Edward Daniel Funk was born in Manti, Utah April 19, 1871 to parents who were pioneers of Sanpete County. As a young man he spent some time working as a cowboy in Southern Utah, and the Arizona Strip. Here by chance he became acquainted with some of the outlaws who hung out in that area.
He returned to Manti, spent a year or two as an Inn keeper at Funk's Lake (now Palisade) and married Ane (Anna) Christofforsen January 17, 1897 who had come from Denmark at the age of six.
They heard of the movement West and their pioneer spirit moved them to volunteering to come to White River Valley in Eastern Nevada, and join the others that were colonizing the area.
In the fall of 1900 Ed, Anna and their two children, Ezra age two, and Irva a baby, (their first child died at the age of one month) took leave and moved to White River Valley. When they arrived they lived the first winter in a house belonging to Dan T. Nicholas who was already here. They cut logs and by spring, with the help of neighbors, had a log house built in Clog Holler.
Ed with the help of his neighbors, Albert Gee and "Obb" Peacock, went back to Sterling, Utah and moved out a saw mill he had purchased there. He also brought with him many currants and gooseberry bushes and different kinds of fruit trees.
They got the mill set up that winter (1901) and sawed enough lumber and squared logs to build a house for Oliver Cloward north of town. The men would go up in the hills and get logs in the winter and the next few years many houses were built from material sawed out by the mill.
The mill was powered by a water wheel and when not sawing, Ed would grind and roll grainfor livestock feed in a grist mill he had also set up. He even ground and rolled grain for breakfast cereal.
In addition to farming and running the saw mill, Ed built a black smith shop and became the village blacksmith. Here he made parts and repaired all kinds of machinery, rebuilt wagon wheels, shrunk and "set" tires, welded points on, sharpened and tempered plow shares and marker points. We boys helped him with everything as we grew up. It was a common practice inthe spring for him to be at work at day light in his shop. He would sharpen and temper plow shares for the neighbors so they could get in a full day plowing.
Dad had a small farm and a large family so it was necessary to be extra efficient to make it produce the maximum crops possible in order to rear his family and send them to school.
As busy as he was he always had time to take the family on an over night trip, fishing and pine nutting and to town socials and functions such as May Day celebrated at Berryment Meadows. For many years he took the children to Sunday School in which he held an office.
Mother was also very busy making clothes and quilts, cooking and sewing and washing, and doing all other household chores as well as the outside chores, taking care of the livestock, milking the cows when Dad had to be away. It was very seldom that she left the place. One time it was eight years that she never even got to the store in Preston and thirteen years she never went to Ely.
About the only entertainment Mother had that was strictly for women was birthdays. The women would all gather at the neighbor's home on her birthday. Each would take a small gift. The hostess would serve a nice meal and all would enjoy the day quilting, exchanging news and just enjoying being together.
Summer and fall were busy times for all. The large garden, including watermelon and muskmelon, and the farm had to be taken care of--weeding, irrigating, haying and other duties kept everyone busy. Fall was the busiest time of all.
The vegetables not eaten in summer had to be put up for winter--carrots, beets, turnips, winter radishes and all other root crops were stored in sand in the cellar. Potatoes were dug and stored. The cabbage was pulled and put in a pit with roots up covered shallow so it could be pulled as used during winter. Some was made into kraut.
Parsnips were left in the garden to be dug as used. Corn was dried and hung in flour sacks. Tomatoes were made into chili sauce, and preserves and a lot of relishes and pickles were made and berries and fruit were dried and bottled. Apples and pears picked carefully were wrapped in a sheet of "multi-purpose", Montgomery Ward catalog, placed in boxes and stored in the cellar.
Pigs were butchered and cured, sausage made and stored in lard for winter's meat. When it got cold enough to freeze ice about a foot thick it was cut and stored in chaff in the ice house.
Dad was always in favor of improvement and progress. He took a very active part in promoting, organizing and administering all projects and organizations such as Preston Irrigation Co., Preston Creamery Co., Potato Assn., school board, etc.
He helped organize and was the first president of the Farm Bureau.
Mother, though she seldom took an active part in public affairs, was equally important to us. We wonder how she ever found time to do all the things she did, making most of our clothes,always having good wholesome meals on time, consoling us during our troubles, nursing our ills and hurts and the many other things she did for us without complaining seemed incredible.
The social events were all looked forward to by the family. Christmas with Santa Claus, programs, dances, presents and parties were the greatest. The 24th of July with its loud noise of dynamite going off at daylight to awake everyone, then the parade of floats depicting the earlyday events, and small children on a float with a sign "Preston's Best", followed by programs, barbecues, sports and dance. There also were the good things to eat that were available only oncea year, such as ice cream, oranges, candy and bananas. All other social events were great events in our lives.
