been in the US for 23 years. Has his Naturalization papers, a Coal miner, could read, write and speaks English. Owns his home.
      ...Edith E. Wanlass born Aug 1865, 34 years married 18 years. Mother of 9 children 8 living. She and her parents born in England. Lived in US for 31 years, can read, write and speak English and children
      ...Mary Wanlass dau, born Oct, 16 years, single
      ...James Wanlass, son, born July, 14 years, single, a coalminer
      ...Reuben Wanlass, son, born Apr, 13 years old, Born Wyo.
      ...Maggie Wanlass, dau, bn Mar, 10 years old, Born Wyo. single
      ...Edith E. Wanlass dau, born Dec, 8 years old
      ...Wilford Wanlass, son, born Feb., 4 years old, Born Wyo. Single
      ...William C. Wanlass, son, born May, 2 years old, Born Wyo. single;
      ...Alexander Wanlass, son born July 1899, 10/12 months of age.
      ...Boarding with the James Wanlass family is: brother William R. Fowkes, white male, born Jan., 25 years, single, born in Wyo., parents born in England. A Clerk Grocery, can read, write and speak English

    4. [S7] Census, 1910 South Cumberland Precinct, Uinta, Wyoming, April 21st, pg 8/59 film #1,375,760 (Reliability: 3).
      1910 South Cumberland Precinct, Uinta, Wyoming, April 21st, pg 8/59 film #1,375,760
      Wanlass, James, Head, Male, white, 63 years, married 28 years. Born Scotland, parents Scotland, emigrated 1877, speaks English. Occupation; Top hand coal mine Pit No. 4, Can read, write, rents a house.
      ....Mrs. James Wanlass E. head, married white 45 married 28 years, mother of 11 children 8 living. Self and parents born in England. Emigrated 1867, Speaks English, no occupation, can read, write and rents a house.
      ....James, son, male white, 24 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, Draw shovel in coal mine Pit No 0. Can read, write, 12, 9, 0, 1
      ....Reuben, son, Male, white 24 years, single, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, occupation, Foreman coal mine pit no 0, can read, write.
      ....Margaret, daughter, female, white, 21 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, no occupation
      ....Edith E. Daughter, female, white, 17 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, no occupation
      ....William C. Son, male, white, 13 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, no occupation
      ...Jessie, Daughter, female, white 7 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, no occupation
      ....Lawrence F., Son, male, white, 4 years, single, born Wyoming, father born Scotland, mother born England. Speaks English, no occupation

    5. [S20] Obituary/printed program/Newspaper article, Deseret News 1921 April 20 & 21st page 5 (Reliability: 3).
      Obituary of James Wanlass

    6. [S19] LDS Family Record - James Wanlass, James Wanlass, pg 21 (Reliability: 3).
      Married to Edith Elizabeth Fowkes 10th Aprl 1882 by Joseph F. Smith at Salt Lake City

    7. [S15] Ricks College Western State Historical Marriage Record Index, Blaine Bake, McKay Library FHC Director,, #23582 (Reliability: 3).
      Groom name: Reuben F. WANLASS, residence, Victor, Idaho
      Bride: Clennie May CAUER, residence Victor.
      County of Record, Teton, Idaho
      Place of marriage: Driggs
      Date of marriage, 2 Aapr. 1919
      Vol 1, page 109

    8. [S19] LDS Family Record - James Wanlass, James Wanlass, pg 25, 103 (Reliability: 3).
      page 25
      Reuben Fowkes Wanlass: Married to Clennie May Cover 2nd April 1919 by Don C. Driggs, Stake President, at Driggs, Idaho

      page 103
      Married to Reuben Fowkes Wanlass 2nd April 1919 by Don C. Driggs at Driggs, Idaho