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James Stacy Murdock

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: American Fork, Utah County, Utah, United States
Death: January 12, 1936 (74)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States (Diabetes )
Place of Burial: Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Stacy Murdock and Elizabeth Murdock
Husband of Dora Elizabeth Nicol and Violet Nettie McNiven
Father of Josephine Murdock; Alva Pierce Murdock; Thomas Curtis Murdock; Hannah Christina Murdock; Dora May Murdock and 3 others
Brother of Johathan Robert Murdock; Alva Moroni Murdock; Parley Alexander Murdock; Alphonso Brigham Murdock; Elizabeth Ann Murdock and 7 others
Half brother of David Nathaniel Murdock; Nymphus Hyrum Murdock; Willard Milton (Pitt) Murdock; William Henry Murdock; Mary Cecelia Murdock and 18 others

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About James Stacy Murdock

Woolgrower Dies At S. L. Hospital

James S. Murdock, Pioneer of Heber City, Succumbs After Illness.

HEBER CITY – James S. Murdock, 74, pioneer of Heber City and for many years one of the largest woolgrowers in the state, died in a Salt Lake City hospital of diabetes early Monday morning following an illness of one week.

Mr. Murdock, born December 8, 1861, in American Fork, was an early leader in the building of Heber City, moving there in 1870. For eight years he served as sheriff of Wasatch county and at one time was a director of the Heber City bank.

Dora Nicol, his first wife, died in 1907. Later he married Violet McNevin, who died in 1933.

He is survived by one son, Alva P. Murdock of Heber City, and six daughters, Mrs. Josie Bronson, Mrs. Hope Mohr, Mrs. Beth Ritchie, Heber City; Mrs. Crissie Jones, Mrs. Mae Greenwood, Salt Lake City, and Mrs. Clara Burningham, Bountiful.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at l p.m. in the Wasatch stake tabernacle under direction of Bishop Olpin of Heber City First ward.

Interment will be in the Heber City Cemetery.

Salt Lake Tribune, October 14, 1936, Page 12


James Stacy Murdock, the son of Joseph Stacy Murdock and Elizabeth Hunter, was born December 8, 1861 at American Fork, Utah. His father came to Utah with the early pioneers settling first in Salt Lake City, Utah, later moving his family to American Fork. The year father was born; grandfather was ordained a Bishop by Brigham Young and sent to Wasatch County to help settle that wasteland.

Because of the season the water in the Provo River was at its highest level and until it subsided, the family made their home below Charleston, where the Date Ranch now stands.  The following summer they moved into Heber and built a house on the block where the old house now stands.  Here young James, a tall blue-eyed boy, grew to manhood attending school and church near his home.  When he was six years of age his father accepted a mission for the church to go to Dixie to help with work there. They returned three years later.  

Grandfather was a good organizer and always kept things in fine order for his family. Each of the boys had his work according to his age. As young men they herded the cows and sheep near home and sometimes drove them as far as four miles to pasture. Later taking their turn riding the pony express mail for which grandfather had a contract for years. Their route ran from Provo City in Utah County through Wasatch County to Echo in Summit County. The half way station was the Kimball Ranch in Summit County.

When James reached young manhood he went to work with his older brother, Alva, at a sawmill in Beaver Creek above Kamas.  He had a contract to cut timber for the Nicol, Turner, and Draughton Mills, where he stayed for several years, working during summer vacation and returning home for the school months.  

In the summer of 1881, my mother, Dora Elizabeth Nicol, spent her vacation at the same mill with Uncle Al's wife, Josephine, who was mother's sister. Here the courtship of my father and mother began. They consummated their marriage on February 23, 1882 in the Salt Lake Endowment House, returning to Heber City to make their home. I have often heard father tell of their happiness during the years that followed, of the moves they made to better their conditions and as the little family grew, how happy they were to have a nice home for all of us.

My father and his brothers were still working together for their individual and mutual interests. They were a united family working you might say, with but one thought in mind, "All for one and one for all." They worked summers at the mill and hunted together with friends during the hunting seasons. They contracted to cut and float logs down the Provo River for the Don Jones, with the Goddard and Jones Mills in Provo City. Sometimes the logs would be so thick that they would form a boom solid enough for a bridge from Utah Lake back eight miles toward the tracks and the Canyon. The boys realized that it was cold, dangerous work, but they were healthy and ambitious and they were earning over five dollars a day, which was a very good wage in those days. In the winter they freighted with sleighers from Heber to Park City and Echo and often as far as Green River by way of Strawberry Valley and the Indian reservation.

Uncle Alva and father owned jointly a livery stable in Heber City and in 1885 father bought Uncle Alva's share. This was about the same time that he built the family house in the east part of town and about the time my brother, Alva, was born. Father was fun loving and mischievous and I recall their telling how it delighted him to tease mother by trotting her on his knee and calling to the boys at the stable, "Here's my little sweetheart", when she called for him after work.

Father became interested in politics and for a number of years was Sheriff of Wasatch County. He was always interested in livestock and always owning a few head. He decided to buy a small herd of sheep and, in this he prospered. A few years later he went into the sheep business with an old family friend, Thomas Cloworthy. They did well financially, but about this same time mother's health was failing. They now had a family of two boys and five girls and father was hoping to bring more sunshine into mother's life, so he bought a new home and we all moved into it just before our youngest sister, Elizabeth, was born.

During my mother's long illness, my father was always thoughtful and kind, with a smile for her always and seeing to welfare and comfort was always foremost in his mind. My mother passed away October 29, 1907, leaving her little family of eight for father to rear. This he set his heart and soul to do and with the help of the older ones he kept our home all that a real family home should be.

In the spring of 1913, father married Violet McNiven, a grand girl of Scotch parentage. She came into the home bringing a big heart and two willing hands to help him with the job rearing of his brood. The years that followed were again years of joy and companionship for father. "Mamma Vie" was with him always, at work or play, at the ranch, hunting, fishing, or at home cooking grand meals that we might all circle the family table and give thanks for the bounties that life offered us.

In the spring of 1938, Mama Vie became ill and passed away on May 25, 1933, leaving father alone at home. My youngest sister, Elizabeth, lived next door and moved her family in with father to keep him company for the rest of his days. Father passed away three years later at the age of seventy-four years. He was a man of forceful character, sterling qualities, always ready to help those in need, the kind of a man who makes cities and states prosper. As a husband and father he was kind and generous always having the welfare of his family in his heart.

By his daughter, Dora May Murdock Greenwood (1893 – 1982)

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  • Residence: Nevada, United States - 1870
  • Residence: ED 171 Heber Precinct Heber City, Wasatch, Utah, United States - 1900
  • Residence: Heber Ward 1, , Utah - 1910
  • Residence: Heber, Wasatch, Utah, United States - 1920
  • Residence: Heber, Wasatch, Utah, United States - 1930
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James Stacy Murdock's Timeline

December 8, 1861
American Fork, Utah County, Utah, United States
August 20, 1883
Age 21
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
February 1, 1886
Age 24
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
July 4, 1888
Age 26
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
May 17, 1890
Age 28
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
May 1, 1894
Age 32
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
January 12, 1900
Age 38
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
November 1, 1902
Age 40
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States
July 20, 1905
Age 43
Heber City, Wasatch County, Utah, United States