Spending money was always scarce. We children were usually hired for a few days by the neighbors. Also our parents paid us a few cents a quart for picking currants and berries. No matter which of us made the money we always shared equal with the others. When we did not have enough for the occasion, Dad would make up the difference.
Winters, even with all the entertainment of the season, seemed long and cold. The evenings were spent reading, playing games, doing some indoor sports and Dad and Mother, both being good readers, would read aloud to us. We.all liked different kinds of stories and so they read different kinds, including the Bible, history and novels. Many of these nights, while we were all preoccupied listening to Dad or something else, Mother would be busy carding wool, darning socks, or doing some other household chores that could be done in the evening.
During the first twenty-five years of their married life Edward Daniel and Anna Christoffersen Funk were blessed with twelve children. Except for the first child, all were reared and went to school in Preston. Edward Daniel Jr. born November 27, 1897 died December 25,1897. Ezra was born October 24, 1898 in Manti, Utah. Being the oldest, he was a big help to the family. As the others grew up, he went off to work for wages to help with the family finances.
Later in life he entered B.Y.U. After one year he transferred to the University of Nevada at Reno and graduated with a B.S. degree. He worked as an entomologist for U.S.D.A. for many years in many parts of the country. He later joined the Peace Corps and spent time in PuertoRico. After returning, he spent his remaining years as a Real Estate Broker, school teacher, and building inspector, a job he held until he was involved in an automobile accident and died October 20, 1968.
When he was a small boy helping his father grease the saw mill, he accidentally swung his left hand back and hit the saw which was turning slowly. It cut the tendons to three of his fingers, and even though they took him to the doctor, his hand healed with three fingers practically closed.
After the mill had served its purpose, it was sold to the Bordoli Brothers in Railroad Valley. By coincidence, Jack Bordoli lost part of his hand in a similar accident.
Irva Funk Arnoldsen was born September 20, 1900 in Manti, Utah. She married Hans Raymond (Ray) Arnoldsen in the Salt Lake Temple, January 13, 1918. They farmed a short while in Preston, and worked for wages in Utah and Nevada, moving back and forth several times. One year was spent in Metropolis, Nevada. They spent their declining years in Salt Lake City with Ray working for Kennecott Copper and Irva working in the County Court House. Ray died in 1961 and Irva three years later. They had two children - Hans Edward, who married Louise Lake. He worked for the Nevada Northern Railroad and is now retired and lives in Ely. They have two children. Alice Darlene married James Mathis and they are living in Carson City, Nevada and they also have two children.
Alice Funk Price was born May 10, 1902 and went to school in Preston. She went to work in Ely to help her sister finish high school. She then married Bert Price November 3, 1928. They lived first in Ely, Nevada, then moved to Klamath Falls, Oregon, then to Angeles Camp, California, next they moved to Copper Canyon, Nevada, and then to Battle Mountain, Nevada. Bert worked as an electrician except in Angeles Camp where he was a miner.
They ran an electrical and plumbing shop in Battle Mountain for awhile then moved their business to Yerington. They built a home there and now are enjoying their retirement taking care of their yard and garden. They have one son, Robert, that lives with them.
George Funk was born April 14, 1904. At the age of 18 he was stricken with typhoid fever and died October 22, 1922.
Lillian Funk Rowe was born January 11, 1906. She went to high school in Lund, and graduated from White Pine High in 1927. She attended the University at Logan, Utah, and then taught school for several years. She married Herbert B. Wilson in 1929. They had one son. She continued teaching and going to school at the B.Y.U. in Provo and the University of Nevada at Reno where she graduated with a B.A. degree. Later she divorced her husband and continued teaching and rearing her son. In 1946 she married John E. Rowe, and they moved to New Jersey. Here a daughter was born. She later moved back to Nevada and resumed teaching and rearing her family. After thirty-four years of teaching, she is retired and lives in Yerington, where she takes care of her garden and yard and teaches arts and crafts in Relief Society, and takes an activepart in A.A.U.W., a retired teacher's organization.
Her son, Herbert, is married and lives with his wife and three children in Dale City, Virginia. Herbert works in Washington D.C. as an electronic engineer designing guided missiles.
Her daughter, Kathleen, married Mark Glass. They have four children and live in Fallon, Nevada. They are both active in church work.
William (Bill) Funk was born February 9, 1908, went to high school in Lund and worked for wages for a time in the area. He built a water wheel set it up in the creek and with an axle and gears from a mowing machine, generator and battery from a Dodge car, and wire, and globes made an electric light plant and the Funk family had the first electric lights in town.
On June 10, 1932 he was crushed by a log he had cut in Water Canyon and died the next day.
