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Joseph Hyrum Stay

Taken from the History of the Jeremiah Woodbury Family

Joseph Hyrum Stay

Taken from the History of the Jeremiah Woodbury Family

By his Grandson Angus Cannon Woodbury

 

            Joseph Hyrum Stay was born on February 14, 1851, at Nailsworth, Glouchester, England.  When a small boy the family of five children, the father (Joseph Stay) and mother (Sarah Pearce) moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he obtained his education.  Still while a small boy he would sit in the trees and watch the troops of Civil War go by.

 

            He worked as a florist and landscape gardner—the same trade as his father.  Both worked for Shaws Botanical Gardens in St. Louis.  He was also a machinist, which trade he followed very little.

 

            When he was about twenty-five, the entire family moved to Salt Lake City where his father procured work with Walker Bros. Nursery.  He, Joseph H., followed his trade with the Pioneer Nursery Co., for Thomas H. Woodbury, as florist nurseryman and landscape gardener.  He planned and landscaped the City and County building grounds in Salt Lake City, Utah.  This line of work he followed for twenty years.  Then he took up electrical engineering for the Utah Power and Light Co.  He helped build a unit in Big Cotton Canyon.  Later he ran that same unit as Hydrostatic Engineer.

 

            When 26 years of age, he married Mary Cornelia Woodbury, daughter of Thomas Hobart and Catherine Rebecca Haskell Woodbury; the couple made their home in the Seventh Ward, where eight children were born.

 

            Later they moved to Mill Creek Ward, now Wilford Ward, on 33rd South and 16th East where the last child, a son, Wilford Valentine, was born on his father’s birthday, February 14, 1897.

 

            Joseph H. Stay died April 22, 1898.


Owner/SourceAngus Cannon Woodbury
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