Dalinda had custody of her three children: Stacey, Erica, and Jeremy while during her marriage with Lannie.
"Martha Cox arrived to begin teaching in Overton September 1, 1881. The adobe schoolhouse was not yet finished but that was no drawback to this intrepid character. She pointed out that a nearby dooryard was hard and smooth and shaded by three large cottonwood trees, and further stated that she could teach all she knew under a tree. So the school trustees soon carried over some of the school desks (we wonder what they were like) and Mr. Roscoe loaned her a table for her own use as a desk. She drove nails into one of the trees for the children to hang their hats and sun bonnets and also contrived to hang her blackboard, which she had retained from her first school. A kind friend had donated a large breadboard, two and one-half feet by four feet, saying she could knead her bread on the table just as well. Martha managed to get it painted black and it served her long and well. The first day in Overton she registered nine pupils. Mr. McGuire, Mr. Morgan, and Mr. Logan were the school trustees, but Mr. Logan would not send his children to the school as he had wanted it to be located in St. Joseph. Mr. Logan was also opposed to Mrs. Cox as a teacher because she was a Mormon. But at a mass meeting held in St. Thomas a few days later, all other persons present voted to employ her. She lived with Sister Whitmore and worked to obtain her food, even picking cotton and doing other outdoor work It is recorded that she was paid twenty dollars a month in produce in one of the towns where she taught. The other members of the family cared for her small children while she was in the schoolroom, and the places where she taught number ten. They were St. George and Santa Clara in Utah; Mount Trumbull and Littlefield in Arizona; Panaca, Bunkerville, Mesquite, Overton and St. Thomas in Nevada. One of her pupils in Littlefield (Harry Frehner) considered her one of his best teachers.
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"Mrs. Cox taught at St. Thomas when she was past sixty years of age and so finally piled up enough years of teaching to receive her retirement pension. One of the teachers who worked with her there has this to say of her: 'She seemed to me to have a considerable knowledge of the gospel, and a firm testimony of the truthfulness of Mormon doctrine and teachings. During our acquaintance she paid little attention to worldly things, but did her best for truth and righteousness.'"
Martha Cragun Cox
Mrs. Martha Cragun Cox, 80, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Bunker, 764 Tenth East street, Wednesday at 8 p. m., of infirmities incident to age, following a lingering illness.
Martha Cragun Cox
She was born in Mill Creek March 3. 1852, and had lived here for many years. She had been an active member of the L. D. S. church and for the last ten years had been a worker in the Salt Lake L. D. S. temple. Mrs. Cox had completed one of the largest genealogical records of anyone in the L. D. S. church.
When she was 17 years old Mrs. Cox was made a school teacher. She taught in schools in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Old Mexico until she was 67 years old. She was educated largely through her own efforts aid during her later years graduated from the University of Utah.
Born Sept. 5, 1803, Knox County, Ky.
Came to Utah Sept. 24, 1848, Heber C.
Kimball Company. Bishop's Counselor.
Son of Jehu Cox and Sarah Pyle. Born
Jan. 15, 1835, Putnam County, Ind.
Bishop Huntington Ward. Indian War
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