Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity, faithfulness, and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
I want what is true, genuine, and real,
To know the truth that can make me free.
Not fettered with superstition and whims,
But learning obedience through loyalty.
KNOW, this life after death goes on,
That we each shall make our own heaven,
Before I'm leaving this world
Let me build, a useful mansion of peace, not a prison.
You recorded Temple marriages, sealing
and endowments too.
These ordinances have all been done, what more is there to do?
As a retired man, he spent much time doing temple work along with the
up-keeping of his apartments. He was the stake patriarch. I'll never forget
when I received my patriarchal blessing from Grandfather. How
wonderful it was to have his hands placed upon my head as he gave me
such a beautiful blessing. My mind often goes back to that sweet and
spiritual experience. Countless people have stopped me and commented,
"Oh yes, your grandfather gave me my patriarchal blessing." Both my
father and my grandfather served in this calling for the West Pocatello
Stake, Pocatello Idaho.
There were several homes on the McOmber Homestead property. My father built the main red brick home (2715 Pole Line Road) for his parents, who lived there until 1960. The other home where I lived, was a white frame house behind where our family all lived until that year. When my grandparents moved to Salt Lake city, we moved into their home at 27l5 Pole Line. We had lived behind them in a little white frame home at 27l5 1/2. Grandfather and Grandmother's home had been my second home for my first fifteen years. Many hours were spent with them. I used to help Grandma baby-sit the children she tended, and I was her beautician for Sunday, her grocery shopper, her stair cleaner and her all-round helper, always doing a myriad of other odd jobs she always had me do. "Idleness is the Devil's workshop" she would quote and off she would send me to do a job.
In the 50's something changed our household. My grandparents bought a television which was the new invention that filled our hearts with glee. We did not own such a luxury, so this was a great invitation for us children. Yes, Grandma even let us see a few shows, after the work was done. Every Saturday night I would go to see the Lawrence Welk Show. This was the high-light of my grandparents week. They would sit hand in hand, tears in their eyes as they enjoyed the lovely music. Grandfather even bought a black and white Dodge which that show advertised. Often I would sing for them at their request. They were my best audience.
I always remember Grandfather as a real gentleman. On Sunday, he dressed so well. He wore high topped shoes to help support his arthritic ankles. They were always shined and polished. His suit and hat made him look so distinguished . In his Sunday suit, pressed and cleaned to perfection, he always looked like a real proper gentleman. He gave wonderful sermons at church. I can still see him at the pulpit of the old 5th ward chapel, bearing his testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I knew it was true because of his great testimony. My mother often said that Grandfather would have made a very good lawyer because he could express himself so well.
Grandfather was often my substitute father for primary functions and socials. He was my date at a primary "Daddy Daughter Date". My father was so busy with church work and teaching, that he had very little time to be with us children. How I remember Grandfather dancing, wincing a little with arthritis, and enjoying himself with me. He was a very gentle, loving man to us grandchildren and we loved him very much.
Grandfather adored his wife Axie, (short for Achsah). They both were so devoted to each other all their lives. Grandfather always would tell Gandma how pretty she was and open the door for her. He respected her advice and I often overheard them chatting and reviewing their day's work and plans. Grandma seemed to have a mind for organizing work and jobs for everyone, something I admire to this day.
After they moved to Salt Lake City, they lived mostly at l22 Duplex Place, just one block north west of the temple. It in no longer there, having been replaced by new apartments. Grandfather spent the last part of his life working at the Salt Lake Temple and serving as Stake Patriarch. Though his ankles hurt him, he would arise early and walk to the temple. Sugar diabetes later overcame him and in l969 he passed away. I was present when he was in the hospital with Aunt Velma in California. Our family had gone to his bedside. He kept telling us that he needed his temple clothes so he could work at the next session. He was fading in and out and keeping conversation with others we could not see. His last words to me was, "Ruth, beautiful Ruth," which made such an impression on me for such a dear compliment. We kissed good-by to each other, knowing that he was going to a better place and on to another mission.
To understand grandfather better, let us turn the time clock back to his grandparents, Elizabeth and Patison Griffith of the 1800's. They were the parents of Marinda Elizabeth Griffith, Calvin's mother.
Family Books delivered as of September 22, 1995
Velma Teerlink Paid 60.00 for two books, I sent two
She visited Provo, Sept 20th, Paid for vidio $20.00
I gave her a book for Suzette (Not paid)* *
Clare T. paid $3l.00
1260 Tipperary Court
Idaho Falls, id 83404
Velma paid for the 10 extra dollars postage and I can't remember if she gave me a $20 or a $10 so I'll call her.
Uncle David Paid: August 8th 31.00 dollars for his own copy.
$100 for three books and gave me a tip. How nice! Sept 10th
For :Becky, Marilyn & Mark
Sept 20th paid $31 more dollars for Paul
I sent Julee Law a book not yet paid. *
Adrain Sent me $ 155.00 for five books , I sent him one and will send him
the other four since he sent me 12 dollars for more postage.
1721 Horner Way, Fremont, CA 94536
Mark paid me 31.00 for his book.
Claire was given a book and I received a check in the mail
Douglas was sent a book and I have not yet been paid *
Winston sent me $210.00 for seven books. He came and picked them up and Brent sent me $35.00, so it's alright if I lack just two dollars. I owe them the trouble of getting those books.
Ferryle and Merial were sent a book, and have paid by mail
Meri Eaton sent me $35.00.
Meri K. and James Eaton
65 Diamante (714-838-9544
Irvine, CA 92720
Robert and Kathy McOmber sent $35.00
Robert and Kathryn McOmber
886 Mountainside Dr.
Farmington, Utah, 84025
Michael was sent and set me some $ paid
Bryant sent me money for three books
Aunt Kathy sent $35.00
Art and Dianna sent $ 35.00
Howard sent me $35.00
Susan was sent a book, but yet no payment* *
Kathy and Arthur McOmber paid
226 North 1500 West
Vernal Utah 84078
Uncle Emerson paid $35.00 and was sent a book
LeGrand Paid $35.00 and was sent a book
Nancy Eliott was sent a book, but not yet sent $ *
My dear brother George paid $600.00 for 20 books for all the grand children. I received $600.00 for taking care of three Japanese exchange students this year. This was a God-send to pay my binding bill. With George's early payment and our cute girls from Japan, I made the BYU printing bill. I feel very happy and blessed in this effort.
Welcome to the McOmber get-togethers of 1995,
at Uncle John and Aunt Ruth's home.
We are family and we hope you have a great year at BYU. If you need any help or just a little visit, please feel free to call me, Aunt Ruth at 226-2373.
I would love our cousins and friends to come to our home for refreshments
after each fire side on the first Sunday of each Month starting in November
November 5th come over for John's (Jr.) Birthday party
December 3rd come over for Christmas treats
January 7th Happy New Year so lets celebrate!
February 4. Come over for Valentine surprises
March 3, St. Patrick's surprise, so don't miss it
April 7, Easter Sunday so let's have an Easter Egg hunt
May 5th A month to rejoice and rough the finals, so let's have some goodies. Congratulations, you made it!
Come and get your family history book: A tribute to Calvin D McOmber Sr. and Achsah Stout McOmber for only 31 dollars. I hope everyone will get one and learn about your ancestors.
Love to you all, Aunt Ruth
If you know anyone we are missing please bring them!
Address: 186 South 1000 East, orem.
Exit off Orem Center Street and turn South off 1000 East and we are about the 8th house on the right.