Charles Robert O'Donnell was born at Pinto, Utah August 7, 1875. Sarah Jane Holyoak was born at Parowan, Utah January 13, 1873.
Rob grew up doing odds and ends jobs little ones can do. As he grew older, he drove the mail stage from Beaver to Parowan. He had to stay overnight at Parowan. While there one nigh the attended a party and met Sarah. Eventually they were married in the St. George Temple on March 27, 1896.
Their first child, a girl Ila, was born at Parowan January 10, 1897. She soon developed spinal meningitis and died March 26, 1897.
Catherine (Cassie) was born March 19, 1898 at Parowan. Two years later a son, George Loren, was born to them January 21, 1900 also at Parowan.
In the year 1902, they moved to Lund where Rob's sister Bertha and husband, Heber Smith, were living. Lund was being settled at that time by the Church for the St. George people. Rob was unable to buy a farm, but he did buy a house, the old George Fawcett home, and their next child, a son Ervin, was born there October 26, 1902.
He worked for a time at the Geyser Ranch in Lake Valley. He loved horses and loved working with them.
Their next son, Jesse, was born at Parowan where Sarah had gone to see her parents. This was December 6, 1905. They had sold the house in Lund, but they came back to Lund and bought another house that we all knew as home. It was on the lot where Ervin Hendrix built his new home.
Rob did a lot of freighting also in those days. He had three teams of horses. He also did a lot of wood hauling. In fact the family was camped on the hill at Kimberly when the first steam shovel came up the wash below to begin work on the largest "Glory Hole" in the world as the Ruth Pit used to be called.
Then again he was asked to be foreman at the Geyser Ranch, but as the children had to go to school and Sarah was not too well, it was too hard for her to cook for twenty men and take care of her family. So again they came back to Lund.
Rob hauled freight to Ely and worked with his teams at threshing time. This was a very interesting time. The threshing was done in the fields. The women belonging to the field that was being threshed would fix the meal at home, pack it in tubs, put them in the buggy and take the meal to the field. The men would stop long enough to eat and then go back to work. It was fun watching the horses go round and round in a circle as the threshers were worked by horsepower.
Another daughter, Elizabeth, was born to them January 2, 1908. Sister Ivins and Aunt Bertha helped as midwives. Then almost three years later, December 28, 1910, they had an unexpected blessing. Twin sons were born to them; Robert K., a white-haired, blue-eyed little guy and Rulon F., a dark-haired, brown-eyed one. They were really cute. At this time it might be interesting tonote that Lund was really a town for twins, they ran in a pattern: two boys, two girls or a boy anda girl. It became quite a joke.
Rob had a bad case of pneumonia when Beth was born and was never very well after that. So about 1912, they moved to St. Thomas, a town that is now covered by Lake Mead. They hoped the warmer climate might help Rob; so they stayed there a few years.
Rob hauled freight from Tonopah, Modena, Rawhide and Delamar as a means of livelihood. While there, the youngest boy, William Dow, was born March 7, 1915. Also while at St. Thomas, their son Jesse died of dropsey as it was called. He was buried at St. Thomas.
Then again they came back to Lund. Shortly after in 1918, they bought the Cave Ranch in Cave Valley. The oldest son, Loren, had gone to work for J. J. Gubler and he stayed with him for quite a few years, until he was married.
While in Cave Valley, the folks were instrumental in getting a school started. Beth and the twins went to school there. Bliss Ivins was our first teacher.
Then tragedy struck the family again. Rob contacted pneumonia and died in February of1920 while in Cave Valley. The family never forgot the kindness of the people of Lund at that time. It seemed like half the town of Lund turned out to meet them and take the body to Lund where he was buried. Kind neighbors can't be beat.
The family stayed for a couple of years at Cave Valley, but it was too hard for Mother; so she moved back to Lund where we went to school. She did all kinds of work, weaving rugs mostly. I think people still remember her weaving rugs and carpets. In those days most homes were carpeted with "homemade" rugs and she made a lot of them.
Catherine married Jacob Kump November 9, 1915. She bore him seven children. Their youngest child was born February 13, 1928, but died in March of the same year. Then her husband Jake died the following year in May 1929. She, too, had to work hard to support her small children. Then she met and married Isaac Lee Hiatt on May 16, 1935 and bore him three daughters. He also died a few years later, April 2, 1947.
Loren married Beulah Whipple August 12, 1925. They worked at Elko for a time, but came back to Lund; finally moved to Ely where they had the 3-C Ranch and later the Georgetown Ranch. They finally bought the El Rancho Motel and still live there. They raised four children after losing their first child, Barbara, January 5, 1930 at Lund.
Ervin left Lund looking for work which he found at Elko, Nevada. He later bought a ranch in Ruby Valley, but had a bad heart attack and had to sell it. He lives in Elko with his wife Maud whom he married June 3, 1939. They had no children, but Maud had one son, Hal, who still lives at Elko.
Beth met Harvey (Bob) Larsen in Utah while visiting her sister. Two years later they were married in Ely, October 24, 1927. They lived in Lund for a while, then moved to Ely. Bob diedin November 1961. They raised four children. Beth still lives in Ely.
Rulon met Iola Robison and married her June 9, 1937. They live in East Ely and have two sons and five grandchildren.
Robert worked at Lund then went to Ely and worked with his brother Loren. Later he went to Ruby Valley and worked for Ervin (Dick) until Dick had his heart attack and had to sell the ranch. At the present time he is still in Ruby Valley working on the Neff Ranch. On July 1,1960, he married Rosetta Cannon, but was later divorced.
Dow, the youngest, worked at Elko until he was called to go in the service for World War II. After his time in the war was over, he came back home and married Lillian (Bill) Gibson from Fisher, Arkansas. Bill had two boys, Harold and Bill, and they had one son Victor. They stayed in Arkansas for a while, then came to Idaho and worked with his nephew, Albert Kump, laying carpet and such.
Later he came back to Ely and worked in Sprouse Reitz for a time then went to Reno and became a store manager. He was living in Covina, California managing a Sprouse Reitz store there. He and his son, Victor, went to Sun Valley on a fishing trip and he had a sudden heart attack and died July 4, 1967. At the present time, his wife and son are living in Memphis. They have the three children.
Those early years for Sarah were not easy. She did almost all kinds of work to support her family. In later years she made and sold ice cream on Sunday. Anyone knowing her can remember how good this ice cream was.
After her family had all left home, her health became too bad for her to stay alone. She cameto Ely and stayed with Beth and Loren. She went into Utah to visit Catherine and was with her when she died July 1, 1938. She was buried in Lund at the side of her husband. She was a very devoted mother and a staunch church member.
It is nice to remember and visit this small town of Lund which is filled with so many memories. We remember the holidays at Lund especially Christmas when every organization helped to make the two weeks indeed festive. The "Old Folks Party" at this time when the "under 40" were barred. But who could resist a peak through the windows and envy them for the good time they were having?
And also the Fourth and 24th of July. Being awakened before dawn by the big blast in the hills to start the day off with a "Bang".
Remembering going to school after a snow storm. Brother George Gardner had been outwith his small scraper and cleared paths from one end of town to the other.
Wonderful people–these oldtimers. If you needed help, they knew it almost before you did. Sister Belle Gardner, Sister Ivins and Brother Ivins pulling teeth for people.
Also remembering the nights we would be out in the streets playing "Run, Sheepie, Run","Pomp, Pomp, Pull Away" and other games. And hearing mothers from one end of town to theother calling their children home.
These things are so nice to remember and are what makes Lund such a special place for all of us – the place where old friends meet.
Written and submitted by:
Elizabeth O. Larsen