John R. Herron was born December, 1871, and Ella Carrie Edwards (Cozad) was born May, 1874, both at Topeka, Kansas. Married in Washington state, they came to Canada and homesteaded the S.W. 1/4-34-1-22 at Del Bonita in 1913. This land was previously homesteaded by John's mother's sister in 1912. John's aunt Sarah Duncan, a widow, with her two sons, Jess and Art, decided homestead life was not for them, so they returned to Kansas, and John refiled on the land in 1913.
Grandma and Grandpa came from Spokane, Washington with a team and wagon, leading a saddle horse. It took them three or four months to arrive at Del Bonita. On the way they had stopped at Plains, Montana, to help with the harvest. Before winter set in they had built a one room shack and a sod henhouse and barn. They brought with them an organ. John Herron's father, Joshua, had shipped a carload of horses to Muscatine, Iowa, in 1887, and had brought back to Cheney, Washington, the organ, along with a dozen Singer sewing machines. The organ is still in good condition in my home, (1979). Grandma and Grandpa used to hook up the team to the democrat and go to all the school house dances - Lens, Del Bonita, and Rinard. Grandma would chord on the piano and usually Earl Jensen or Roy Kubic would play the violin.
I remember Grandpa telling about the time they were fording the river with a team and wagon, and the water was pretty deep. Grandma thought the box was floating off the wheels, so she jumped out, even though she couldn't swim. Grandpa shouted for her to grab the horse's tail, so she did and was able to hold on until she reached shallow water.
I came to live with them in March of 1928 and Orville (Boodle) Herron, Grandpa's nephew, came in August of the same year. It seemed we were all kept busy doing chores as they always milked ten or twelve cows.
They didn't get to town to the bank very often, so once Grandpa put their savings, a small roll of bills, into a tomato can. He replaced the lid and buried it under a tree. When he dug it up he pushed the lid in, and not seeing any money he pitched the can across the yard. They were really upset, so he decided to have another look, and this time he lifted up the lid and there was the money.
In 1949 they sold their farm to Glen Powlesland and retired to a home they bought in Cardston, where they lived until they passed away.
Grandpa died on Christmas day of 1957, and Grandma's death followed one week later, New Year's day, 1958.
Grandma had four children from her previous marriage; Lily, Jack (my father), Sam and George Cozad. Ella and John Herron did not have any children, but did have a long and happy life together.
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