Note: Also Known As: /Cal/ Mrs. Howard Jones on Cal Murphy: I know my father felt badly about the changing of his name from Morphew to Murphy. I remember when I was small of hearing he and mother talking about it. He was worried that their marriage wasnt legal because he was married using the name Murphy. Another thing, my mother was married under the name Hines, while her name should have been Van Dusen. Her fathers name was Simeon Van Dusen who was killed in the Civil War and her mother died and an Uncle Hines took her to raise and she was like his own daughter (he did not adopt her) and she always went by the name Louisa Hines. So the two of them were always worried about the mix up in names. Father was 18 years of age and mother was 20 years old at the time of their marriage, and from what mother told me their years were a struggle to provide food, shelter, and clothing. They had a large family and I can remember then both working very, very hard. Father would work on farms as a hired hand and mother would cook and wash clothes and I remember her telling how she would take old clothing someone would give her and make pants and seats for the boys and all that without a sewing machine. They moved around quite a bit just in Iowa and finally father went to work on the railroad. I can remember too that he used to do hauling and in the winter time he would go to the coal mines north of Corning and get coal and sell it to the people in Corning. It was a real struggle for them and sometimes I cant blame them for separating. There was always sickness, but then too, I try to remember the fun we always had together. Dad and Mother both had a wonderful sense of humor. Like the time Dad was plowing the garden; it was the day before Good Friday and they just had to get those potato plants out on good Friday and it started to rain and here was Dad with the horses and plow out there in the rain and mother following along behind planting those potatoes, wringing wet but laughing to beat the band. To me it was all superstition but they always raised the best garden in the neighborhood. Everyone wanted Father to plow up their gardens for them. You wrote about homesteading. I think that was one of fathers pet peeves. Mother always wanted to go west, but he sat his foot down and said no and you know when a Murphy says no, its no! So they never homesteaded. After Father left home and went to Kansas he got a divorce, it seemed like our world really fell to pieces, especially for my youngest brother and I, and then we heard he was married again. We knew that he would never come back. So after a while mother and I came out to Washington to live with my oldest brother who was here in Bremerton. We stayed here one year and went back to Iowa where Mother stayed until she became ill. I had come back to Bremerton and married and this has been my home ever since. Mother came and lived with us. She passed away in 1921 and is buried here. Fathers family life after he left us is quite unknown to me. I know he had several children. Some died during the flu epidemic in 1918 - 1919 and there still are two girls living in Topeka, Kansas at the time of his death. One daughters name is Ruth Williams and the other one Kathleen Hunmaker. I havent heard from them since he died. Dr. Jim, I just dont see how any of this could possibly be of any interest to any one but since you asked for it, I have done my best. I was only 9 years old when Father went away and he was my whole world. I loved him very much and tears come to my eyes when I think of what might have been if only they had stayed together.
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