Sunday, November 30, 2008

Willard Carlos McBride (con'd)

(This is continued from last week's post.)

Most mornings, my brother and I (Willard C. McBride) would drive the cows, after milking them, to the "field" for pasture, two miles away, thereafter would go on to school. After school, again, we would go after the cows, drive them home, feed them some, and milk them. I recall one experience which frightened me because I was afraid my brother, Dewaine, had been seriously hurt or killed while driving the cows home one evening. Due to a screeching of brakes on a car going too fast, the cows became startled and quite wild. They turned around from going forward, and ran backwards, tromping my brother, Dewaine, until he was unconscious. It was by the home of Hyrum Crockett, and with the aid of his family, first aid was given to Dewaine and it was found that he was not seriously hurt.

As I have said, much of our food was bread and milk. My mother would make jams, preserves, jellies, etc. from the fruit of the orchard. Often, we did not have enough money to make jelly from the fruit, so my mother would put up in jars the juice from the fruit. Then if we later got a little money, she would make jelly out of the juice. Jelly required a lot of sugar to make it, and often we would not have the money for sugar.

I remember well the delicious and beautiful lovaes of brown light bread my mother made, which we would break into pieces into big bowls filled with milk, take some jam, preserves or jelly in a spoon, dip it into the bread and milk, and this became a fine evening meal in the summer, especially. Also, we would eat the bread and milk, taking bites of onions or radishes, which we grew, and found this fare to be delightful to eat. We grew a garden, although this project was not always successful. In the winter, we had pork from the hogs and beef from one or more of the steers which we would kill (steers, being castrated male animals, which otherwise, would have been bulls.)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Willard Carlos McBride

At some juncture, my father, either before or after his marriage to my mother in 1914acquired a six acre area of land in the town of Pima, Arizona, where he built an eight room house, including an outside porch, screened in. It was a house mostly of brick, but contained some frame work. On this land, he grew alfalfa, some corn or cane at times, had an orchard (apples, plums, apricots, grapes, peaches, etc.), and it was on this area of land that we kept our cows (at least at night and sometimes during the day). He kept about six milk cows, some calves to sell or to use for beef, some hogs, chickens, and other animals.

In addition, he acquired at 15 acre farm some two miles from the house or our home. This we always referred to as "the field." Here he grew more alfalfa (for hay for the cows), wheat, and some barley. It seemed to be the practice, generally, for the families in Pima to live on a small area of land where they had small fields for grazing of cows, and an orchard, and to have a larger farm or "field" a few miles away out of "town." This was the situation, as may be seen with my father and his family. At times we "pastured," the cows in the fields on the six acrea area where our home was located, but much of the time we would drive the cows to pasture on a portion of the 15 acre farm or fireld two miles from home.

My first memory of life, as I recall, is that of sitting on a stool (a short, 2 by 4 inch board, which was nailed at the top of a board about one inch thick and aboaut 10inches square) milking a cow. We always brought the cows from the 15 acre field every night to milk them in the corral (pen). One of the jobs of my brothers and myself was the milking of the cows, feeding the calves (still on milk), letting them suck our fingers to learn what the milk tasted like, after dipping our fingers in the milk. Of course we milked the cows morning and night. After milking the cows, we put the milk through what was called a separator, a machine which separated the milk from the cream, the cream coming out of one spout and the milk, now removed of the cream, coming out of another spout. We saved enough milk before it was separated for our own use in drinking. We fed the milk with the cream removed to the young calves still on milk, and mixed the remainder of the milk with the cream removed with dishwater and other garbage, to feed to the hogs. In addition, we fed the hogs corn, and a weed in the summer, which we called pig weed, a sort of reddish-color weed, which the hogs liked.

I recall how good it was to drink the warm milk from the cows with hot light bread, with honey or preserves (jam). My mother would bake six loaves of bread every day, which we would consume. One must remember that there were nine children at home for a while, plus my mother and my father, my father's three children from his first wife and six children of my mtoher's by him. It seemed that our mainstay was bread and milk. We sold the cream, or most of it.

(Note: this was taken verbatim from the personal history of Willard Carlos McBride.)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Emma Jane Hubbard McBride (continued)

(The following was taken from a history written by Emma Jane Hubbard McBride and then recorded in the personal and ancestral history of Willard Carlos McBride. In an earlier blog, I recorded what Emma had written about marrying Don Carlos McBride. This is a continuation of that story.)

