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Almena May Morris

By Jerry Shepherd
Provided to the George Morris Website, 31 Jan 2006

    Almena (Allie) May Morris Hill's childhood home was property her parents, Joseph Newberry Morris and Sarah Ann Grow Morris had received by homesteading 160 acres of land in Hunter, located at 3800 South 6400 West.  They received the government deed November 20, 1882 and on June 8, 1890 in Salt Lake City, Allie was born.  She was the 8th child in a family of 9 children, and the southeast corner of the homestead became her childhood home.
   Allie worked along with her parents and other family members to carry out the many tasks and chores which were essential to prosper.  She and her mother would deliver farm products, such as butter, frying chickens, and eggs, to customers in Salt Lake City.  In the summer, cool, dewy lucern was gathered in early morning and wrapped around the containers to keep the products from spoiling.  The winter trips were long and cold, but he journey began with a big rock ha had been heated overnight in the oven, wrapped in a gunny sack and then placed in the buggy.  In the early days her father raised sugar cane for many years along with other crops.  The mill used for grinding the cane to get the juice for molasses was located on 7200 West and 3800 South.
   Allie was taught music by her mother and when she was nine years old she was given the office of organist of the ward which at the time belonged to the Granite Stake  Her office included playing for all ward meetings and he choir.  She also took her turn playing for stake union meetings held in the Granite Stake House located at 33rd South and State Street were the Prudential Federal Building now stands (this has been replaced by the Century 16 Theaters.)  She played for Primary Conference held in the Murray Opera House, which still stands in Murray, Utah at this time.  She was known as the youngest organist in the Granite State.  From age 13 until her marriage, Allie helped provide the music for the ward dances.  The old timers will remember her assisting Bert Wilkins and Joe Coon.
   On August 16, 1907, she married Samuel Forrest Hill and moved to Granger, Utah.  The Hunter Ward invited her back often to play a piano solo, sing a number, or accompany someone else on a ward program.  After living 2 years in Granger, Allie's father game them an acre of ground located at 3800 South and 6400 West and helped Same build a home on LaRee Pehrson, Valoy Beck, Gwen Pouillon and Samuel Jr. Irene and Maxine reside in Hunter and the other range in distance from Magna to France.  
   On  Mr. and Mrs Sam Hill's wedding anniversary in 1957 a Gold Wedding Celebration was held in the Hunter ward with all the children attending.  Guest remarked that the 8 children and their parents were as lovely as they were in younger years.  At the present time Allie has 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  Sister Hill attended school in the old red schoolhouse in Hunter, graduating from the 8th grade.
   She was taught the gospel in her home; her father being 1st counselor to Bishop Miller, the 1st Hunter Ward Bishop.  Her grandfather was Henry Grow listed as one of the "Stalwarts of Mormonism" because he was the architect and superintendent of the construction of the historic Salt Lake Tabernacle.  He also built the Assembly Hall and supervised the carpentry work on the Salt Lake Temple, Z.C.M.I. Store, and Salt Lae Theater, besides constructing several bridges throughout Utah to build up Zion in the wilderness. 
   With pride in her heritage, Sister Hill joined the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers in 1930.  Allies musical talent was used all during her life as she served as organist for the Primary and Relief Society Organizations for many years.  Since March 20, 1961, Sister Hill has been a widow.  Her husband, San, had far more friends than most people became acquainted with in a lifetime.  He was loved by everyone and his sense of humor, continual smile, warm handshake, and friendly wave became personality traits that will be remember forever.  At the time of his death Sam was President of the High Priest Quorum of the Hunter Ward and Director of the Stake farms Being retired from Kennecott, Same spent hours in the Lord's service.  Sister Hill manages to keep active which keeps her young.  She is still doing her own sewing after having sewed all the clothing for her children when they were hone.  Most of her daughters are expert seamstresses.
   Sister Hill has lived on the same street in Hunter for 73 or her 75 years.  She enjoys the new people but remarked, "wouldn't it be nice to have just one evening with the old gang?"  How grateful she can feel to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and know that life goes on and these old time pioneers will meet again.

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