Son of Hyrum Railey Adams and Rose Rebecca Higgs
Married Elzina Egbert, 13 Mar 1900, Grace, Caribou, Idaho
Children - Rose Lucene Adams, Vera Elzina Adams, Clifford Rufus Adams, Pearl Adams, Annie May Adams, Hyrum John Adams
Married Winnie Reva Beckstead, 21 Nov 1917, Springville, Utah, Utah
Hyrum Rufus was known as "Rufe" to his family and friends. He grew up in Layton, UT, the oldest of six children (four of which died as small children). He attended school, helped his parents with chores and also helped herd sheep. When he was ten years old, his mother died leaving his father to take care of his two surviving sons, Rufe and Andrew. His father married Annie Laurie Penrod and had eight more children.
He attended Utah Agricultural College in 1896.
He met and married Seviah Elzina Egbert in Granite, UT, March 13, 1900. Soon after the wedding they moved to Grace with a team and wagon. They stayed with an aunt and uncle while a log cabin was built for them. They homesteaded 160 acres southwest of Grace. They became the parents of four girls and two boys: Rose, Vera, Clifton, Pearl, Annie, and Hyrum John.
Times were very hard and in addition to the work from sunrise to sunset, water had to be hauled from Bear River for drinking and culinary purposes. Winter time was a relief as snow could be melted and used. Rufe was among the group of men that built ditches and canals for irrigation use when the building of the Last Chance Canal was under construction. Most of the canals are still serving at this time.
Rufe was widowed March 29, 1912. He latter married Reva Beckstead. A son, Donald Ira Adams, was born to this union.
Rufe lived in Grace and Niter and was engaged in farming and was very good at carpentry. Some barns and houses the he built are still in use.
He died in Soda Springs at the age of 67 following a stroke. He was laid to rest in the Grace Cemetery.
"Gems" of Our Valley compiled and edited by Vivian Simmons and Ruth Varley).
1900 United States Federal Census
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
BURIAL Grace Cemetery Grace, Caribou County, Idaho, USA
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