Jacob Johnson

Early Years in Eden

Jacob Johnson and his twin brother Ephraim were born March 20, 1876 in Eden, Weber, Utah to Peter Johnson (Jorgensen and Ane Marie Madsen. Their father, Peter Johnson, an immigrant from Denmark, had a farm there. Peter died in December 1878 after he was caught in a snow storm and became ill. These twin boys were just over two years old when their father died. Their younger sister Agnes was just a baby.

Ane Marie Madsen Johnson with her younger children, twins Jacob and Ephraim and daughter Agnes

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Doc’s Memories of Melvin Eggleston

Melvin Eggleston was born April 7, 1922 in Eden, Utah, the son of Joseph S. and Talitha Cuma Cheney Eggleston.


Melvin at age 6

Melvin Eggleston was born and raised in Eden and went to the same schools as the others. Melvin’s special talent was his personality, almost everyone liked him. He did have one fight, but that person became a friend. When he was going to Huntsville he tried to get Dale and me involved with his girlfriend’s sisters. He was active in sports.

01-22-02 - Melvin Eggleston fourth from left, DeLoss Far Right

Melvin #7 with a basketball

Dale Melvin orchestra

Melvin standing on the right with his tuba

He played the tuba in the school orchestra. After school he was pretty much on his own. He tried many things including driving a Taxi. I never figured that out because of his age.

01-23-02 - Melvin (Navy)

Melvin in Marine Uniform

During World War II, Melvin enlisted in the Marines. After boot camp he got involved with the orchestra and played a little with them but there was too much competition. After a major problem, he got a job as a driver for the Colonel in Hawaii. After another problem, he was sent to New Zealand and was trained for Island hopping. While there he got a jeep and drove over the area naturally finding friends or making friends. From there he was involved in taking three islands. Then on Guam he got hit. The shell tore the skin off his back and left shrapnel in his leg. The medics took one look at him and decided that he was gone so they left him. His companion and friend picked him up and put him in the ambulance. When he got to the Doctor he said it probably was good that the medics did not treat him. They would have done more damage. His back was still solid and the skin could be stretched over the bones. He had shrapnel in his leg for the rest of his life. He received a Purple Heart.

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Melvin married Maxine Ann Ewaldt on April 21, 1946 in El Monte, California.

Mel & Maxine's Wedding Day

Mel & Maxine’s Wedding Day

01-23-07 - Mel and Maxine

Maxine & Mel









Mel and Maxine made their home in Montebello, California, where they raised their sons.

Mel & Maxine's home in Montebello

Mel & Maxine’s home in Montebello

After his recovery from his war injuries, Mel tried to do the work Leon had been doing, but that did not work out. He got a job driving a delivery truck for an appliance manufacturer. He worked for the same company but it changed several times. One day David had been along the beach in Southern California and told him there was a small trailer park across the road from the beach in San Clemente. He told him he should get a small trailer and park it there. That is what he did and we enjoyed visiting them there. They later bought a double wide mobile home with a view of the ocean. After they retired, they moved from Montebello to the trailer park in San Clemente.

Melvin passed away peacefully in his sleep on May 2, 2016.

Doc’s Memories of Alice


Alice was born on Mormon Row and was still a child when they moved to Eden. She went to school in Eden and Huntsville and graduated from Weber High School in Ogden. She was a good student and made many lasting friends. As a young lady she babysat for several families. Because our mother was not in good health after I was born Alice did a lot of raising me and we were very close. A friend of hers moved to California and invited her to come down there and be a nanny for a family. She thought that would be interesting, so she went to California. While there she enjoyed many things including dancing. Continue reading

Doc’s Memories of Orland

Selar Orland Eggleston was born May 5, 1919 in Grovont, Teton County, Wyoming, the fourth child of Joseph Smith Eggleston and Talitha Cuma Cheney. These are some memories of Orland by his brother.


Orland was born on Mormon Row, but the family moved to Eden that same year. Orland went to school at Eden Elementary, Huntsville Junior High and Weber High School like his siblings and he was the first to go on to College. Weber was a two year College at that time so he got an associate degree. Orland was a good worker and was closer to Dad than the rest of us.

Orland cowboy

As a boy he had an experience that affected the rest of his life. Our kitchen stove had a stove pipe the came up from the stove and then made a bend to go into the chimney. That flat part collected soot and had to be cleaned out. Orland and Melvin were cleaning it out and they were very dirty. Orland got a handful of soot and blew it into Mel’s face and ran outside and hid behind the granary. Mel came out after him and picked up a flipper(sling shot) and picked up a rock. Orland peeked around the side of the granary to see where he was when Mel shot the rock which caught Orland in the eye, cutting a hole in the eye. At that time they could do nothing about that. That is why he never was in the army. While WW2 was on, he served a Mission in the eastern states and did a good job.

Orland postcard front Orland postcard back

When he got back he went to Weber College and graduated in engineering(I think). I talked with a fellow student who thought a lot of Orland. He went to California and stayed with Alice and worked in one of the Airplane Factories(Douglas I think). When the war ended Veterans wanted their jobs back and because of his eye he was let go. Orland and some of his friends opened up a sheet metal shop. They were doing very well making all kinds to things even bending tubes for airplanes. I worked with them before I went on my Mission. Then the great steel strike made it impossible to get material so the company went broke. Then he became a barber and got his own shop and was doing very well. He decided to invest in Real Estate and bought a complex in Watts. The Riot in Watts changed that. They move into a town by Whittier.

01-25-06 - Orland's wife Arva

Arva Williams Eggleston




Orland & Arva wedding

Arva and Orland on their Wedding Day







Somehow Arva heard about Orland while he was on his Mission. She moved to California to find him and they got together and married.


They were both very active in the church and it became important in their lives. (After I repented he financed, with the help of Elders Quorums, my mission to which I am very grateful.) To help finances and get in shape he got a paper route, part of the route was a circle of houses. One Sunday morning after he had run the route he did not feel too well but he felt he had to go to Church. While getting ready he had a heart attack and passed away. A great loss to all of us involved. Arva later remarried but she had a bad liver, which eventually took her life. They left a wonderful family.


01-24-08 - Orland's House

Doc’s Memories of Laura

Laura went to school at Eden Elementary, Huntsville Junior High and Weber High School. She had one real problem getting to school. She would get car sick. She tried to get the driver to save a seat right up front for her. If he did not then he would have to clean the bus. This was a real problem because she rode the bus down the canyon to Weber High. She was an average student and got along well with her fellow students.


Laura in 1937

Laura 1937 right

Laura on the right with school friends in 1937











After graduating from High School she was somewhat lost. Mother had died and she did not get along well with Dad, he had trouble communicating with us. When Mel got out of school, she did a lot with him. She got an apartment on the corner of Lincoln and 25th Street. She met and married Stevens and had a son Guy. He abused her so she divorced him.Then she married Lee Saunders. Continue reading