June 6, 1914, we (Emma and Don) boarded the train to go to Salt Lake City, Utah to be married in the Salt Lake Temple. We were married June 11, 1914. We had a lovely trip. We visited many places of interest in the city, went out to Sandy and visited Don's brother, Bert, and family and when we started home came by Santaquinn, Utah, Don's birthplace and visited his uncles, Jim and Ed Clark.

We also went to Goshen and visited my mother's sister, Ellen Steele. Fannie was a little girl, five years old. She was with us. We enjoyed her cute sayings and actions so much. We were always sorry that we did not take Mildred, but we didn't know enough to do so, I suppose.

In July we returned home on the train one warm afternnon. Donald and Mildred, (Don's other two children) were at the station to meet us. We borrowed a buggy and came to Don's home. It was a very happy family. That night we bought bread and milked the cow, had some supper, cleaned up the dishes.

The children all helped to do everything, and we always worked congenially and happy together ever after. Grandma Nuttall (La Preal's mother--LaPreal was Don McBride's first wife) and her girls came in the evening for a while and welcomed me in the family. They were always nice to me, which I appreciated very much, for they might have made things very unpleasant for me had they wanted to do so.

That first night before we went to bed, Fannie was sitting on her Papa's lap, and I was fixing things and getting the beds ready. Fannie said, "Papa, let's always stay home now and never, never move again." Her papa told her with tears in his eyes that Aunt Emma (the name Fannie, Mildred, and Donald called me) was going to make a home for us and if they would be nice, she would always stay and do the best she could to be a mother in the home.

I must say that they all did everything they could to do their part. I never can express how glad I am I have had the opportunity of being blest with them as children. They have expressed their love for me. Mildred gave me a present when she first earned her money and gave a little message like this: "To the noblest and best mother I ever knew."

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Emma Jane Hubbard McBride (continued)

The following was written by Emma Jane Hubbard McBride on March 27, 1935:

Our lives were very much like most children's are--work and play with some schooling. We lived on a farm and milked cows, fed pigs, harvested hay and grain. Also, my father owned a thresher and threshed grain all over the valley. That made a good deal of work for all, especially for the older boys, Moore and Paul. Mother and Minnie (my oldest sister), were brought in on the labor also, for if it rained or the thresher got broke, the threshing crew was at our home, and, oh, my, the cooking that had to be done. We youngsters had some pretty good times, too. There was more cake, more pie for us, for somewhow, we got to share. How our parents kept us all filled, I don't know, but they managed to do it. Little did we know the sacrifices they made, and all we can do to repay them is to live good, do as much good as we can and as little harm, make our parents glad they stayed true to the trust given them, that of rearing so many, 7 boys and 5 girls. Becky, however, died when a baby, September 12, 1891. The rest grew to be quite good sized children--eleven of us. How our parents took care of us and did as well as they did with us, I don't know.

At first, when we were small, if we went to anything, we had to go to Pima, but soon enough people settled there (Hubbard) to start a school The town was named Hubbard, as with our family and my elder brother, Free Hubbard's family, there were so many they decided to name it for the most population. (Free Hubbard was the son of Elisha Freeman Hubbard and Agnes Archibald, my grandfather's first wife noted earlier. The preceding sentence is my, Willard C. McBride's, note of explanation.) In the first school, thirteen was the number, not many compared to the number now with more than thirty to a class even; but we learned and a had a good time anyhow, climbing the foothills and sliding down them, making play houses in the mesquites in Wests' field, and playing ball, dareline, and stealsticks was our pasttime at recess and noon. The first year, the older children (two) were appointed to clean the house and get drinking water. This water was brought from the big ditch in a bucket then. I remember that rusty old dipper we all drank from. When through, it was dropped in the bucket, sometimes slobbers and all, for it wasn't very funny to carry the water, so we must not waste it. But that water tasted good as soda water or other fancy drinks we get now. If we got it fresh, it was plenty cool, and if it had run through Wests' field where herds of stock watered, never mind, though there wasn't ever anything wrong with the kids, and if anyone would have told us people were cut open, a poison appendix taken and out and sewed up in eleven minutes, well, we would have tried to swallow a lizard or something to try to see how it seemed. But ignorance is bliss, so let it stay that way. For it is not only folly but inconvenient to be wise sometimes.

