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Celestia Irene Dalton

Written by her daughter Afton Kirk

Celestia Irene Dalton was born 19 July 1880, the second child of a family of 12, to Edward and Celestia Bates Dalton at Ophir, Utah. The home was down the canyon from the town of Ophir on what was then and is still known as Bates Creek. The house was made of rock with part of it built back into the mountain. There Irene spent her early life helping with what chores were necessary to help raise her brothers and sisters. When she was old enough to attend school she would walk three miles up the canyon through all kind of weather. During the winter she would wrap her feet in gunny sacks which served two purposes: that of keeping her feet warm and also to keep her from sinking too deep in snow which was sometimes waist deep on the little girls. She carried her lunch in a lard bucket and when it came lunch time would place the buckets on the pot-bellied stove which heated the school, to thaw out the sandwiches so they could be eaten. During the summer she would herd cows and help keep the garden cultivated in addition to helping her mother with the housework and little children.

When she was __ years old the family moved to Tooele and made their home on North Main Street, next door north to the Dalton Feed Store. At the age of 15, Irene and her sister Meda went to Ophir to cook for the men who were working for their father, driving team and wagons which hauled ore from the mines at Ophir and Dry Canyon to the smelters at Stockton and the end of the railroad at Bauer, Utah. While she was working at Ophir she met James Kirk, who was working for Mr. Dalton driving team. They were married at Tooele on January 25, 1899 by Elder Hugh S. Gowans. They had a little home all prepared for themselves just north of the old Kirk home on 1st West Street. They were the parents of six children, two who passed away as small children. The others are Roy Edward, who lives at Henderson, Nevada and James Rex, Neva and Afton, who live in Tooele. Irene has 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.

After she and James had been married 4 months they moved to Ophir where the four older children in the family were born. During this time James worked as Foreman at the old Ophir Hill Mill which was processing the ore from the mines in that area. They moved back to Tooele in 1911 and James commenced work on the construction of the smelter. He worked there until he retired. He passed away in January, 1944.

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