Robert Reid was born February 14, 1866 to John Patrick and Margaret Kirkwood Reid in Belfast, Ireland.

His family had joined the L.D.S. Church, and when Robert was six years old they came to Utah and settled in Manti. There he grew up, next to the youngest of ten brothers and sisters. He was a handsome, serious, hard working, yet fun loving individual, devoted to family, church, and friends. He was a perfectionist in all he did.

Mary Leatham was born November 1, 1866, in Wellsville, Utah, to Robert Urqhart and Jane Steele Leatham. Robert Leatham had joined the L.D.S. Church in Glasgow, Scotland, and soon after went on a mission to Edinburgh. He converted most of the Steele family and later married Jane. Robert and Jane Leatham came to Utah in 1849. They were sent to Cedar City for a few years, then made their permanent home in Wellsville.

Mary (May) Leatham, next to last of eleven children, was beautiful, bright, and happy. She always loved school and after grade school she spent three happy years at B.Y. College in Logan. She then taught in the school district there for six years.

On October 8, 1891, Robert Reid and Mary (May) Leathan were married and went to Manti to live. May wrote that they spent ten happy years there. Four children were born to them in Manti: May (Mazie), Robert L., Elmo Steele, and Mildred. Wesley Alexander and Margaret were born after they moved to Lund.

In the spring of 1900 Robert, with his brother Alex and Alex's family, went to settle in Lund, Nevada. They spent a busy year clearing land, fencing, making adobes for each of them a two-room house, planting lawns, trees, flowers, vegetables, grain, and alfalfa. The grain, hay and vegetables were freighted to Ely and Modena by Robert and Alex with their four and six horse outfits.

In the spring of 1901 Robert went to Manti for his family. They were ten or twelve days on the way, and May wrote that they enjoyed it as a wonderful camping trip. The days were sometimes warm but the nights were cool and delightful.

The first public meeting May went to was a fine patriotic program on the 4th of July. The afternoon was a get-acquainted party and she thought Lund a great little town. She was soon working in Primary, Relief Society and Sunday School and giving readings in programs. Two readings they asked for most often were "Bairnies Cuddle Doon" and Kipling's "If." When the Nevada Stake was organized she was asked to be theology leader. The children, too, soon had responsibilities in Church and home.

She helped the sick and those in need. The Indians loved her and were happy to work for her. She died November 16, 1959.

In 1902 Orrin Snow was called to be bishop with A. R. Whitehead, first counselor, and Robert Reid, second counselor. Bishop Snow moved to Canada in 1910, and A. R. Whitehead was ordained bishop; Robert Reid, first counselor; and George Gardner, second counselor. They were released May 1922.

Robert worked at odd jobs to help out financially. He worked in timber at Duck Creek for building in Ely, put up hay on Hayden's ranch several summers, ran cattle for Mr. Justeson, for which he received cattle to build up his own herd.

Alex died in 1903 and Robert helped his family until the boys, Gordon and Hugh, were old enough to take over.

Robert and May soon added a kitchen, dining room, bath, pantry, two porches - all downstairs, as well as three bedrooms upstairs to their original adobe rooms.

Those pioneer days weren't all work. There were fun things for all ages--dances, sports, canyon trips, chicken and oyster suppers, and horseback riding. The adults had a literary club in the evening so the men were included. They studied the best authors. There were also concerts and operas. Robert enjoyed these as he had a beautiful bass voice and loved to sing. He died July 8, 1924.

There was no high school in Lund until 1919, so Mazie went to school in Logan for two years, got a certificate to teach from a Normal School in Ely, and went to summer school in Berkeley, California. She taught school for many years with great success. She married Garr Ashby in the Salt Lake Temple on September 24, 1918. They have four lovely daughters, 16grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Robert L. went to school in St. George, filled an L.D.S. mission in Texas and Mexico. He married Zella Harrison in the Salt Lake Temple on May 17, 1922. They have two fine sons and two lovely daughters, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. He died January 2, 1928.

Elmo Steel was very intelligent, and his quick, gentle wit made him a favorite of all who knew him. When he was a little fellow he said he wanted as many babies as there were flies around a molasses barrel, but he sustained lung damage from gas in World War I and never married. He died March 16, 1936 of tuberculosis.

Mildred went to school in Ely, St. George, Salt Lake City, Logan, and summer school in Reno. She taught school for four years. She married Loraine Redd Ivins on September 3, 1924, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have two lovely daughters and a fine son, 16 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.

Wesley Alexander went to two years of high school in Lund, one in St. George, then joined the service. After that he worked in Salt Lake City and Reno. When Steele passed away Wesley took over the place in Lund. He married Edith Ashby on September 5, 1933, in Salt Lake City. They had three fine sons and two lovely daughters. He read books of great depth and an encyclopedia was a favorite. He died March 10, 1964.

Margaret went to school in Lund, Ely, St. George, Logan, Salt Lake City, and Reno. She was a favorite teacher and taught with great success until she retired after 32 years. She used reams of paper, writing letters and articles to help Lund get their high school back after it was taken away in 1975. She married Morris Oxborrow March 8, 1930. They have a fine son, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Written and submitted by:
Mildred Reid Ivins

 

I will add a thought or two that Mildred wanted to put into this account of our parents butdidn't for the sake of brevity. The thing she remembers best about our father was his beautifulbass voice and she is very proud of the fact that he was asked to go to Salt Lake City to sing inthe Tabernacle Choir before he came to Lund. What I remember best about him were the manynights he spent in homes where there was serious illness or death and the special help he gave towidowed and orphaned families. We both remember our mother's love of good literature and herpersistent efforts to instill in us a feeling for good writing. With the whole family gatheredaround the open wood stove, she read many good books aloud, a chapter each evening, by thelight of a kerosene lamp. They set high standards and avoided crudity in any form so althoughours was a pioneer home we never felt deprived of the good things of life, material, spiritual orcultural.

 

Written by:

Margaret Reid Oxborrow