The Hubbard Ward was organized with my father being made Bishop. Here came added responsibilities for all, especially my father and mother. In due time, Sunday School and Primary were organized. This brought in all who would work. But that is the thing about these small wards, everyone who will has opportunities--young girls twelve years of age were chosen to be Primary and Sunday School teachers. It develops leadership. Life moved along. Finally, the ward was reorganized--someone else put in as Bishop. But there was always plenty to do, thanks to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It gives us all jobs.

Note: The following was taken from personal and ancestral history of Willard C. McBride. I have left it as his mother, Emma Jane Hubbard McBride, wrote it.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Emma Jane Hubbard (McBride)

Emma Jane Hubbard was born on April 7, 1892 in Pima, Graham county, Arizona. Shortly after her birth, her family moved across the Gila River, only a short distance, to what was later known as Hubbard, Arizona, named for her father.

Emma was the fifth child of twelve children of her father, Elisha Freeman Hubbard and her mother, Almera Wilson Hubbard. The child born just preceding her, Rebecca, died soon after birth.

Her father had another wife before he married Almera Wilson, whose name was Agnes Archibald, and he and this wife, also had children.

Emma met the recently widowed Don Carlos McBride, who already had three children. My mother wrote the following in her personal history: "I lived in the Hubbard Ward all my life, up to then, and helped in the home ward as most of the young folk did then. One Sunday in June of 1913, I went to church as usual, noticed we had stake officers visiting the ward. During the meeting, a man, one of the stake visitors, came down in the audience to speak with me. I was surprised that he came to me. Some of my friends thought he was asking me to keep house for him, as he had three motherless children to care for, but he had asked the Bishop to appoint a genealogical representative in the ward. The Bishop had told him there was a Sister Hubbard he believed would be all right, and told him to talk to her about it as he, the Bishop, did not understand about it himself. So that was my first introduction to Don c. McBride. I knew him when I saw him and had for a long time, but he never even knew I existed. He, as a stake officer, and I, as a ward officer, became quite well acquainted, and by December, 1913, were planning to get married. Then through a little misunderstanding we quit keeping company for about two months. I surely found I wanted him, and he said he was convinced he needed and wanted me. We finally put our pride in our pocket and made up. I might say that was our last trouble or mmisiunderstanding. We came to know each other better every day and became nearer to each other until it seemed he knew my desires and I his before we mentioned them to one another and acted accordingly. On June 6, 1914, we boarded the train to go to Salt Lake City, Utah to be married in the Salt Lake Temple. We were married June 11, 1914.

I (Willard C. McBride) was the second of six childrlen born to my mother, Emma Jane Hubbard McBride, and father, Don Carlos McBride. All of us were born in Pima, Graham county, Arizona, after Arizona had been made a state. We were all born in our home, not a hospital.

Learn more about Emma Jane Hubbard McBride in the next post.

Note: this information was taken from the personal and ancestral history of Willard C. McBride. As far as possible, I have left it in his own words.

Emma Jane Hubbard (McBride)

Emma Jane Hubbard (McBride)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The James Andrew Family

James Andrew was born in approximately 1750, probably in Pennsylvania. With his father, James operated a threshing machine in both Pennsylvania and Maryland, going to different farmers' places to thresh their wheat.

In 1771, James moved to North Carolina. There, he met and married Elizabeth Morrow. In addition to operating a thresher, he also operated a wheelright shop, or what was later called a blacksmith shop. He and Elizabeth had several children, one being Margaret Jennie (great, great grandmother of Willard C. McBride).

The Andrews became dissatsified living in North Carolina, as it was a slave-holding state. They, with about thirty other families, wished to migrate to Ohio, which was a free state.

When their house burned down, rather than rebuilidng, they moved, with some other families, to Tennessee for a period of time. The family settled near Nashville, Tennessee, where two more children were born. Because the Andrews' family had a religious nature, they requested that a Presbyterian minister be sent to their area. A minister from Scotland, a Reverend Robert Armstrong, came in response to their request.

Attracted by one of James' daugthers, Nancy, Robert married her. The Andrews' family, with the newlyweds, traveled to Kentucky where they established a Presbyterian Church, then moved on to Greene County, Ohio.

