Here is a little picture of Hiram. He likes to go around with a hanger pretending he is Robin Hood. Grandpa decided to make him a little bow and arrows from his latest tree trimmings. Hiram of course ran with it, even finding himself a hat and feather. I am glad I snapped this picture while he was playing.
I went through my phone photos the other day and found a couple of pictures of Grandpa, Milo Ross, I thought I would share.
These next four photos were from June 2013. We stopped while traveling through. You can see Grandpa goofing off in trying to get Hiram to take a $1 from him, whether from the floor, from his mouth, and Hiram was just not buying it as long as Grandpa still had his cane in hand. Not sure why, but I snapped the picture of Grandpa going back into his home as we were leaving.
Jon Williams took this picture of Grandpa and provided a copy to Grandpa. Grandpa kept it on the wall and I took a picture of it. I need to contact Mr. Williams and get a copy of the picture.
Lastly, I have this picture of Grandpa and Hiram just a month before Grandpa passed away. Grandpa had thinned quite a bit and I believe you can see it in the photo.
Then, a photo of some of the new medals Grandpa was going to be awarded. Since he passed, we put them in a display case for the funeral. The medals were all new even though some of the pins were awards he already had.
I thought I would write about Edward William Sharp today, known to the family as Uncle Ed. He has a tender, yet thorny, position in the family.
Edward William Sharp was born 25 October 1887 in Plain City, Weber, Utah, the seventh child to Milo and Lilly Sharp. My Great Grandmother, Ethel, was Ed’s younger sister, number 11 in line. I have written more of Ethel’s marriage to Jack Ross. Ed Sharp comes into the family line more closely when Ethel died in 1925. She left behind five children, namely: June, Milo, Paul, Harold, and Earnest. The four children were taken back to Paul, Minidoka, Idaho in 1925 to be raised by their Ross grandparents, James and Catherine Ross, while Jack got back on his feet. As winter came and progressed the family struggled. Earnest passed away the fall of 1925 in Rupert, Idaho. Jack was gone for unknown reasons and James and Catherine called Ethel’s family to come get the four children. Starting that winter of 1925-26, Milo Ross was raised by his Uncle Ed. June went to live with her paternal grandparents, the Streeters in Ogden. Paul and Harold were raised by Ed’s siblings, Vic Hunt and Del Sharp respectively. Sadly, Paul fell from a loft in a barn in 1932 and broke his arm and suffered a concussion that would take his life in 1932.
Edward Sharp met and married Lillie Elva East 13 May 1909 in Plain City. She was born 16 February 1888 in nearby Warren, Weber, Utah. Together they had 10 children.
Edna Louise Sharp born 11 January 1910 in Plain City.
Florence Evelyn Sharp born 30 June 1911 in Plain City.
Marjorie Lillian Sharp born 23 June 1913 in Plain City.
Ethel Sharp born 8 July 1917 in Plain City.
Elmer George Sharp born 15 June 1919 in Plain City.
Ruby Elaine Sharp born 13 February 1922 in Plain City.
Milo Riley Sharp born 27 November 1927 in Ogden.
Josephine Sharp born 18 March 1927 in Ogden.
Edward Junior Sharp born 24 January 1930 in Ogden.
Dean Sharp born 28 April 1935 in Ogden.
As a reminder, Grandpa, Milo Ross, was born in 1921 in Plain City. He falls right in the middle of the entire family and became one of the siblings. To tell the difference between Milo Ross and Milo Sharp, I will use their last name.
Unfortunately, things were not quite that easy. Ed farmed a nice little farm in Plain City. He also had some cows, pigs, and other animals. The family grew up in the Depression with all the anxieties and difficulties that came with it. Fortunately the farm was mostly paid for and the farm provided for itself and the family.
Despite technically being blood to Ed, Milo Ross was treated differently than the other children. Milo Ross was not allowed to eat with the rest of the family. When the family was done with the meal, then Milo Ross could eat. Often alone. Milo Ross was expected to work longer than the rest of the family, into the time while the rest of them ate. Milo Ross was also expected to arise earlier and get things in order for the day before the rest of the family. He did not often get to eat with the rest of the family for breakfast and only got some bread and milk. He was also given some of the more undesirable jobs around the farm. For example, it was his job to tend the onions which often left him smelling of the onions.
Ed also had some drinking issues and had a certain temper. Of course his family saw the issues that arose as part of the alcohol, but it was Milo Ross who felt it. He was the one who suffered the wrath of Ed’s drinking bouts at the end of a belt or sometimes worse. While Milo Ross loved his cousin-siblings, the relationship was not as kindred with Ed.
Milo Ross was only one year in age from Ruby who he ran around the countryside with. They were close enough that they would hold hands when nobody else was around. They did quite a bit together. He was also close to Milo Sharp, but he was still three years behind him in age. The older siblings, Edna (who went by Louise), Florence, and Ethel were good to him, but were close to each other and did mostly their own thing. Ed kept Milo Ross busy that he did not get as much time with the younger children but he grew close with Josephine and Edward (known as Eddie in the family). Dean was young enough that he was around him some, but did not have as close of a relationship.
