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Roland was born in Ferron, Utah on the 17th of June 1909 to Ephraim and Sarah Jane (Hancock) Henrie. Roland's Father, Ephraim Henrie was born in Bountiful, Utah on the 10th of May 1862. His Father was James Henrie and his Mother was Rhoana (Hatch) Henrie. When Ephraim was around four years old his family moved to Panaca, Nevada where they lived for a couple of years. In 1871 the Family moved to Panguitch, Utah. Ephraim had nine brothers and three sisters, however; two brothers had died before his birth. Roland's Mother, Sarah Jane (Hancock) Henrie was born in Fort Hamblin, Utah (Which was located in Washington County) on the 4th of May 1867. Her Father was Cyrus Mortimer Hancock and her Mother was Martha Ann (Bracken) Hancock. When Sarah was about one year old, her family moved to Pine Valley, Utah (Which is also located in Washington County). Around 1882 Sarah's family moved to Panguitch, Utah. Sarah had five brothers and five sisters. Ephraim was about twenty and Sarah was sixteen when they first met in Panguitch. Ephraim was working on his father's farm. They fell in love and were wed on the 30th of Dec 1884 in Panguitch. Ephraim was a farmer at heart, so they acquired a small farm and started a family. Their first baby was a daughter who was born on the 21st of August 1886. They named her Effie Mable, but was known as Mable. Their second child, a son, was born on the 13th of November 1887 and they named him Ephraim Parley after his father. On the 20th of February 1889 Sarah had their third child, another girl and they named her Juletty Marion after Sarah's Grandmother Hancock. When Juletty was one and a half she got very sick and passed away on the 14th of August 1890. Juletty was the first death of a child and they took it very hard. Little George Albert was born on the 6th of September 1890, just three weeks after little Juletty's death and this helped pull the family together. But then on the 17th of September 1890, just 2 weeks after his birth, little George Albert died. This was about to much for the family to handle. Things were just starting to get back to normal when young Ephraim got sick in January 1891 and passed away at the age of three on the 1st of February 1891. He died just four and a half months after George Albert's death. Sarah and Ephraim had lost three of their four children in just five months. Ephraim and Sarah was devastated, but being brought up by strong hard working parents, they got on with raising a family. They had another child, a boy, on the 8th of January 1892 and they named him James Melvin. Then in January, two years later, they had another boy who was born on the 22nd of January 1894, whom they named Cyrus Vern, but went as Vern in later years. Still living in Panguitch, Sarah gave birth to another girl on the 29th of September, 1895. She looked just like her Grandmother, so Sarah and Ephraim named her Martha Ann after Sarah's mother.
The little Henrie family lived in Panguitch another four or so years, during which time they had one more son. Samuel Osbern (Oz) was born on the 5th of March 1898. He was named after Ephraim’s younger brother. After "Oz" was born, Ephraim decided to move his family to Green River, Utah. So they packed their few belongings and the five children in a wagon and moved to Green River.
While living in Green River, Sarah gave birth to another son on the 22nd of October, 1900 and they named him Carlos Ray, but sickness hit again and he died on the 18th of March, 1902. He was one and a half years old. They had two more girls while living in Green River. Rhoana was born on the 8th of January, 1903. They named her Rhoana after Ephraim’s Mother. The other daughter was born on 29th of April, 1906 and was named Hazel Ida. After Hazel was born, Ephraim and Sarah decided that they would move over to Ferron and start raising cattle, so they picked up and move to Ferron. After arriving in Ferron, they moved onto a six acre farm located about one half mile from town and started to farm. It wasn't very long till Sarah began showing again that she was going to have another baby, but this time she was really gaining weight. Well come to find out, she had twins on the 17th of June 1909. A girl and a boy were born and they named them Reva and Roland. Their last child was born on the 4th of March, 1912 and they named him Orvel Dee. Ephraim and Sarah Jane lived the rest of their lives in Ferron, Utah. Ephraim leased several acres of good farm land Southwest of Ferron and raised cattle and farmed to raise his family. On the 2nd of September 1925, they were married in the Manti Temple and had nine of their living and children that had passed away sealed to them. The other children were sealed to their parents in later years. Roland and Reva were born at home in the back bedroom of the old farm house. The house had four rooms on the ground floor, a front room, kitchen, and two bed rooms. It also had an upstairs which had two small bedrooms. The home was situated on six acres of good farm land about one half mile from town. It had no bath nor running water. The house water was pumped from a cistern which was located underground at the side of the house. Each spring the cistern would be filled with water from the "Mollen ditch" that ran through the property. The Mollen ditch provided irrigation water to the farms down the valley. The bathing was done in the kitchen in a metal washtub and the water was heated on a coal/wood stove, which was called a "kitchen range". The house, chicken coop, cellar, coal shed and outhouse were located on one side of the ditch and corals, pig pens, and barn were located on the other side. Also, a thirty foot or so, concrete silo was located by the corals, which was used for silage storage. The ditch was lined with cottonwood trees and mulberry
