Rulon Osmond (1893 - 1917)

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Birthplace: Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States
Death: Died in Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States
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About Rulon Osmond

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The family history book "George Osmond and Family Pioneers" (1980's) Rulon Osmond is described as follows:

Rulon, it seemed had a special destiny. In his younger years he was a model person demonstrating the fine qualities of ambition and integrity. Perhaps his life was cut short for reasons difficult to understand but whatever the caswe may be, his good wife LaVerna raised their three sons to a most remarkable manhood."

Pages 395-397: "Rulon Osmond is the fourth child of George and Amelia [Osmond]. He was born in Afton, Wyoming, on August 17, 1893. Rulon attended the Aften schools for his elementary schooling, his finishing school was at Paris, Idaho, at the school where his father had taught years before. By the time the two older boys were no longer at home, Arthur was married and had a family. Arch had married and shortly afterward had died of appendicitis. President [George] Osmond as usual, was busy with civic and church affairs so the chores and livestock were pretty much in charge of Rulon and Vasco. When work on the farm was caught up Rulon would find work at whatever job was available in the vicinity. He was not one to be idle. At the age of twenty, Rulon married Agnes LaVerna Van Noy. The marriage took place at the Salt Lake Temple on October 8, 1913. Shortly after their marriage they moved to a farm in Etna, Wyoming where he and Vasco tried their luck at farming. It was un-improved land and the boys had to start from scratch. Along with the farm work Rulon held down a couple of side jobs. It takes a little time to get a farm into production and they needed the money to live on. Rulon hauled milk from the neighboring farms to the creamery and also fed cattle on the Wolfley Ranch. President [George] Osmond helped them arrange for their supply of cattle, horses and farm machinery so they could get going on their work. Aunt Mary and Aunt Vernie...gave the boys a hand with the farm work. Land was plowed and prepared and crops planted and harvested. Fences were put up and buildings were improved. Things seemed to be going well with the Osmonds. They had made many friends in Etna and were well liked. They had young and growing families and this was a young and growing community. They had a lot to look forward to and were making long range plans. Things were shaping up well and the farm was now in production and that induced a feeling of security. Three children were born to Rulon.... The oldest was...Rulon but we always called him R.V., the second was Ralph..., and the baby was George. He was still just a baby when things suddenly and drastically changed for the entire family. Font King, a neighbor, and Rulon had gone to the mountains out northwest of Etna for wood and were returning with their wagons loaded. Font needed some help to get his wagon up a steep pitch so Rulon proceded to unhitch his team to go back and double up with Font. During the course of the maneuver the team became excited and Rulon was kicked by his big brown mare 'Bird'. It was immediately apparent that it was serious and the situation was anything but convenient. As fast as possible Rulon was hauled to the nearest farm house, Jake Miller's about two miles away. A doctor was summoned but precious time was slipping away and so was Rulon's life blood. The doctor arrived and immediately recognized he had serious internal hemorrhaging. Immediately surgery was called for but an isolated farm house was no place for so serious an operation. There was no choice but to try to get him to Afton to a hospital in time. He was made as comfortable as possible and the twenty-five miles trip was underway. Two and a half hours over rough country roads really took its toll. Rulon underwent the surgery to sew up his liver which had been severed due to broken ribs. The doctors made the repair as best they could and we all waited for the word that Rulon would be O.K. That word never came. They were unable to stop the bleeding and Rulon died of shock and hemorrhage. It was all so sudden, so unbelieveable. It took time to come to a full realization of what had really happened. He was the kind of fellow everyone liked and the sadness was like a dark cloud over the valley. Now [Rulon's wife] and the boys had to re-arrnage the whole pattern of their lives. The older boys R.V. and Ralph would remember their dad but George never had the opportunity of really knowing him, being yet a baby. Their mother LaVerna, now alone, faced the overwhelming and frightening task of raising three little boys by herself. Her world had just collapsed and when the numbness of the shock subsided and the reality of the future came into focus she calmly picked up the pieces of a broken life and put together a unity of family, the success of which is brilliantly attested to by what her children and grandchildren have contributed to the world."

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Rulon Osmond's Timeline

1893
August 17, 1893
Afton, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States
1913
October 8, 1913
Age 20
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
1914
June 22, 1914
Age 20
Thayne, Lincoln, Wyoming, USA
1915
November 2, 1915
Age 22
Lincoln, WY, USA
1917
October 13, 1917
Age 24
Etna, Lincoln, Wyoming, United States
November 24, 1917
Age 24
Ogden, Weber, Utah, United States