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FREDRICK TITENSOR



FREDRICK ROBBINS TITENSOR and ELLEN HYER

Fredrick Robbins Titensor, son of Thomas Titensor and Sarah Robbins. was born September 6. 1868 in Richmond. Utah. His parents had joined the church in Manchester. England and immigrated with three daughters to Utah in 1861. They settled in Richmond that Fall and. in the fort where all the settlers lived for protection from Indians. Thomas built a one-room home By the time Fredrick was born, the Indians were apparently no longer a serious concern and the family had moved out of the fort into the more substantial two-room log home. Although Fred was the seventh child of Thomas and Sarah, he had only four living brothers and sisters at the time of his birth (a brother died in England and a sister died shortly after the family came to Richmond). Also part of the family was Elizabeth Bradbury Titensor, Thomas' second wife, whom he had married the year before. She bore him a daughter less than two months before Fred was born. Presumably, both wives shared the same home. At the age of two or three, Fred saw the first train to come to Richmond: "My brother Will and I were together: there was a big crowd. It was Just an engine ... and it tooted two or three times ... and all the kids were scared." When Fred was about six years old. Thomas took his families south to Logan. where he worked as a master mechanic in the railroad shops. They lived first "in the McNiel house and then in a Hopkins place ... an adobe house." It was in Logan that Fred started school. Also while in Logan he became seriously ill with mountain fever. "They wrapped me in a thin green oilcloth. Dr.Armsby came ... he was the doctor for all of Cache Valley ... traveling by horse and buggy." With good care and with faith and prayers, he recovered. After a year or two, Thomas moved his families to a quarter section of land he had homesteaded a couple of miles north of Richmond in a settlement called Coveville (later renamed Cove). Thomas had built a fine large frame house there not far from High Creek. Fred continued his schooling in a little one-room school house: just how many years of schooling he had is unknown. In 1877, at the age of eight, he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. "I was baptized by Christian Monson and confirmed by Wallace Burnham. A Dora Walton was baptized at the same time. When they went to lower her into the water, she threw up her hands and cried out '0 my Lord' and kicked up her feet and had to be done again. "At this time, there was what they called a 'reformation' in the church. Special meetings were called and many were rebaptized. There was a big meeting, a large crowd, on the banks of the Cub River, about a half mile north of the old flour mill. And everyone was confirmed immediately after their baptism." It is not clear whether this account refers to Fred's baptism at the age of eight or to a possible rebaptism some years later. Also. it seems to have been more of a "re-affirmation" than a "reformation". In the summer of 1878. Fred contracted diphtheria and nearly died. "Auntie Elizabeth, father's other wife. lost two children in a week. I was administered to by Jesson Shepherd who lived in Richmond. I always felt he was the one who healed me through the blessing he gave me from the Lord." Just like with the other children in the family. Fred helped his parents on the farm. And when he was 16, he helped with the construction of the first chapel in Coleville. a one-room frame building just 30 feet by 44 feet. Previously, the members had held their meetings in private homes and then in the school house. And it was about this time that Thomas took his son, Fred. to Camas, Idaho, to work with him in his blacksmith shop repairing freighter wagons and shoeing horses for those hauling ore to the railroad from the mines near Montana. After this job was completed. Fred took a job with Hoot Hellman. freighting lumber out of the canyon to Monida, Montana. He then returned to Cove to help on the farm. Fred grew in height and stature and. in his prime, was about five feet eleven inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds. He had dark brown hair and brown eyes ... a good-looking man. On December 11, 1889. Fredrick Titensor and Ellen Hyer were married in the Logan temple. Ellen Hyer was born on September 23. 1869 in Richmond. Utah. Although her parents, Christian Hyer and Caroline Hogan, did not meet and marry until 1850 in Salt Lake City, they had both immigrated from Norway and had become members of the church during the Nauvoo period. In 1854 Christian married his second wife, Lovina Hogan, Caroline's sister. When Christian went on a three-year mission to Scandinavia in 1855. he left two wives and four small children behind in Bountiful, Utah. In 1860 Christian moved his families north to the settlement in Richmond. By the time Ellen was born. her mother had had eight other children, although one of them had died shortly after the family came to Richmond. Lovina and one of her three children had already died, but Thomas had married again, this time to Rosina Sheppard Knapp. Rosina's first child was born about three months after Ellen was born. So it was a big family. The Hyer families lived on Main Street in Richmond. One of Ellen's sisters broke her leg when she was a little girl and a doctor set it. but not correctly. She suffered with the leg for some time. One day a strange man came to the door and asked what was wrong with the little girl that he had heard crying. After telling him what had happened, the man said. "It is set wrong. May I re-set it?" They gave him permission. He re-broke it and set it properly and as soon as he did, she had no more pain. After the man left. the parents wondered why they had given permission to a stranger to do this thing. Christian went outside immediately to talk with the man. expecting to see him walking down the street of the little community. He was amazed to see no one in sight. Christian, who was a Counselor in the Bishopric of Richmond Ward, called on Bishop Burnham. The two of them went from house to house to see if the stranger had been there or had been seen by anyone. No one else had seen him. It was their belief that one of the three Nephites had visited them and performed this wonderful, merciful deed. Ellen writes. "In my youth. I helped my mother in the home and helped with the milling. In the summer. I helped my father in the hay field and turned bundles while my father built the wheat stack. And in the fall. I helped pick up potatoes." She attended the district school in Richmond, and was faithful in her attendance at Sunday School, Sacrament meeting, Primary and. later, the Mutual Improvement Association. She became Treasurer in the Mutual when Mary Jane Harrison was President. And when she was twenty, she married Fred Titensor and moved to Cove. Fred and