AIKEN, Sarah Jane (1869)
|Sarah Jane Aiken Thomander|
|Full name||Sarah Jane Aiken|
|Born||November 1 1869|
|Place of birth||Spring City, Sanpete, Utah|
|Died||August 23 1904|
|Place of death|| Paris, Bear Lake, Idaho
Life of Sarah Jane Aiken By Elizabeth Elmyra Aiken
Sarah Jane Aiken Thomander was the fifth child and only daughter of Samuel R. and Isabelle Livingston Aiken, and was born on November 1, 1869. She was one of our Heavenly Father’s favored daughters. She lived an eventful and colorful life here upon the earth. She was born amid the rigors of pioneer days in a little village called Spring City, Utah, nestled at the foot of a lofty mountain. It was a place she loved and lived in all her childhood days; up to the time when she married her husband Daniel Theodore Thomander on September 18, 1895.
She took advantage of the opportunities afforded her and made her life a fruitful one. Her life was rich in experiences, progressive and extensive in service. She was born generously endowed with talents and leadership capacity. Her knowledge of the gospel, her sincerity, her courage to stand for her beliefs, her sympathetic heart, her exemplary life and her influence for good was felt by all those with whom she associated.
She was a true and loving mother, excellent neighbor and a good homemaker. She met each day with a keen interest in its affairs with judgment and courage and responded to the requirements made of her. All the organizations she was called to assist was (sic) strengthened by her good deeds.
She was first counselor to the Young Ladies’ M.I.A. for several years, a member of the ward choir and active in genealogy. She had her endowments at the age of 18 years old so she could go to the temple with her father to assist in endowment work. She had a wealth of knowledge and understanding of life’s purposes and she stimulated her associates to greater efforts in well doing. In her spare time she read the scriptures and never cluttered her mind with shoddy literature. She chose to reach out willingly to help a friend or neighbor. She was always humble, submissive, gentle, full of patience and a real companion to her father. She gave her devotion and watchful care to her father for as long as he lived. There was no effort too much or no sacrifice too great to protect her brothers from evil in order to preserve them in righteousness. She was dearly loved by all her brothers and when separated from them she shed tears of sorrow, and upon their return she shed tears of joy.
While still in her teens, along with two of her brothers, James and Charles and a girl companion, Hannah Adler and her brother, Otto Adler, she came down by the request of her Uncle James C. Livingston, to serve as a cook for a group of men, under the leadership of her Uncle James who had taken out a contract at the granite quarry, to quarry rock for the Salt Lake Temple. They had a beautiful resort known as the “Wasatch” and they lived there all summer and until the late fall. Before coming home in the late fall, they went into Salt Lake City and completely furnished her new home with carpets, furniture, window blinds and curtains. It gave her pleasure in being able to make a new home for her aged father and mother and six brothers. She was a beautiful and very popular girl and was always selected as the queen for every May Day. She had very good complexion, brown eyes and pretty brown curly hair.
The next part of this history was taken from the diary of Daniel T. Thomander, Sarah Jane’s husband.
- “During the summer of 1893 I belonged to the Baseball team in Ephraim, Utah. We played a game on July 4th with Mount Pleasant. During the dance that evening I met my future wife, Miss Sarah Jane Aiken of Spring City. I saw her on the floor dancing and was so attracted by her beauty and modest personality that I sought an introduction. We got on the floor and began walking around, as was the custom. Before we knew it, the music stopped and we had not made a turn in the dance. That was the beginning of our courtship in 1895. This summer I became engaged to Sarah Jane and on Sept. 18, 1895 was married in the Salt Lake Temple.
- After our marriage we lived in Chester, Sanpete, Utah where I, Dan, taught school. In 1896 we moved to Castle Dale, Carbon, Utah, where I was principal of the School. We lived there until 1902. Then we moved to Paris, Idaho. By then we had three children, Lucia, Weston and Veron. She really thought a great deal of her children and was a real wife and mother. I, Dan, taught school at the Fielding Academy.”
On August, 23, 1904, Sarah Jane had another infant daughter, Jean and died due to Uremic poisoning. She left a very lonely husband with four small children away from relatives but not our friends. We had scores of devoted friends. No one anywhere could do more to assist and alleviate the pangs of sorrow at that time. She was interred at Paris, Idaho cemetery.
- ↑ Kidney failure