Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Eugene/Gene Arave Property History

All properties probably have their own unique ownership history.
I thought I knew all about my father and grandfather's property and life history, but I didn't.
I'm fairly certain that my grandfather, Eugene Arave (1882-1962) lived 1.1 miles southwest of the center of Hooper at about 6700 W. 5500 South, for his first 20 years of life, until 1902. (That's where the first Arave, Nelson, had his Hooper home.)
Eugene married Lilley Arave (1883-1977)on Dec. 17, 1902.
Their first two children (Clarence and Orval) were both born in Hooper.
However, their third child, Della, was born in Taylor, Idaho in 1907. That town of Taylor doesn't exist anymore and is probably part of the east side of Shelley, Idaho today. (Shelley is located between Basalt and Idaho Falls.)
A newspaper article stated that Eugene and Lilley lived in the Idaho Falls area for three years. Based on their children's birthdates, that was probably from 1906-1909.
Nelson Arave died on July 8, 1906 and so it is very likely that Eugene was in the area when his father died. (Basalt, Idaho, where Nelson lived, is about 14 miles southwest of Idaho Falls.)
I'm suspecting Eugene moved to Idaho Falls to be close to his father, who had moved to Idaho when he was very young.
Eugene and Lilley's next two children, Lewis and Bulah, were born in Weber County -- Ogden and Hooper.
Then, the sixth child, Edith was born in Malad, Idaho in 1917. That same newspaper article stated that Eugene and Lilley lived in Malad for a year.
By 1920, they had moved back to Hooper, because that's where their next child, Nelson, was born.
So, I'm thinking Eugene might have missed his mother's death by being in Idaho. Susannah Aroline Arave, died on May 16, 1917, in Hooper, while Eugene's sixth child, Edith was born on July 23, 1917 in Malad.
What does all this have to do with property?
I'm suspecting Eugene and Lilley moved around for their first 16 to 18 years of marriage. I doubt they owned property in Hooper until at least 1918.
My mother, Norma, recalls that Eugene lived on 5900 West, across from the Hooper Second Ward Chapel, and about 600 yards north on where he lived in his oldest days.
Then, not until 1942 did he purchase the property at 5413 S. 5900 West.
That's where he built a home during World War II.
There, he eventually built a chicken coop (still standing in 2012) and a pig pen (torn down by the late 1960s.) He also help build his son, Gene's (my father) home in 1951-52.
Eugene also used to own the acre straight west of his home site and sold it to the Kilts family in the early 1950s.

Eugene and Lilley lived in Hooper, 1902-1906
Taylor Idaho, 1906-1909.
Hooper again, 1909-1917
Malad, Idaho, 1917.
Hooper again, 1918-on

Friday, March 16, 2012

Where did Nelson Arave Live in Hooper?

Where did the first Arave, Nelson Arave, live in Hooper?
It is NOT where I thought it was. It is at about 6700 W. 5500 South, about 1.1 miles southwest of where Gene Arave lived.
I saw a photograph in a Utah history book, "Hooper, Land of Beautiful Sunsets" and it looked familiar.
I found an identical photo in Norma Arave's photo book on homes. Her photo is marked on the left as saying the house in the background is the Arave house. Since we're talking the 1880s here, I surmise that had to be Nelson Arave's home.
(Note that the school photo, talked about above, is included in this blog.)
In that Hooper history book, there are some misspelled words (like Freemont, instead of Fremont, but otherwise the books looks credible and referenced.)
That history book says the school was the Hooper West School. It opened in 1880 and closed in 1905 and was located at 6700 W. 5500 South. (That's one block west of where you turn to the cemetery along 5500 South Street.)
Nelson ("Nels") Arave is stated in the history book too as being one of that Hooper West School's 14 original financers. (This lends support to the house pictured being Nelson's home.)
When I asked my mother, Norma Arave, about the photo where she said written "Arave House," she said that's what Lilley Arave (my grandmother) had told her the house was.
So, this may be the home where Nelson lived in most of all of his Hooper life and left from and moved to Idaho.
His youngest son, Eugene Arave, my grandfather, apparently lived on 5900 West Street, about straight west of the old Hooper Second Ward Chapel, when he got married.
Then, by the early 1940s, he built the house next door to where my mother's house would eventually be built, at 5413 S. 5900 West.
It would also be great one day to find about where Nelson Arave lived when he resided in Uintah ("East Weber"), as well as where he lived in Mountain Green, Morgan, and even Basalt, Idaho.
-On the accompanying photos: 1. Shows the West Hooper School and Nelson Arave's apparent home; 2. The other photos show the intersection of 6700 W. and 5500 South in Hooper, as of March 16, 2012. The house on the N.W. corner appears vacant. There are no homes on the south side and the N.E. home used to be where some Coxes lived ...