As I mentioned in the story of Ed’s grandparents William & Mary Ann Sharp, the Sharp and Stoker families came to Utah as converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A number of issues arose in Plain City and families left the church. Ed’s parents followed that suit remaining with the Episcopalian faith. Ed and Lillie did as well, but were not very active. The Mormons continued to work on bringing the families back to the church. The Sharp family started to work through Delwin’s family first and the faith spread through Ed’s nieces and nephews and into his own family. Only one of Ed’s siblings joined the LDS faith while alive, and that was Vic in 1975.
Marjorie, Ethel, and Ruby all joined through the waters of baptism on 12 May 1939. Milo Ross joined 2 July 1939 (only after 18 as Ed would not give consent otherwise). Louise, Florence, Milo Sharp, Josephine, and Eddie all joined 3 January 1943. Dean was the last on 31 October 1932, he was not 8 in January to join with the remainder of his siblings.
As soon as Milo was of age, he looked for opportunities to get out. He eventually married, moved in with his in-laws, and then the impending war took his services abroad.
Lillie East Sharp died 4 September 1942 while separated from her husband. She had started divorce proceedings but died before they completed. She was buried in Plain City.
Ed died 24 August 1962 in Othello, Adams, Washington. The family brought him home and buried him in Plain City too.
This photo brings all sorts of memories for me. I don’t have many pictures in my Grandma’s yard. But this photo conjures all sorts of memories for so many reasons. I stopped to visit Grandma one day and Uncle Art (1921-2004) and Aunt Mary Coley (1918-2014) were visiting.
Uncle Art took a liking to my little 1955 International R-100 and asked for me to take him for a ride in it. He tried multiple times to convince me to sell it to him. I would just laugh and tell him he did not have enough money for me to sell it to him. Finally, he asked for a number and I threw out $5,000. He said, “Well, at least let me pay for the ride.” He had me pull in to the gas station and paid to fill it up. We probably drove for an hour, he just wanted to keep going.
Uncle Art or Aunt Mary took the photo. I think it says quite a bit for Grandma to lose her husband 23 years earlier but still to keep regular contact with her first husband’s Uncle and Aunt. I have later found out she was quite good at keeping in contact with most of his family even despite other marriages and the passage of time. I visited Clara McMurdie Coley in 2008, after probably 15 years since the last time I visited her (with Grandma), she commented that it had been quite some time since she had heard from Colleen. I then told her Colleen had died 9 years previously and her comment was, “I wondered why I stopped getting letters and visits”, yet she did not know Grandma had passed.
I still have the shirt. I wish I still had the shoes. I wish I still had the truck. I wish I still had Grandma. But this picture also points out a little joke between us regarding her height and mine. Hence the elbow on her shoulder.
I remember we enjoyed some ice cream with Uncle Art & Aunt Mary before I left. Uncle Art shook my hand, gave me some $$ for my mission, and wished me well. It is really the only memory I have of Uncle Art although I know I was around him more over the years. He had a fun laugh, a sense of humor, love of old trucks, and seemed like a good man.
With the passing of my Grandfather, Milo James Ross, I have some documents available for me to scan and make available to others. There is a heap of documents accumulated over 93 years to go through. Nevertheless, I am happy to make this one available, and others in the future.
As this Separation Qualification Record indicates, “This record of job assignments and special training received in the Army is furnished to the soldier when he leaves the service. In its preparation, information is taken from available Army records and supplemented by personal interview. The information about civilian education and work experience is based on the individual’s own statements. The veteran may present this document to former employers, prospective employers, representatives of schools or colleges, or use it in any other way that may prove beneficial to him.”
I thought some of you would like an update on a sort of miracle in the family. Some old photos have surfaced in March and April of 2010 some of you will probably be very interested in. (I republished this page because the links have all changed, so I just uploaded the pictures to avoid the link changes again.) I also replaced the photos with fresh scans of the photos in February 2011. If you downloaded the photos, you may want to download the newer scans.
Ethel Sharp was born in 1898 in Plain City, Utah to Milo Riley and Mary Ann Stoker Sharp. Here is a photo of Ethel we found.
Another photo of Ethel and another friend, Gertrude Terry. Ethel is on the right.
Another photo of Ethel and a cousin, Richard Thomas Stoker.
Many of you are probably aware that Ethel Sharp was injured on the old electric train that went from Plain City in to Ogden. After recuperating she took her insurance money, moved to Paul, Idaho, and opened a confectionery. Here are two photos that recently surfaced of that little store in Paul, Idaho. Obviously construction is not completed in this photo but the store was still open for business.
We don’t know the exact time frame when she purchased the confectionery, but some of the old checks, order sheets, and other paperwork call it the Streeter Confectionery. We don’t know the location of this store, if she built it, or what happened to it afterward.
We do assume that she opened it while married to Mark Lewis Streeter who she married 7 May 1917 in Ogden, Utah. We don’t know the exact date of the train wreck yet, but while in Paul she gave birth to a daughter 4 June 1918 named June Streeter. Mark and Ethel couldn’t make things work and were divorced. She remarried to Jack (John William) Ross 12 Jan 1920 at Fort Logan in Colorado. Here is a photo of Jack and Ethel holding little June Streeter.
