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Ella Elizabeth Haderlie Frank
Written by her daughter, Luella Frank Jensen

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Louis and Luella Frank
Louis and Luella Frank - 5 Months Old

The following year brought the first blessed event to the young couple. On December 4, 1891, twins were born. They were named Louis and Luella, after their father and mother. Ella was bedfast for five weeks due to some rheumatic condition following childbirth. This was the first case for Elizabeth Fuhriman after her return from studying obstetrics. The boy, seeming the stronger of the two babies, contracted pneumonia and died when only nine months old.

In 1893, the family moved to Logan, and Hazel was born on January 11th. In the spring, they returned to Providence. In October of 1894, a stillborn daughter was born. While Ella was ill and still in bed, some man came to the house and said that while he was visiting the home of Jacob Naef someone had told him Ella's mother was ill and would like him to administer to her. However, Ella's mother had recovered, so he administered to Ella. He spoke in tongues and after interpreted his words and told her she had a great deal of temple work to do. She also heard Eliza R. Snow speak in tongues at a Sunday School Jubilee in Hyrum.

November 23, 1895, Austin was born. In the spring of 1897, Ella and her three children left for Bear Lake to join her husband. He had gone to work on the old church ranch. He had taken sick soon after arriving there, and due to blood poisoning in his hand and inflammatory rheumatism, he was unable to work at all until August. This was a trying situation for Ella with a ranch, a sick husband, three children, and another one on the way, but she managed to nurse a constant toothache on the side in her spare time. She had a great deal of toothaches while rearing her family. At times her face would become so swollen she could hardly eat. She either had to go to Montpelier or Soda Springs to a dentist which was 18 or 20 miles. It seemed everything came at once. One morning at about four o'clock, she was up attending her husband and happened to step outside for some water. Although it wasn't quite daylight, she could see about fifty head of cattle in the grain field quite a distance away. Fearing their crops would be ruined, she saddled and old work horse and drove them out. It was only a few weeks after this on October 8, 1897, while the wind howled and blew snow through the cracks in the house onto Ella's bed, that Marie was born. The baby was so small and premature, they kept her wrapped in cotton for several weeks.

The family moved to a different house that winter and then back to the ranch the next spring. The following summer, Louis built a new two room house nearer to the township of Nounan, Idaho. Ollie LaVenia was born there July 2, 1899. In the fall of that year, they moved into Charles Bartschi's home. They had several cows and made butter which they didn't mould in those days, but put it in large balls and took it to Montpelier where they sold it at Burgoyne's store.

Ella was an acting Relief Society teacher at that time, and how well remembered is the day she and the children were coming home from meeting. They were pulling one of the children in a little wagon. As they crossed an irrigation ditch, there was a big trout in the water. Ella hurriedly took off her shoes and stocking and waded around until she caught it. The children were really excited and happy when she came out of the ditch holding the trout in her hands.

In August 1900, the family again moved back to Providence to care for Ella's parents. Genevieve was born July 26, 1901, and the following October, Ella's mother passed away. It was up to Ella to then look after her father's domestic needs along with her family.

Wanetta was born November 21, 1903; Radah was born February 8, 1906; Windsor was born April 15, 1910; and Seth was born September 2, 1913. This completed her family.

In 1916, while still an active teacher in the Relief Society, she was chosen second counselor to Elizabeth Fuhriman. In 1917, her son, Austin, enlisted and went to France with the 145th Field Artillery. During the War, she did a great deal of knitting and sewing for the Red Cross.

Ella was a hard worker during all the years. She always did her own paperhanging and painting. She had a vegetable garden every year, raised strawberries and beans to sell. She picked and sorted apples, helped thin, hoe, and top sugar beets, fed and milked the cows, and raised chickens. In fact, there wasn't anything on the farm she couldn't and didn't do. In 1921, her husband started a small dairy business. She helped bottle milk, as well as churn and mould an average of twenty-five pounds of butter a day. She also helped wash 300 milk bottles daily. As a result of working in the steam sterilizing the bottles, she suffered with rheumatism in her arms and legs. But "the show must go on", and only she knew the pain she was suffering. In addition to this, she kept her own house and sewed for her family.

Her daughter, Hazel, filled a twenty month mission in the Northern States in 1921 and 1922. After caring for her father for twenty-one years, he passed away on August 17, 1922.

Ella acted on the Extension Committee with Mary Ann Fuhriman for several years. After the death of Sister Fuhriman, she was sustained as chairman, which position she held for twelve years. Her work was to make the clothes for and lay out the dead.

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