trees. The mulberries were the big white variety and very sweet. West of the house was a small fruit orchard, which included peaches, apples, pears and other fruits. Also this was where his Mother had her vegetable garden. On the East side of the house was a large crab apple tree which was used in their canning. The house was setting back from the road about three hundred feet. A green lawn was between the house and the road and it had a path leading to a gate and a decorative wooden fence. A lane leading from the road to the house was lined with wild roses. The fields around the house were planted in wheat, oats and alfalfa. Ferron had a thresher machine (used to separate wheat or oats from the chaff). Each summer the local farmers would band together into a threshing crew and work from farm to farm harvesting the grains. When the word got out that "the threshers are coming" it was the farmer's wife that would prepare and serve dinner to the hungry Threshers. So each year Sarah and her girls would put together the best meal in town. Each wife would try to prepare and serve the Threshers a better meal than at the last farm they worked. So the Threshers worked hard, but they ate very well. Roland grew up with the Huntsman girls from Ferron. Their was one Huntsman girl that Roland was attracted to and her name was Dora Idell. They were married on the 2nd of Oct 1929 in Price, Utah. Roland was twenty and Idell was eighteen when they got married. They moved in the Henrie home after their marriage to take care of Roland's aging parents and younger brother, Orvel. Roland and Idell had their first child on the 19th of May 1930 in the same house where Roland was born. They named her Carol Jean. Roland's brother Orvel was killed playing high school football on the 4th of October 1930. This was the first family member to die that Roland knew and he took it very hard. An older brother, Vern, died the following spring on the 5th of April 1931. On the 10th of January 1934 they had a boy and he was also born in the old home. They named him Dahl Roland after his father. Roland's father, Ephraim turned seventy three in May 1935 and in June he got sick and passed away on the 8th of June 1935. On the 10 of May 1937, they had another boy, but he only lived a few short hours. They named him Roland. Then the following year in November, Roland's Mother, Sarah took sick and passed away on the 20th of November. She was seventy one when she died. After her death Roland and Idell were left the farm and the old house. Idell had one more child, another son, who was born on the 29th of April 1939 and they named him Roger. Times were hard during the early 1930's and Roland had a family to feed, so he would take any kind of work he could get. He went to work for the WP A for a few months, working for Emery County, fixing roads, bridges, and many other jobs. He continued to work the six acres in town, but he had to let his Father's leased land go. He sold his dad's "team of work horses" and what few cattle that were left except for a couple of milk cows. Idell and her children would separate the cream from the milk and feed the skimmed milk to the pigs. The cream was then sold along with her eggs from the chickens to provide needed money to buy the things that could not be raised on the small farm. Roland got a job
picking up the local farmer's milk each morning and delivering it to the creamery in town. Roland bought a used binder (It was pulled behind a team of horses or tractor and was used to cut and tie bundles of grain) and would go around town and cut the local farmers grain before the threshers came. The binder was pulled by a tractor which he made from an old truck body. The economy started to improve during the latter part of the 1930's and Roland had the opportunity to purchase a used dump truck and started to get some gravel hauling jobs around Carbon and Emery County. He would have to get up before day break and drive to the work sites and it was always dark when he would get home. Idell and her children were responsible, most of the time, in keeping the small farm up, the cows milked and feed, the corps watered, the garden weeded and etc. During the war years of early 1940's, Roland was thirty three, working his truck for the State and with three children, he was exempt from the draft, so he did not have to go off to war as most of the younger men. Things were tough during the war, most things were rationed and hard to get, but Roland and Idell got along all right. Roland moved his family to Sunnydale, Utah during the winter of 1942 to work in the coal mines because their was no work in Ferron. Sunnydale was a small coal mining town located about thirty miles from Price Utah. It was right next to Dragerton and Sunnyside, which are all now known as East Carbon. The following year he moved back to Ferron and found odd jobs around town: however, their just wasn't anything going on in Ferron, so in 1944 Roland again moved his family. This time to a another coal mining town called Wattis, Utah. This town was a coal company owned town and Roland got a job of delivering coal around town and other company jobs. Idell got a job cleaning the little school house after school. The family enjoyed living in Wattis. Carol Jean meet a coal miner by the name of Loyde (Dub) Yates and fell in love and got married in February 1946. Roland, family and Mr. and Mrs. Yates moved back to Ferron in the Spring. After arriving back in Ferron, Roland designed a machine for making cinder blocks so he and his son-in-law, Dub, made and sold cinder blocks in Ferron and other small towns. They would haul the cinders in from Kaiser Steel coal mine where they had coke ovens. The cinders were then crushed by this crusher, which was driven by a one cylinder diesel motor. The cinders and cement were then tamped into a block and placed in the sun to dry. In the Spring of 1948 Roland and Idell were asked to move to Nevada and work on Well's older sister's husbands ranch. So they and the two boys packed a few things in the back of their old truck and moved to Nevada. Idell was the cook and housekeeper. She would cook for about ten or so ranch hands and her family. Roland worked around the ranch, butchering and cutting up beef, milking cows and helping Idell with the some of the other chores. Their oldest son, Dahl, worked on the hay hauling crew. Roger was to young to work so he helped out where he could and got in the way.
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