by Robert Leon Read, son of Robert Lock Read:
To my knowledge not too much has been written about any of
George Franklin Read and Maria Louisa Pickett's children:
They were my father, Robert Lock Read, Waldemar
Pickett Read and Ulea Jane Read Wharton. Obviously all have passed
on. Robert Lock and wife, Cora Lucile Hammond are buried in Glenhaven
Cemetery, San Fernando, Los Angeles, California.
Waldemar Pickett and Ethel Olson Read Family:
Waldemar and wife, Ethel Olson, are buried in the Salt Lake
City Cemetery. I think Waldemar and Ethel Olson gave birth to four
Paul, who lives in the family homestead on East 1st South in
Salt Lake City, (I do think he has never married).
Ronald Franklin, who lives here in San Diego with his wife.
whose husband passed away a few years ago and who is now living in Taos,
David, who lives in South Salt Lake area and who is a pilot
for a company like UPS.
One sidelight---You may remember that in the April, 2000
General Conference the President of the General Relief Society spoke, and
in her remarks she referred to a rather young wife who had just passed away
in childbirth, and that she, the president, had visited the family at the
viewing prior to the funeral. The girl had died, leaving 5 children
(including that new infant.) The father of the baby (the husband) is the
son of Ronald Franklin Read, noted above. His name is Allen Read.
I am pleased to note that Allen is getting married
again, the day after Thanksgiving. He is marrying the younger sister
of his former wife. Like I say, just a sidelight, but I have known Allen
since he was just a little boy, and we are glad there is going to be a
happy ending to this one.
Uncle Waldemar was probably the most prominent of the three
children of George Franklin and Maria Louisa Pickett Read, having earned a
PhD. in Philosophy at the University of Chicago. He taught that
subject at the University of Utah for a long time. He held the
position of department chair for a number of years, and I understand a
lecture hall at that school is named after him.
Ulea Jane Read Wharton Family:
Ulea passed away in Seattle a number of years ago and is
buried there. Also buried there, I think, is her only child, Andrew
Robert Lock and Cora Lucile Hammond Read Family:
Their family consisted of 8 children--5 girls and 3 boys.
The 5 girls were born before the 3 boys came along. Robert Lock
and Cora Lucile Hammond Read were married in 1920 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Children came along about every 1 1/2 to 2 years, except for the last boy.
The girls are (were):
Ilene--oldest child and the first of the five girls.
Born in Twin Falls--married 5 times--bore 5 daughters, two by first
husband, Oral Irving, and 3 by Wayne Cleverly. Married 3 times
after Wayne died.
LeIsle--2nd oldest--also born Twin Falls--Married
twice-adopted 3 children. A very dysfunctional family. Second
husband (Harold Dobbs) was a military man--finally moved to Marianna,
(Both Ilene and LeIsle were killed in the same automobile
accident that happened when Ilene and her last husband were visiting LeIsle
and Harold in Florida. They are buried in the Bountiful, Utah,
Naomi--3rd daughter--married Reed Mott Pierce about the time
World War 2 ended. She served in the Navy WAVES during the war- The
two met while riding on a bus reporting to their duty stations in
California. Naomi died about 1 1/2 years ago and is buried along side her husband
in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery in Salt Lake City. They had 4 children,
all but one living in the Salt Lake Area.
Roberta-4th daughter- lives in West Jordan, Utah--never
married--has had bad health for a number of years. Is 75 years old
Clytie-- (interesting name)-- 5th daughter-- lives in West
Valley City, Utah--Had 3 boys, adopted another. Married Joseph Wm.
Wilkinson (deceased)-- sung in Tabernacle Choir for a number of years,
Temple worker, Stake Relief Society President, 15 years, served as
missionary after husband died. Is very active musically. Is 73
years of age.
Robert Leon-- (me) first boy after 5 girls. Born
Salt Lake City on the 'avenues' in 1928. Lived in Salt Lake City
until the age of 17. Januasry 1947 moved to Los Angeles with my father so
he could work with and for Max Rollo Tolman who was half owner of a large
Landscape Company. If you see pictures of the Los Angeles LDS Temple,
it was originally landscaped by Max's Company. My dad and brother
also worked on the crew. My father became the first groundskeeper for
that temple until he died.
I married Jenna Vee Stockings in Salt Lake City and
eventually settled in San Diego. Still alive (Whew!!!)
George Franklin--born 1929-Salt Lake City-lives in Rose Park
section of Salt Lake City with wife, Joyce. They have two children.
He worked for the Salt Lake Water department until retirement.
He was severely wounded in battle during the Korean War.
Don Clifford- (last one)--born in Salt Lake City 1934--lives
in Magna, Utah. Married Patricia Robinson--she died early last
spring. Had 2 children. Pat
is buried in the same cemetery as 2 of my mother's brothers (Marion and
Thank heaven there aren't any more. Five of the eight
still survive and are in fairly good health, except for Roberta.
Hope this will slake any curiosity as to the children.
There are 22 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
One of my sisters and I are going to write something about
our father in the very near future.
to be able to give you a few things, but although I knew George Franklin
very well (I have a brother named after him) I did not know Maria Louisa.
She is supposed to have lived with our family at the time I was born
but she died not long after that.
I have been to the Read/Pickett cemetery at Oakley,
Idaho, and was quite concerned about the condition of the graves that
grandfather and grandmother are in. At that time their graves were at
the edge of a roadway and many cars had run over them. I asked some
of my relatives if they would help me get some kind of border placed around
them, but before anything could get done, my wife and I were sent by the
LDS Church on a mission to the state of Georgia.
I understand now that the roadway has been closed and
the cemetery administrators are trying to sell the former roadway as burial
sites. That has taken care of, at least, the problem of people
driving over the headstones.
P.S.--It is a sad state of affairs in our family that we
have never kept in touch with relatives. The son of Waldemar Read
also lives here in San Diego (a retired psychiatrist) is the only cousin in
our big family that I actually know.