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Joseph Hyrum Campbell

Posted By: Leslie Vaughn
Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2008, at 8:33 p.m.

Funeral: Services held at Providence [Utah] Mar. 18, 1925 "Beautiful indeed were the funeral services held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. over the remains of one of our oldest and most faithful pioneers. Jacob Zollinger stated that Joseph had been active in the work of the Lord. . .comming to the valley in 1862 and going back in 1863 to help poor immigrants cross the plains. He had been one of the most active in building up the canals, roads, and public buildings in the early days of Providence. He had been an active ward teacher for sixty years and had been loving, cheerful and kindly, that he didn't have an enemy on earth. Brother Adolph Baer stated that he "had a disposition of peace and tranquility, never moved to anger but aways kind and loving. John Campbell a cousin related some of the famiy history and told of the work being done along the line of genealogy. President O. H. Budge stated he had always been willing to leave his own work to help to help the work of the church and his neighbors. His motto might have been. 'I'll go where you want me to go Dear Lord, I'll do what you want me to do.'

Obituary: "Joseph Hyrum Campbell was born August 15, 1837 at Kirtland, Ohio.
He was the seventh son of Benona and Mary Leonard Campbell. The Prophet Joseph Smtih and his father visited the home when Joseph was a few days old and the Prophet's father blessed and named him for his sons Joseph and Hyrum Smith.

His father left Ohio in 1845 and moved to Nauvoo, Ill., where they stayed one winter, then started west. When the call came for the Mormon Battalion they went into Holt county, Missouri where they stayed for four years. They started for Utah in the Spring of 1850. Joseph was then between 12 and 13 years of age. His job was driving cows and a few sheep, this caused him to walk all the way and when the shoes he had on at the beginning gave out he went barefooted the rest of the way. In June the company in which they were traveling were stricken with cholera and among the eleven of them were Joseph's father, mother, and little brother Heber, a cousin, and a brother-in-law. The mother was the first to go. A very pathetic incident in relation to her death occurred. Her son John was travelling in a company ahead of them, and a woman in that company was so sick that expecting her death they set some of the men to dig a grave and John was one of these men. The woman did not die but recovered enough to go with her company the next morning, leaving an open grave behind them, but in less than twenty-four hours John's mother was buried in the grave her son had helped dig for some other mother.

The company arrived in Salt, Lake City in November 1850. Joseph stayed in Farmington for a while and then moved to North Ogden where he lived for about two years. In 1857 in company with John Boyle, Nephi and Sam Campbell, Joseph came to Cache Valley. They came to this side of the valley where Providence is now situated, selected their land and ploughed the first furrow that was ploughed on this side of the valley. Due to the coming of Johnston's army they returned to the other valley but came back again in 1859, and here he has made his home ever since. He was married to Miss. Elizabeth Mathews January 1, 1861.

In 1863 he returned to the east to assist poor immigrants in crossing the plains. On his return he brought a samll step stove, the first one in Providence. He also brought and raised the first apples in Providence. They were astrachans and measured 17 inches around. He rised one bushel and sold them to Charlie Robbins for 60 cents a dozen. To Joseph and Elizabeth Cambell were born six sons and three daughters all of whom survive them. They are: Joseph, Hyrum A., Hopkin B., David M., Ezra T., and Kenneth Campbell all of Providence, Mrs. Margaret Hammond and Mrs. Mary A. Bullock of Providence and Mrs. Nina A. Baer of Lewiston, Idaho. He is survived by one hundred and fifty-four grandchildren and sixty-six great grandchildren. He endered all the hardships privations and and trials of pioneer life. He superintended the building of the Providence Co-op store and grainery. He was also superintendent of the saw mill for 27 years. He lived to the good old age of 88 years and died peacefully surrounded by loving children and friends. Since the death of his wife some eight years ago he has been tenderly cared for my his son Hyrum A. and his wife. His life and death were both typical of the angels song at the birth of Christ, "Peace on Earth Good Will to Men."

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