Vernal was from a farm family. He was working on a farm when he met Amy in Burely Idaho.
Amy loved horses and was good at horsemanship. She was helping the family drive a herd of horses back East to sell, when Vernal heard she had gone. He rode till he caught up with her in Peterson, Utah where he helped drive the horses to Grand Junction, Colorado. There is where he and Amy were married.
Vernal and Amy lived in approximately 28 different places in 23 years, all between Idaho, Utah, and Colorado. Because it was during the great depression, much of that time they lived with their 6 children in shacks, tents, and once in a chicken coop. Most places had no electricity or outside toilets. They bathed in a washtub. Soap was homemade with lye, lard and wood ashes.
Food was plain and simple. They kept chickens, pigs, and a cow. With no refrigeration, all meat had to be salt-cured or dried. Much of the food was wild meat, such as fish, deer or rabbit. They ate lots of homemade bread, boiled beans, and drank lots of milk. Some days the main meal was just bread and milk. Vernals favorite was buttermilk.
Once, after a delightful "rabbit" supper, Mother Amy informed the children they had just eaten Porcupine!
Vernal loved music and played almost anything, including a musical saw, a violin, and "honkey-tonk piano. On Saturday nights he played for the miners dances at Gibbonsville. One good night, he made $10.00. All in silver coins. His son Vernal VeRoss (Ross) would play the accordian and the harmonica with him.
Places where Vernal lived in cronological order:
1. Tropic, Utah
Vernal lived most of his life here.
2. Basalt, Idaho
In 1910 Vernals family moved here.
3. Burley, Idaho
Amy lived here and met Vermal.
4. Peterson, Utah
Vernal overtook Amy at Peterson, while her family where driving horses to Colorado.
5. Grand Junction, Colorado
Vernal and Amy were married.
6. Onyx, Idaho
Family moved here in 1928
7. Portneuf & Inkom, Idaho
Some places they lived.
8. Tyhee, Idaho
Lived inside Fort Hall Indian Reservation
9. Gibbonsville, Idaho
Vernals dairy job.
10. Ogden, Utah
Harrisville brickyard was the last place Vernal worked and retired in Ogden, Utah
He died of Emphysema.
SHORT SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF JOHN ALMA JOLLEY SR.
Written by Orvella Y. Jolley
John Alma Jolley was born of real pioneer parents. He was the sixth child of William Jackson Jolley Sr. and Serepta Curtis. He was born in a small town in southern Utah valley, Grape Vine Springs (later called Leeds), just two years after his father had answered a call from President Brigham Young to go there and help form a settlement.
When John was about two years old they moved to Mt. Carmel, Utah, but the Indians were so bad they had to flee back to Leeds. When the Indians were subdued they moved back to Mt. Carmel where John grew to manhood.
When he was twenty years of age he married Francis Alice Keele. They made their first home at Mt. Carmel, where five of their children were born.
In the year 1895 they moved to Tropic, Utah, a beautiful little community at the foot of Bryce Canyon. They had only lived there about two years when Alice passed away, being buried with a babe in her arms. Only those who have passed through such an ordeal would know how John felt, five small children to raise by himself. One of his children has often said how grateful he was to his father for keeping the family together. Alice was the daughter of Mary Angeline Jolley and Thomas Keele. She was born at Mount Carmel, Utah.
John married Lydia Ann Johnson, a dear sweet girl who came into the home to be a mother to John's children, a position she filled to the high st degree.
He was in the sheep raising business. Soon after his marriage to Lydia he sold the sheep and bought cattle. They had a ranch on the East Fork of the Sevier River, where every summer they would go and milk cows and make cheese.
Aunt Lydia was an expert at making cheese. Every fall they would take loads of cheese to market, where they would sell and trade for other goods.
The ranch on the East Fork fell under the reserve, so John and Lydia decided to move to Idaho. They had six children of their own by now.
In 1909 they moved to Idaho buying an 80 acre farm at Shelly, Idaho. They farmed there until John's health failed and he was unable to do the farm work and the irrigating. By now there were two more children. From Shelley they moved to Blackfoot, Idaho for a few years, but John's health was no better. It was then they decided to move to
It was there that John passed away. He was a wonderful father, a kind considerate man, a family man. His family always came first. He loved to have his family come home and all join in a musical feast. After each one had taken part then he would take his turn playing the violin. He loved music and his large family are all musically inclined.
He held many positions in the L. D. S. Church, also served a Stake Mission in the Shelley Stake at Shelley, Idaho. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
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