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Lucy Johnson Robison July 28, 2010

Life History of Lucy Johnson Robison
Written by Sister Nellie Vail
Daughter of Warren M. Johnson
Lucy Alice Neves’ Aunt

 Lucy Johnson Robison was born at Lee’s Ferry, Coconino, Arizona, March 30, 1884. She was the daughter of Warren M. Johnson and Samantha Nelson Johnson. She was baptized by Asa W Judd and confirmed by Joel H Johnson.

 Lucy was one of a family of ten children, four boys and six girls. Her childhood was a busy one, as in those days everything had to be done by hand. Soap was made by putting wood ashes with the fat of animals. Adding water this caused the formation of lye. This kind of soap was used for all things including toilet use.

Their mother made their clothing by hand, even boy’s suits, shirts, and underwear. Their father was a bee keeper. He often pacified hostile Indians by giving them honey. He would put comb honey in a large tub out in the yard by his home. The Indians would gather around it and eat it with their hands until it was all gone. A chief once wanted one of Lucy’s sisters and refused to leave without her until. Their father offered them honey and flour to take home.

 Their father and mother taught them the gospel and also their school lessons. It was many miles to the nearest settlement and they never went to town more than once or twice a year.

 They cultivated a large orchard and dried much fruit for their winter food. The children always helped to do this work. In this manner Lucy grew to young womanhood.

 In 1900 Lucy came to the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming with her father, his first wife and several of the brothers and sisters. On April the 7, 1902 she was married to Joseph Rae Robison in Byron, Wyoming. It was always her desire to go to the temple but the opportunity was denied her. She was a deeply religious person. She had a deep desire to study the scriptures and the gift to interpret them. She enjoyed working in the church but her love was the “primary”.

 Lucy was the mother of nine children. She and her husband bought a small farm north of Byron where the family lived. They raised Shetland Ponies and broke them to pull small carts. Lucy always had transportation with the pony and cart. It furnished a great deal of entertainment for the children including the cousins and neighborhood.

In 1919 Lucy was called to be president of the primary of the Byron Ward. In spite of her busy life with such a large family, she accepted the appointment and every week she loaded her brood of youngsters into the small cart and drove to town to primary. She was a faithful and able president. Her councilors were Grace Stevens, Automeila Wirth with Fredora Jensen as secretary.

 Lucy was an outstanding example of fine motherhood and gloried in teaching the gospel both in her home and in the auxiliaries of the church.

 Lucy passed away April 4, 1924 leaving her husband and children, on an infant son of a few days.

 Note: Sister Charlotte L Pride and her councilors who succeeded Lucy and her co-workers remember that she handed them $500.00 to give to the bishop for the remodeling of the church.


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