Notice how these moves brought the Andrew family to Ohio, where they were in place to hear the gospel.

Note: this information was taken from the personal and family history of Willard C. McBride.

The James Andrew Family

James Andrew (the father of Margaret Jennie McBride)was born in 1750, probably in Pennsylvania. He lived there for a while with his father, and with him, operated a threshing machine in both Pennsylvania and Maryland going to differenet farmers' places to threst their wheat.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

James McBride and Margaret Jennie Andrew (great-great grandfather of Willard C. McBride)


My great-great grandfather was James McBride, born in 1781; his wife was Margaret Jennie Andrew, born in 1792. James McBride must have married Margaret Jennie Andrew when she was about fifteen. (It may be seen wehre the name "Andrew" came into being in the descendants of my great-great grandfather).

Margaret (or Jennie as she semeed to have been known) Andrew McBride gave birth to my great grandfather, William McBride, on March 22, 1807 and died shortly thereafter.

After Jennie's death, James married Rachel Van Eaton in February 1808. From information given to my mother (Emma Jane Hubbard McBride), it seems that the Andrew family reared William McBride. After William McBride was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he had the work done in the Temple for the Andrew family and some of their ancestors.

James, after he married his second wife, had other childrlen. When James Andrew, the father of Margaret Jennie Andrew McBride died, his will made in 1823, and probated in 1824, left $20.00 to his grandson, William McBride. The will was probated in Greene County, Ohio.

After his second marriage, James served in the War of 1812. The records of Greene County, Ohio, reveal that he was a second lieutenant during that war. Little else seems to be known about him, except that he died in 1843.

(The above information is taken from the personal and ancestral history of Willard C. McBride. Whenever possible, I have used his own words.)

Sunday, September 28, 2008

William McBride, great-grandfather to Willard C. McBride

William McBride was born on March 22, 1807 at Greene County, Ohio. In approximately 1835, he married Elizabeth Harris Booram. It is not known when William and Elizabeth joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but on April l6, 1844 (according to a certificate), he was ordained an Elder. In 1846, he was ordained a Seventy. (A record kept by Elizabeth Clark McBride, reveals that Elizabeth and William were sealed to each other in Nauvoo, Illinois, by President Brigham Young.)

William performed work for some of his wife's family in the Temple, probably the Kirtland Temple. With their growing family, William and Elizabeth journeyed to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah with the body of the Saints in 1849. At a call from the Prophet, William served a mission to the Sandwich Islands. After he returned, he served as Bishop in the Santaquin, Utah Ward from 1858 to 1865.

While in Utah, William married a second wife, Janette Cushing, a widow with several boys. A baby girl, Lucretia McBride, was born to William and Lucretia in 1856 in Santaquin. This was a polygamous marriage.

William and Elizabeth had the following children: James Andrew McBride, Susan Elemer, born July 29, 1836; Rebecca Ann, born August 28, 1838, Harrient Ugeniah (who died when young); Elizabeth Deseret, born July 22, 1850 in Salt Lake City, and William Booram, born June 2, 1853, in Salt Lake City. William supported his large family by farming.

In response to a call extended by John Taylor, William, with Elizabeth and his son James Andrew McBride(who had now married Elizabeth Clark and had six children) traveled to the Gila Valley, Arizona to help colonize it. William served for many years as a Patriarch while in Arizona.

Later, William and Elizabeth returned to live with their daughter, Susan, now married to Robert Burton.

This information was taken from the personal history of Willard Carlos McBride.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Almera Wilson Hubbard

Almera Wilson, the daughter of Wellington Paul Wilson and Rebecca McBride, was born on March 28, 1858. The Wilson family lived near Des Moines, Iowa. In the spring of 1864, they joined a company of Latter-day Saints to begin the journey to Utah.

When they reached the Rocky Mountains, a number of the comopany came down with mountain fever. Almera lost two sisters to the fever, who were buried along the way. Her mother's uncle, Thomas McBride, met the Wilson family in Salt Lake City and moved them to Grantsville, Utah, where a number of the McBride relatives had settled the previous year.

While living in Grantsville, Almera met Elisha Freeman Hubbard. Elisha, a widower with four children, was taken with Almera. After a brief courtship, he proposed to her. Elisha took his bride with him when he returned to his home in the Gila Valley of Arizona.

