History of Chester Kise Haskell
Information gathered from the record he left - also from his son, Henry Chester Haskell - Temple records - facts I have added from what I remember of him.
Chester Kise Haskell, my grandfather, was the son of George Nile Haskell and Sally Runnells. He was born 28 August 1832, Fairfield County, Vermont. Baptized into the church 1846, later rebaptized 1 June 1882 by Thomas Daniels, confirmed by Barry Wride.
He crossed the plains as a young man going with his parents from Illinois across the Missouri River to Winter Quarters on ice or any way they could. He suffered the many hardships incident to crossing the plains.
Chester settled in Provo, Utah with his parents. While living in Provo he learned to love Lydia Catherine Haws, daughter of Elijah and Catherine Floyd Pease Haws, who he married March 12, 1853 at Provo, Utah. She was born 23 February 1835 at Morgan County, Illinois. Their first child Henry Chester was born to them at Provo January 11, 1854. During this same year they moved to California. Two children were born to them while residing there: James Elijah and Isadora. After residing in California for four years, they came back to Utah, settling at Pondtown (now Salem), Utah. The BlackHawk war broke out while they were living at Pondtown. Chester Kise stood guard on various occasions.
Every able-bodied man was called to Provo for training; they were assigned in groups and were to be ready for any emergency. Grandfather was in Provo for training and one one of the men chosen as an expedition to go to Thistle Valley to meet President Brigham Young and escort him through Spanish Fork Canyon.
He moved his family to Payson so that they might have protection of the Fort. This was about 1864. Eight more children came to them, 3 born at Salem and 5 at Payson. Grandfather was a very jolly person--tender-hearted and kind. He was below average in height.
He had some faults which caused him much sorrow. He tried time and time again to correct them but his will power was not sufficiently strong. This grieved his wife and children very much. He was never mean or cross about it, but his wife could not endure it, so she left him. In the year 1885 on February 18th she married her brother-in-law Hyrum Curtis, he being a widower at that time. This marriage was not a happy one; they separated. After Hyrum and Grandmother separated she came back from Newton, where she had lived with him and bought a home in Benjamin.
Grandfather moved from place to place after his wife left him. At the age of 60 he developed cancer of the stomach. He grew so thin, and suffered so much that he came to live with my father and be cared for. Henry Chester Haskell made him feel very much at home and he was treated kindly by the family. His own daughter could not have done more for him than did his son's wife Phoebe Ann Haskell, who watched over him and cared for him, trying to ease his suffering, which was extremely great.
As is the case with cancer of the stomach, eating causes such terrible pain that he gradually starved to death. He passed away October 19, 1899 in Payson at the home of his son Henry Chester. He was buried in the Payson City cemetery. His wife died 3 February 1912 at Benjamin. After her death the children wished to have her sealed to their father. Her sealing to Hyrum Curtis was cancelled 15 May 1922 by the order of President Heber J. Grant. She was then sealed to Chester Kise Haskell on 30 August 1922. They were the parents of eleven children. He did more than most people do in recording births, etc. He left a little book in which he had recorded, in his own handwriting the birth of his children as they came; giving the name, date of birth, place born, the hour, minute, and day of week of each birth. He also recorded some of the baptisms of his children, also the name of his grandfather and grandmother as Ebenezer Haskell and Mary Prittaly or Pittaly.
I loved and had a tender spot in my heart for Grandfather Haskell. While he was so ill he would ask me to read the newspaper to him. He could listen just so long, they he would say "That will do now." He was so grateful for any kindnesses done for him.
--It is uncertain who wrote this, but the account has been provided by LeAna Lipari..
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