Leo Funk was born April 10, 1910. He went to high school in Lund. He worked for wages and married Erma Cordano March 2, 1938. They moved to Tonopah where Leo worked for theU.S.D.A. for twenty years, two or three years for private businesses and then twelve years as Nye County Assessor. They are now retired and live in Tonopah. Leo enjoys hunting and fishing and spends much time at it.
They have three children: Barbara Rapier living with her husband and three children in Pahrump, Donna May Hardy living with her husband and three children in Fallon, and Lynn Marie Boni living with her husband and one child in Tonopah.
Charles Funk was born April 18, 1912. He graduated from the Lund High School and from the University of Nevada Normal School, Reno, Nevada, and also completed two years of R.O.T.C. Charles worked at various jobs including a summer as supervisor on a Cricket Control in Elko in 1937. That same year he went to work teaching school in the Nevada School of Industry where he worked for six years as teacher and assistant superintendent.
June 1, 1940 he married Florence (Pody) Rutherford. In 1943 they returned to Preston where Charles taught school for one year. They bought the Dan Nicholas farm and part of theFunk farm. The next eighteen years were spent operating the farm and working part time forU.S.D.A. In 1963 they built the "Black Jack Inn" and operated it until 1975. When they sold out they built a home in Preston and retired. Charles was always interested in the progress and building up the community. Much time was spent and many offices were held in promoting, protecting and furthering the progress of Preston. They now enjoy their retirement and spend their time traveling, hunting, fishing and taking care of their yard and garden.
They have four children. The oldest, Shirley, lives in Ely with her husband Albert Henroid,Jr. They have two boys and one daughter.
Charles Franklin and his wife, Dixie, and their two boys live in Silver City, New Mexico. Frank works for Kennecott. Dixie and the boys are active in church.
Nancy married Milton Judd and they live in Preston with their two boys. The family is active in church work.Marie and her husband, Erling "Herk" Linnell, and their two children live in New Cuyama, California.
Ray Funk was born July 16, 1914. He also graduated from the Lund High School. He spent some time farming, working for wages and in the Civilian Conservation Corps. He joined the Service October 15, 1942 and served in the M.P.'s in Oakland for awhile then guarded Prisoners of War and the railroad tunnels. He was shipped overseas and went in as a replacement in the Infantry in February 1945. He served on the front lines from then until the Armistice was signed. He received two Campaign Stars and Combat Infantry Badge. He returned to Preston, farmed and worked for wages for a while then went to work for White Pine County Schools as custodian. After twenty-four years he is now retired and spends his time hunting, cutting, polishing rocks. He also enjoys fishing and going up in the hills.
Eugene Funk was born February 20, 1917 and graduated from Lund High School. He was always interested in art, photography and inventions. After a year at B.Y.U. he transferred to the University of Nevada at Reno. While here he became a very good artist and worked at it for a time, both while going to school and after. He became more interested in inventions and began full time working at inventing.
About this time he went into the Armed Service. Two years later he was given a medical discharge and returned home and lived with Charles until he recovered from his illness. He then went to Reno and with the financial backing of John Rascob began a career of inventing. Somethings he is credited with inventing is a fluid drive for cars (put into use by Chrysler Corporation),a fishing reel, navigation instrument and was working on perfecting a turbine motor for use on a "flying saucer" he had designed, when he died of a heart attack August 16, 1963. Teledyne Corporation now has both.
Alfred was born in Preston, September 2, 1920. He attended grade school in Preston and graduated from Brete Harte High School in Angeles Camp, California. After graduating from high school, he returned to Preston and soon after joined the Armed Service (Coast Guard).
The Coast Guard was turned over to the Navy and was sent to the South Pacific. He experienced action against the Japanese in several areas. He was assigned a P.T. boat and his job was landing troops, picking up casualties, delivering messages, etc. He landed the first troops that went ashore on Guadalcanal. In carrying out his duties he had many close calls with the Japanese. Some times he hid by going up a small inlet, or getting behind bushes and vines and even playing dead and letting his boat drift.
On his return home after some three years of service he married Francis Barlow of Boston, June 14, 1944. He worked as an electrician for some time and then went into the building and electrical business in Wells, Nevada. After a few years of this, he took a position of Building Inspector for the State of Nevada. He then went to work for the University of Nevada in charge of all electrical installation at the University. He later took over as Superintendent of grounds at the University, a job he still holds.
He and his wife, Francis, had three children: Curtis, Daniel and Kathryn Ann. The boys both served in the Armed Service. Curtis is presently employed as custodian for the University of Nevada. Daniel was killed in an automobile accident near Verdi. Katie is living at home and taking post graduate classes at the University.
They are looking forward to retiring so they can spend more time at their remote mining property high in the Sierras picking up nuggets and digging for gold.
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