You know of the history of our travels from Franklin where I was bishop for thirteen years, to St. George, where I labored for about nine months, and then was sent to Arizona.
This is so mixed up--the accounts--that you may not straighten them out, but those that were interested and acquainted, all would be straight and true. All that I am telling you is all true.
I can tell you one thing about father Eastman. He came to Nauvoo with his family while I was in Vermont. He came there with his family, mother Eastman and your mother and the children, but I never saw him. I thought him to be one of the best men I had ever heard of because of his integrity to the truth and perhaps because of the great regard and love that I had for Mother Eastman and for your mother, Sylvia Eastman Hatch, that I thought so much of that I thought he must be one of the best men that I had ever heard of. That is the reason I thought so much of him. Abram Hatch was well acquainted with the family as they were in Nauvoo while I was away. I was not acquainted with them. The first time I ever saw mother Eastman, and Frank, their son, and Orson Eastman was in Nauvoo. I hope you will all hold in high remembrance this wayward man because of what he has done in getting his people moved from the trouble of Nauvoo. He went as a pioneer, a boy of fifteen years of age, to the Valley of the Mountains and was faithful on the trip. He never belonged to the Church. I never heard him speak against Brigham Young, so do not throw him away.
[Talked fifty-five minutes. There were nine children, eleven grandchildren and two great grandchildren present at the time.]
[To L. L. Hatch]
I remember how proud I was when you were born. I felt that you would grow to be a good man and accomplish a great work on the earth and you have done this. I am proud of all my children and so far as I know I have no favorites and I feel the children feel the same.
I regret that I have not been able to give my children a better opportunity for education, but have done the best I could under the circumstances. I have worked night
and day to maintain my family. I took the matter of my neglect of my children's education so much at heart that I wrote to President George Q. Cannon when he was in exile about it, and he answered the same which was very comforting to me. I am told that my grandchildren in Arizona are making great advancement in the schools and are getting diplomas and are equal to, if not in advance of, others.
was given to his family. Catherine had preceeded him in death less than two months, having passed on, 24 February, 1910.
[He was alert and able to converse with those around his bed until the last moment of mortal existence. Wilford (son) among the few at that bedside handed him a drink in response to a request for same. Grandfather took the glass of water as if to drink, then suddenly pushed it away and his life went on to another world with no apparent effort. He was eighty-four years and four months of age.
[Funeral services were held for him in Logan, Second Ward, on April 22. Memorial Services were conducted in his memory at Woodruff, Snowflake and St. Joseph, Arizona.
[He was buried at Logan beside Sylvia and Catherine. Hannah’s grave is near Winter Quarters, Nebraska and Alice rests in the cemetery at Woodruff.
[His belief in the actuality of the resurrection is reflected in a statement, which he made at the family, gathering held 4 January, 1901. It was his seventy-fifth birthday, just prior to his leaving Woodruff for the last time. On this occasion, he remarked that if he never had the opportunity to come to Arizona again in this life that he would certainly be there on resurrection's morning to greet Alice.
[May we so live that it will be a joyous moment for all when we meet him on that special morning. R. S. H.]