By Ireta Pitcher Raymond, daughter-in-law
Alma Raymond and Cordelia Ewing Raymond
Alma Raymond was the second child of Alonzo and Elizabeth Hillyard Raymond. He went to the public school where his half brother, Herber Thompson, was the teacher. He got as far as the fourth grade.
In the early days the people would drive their cattle North of the City limits in Smithfield, to feed in the sage brush. Alma was one of the boys who did this job. They would take their lunch and stay all day to herd the cattle, driving them back at night.
His Mother owned some farm land West of Smithfield. He farmed this land for her.
He married Cordelia Jane Ewing 14 April, 1892, in the Logan L.D.S. Temple. Thev had six children. Alma Ewing, born 15 Feb. 1896, Wickliff Clayton, born 13 March 1898, Glen born 4 May 1900, Florence born 13 Oct. 1902, Shele Hillyard born 12 May 1906, and Cordelia born 6 June 1913.
Home of Alma & Cordelia J. Raymond. Cordelia is in the doorway. The children are Glen & Florence. Clate was born here in 1898.
Alma had numerous jobs. They lived in a two room log house at 3rd No. 3 E. in Smithfield, Utah. The bedroom just had a dirt floor. This home was built in 1895. Later Elizabeth Hillyard Raymond, Alma's Mother built a room on the East side and lived there.
About 1910 the family moved to the site of the Mill. Alma ran this Mill until 1912. They moved back to Smithfield and run the McCann ranch West of Smithfield.
Cordelia was pregnant at this time and spent most of the time in bed. In June, the Dr. took the baby cessarian. The baby was a girl, they named her Cordelia J. Cordelia (Mother) had cancer, she lived until Sept. 8, 1913.
Cordelia and Rose Pitcher Ewing went fishing a lot. They went a horse and cart, and some (kids along). They fished in Bear River. Cordelia also fished the Logan River, wearing hip boots under her long dress.
Alma worked for Cache Co. Road Dept., worked at the Amalga Sugar Co., Willis Smith Feed and Seed.
Alma married Rose Pitcher Ewing 2 May 1918. Rose had six children, and Alma had five.
Alma moved back to the Mill in Richmond in 1915. He and his son Clayton, started to buy the Mill. The oldest son, Alma Ewing, had married Lilas Kirkbride. They moved up there and Ewing worked at the mill.
Alma didn't put much time at the mill, and they lost the mill in 1917, and the family moved back to Smithfield.
Alma married Rose Pitcher Ewing 2 May 1918. Rose Raymond had triplet boys born 6 Nov. 1920. One was stillborn, the other two died 8 Nov. 1920. They were named Owen and Oren.
Grandma Elizabeth Raymond took care of her. Grandma was 82 years old at the time. The babies were placed in a shoe box and put in a rocking chair and placed in front of the stove. They weighed about two and one-half pounds.
Rose Ewing's husband, Earl Ewing, was Cordelia Ewing's brother.
Alma was a great outdoorsman. He loved to fish and hunt. He run the Smithfield Feed Store for quite a few years.
Alma had a team of matched grey horses. The bishop would ask him to hook them onto a ludlow and haul the corps to the church and then to the cemetery.
Alma was a good Miller. He worked to the Farmers Union Mill for many years. He was also a good butcher. He butchered his own pigs and also for his neighbors. He was also the butcher in the butchcr shov down town.
Alma and Grandma Rose were both quite sick in Aug. 1955. She went to live with Lois Reese her daughter, and Alma was taken to Sunshine Terrace in Logan. He died 15 Dec. 1955
The following paragraph was typed with a different typewriter at the end of the history. Presumably, Ireta added this later.
Alma died 12 December 1955 at Sunshine Terrace in Logan, Utah. After that Rose went to California where she lived with her two daughters, Zelda and Dee for a while. When she came back she rented an apartment in Smithfield, on first north, just east of the old bank. Silvia McCann owned the apartment and lived in part of the house. She lived there for quite a while and then went to Amalga to live with her daughter Lois Reese. Lois worked at Cache Valley Dairy. After she stayed there for a while she moved to the Ladies Rest Home in Mendon, Utah. She died there 1 Oct. 1969.