I have written more about Jack and Ethel at this link: Ross-Sharp Wedding.
4 Feb 1921, Milo James Ross was born in Plain City.
14 Feb 1922, Paul Ross was born in Paul, Idaho. 7 Nov 1923, John Harold Ross (Harold) was born in Burley, Idaho.
This is probably one of the last photos of Ethel Sharp Ross with baby Harold.
Here are some new photos of June, Milo, Paul, and Harold. The first seems to be about 1925 and the later two around 1926 or 1927.
Ethel died of blood poisoning at 600 Cross Street in Ogden, Utah on 6 Aug 1925 after giving birth to Ernest Jackson on 16 Jul 1925 (he died 20 Sep 1925). We don’t know why the family was in Plain City when she gave birth and passed away. However, some time after the funeral Jack loaded up the children and took them to Rupert, Idaho to be with his parents for a time. We don’t know where he went (find work, find a mother, who knows?). However, after some time, we don’t know exactly how long, Jack’s parents could not take care of the 4 children anymore and asked the Sharp Family to come get them.
Os Richardson drove up to pick them up. Eventually, June was raised by her Streeter grandparents; Milo was raised by Uncle Ed Sharp; Paul was raised by Aunt Vic Hunt; and Harold by Uncle Del Sharp.
Here is a picture of a bunch of Sharp cousins in a wagon in Plain City.
And another photo of Paul (R) and Harold (L).
Paul would die after falling out of a barn in 1932 just over 10 years old.
Now comes the story from the new photographs. For reasons we do not know, the Sharp family did not like Jack Ross. They did not allow him to visit his children. All the mail received by any of the Sharp family for the Ross children was kept from them. When Ethel’s mother (Mary Ann aka Lillie M Sharp) passed away, a photo album given to her passed to Vic Hunt. Vic Hunt kept in her possession all the letters mailed from Jack Ross to the Ross boys as well as the photo album from which these photos come. The photos and letters then passed to Vic Hunt’s son, Harold Hunt. When Harold passed away in 2002, these passed to Harold’s nephew, Archie Hunt. Archie just went through some of the stuff and found these items about March 2010 and gave them to Grandpa Milo Ross.
Milo James Ross went to visit Jack Ross in 1948 after receiving a telegram that Jack was dying in Livermore, California. Jack mentioned to Grandpa that he had written after the boys went back to Utah, but Grandpa didn’t believe him. Here we are, 70-80 years after the letters were written, and almost 90 years since some of the photos were taken. Jack was vindicated to his own son 62 years later! It was the first time Grandpa had seen the photos and letters he did not know existed. How is that for a sort of miracle? I hope at some point I can type up the letters and also make them available on here. I know some of Grandpa’s family will have seen the photos, but know extended family will be interested in this find as well.
If anyone else has photos they would like to share, please let me know. If you can fill any of the story, please let me know.
Oh, Grandpa finally answered one question he had when he visited his father in 1948. One day working in the fields at Ed Sharp’s house as a kid, he saw a car at the end of the field. The occupants did not leave the car but he could see a man watching him from the back window. The car left and not until 1948 was it revealed to him that it was his own father looking at him across the field that day. I can only guess what is going through Grandpa’s heart and mind as he reconciles his understanding of his own history in these letters.
The caption to this newspaper clipping read as follows: “Favored by Many…Plain City’s hustling ball club has many of the bleacherites at the 1938 Utah farm bureau tournament picking it to walk off with the state title before the joust closes.” The caption goes on to list the names of the individuals included in the photograph which I reproduced as the caption to the photo above. I list the names just as they were listed in the caption for the photo. The title of the article was “Plain City Clubbers Show Ability.” The clipping is included in Grandpa’s clippings but we do not know exactly when it was published. The team did end up going to Lagoon and playing Sandy for the state championship, but lost.
This team obviously played and practiced in Plain City, Weber, Utah. Grandpa has told me numerous times how he used to play baseball. With Grandpa just past 90, it is a bit hard to imagine him hustling after anything, let alone after a ball. The other thing that struck me about this team is I expected them to all be much closer in age.
William Sessions Freestone (1901-1998) Manager.
Norman Elmer Carver (1919-2001)
Alfred Glen Charlton (1919-1974)
Fred Singleton (?-Alive?)
Bert Elmer Singleton (1918-1996) For those baseball fans out there, Elmer went on to play 24 seasons in his career. He played for teams like Boston Braves, Chicago Clubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Washington Senators.
Clair Marcus Folkman (1910-1975)
Elwood “Dick” Francis Skeen (1908-1977)
Albert Sharp (1909-1984)
Abraham “Abe” Edward Maw (1906-1985)
Milo James Ross (1921-2014)
Elwood “F” Skeen (1908-1977)
Walter “Walt” Jeremiah Moyes (1907-1983)
George Arnold Taylor (1911-2000)
Lynn William Stewart (1916-2011)
William Theron Rhead (1914-1999)