In addition to bearing and caring for ten children, Almera helped her husband run the family farm and a threshing business. She also served as Relief Society President of the Hubbard Ward.

In March of 1911, Elisha went to Sulphur Springs to help his sons dig wells and clear land. He became seriously ill on March 23rd and asked to come home. Son Moore brought him home by team and wagon. Elisha passed away on March 28, 1911.

Almera lived forty-two years after the death of her husband, continuing to serve faithfully in the Church and caring for her familiy. She passed away September 26, 1953 at the age of ninety-five.

Note: Almera Wilson Hubbard was the maternal grandmother of Willard Carlos McBride. The above information was taken from PIONEER TOWN, PIMA CENTENNIAL HISTORY, produced by the Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society, Inc.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Elisha Freeman Hubbard

Born to Marshall Moore Hubbard and Caroline Eliza Nickerson on March 5, 1838 in Ogden Township, Lenawee County, Michigan, Elisha Freeman Hubbard was one of the West's earliest pioneers. In the spring of 1861, he, along with a number of other young men, were called to accompany Captain Murdock to the Missouri River and meet a company of converts who were traveling from the British Isles.

In the company of the British Saints was a family by the name of Archibald, originally from Scotland. The father, James Robert, and son, James, had come west sometime before to prepare a home for the family. At this time Elisha met his future wife Agnes Archibald. She was twenty; Elisha was twenty-three. On arriving at Salt Lake City, they were married on September 21, 1861.

In 1861 Elisha was discharged from the service and the family moved to Grantsville, Toole County, Utah.

While living at Grantsville, he owned a sawmill business, with his cousins, the Barrus boys. In 1875, he sold his interest in the sawmill and moved his family to Grouse Creek, Boulder County. There, he went into the sheep business.

Because of the extremely cold weather and poor health of Agnes, Elisha was advised by a doctor to move to a warmer climate. He traded his sheep for teams and wagons and moved the family to Spanish Fork, where they stayed the winter of 1880-1881. In the early spring of 1881, Elisha and Agnes, with their family of four children, left Spanish Fork for St. David, Arizona. They arrived in Arizona May 5, 1881. The Nelson Bybee family, Daniel Kemp (a brother of Mrs. Bybee), and three single men accompanied the Hubbards.

Elisha set up a freighting business, making trips between Benson and Tombstone. On one of these trips, his son, Robert, went along. Robert fell from the wagon and was killed instantly. The shock proved too much for Agnes and, on August 14, 1881, she passed away.

After the death of his beloved wife, Elisha made the trip to Grantsville (Utah) to visit his mother. There, he met and married Almera Wilson, the daughter of Wellington Paul Wilson and Rebecca McBride.

The following summer, Elisha and his son Free (Freeman) went to the Gila Valley to run a thrasher. They then returnred to St. David and moved their families to the Valley, first settling in Pima.

Elisha and Free each bought forty acres of land across the Gila River, three miles from Pima, then homesteaded sixty acres more. Later, the community of Hubbard would be located there.

The next years were full for the Hubbard familiy. They cleared land, made a dam to get water from the river, dug canals, and eventually built a nice home in Hubbard.

Elisha bought a molasses mill, ordered from El Paso. When the mill arrived, the river was up and it had to be boated across. The cane crop was bountiful, enabling the family to make lots of molasses, which was greatly appreciated by their family as well as others throughout the Valley.

Elisha and Almera becaame the parents of a large family, in addition to Elisha's four children from his first marriage. The first ward in Hubbard was organized on January 27, 1900 with Elisha Freeman Hubbard serving as Bishop. (Previously, the community had been organized as a Branch on May 14, 1899.)

The Relief Society had been organized in the Branch by Stake President Andrew C. Kimball. With the organization of the ward, Almera Hubbard was sustained as Relief Society President.

Hubbard Ward was made up of Saints residing in scattered conditions on the north side of the river. It was located about four miles north of Thatcher, three miles east of Bryce, and four miles west of Graham. The Ward had a Relief Society, a Sunday School, a Mutual Improvement Association, and a religion class.

Elisha Freeman and Almera Hubbard served faithfully in the church and raised their family in righteousness.

(The above information was taken from PIOINEER TOWN, PIMA CENTENNIAL HISTORY, printed by the Eastern Arizona Museum and Historical Society Inc. of Graham County, Pima, Arizona, 1979.)

