About 1900 or 1901, Robert and Dinah Chadburn heard about land for sale out at White River. Several people they knew were going out there so they decided to go and see for themselves. They liked the country and thought it looked real promising, so they moved their few worldly possessions out there.
They had eight dollars so they bought a tent and pitched it on Lonny Gardner's lot. They lived in the tent until he could cut logs in the canyon to build a room fourteen by twenty feet with split cedars for the roof and covered it with dirt. He went to Modena for windows and a door and lumber for the floor. He had plenty of work. He could cut fence posts and sell them for five cents each. Many times he would cut one hundred posts and deliver them for five dollars.
Mr. Tom Judd had the land in charge. Across the street from where they lived was forty acres of land covered with big sage brush. Mr. Judd told him he would sell him this land for a down payment and he could make payments until it was payed for. He and several other men went to Pilot Knob, now Kimberly, to cut timber. He could cut a cord a day by working from sun up until dark. He had enough money for the down payment on the forty acres plus twenty dollars for Christmas. He went home feeling very good, but on arriving home he found Mr. Judd had sold the land to a man by the name of Hendrix who was busy railing the sage brush off the land. He was very disappointed and sick at heart.
He went to see Mr. Judd, told him off and decided he had had enough of Lund so he sold his house and lot and what little hay he had. I believe he sold his house to a Mr. Oxborrow. They went home to Gunlock January 1902 buying a house there. In March they had a second child, a boy. Later that same year he bought the Freligh Ranch about a mile north of his father's ranch on the Santa Clara Creek.
They lived on this ranch raising fruit and vegetables which he sold in Modena, Enterprise and mining towns which helped to buy the supplies they couldn't raise. They had two more children while they lived here. Then in 1909 they moved their house from the ranch to Central, about five or six miles north. Central was a new town. They had to grub the brush and cut the trees off the land before they could raise a crop.
They lived here pioneering it all the way until 1917. They decided they had to find a better place to raise their children, a place where there were good schools and all the church organizations. By this time, they had added three more to the family making seven children, five girls and two boys.
March 1917, they moved to St. Thomas, Nevada. They bought a place and worked very hardto provide for their large family. Three more children were born here; twins, a boy and a girl, then three years later another girl. The little boy only lived three months and the last little girlonly lived three days so there were eight that grew to adulthood.
They lived in St. Thomas until 1932 when the government bought their home as the water from Boulder Dam would cover St. Thomas. They went looking for a new home and found just what they wanted in Springville, Utah. They settled down with their youngest daughter. Every thing was fine for a while then Mother got so homesick she was sick. The doctors couldn't find a thing wrong with her; it was just homesickness. They sold their home in Springville December 1935 and came back to Moapa Valley and bought ten acres in Logandale. They built a home and were very happy until Mother's health failed. They sold their place to their youngest daughter and husband with the understanding they would live there the rest of their life. For several years they went to Idaho and spent the summer with their oldest daughter then back to Logandale for the winter.
December 1961, Dad was on a ladder picking nuts and the ladder fell breaking several ribs. This with asthma and a heart that wasn't very strong, he passed away in a Las Vegas hospital. Mother lived until May 1965. Seven of their children are still living, the oldest son passed away August 1974.
Written and submitted by:
Fay Chadburn Whipple