Ellen lived in two rooms in the rear of his parents' home. Fred took over the farm work while his father went to Pocatello to work in the railroad shops there. Four children were born to them in their first five years of marriage: Ethel, Frederick, Earl, Sarah Elizabeth, and George Angus. Little George, however, lived only a month. One winter. Fred and Ellen took their three small children to Pocatello. so Fred could work in the railroad shops there with his father. The following year, after returning to Cove. Fred became very ill with pneumonia. Fred relates. "Dr. Adamson said to give me flaxseed, but grandma (Ellen, his wife) made it too thick. The doctor said, 'For G__ sake. get me the scissors so I can cut it.' It was so thick I couldn't drink it. We used licorice and linseed a lot for medicines." The doctor said that if Fred had been a user of tobacco he would never have survived. Five more children were born to Fred and Ellen in their home in Cove: Alta Caroline, Rella Virginia, Virgil Hyer, Donald Hyer and Lowell Christian. By the time Lowell was born. the oldest child, Ethel, had married and was expecting her first child. That child, Horace Jamison, was also born in the Titensor home. While Ellen was taking care of three-month-old Lowell, she was also caring for her married daughter and her newborn baby. Both Fred and Ellen were very active in a variety of church callings. At various times Fred was the Superintendent of the Sunday School and of the Young Men's MIA and. from 1917 to 1930, he was First Counselor to Bishop Lester Bair. At one time or another Ellen was a Counselor in the presidency of the Young Women's MIA, Secretary in the Relief Society, President of the Primary, and a Relief Society teacher for a number of years. Their oldest son. Earl. left for a three year mission to the South Seas when Lowell was just one. A favorite hobby of Fred's was fly fishing, and there was nothing he would rather do than spend a few hours up High Creek. He also got a lot of pleasure out of his horses. He had a team of big black work horses. Dan and Frank, that each weighed a ton. His favorite pleasure horse was a gray hamilton trotter named Pet. Fred hitched Pet to his buggy when he went out on church assign- ments or to an outing. Fred looked very fancy with his high stepper pulling the buggy. He never owned a tractor, but did all of his farming with horses. Once he traded some horses for an automobile, a Hudson Super Six of about 1918 vintage. In addition to his family, his farm and his church responsi- bilities, Fred found time for numerous civic duties. He was a member of the School Board for several years and. during that time was instrumental in the building of the brick school house in Cove. He was also a Road Supervisor for a few years. He was Secretary of the Cove Water Works Company when the first reservoir was built and the first pipeline laid for the town's present water supply. And for many years he served as Water- master in Cove, a job requiring the utmost in integrity and fairness. Besides giving birth to nine children of her own, seven of Ellen's grandchildren were born in her home. She took care of them and their mothers until the mothers could take care of themselves again. She also went to Pocatello and took care of her eldest daughter. Ethel, when she was having a baby there. Then. in 1925. Ethel, was killed at the age of 35 in a tragic car/train accident in Southern California. She left a family of five sons ranging from fourteen to two years of age. This was a terrible shock to Fred and Ellen. The youngest child, Steve. came to Cove and lived with Fred and Ellen until he was six. So, all in all, Ellen did a lot of mothering in her years. One spring while Steve was living in Cove. he was out on his grandpa's lap "helping" Fred with the plowing. Once he got down to chase the seagulls that had arrived to feed on the worms turned up by the plowing. Grandpa Fred smilingly told Steve that if he could put some salt on a seagull's tail. he could catch it. The next day, Steve tried unsuccessfully to get some salt onto a gull's tail. Another prank that Fred would sometimes pull on his grandchildren was to sneak his corncobs onto their plates when they weren't looking. He loved children and he had a good sense of humor. n 1934, Fred sold part of the farm to his youngest son, Lowell, and he and Ellen moved to the northeast corner of the land, into a smaller home that Lowell had built for them. That same year. the other part of the farm, located in the Mountain Home area of Cove, was sold to the next older son, Don. Grandpa continued to help on the farm for many, many years. It was amazing to see his strength and agility in pitching and hauling hay, even until he was 80 years old. In the mid thirties, Fred and Ellen went to California to visit their children and grandchildren there. A highlight of the trip and one that made a big impression, especially on Ellen, was going up in a small three passenger airplane and flying out over the ocean ... quite a daring fete in those days, particularly for a couple in their sixties. On September 16, 1949, Ellen died at the age of 80. Fred was fortunate in having good health and, although lonely for Ellen, he stayed on in his place on the farm. He drove his car to all the places he needed to go. In fact, he drove until the age of 90, and only stopped driving when Lowell convinced him it was unsafe for him to continue. He kept his home and yard and garden himself, and always produced a large harvest of vegetables. He spent several winters in California with his son. Earl, until Earls sudden death in 1957. This death was very hard on Fred in his declining years. Earl and his wife had planned to retire and spend a great deal of their time with Fred in Cove. At the age of 93, Fred left his home in Cove and went to live at Sunshine Terrace in Logan. His children and grandchildren would visit with him there and feel of his love for them. He passed away on November 20, 1963 at the age of 95 and was buried next to Ellen in the cemetery in Richmond Utah. Fredrick Robbins Titensor and Ellen Hyer were people of great integrity, without pretense or sophistication. They were honorable individuals, stalwart and righteous. They had deep concern for others, especially their children and grandchildren. and they demonstrated that concern in the gentle, loving ways they were willing to give of themselves. We treasure our memories of them and look forward to a day of reunion. This account is the meshing of other accounts: those of Fred and Ellen themselves and those of three of their children, Sarah, Alta and Lowell. In most cases, these accounts were documented by other relatives, principally by Iris Fehr (a granddaughter) and by Fred Titensor (a great great grandson). This combining of the various accounts was undertaken by Steven Jamison (a grandson).


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