Sunday, August 31, 2008

James Andrew McBride (senior)


A pioneer to Pima, Arizona, James Andrew McBride was a frontiersman, farmer, and freighter. He and his family arrived in Pima in December of 1881. He married Elizabeth Clark on February 16, 1866.

James and Elizabeth purchased a farm in the Glenbar area, but freighting became a paying proposition so he traded his farm for a pair of horses and wagon. He began freighting from Bowie and Willcox to Globe. He received no money for his work, however, and was forced to take his pay in merchandise from the company stores.

Frequently, Elizabeth and the girls went with him on these freighting trips to Willcox or Bowie because they could make a better selection of clothing and other supplies they couldn't find at the company stores.

When the mines began to produce copper, the freighters hauled the metal to Willcox. For this, they received much needed cash. Now the family had money to pay taxes and could buy things not available at the company store.

After the railroad was built from Bowie to Globe, freighting by team and wagon stopped. Many who didn't have farms were having a hard time making a living. James and Elizabeth owned some farm land but not enough to earn a good living.

Bisbee was a flourishing mining camp so they, with their family, moved to Bisbee. Everything went well until James broke his leg. As soon as he was able to get around on crutches, they returned to Pima.

James and Elizabeth reared a large family: James Andrew Jr., William Edward, Don Carlos (the father of Willard C. McBride), Sarah Elizabeth, Frank Ashby (who died as a child), Jessie Bert, Lucy Agnes, John Henry, Phoebe Leila (died as a child), Rolla, Susan Nellie (died at age one), and Julia Ellise. Three of their sons filled missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bert served in New Zealand, John in Australia, and Don Carlos in Samoa. Don Carlos served two missions to Samoa, where he was called as Mission President.

In the years James and Elizabeth spent in rearing their large family, they served in the ward, helped build school houses and a church, dug ditches and canals, and worked wherever they were needed. They left a legacy of hard work, service, and devotion to their faith.

Note: The above information was taken from POINEER TOWN, PIMA CENTENNIAL HISTORY. This is not meant to be a complete history of James Andrew McBride, Sr., but only a brief sketch of his life.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

James Andrew McBride and Mary Isabelle Bryce

James Andrew McBride was born December 11, 1866 at Santaquin, Utah to James Andrew McBride and Elizabeth Clark. As a young boy James Andrew worked with his father laying railroad tracks in the surrounding territory. While he, his father, and others were working in the McGaffy mountains in New Mexico, he was captured by Indians. He was later released because of the high regard his captors had for his father.

Mary Isabelle Bryce was born July 11, 1870 in the Pine Valley, Utah. The daughter of Ebenezer and Mary Ann Park Bryce, she came to the Gila Valley, Arizona with her parents in 1882 when she was twelve years old. They settled first in Pima, staying there until 1884 when they moved across the river to Bryce.

James and Mary married October 16, 1890 in Pima, Arizona. While in Pima, James farmed and tended a vineyard and orchard. He also served as Deputy Sheriff. In 1904, they moved their family to South Bisbee, called "Tin Town." Here, they had a dairy farm, selling milk to the people of Bisbee. Later, they moved to a ranch five miles east of Don Luie and homesteaded the land, (five miles from the Mexican border). They built a house there, using a tent for the kitchen, two bedrooms, one for the parents and one for the children, who slept on the floor.

As James came home from work early one morning after a snow, his horse fell,. landing on him and breaking his leg in two places. This accident caused him to suffer much the rest of his life. As a result, he had to wear a built-up shoe and limped when he walked. He was unable to continue working at the mine, so he and his family ran a small store.

They bought a farm in Bryce and returned to the Gila Valley. Here, he raised cattle and farmed. James served as Bishop of the Bryce Ward, serving in this calling for six or seven years. Mary served as a counselor in the Relief Society.

Along with others, they lost their farm during the Great Depression and moved to Safford, Arizona, where James worked for the government. After his parents passed asway, they moved back to Pima and lived in his parents' home. They enjoyed working there until James passed away on January 23, 1940, in Pima, at the age of 74 years.

Mary passed away December 1, 1957 in Thatcher, Arizona. Both James and Mary served faithfully in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout their lives. They were buried side by side in the Pima Cemetery.