Omer Call (1834 - 1909)

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Birthplace: Geauga, Ohio, United States
Death: Died in Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States
Cause of death: Peritonitis (cancer of the bowel)
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"...Omer Call (1834-1909) was the son of Cyril Call & Sarah Tiffany Call. He and his twin brother Homer were the youngest of 13 children. Harvey (1808-1849), Anson (1810-1890), Salmon (1812-1813), Samantha (1814-1905), Fanny (1816-1898), Lucina (1819-1904), Josiah Howe (1822-1858), Mary (1824-1865), Sonora Rosaline (1826-1906), Sarah (1828-1886), Melissa Cynthia (1833-1888). The twins, as they were usually referred to, were born in Madison, Geauga County, Ohio, on 9 Jan. 1834. They remembered the Prophet Joseph Smith, for at one time he rocked them upon his knee while visiting at the home of Cyril Call. Omer and Homer were identical twins, but Omer, who was the elder of the two was a few pounds heavier, weighing about 170 lbs. Both were strong and athletic in their early life. They were good singers. In social gatherings, they were often called on to sing "The Bull Fight", a song composed by a member of the Mormon Batallion and described the only battle which took place on their march to California. Their dramatic ability, including many gestures, made the song more interesting. Omer's early boyhood years were spent in Warsaw and Nauvoo, Illinois. In the fall of 1845, the Call family home was burned to the ground by mobs. The leader of the mob said to Omer's father Cyril, "I have nothing against you as a man, but you are a Mormon and we must treat them all alike. The family of Cyril Call traveled to Utah in 1850 with the Warren Foote Company and made their home in Bountiful, Davis County, Utah. In 1852, Omer and Homer moved to Willard, Box Elder County, Utah and homesteaded farms, each built a substantial rock home and each possessed large herds of cattle and hogs. They formed a business partnership which lasted more than fifty years. They were successful farmers and railroad builders. They owned and operated the first flour mill in Northern Utah, ran one or more threshing machines and also a molasses mill. In connection with their flour mill, they packed rolled oats and buckwheat pancake flour in pasteboard cartons, which they sold to the public. Omer married Sarah Maria Ferrin on 26 Oct 1855 in Willard, Box Elder, Utah, when he was 21 years of age. Eleven children were born to them, Omer Samuel (1857-1930), Sally Agnes (1858-1955), Cyril Josiah (1860-1940), Fanny Manervia (1862-1863), Albert Jarius (1864-1931), Nancy Ann (1866-1881), Anson Heber (1868-1885), Lydia Jane (1869-1936), George William (1872-1930), Elihu (1873-1929) and Sarah Elenor (1880-1880). (For information on the 1st family, refer to memorial #68750668) He later married Eleanor Jones on 30 Mar 1867 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, and they became parents of another 11 children. Justin David (1868-1922), Mary Lucina (1869-1869), Cyrus John (1871-1885), Joseph (1872-1878), Sarah Eliza (1875-1970), Benjamin Carlos (1877-1962), Esther ( 1879-1959), William Vosco ( 1881-1957), Margaret Elenor (1883-1941), Chauncy Homer (1884-1893)and Waldemar Alma (1889-1948). Omer passed away on September 14, 1909 in Willard, Utah at the age of 75 years, 8 months and 5 days. Cause of death was listed as Peritonitis. .."


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Omer Call's Timeline

January 9, 1834
Geauga, Ohio, United States
August 10, 1869
Age 35
Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States
September 14, 1909
Age 75
Willard, Box Elder, Utah, United States