AMANDA MELVINA HAWS
from the Sariah and Jorgen Smith Family
from Julie Moore Tippets
|Minie Smith Haws Franklin Haws|
They only lived there until 1853 when they moved to Salem, Utah. She had very little schooling. Later in years, she was baptized into the Church of Latter-day Saints. She was a great pioneer.
She had tallow candles for her lighting system then. These candles she made herself. Then she passed on to the day of coal oil lamps. Such a better light than the candles were.
Amanda Melvina was a small woman and always neat and clean. She combed her hair before getting out of bed, her comb was under her pillow. This was told by her daughter Sarah Sariah. She always had good things to eat, she was a kind and lovable person and had a very hearty laugh. She loved every one and everyone was welcome at her home.
Her life has been full of various experiences. She, like other pioneers, had to do more than push a button and have a room fill with light. She darned and patched, washed on a board, ironed with the old stove iron and read Bible stories to her children. She always joined in her children's parties and was the happiest when her home was full of young folks of her boys and girls. Her table was full of good food and none were too old or too young.
She was married and sealed in the Temple to her husband, Alma Durfey on the 26 March, 1896. She worked as the first councilor of the Relief Society for 20 years. She would help collect wheat, lest famine befall. She made quilts and gave them where needed. They all went to the wheat fields to glean. She took her part as a woman of mercy. She visited the sick and due to her charming personality, she made every cloud have a silver lining.
At one time, she tells of when her husband needed a new suit of clothes to march against Johnston's Army. Having no money or material to make one, she thought of an old bed tick they were using. It was of good material, only it was striped. But, something had to be done as she had patched and repatched his clothes until she had nothing more to patch. It was of good material, nothing could be bought even if she had the money. This material would have to be dyed. Not with Diamond Dye, but with a weed which had been used for the purpose with success by some of her pioneer neighbors. So the weed was gathered and the dye prepared. Into the dye went the precious material. In due time coming forth the blue striped and white, somewhat changed in color to a bright yellow. The suit was made never the less and brother Alma wore the suit, and joined the brethren who were called out to meet the army.
The last years of her life she took in boarders until she couldn't work any more. They moved to a large room at her granddaughter Lulu Sariah Durfey and husband, Ruffus l. Brown's. She lived to push the button on her reading lamp and went to sleep on a heated electrical pad. She was taken the very best of care the last years of her life. Her hearty laugh, a warm kiss and a hand shake made her heaven with her posterity of 10 children, 44 grand children, 73 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. She passed away at the home of Lulu and Ruffus Brown 15 March, 1937 in Bicknell, Utah at the age of 85 and was laid to rest by the side of her beloved husband who passed away 18 September, 1924.