Olive Parintha Gale Bloomfield
Personal History
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Olive was born in Beaver City, Utah, moved, with her parents, to Arizona, then to Old Mexico, settling in Diaz. While there, she met Joseph William Bloomfield, his family also having settled in that area. In 1894, Olive left Joseph, her sweetheart by this time, in Mexico and moved with her parents to settle in Thatcher, Arizona. Six months later, Joseph came to Thatcher to claim his bride and on June 3, 1894 they were married in Thatcher.

For 2 years, Joseph and Olive lived on and worked on the Gale Family farm in Thatcher. Their first child, Joseph Ralph was born there, but lived only 5 months.

In 1896, they, with the James family, were called to go to Mexico to start a colony, settling in Hop Valley. Joseph worked on the railroad that was being built from El Paso, Texas to Sonora, Mexico.

In January of 1900 President Anthony W. Ivans came from Salt Lake City to perform sealings for those who were unable to come to the Temples. On 21 Jan 1900, they were sealed for Time and All Eternity by President Ivins.

Sometime after this, Olive went, alone, to Franklin to visit her parents in Thatcher. While there, she gave birth to a daughter, Olive Norene. Later, Joseph joined them and they made their home in Franklin, only to return, again, to Mexico to help with the colonization of the church there. Joseph worked most of the time on the railroad. James William, May Elizabeth, John Leo, and Sara Vergie were born during that time.

To spend Christmas, 1910, with her parents, Olive and the five children boarded the train at Peason, Mexico. When the train stopped, Pancho Villa, and his men boarded the train. Mexico was having a revolution and Pancho Villa was head of the Revolutionary Army. He and his men searched, under seats and any other conceivable place that a person might hide, for an officer of the opposing army they supposed to be on the train. Not finding the officer, Villa apologized and told them not to be afraid. However, he put all the passengers in one train car, uncoupled the engine and the empty car, cut all telephone and telegraph wires, and took the engine and the empty train car and went back to Casa Grandes, leaving the passengers, huddled in one crowded car without any heat or means of getting help. They found one little hand pump car nearby. Some of the men on the train used it to go to El Paso to have an engine and train car sent back for the passengers. The passengers, including Olive and her children, arrived in El Paso at midnight, many hours late, but grateful to be safe. The next morning the newspapers carried a story of the "hold up", reporting how many were killed and wounded during the fracas. When in truth, there was no shots fired and no forms of violence whatsoever. It was merely a inconvenience as their trip was interrupted.

Olive and the children returned to Mexico in the spring, happy to be reunited with Joseph again. The revolution became more dangerous by 1912. Pancho Villa visited the American camp and warned them that, for their own protection, they should leave Mexico. Joseph had not been paid his full wages for quite some time, so had very little cash. Early the next morning, their daughter, May, found some money outside the door, wrapped up in an old cloth. When it was opened there was $50.00 American money inside. Joseph, being an honest man, wanting to find the owner, asked around what to do with the money. He showed it to Villa on his next visit. Villa told Joseph to keep the money and use it to leave Mexico. So they left, taking only their clothes and some quilts, settling in Lordsburg, New Mexico where two of Olive's brothers, Rube and John lived with their families.

While living in Lordsburg, Rex Gale was born. Moving shortly to Clifton, Arizona to work in the smelter and as a carpenter. While in Clifton, they lived in a large tent with a wood floor and boarded up on the sides all around. George Milan was born while here.

The family moved to Thatcher, living as neighbors to Andrew and Olive Kimball, parents of President Spencer W. Kimball.

In 1920, Joseph was hired as head carpenter to build a new Indian School at Toadlena, New Mexico. Here, again, they helped organize a Sunday School and Primary. Using the gifts and talents they both possessed, Joseph teaching lasting lessons from the Book of Mormon and Olive teaching gospel lessons through her guitar music and song.

Joseph, as a carpenter, helped build other schools and buildings for the government in New Mexico, sometimes having to be separated from his family and sometimes taking them along. They settled in Kirkland, New Mexico, where Joseph turned to farming as the main source of his income. Carpenter work was not very plentiful around Kirkland.

In 1927, the Arizona Temple was dedicated. Joseph and Olive had been sealed as husband and wife by President Anthony W. Ivins in Mexico, but had never had the opportunity to receive their endowments or to have Joseph Ralph sealed to them. They decided this was the time to do something about this.

In their newly purchased 1927 Model T Touring Car, they took an extended trip, visiting family and friends along the way. Joseph and Olive were endowed and Joseph Ralph sealed to them on Oct 27 1927.

Joseph passed away on 20 June 1940 at Kirkland. Olive passed from this life on 3 May 1941 at Farmington, New Mexico. Olive is remembered by her children as being a good cook. She could always make something tasty out of nearly anything. She loved children and helped in Sunday School and Primary in all places she lived. She loved music and played the guitar, which her family loved to hear her play. The family still has her last guitar. (Condensed from a more comprehensive history compiled by Joseph and Olive's granddaughter, Shirley Ann Bloomfield Baxter)

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