THE NAY FAMILY IN UTAH AND THE WEST

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1892 became the year of a radical change for Alonzo and Hannah and one that undoubtedly brought mixed feelings. Hannah’s dear mother, Emeline Akers Huggins, now 76 years old, was living not far away in Fountain Green and their eldest daughter, Thirza Nay McIntosh, was living many miles away to the north and west in St. John with her husband and four small children, their precious grandchildren. The latter proved to sway them into a long move to St. John, where they would dwell the balance of their lives.

A short description of St. John in 1900 is given in the Toole Stake History:

It is situated on rising ground in the midst of an immense stock range, a mile and a half northeast of Clover Creek, 15 ½ miles southwest of Tooele. Most of the inhabitants are engaged in farming and stock raising, which are the principal industries. The people, besides owning a considerable number of horses and cattle, own at least 30,000 sheep. St. John was settled in the autumn of 1867 and by March of 1868 consisted of 79 people. In a report December 31, 1900, there were 39 families for a total of 187 people.(14)

Alonzo became a farmer and stock raiser upon arriving in St. John in 1892 and later was a guard at one of the mines in the vicinity.(15) Hannah had been trained by her grandmother to be a midwife and practical doctor. In St. John she found a large and fertile field in which to use the training she had received. For many years she was doctor and midwife for St. John, Clover and the surrounding community. She was ever willing to go anytime, anywhere to help those who were in trouble and distress, was always cheerful, witty and wise and always had a quotation, axiom or saying to fit any occasion. Some of her favorites were:

“An idle brain is the devil’s workshop”
“A stitch in time saves nine”
“Beauty is as Beauty does”
“One stick of wood can’t burn, nor can one person quarrel”
“A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”

She assisted in bringing into the world over 400 babies. For a great many, she received no remuneration except the joy which she ever found in serving her fellow man. She was president of the Relief Society in St. John for many years and was loved and respected by the whole ward in that capacity.(16)

Alonzo died in St. John, September 4, 1909, leaving Hannah a widow for the next 24 years. In 1925 she fell and broke her hip and was never able to walk again, but sat in her wheel chair and pieced quilts, knitted, crocheted and embroidered. She loved to read and the last few years of her life did so without the use of glasses. Her home spelled hospitality and was ever a gathering place for neighbors and friends. She possessed a strong testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and an unfaltering faith to the end of her life. She died in St. John, Utah, on February 2, 1933 with the assurance that she was going to meet her loved ones who had gone before her.(17)

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