Home History of Alma Moroni Blanchard (the senior) (1842)

(Information was obtained from Mrs. Monte Wilson, Terreton, Idaho. She is Lynda Ruth Blanchard– daughter of Kermit Lefi Blanchard, who is the son of Rosseau Rossino Blanchard and Elenor Heaps)

Alma Moroni Blanchard was born 5 April 1842 in Ingham County, Michigan. (LeRoy, Oakland County, Michigan). He was the son of Aseph and Eunice Elizabeth Thompson. He came to Utah in 1852 in the Isaac Bullock Company. A boy of 10 years old in company with his parents, he drove an ox team across the plain and had many experiences along the trail. Once while fording the river, the current was so strong that it started to take him down stream.

His home was in Springville, Utah. As a young boy he helped his father on the farm and was said he got his education while at the plow. He loved books and while at the plow would take a book along with him. This was considered a good education for his time.. He always sought for the books and they became a part of his life.

He married Emma Bocock on 13 May 1864 and from this union was born 6 children: Isorah, daughter who died in infancy– Medora, who later married Charles Andrew Hickenlooper– Lenora, daughter who died while a baby– Alma Moroni (Jr.), who married Hattis (Harriet Lillian) Smith– Sarah Elizabeth, who married Francis Ferrin– and Byron, who married Annie McLane.

In 1873 his wife passed away and for 7 years with the aid of his mother, he cared for his family. In 1880 he remarried to Emily Pierce. From this union came 5 children: Barbara– Reuben Alladin (Ruby)– Rousseau– and two children who died in infancy; Borecio and Ovid O. (Note: Annette Lucile Blanchard was born to Emily Pierce on 14 August 1891. Alma Moroni obtained a divorce from Emily on 28 July 1892.)

In later years his family life had been broken up and he started to travel. He bought a bicycle and riding it he toured most of the United States. From Ogden he went to Florida and up the Atlantic coast and crossed to New York. From there to Canada and back to Utah again. He visited on the trip most of the noted battle fields of the Confederate War and all the sacred places of the Latter-day Saint Church, as well as everywhere Joseph Smith had dwelt. While on this trip, he traveled over 1600 miles– being two years on the road. The wheel with which the journey was made is now in the Salt Lake Museum, together with the record of the trip taken from the leading papers of the states through which he passed.

He started on a pedestrian trip of the Northwest. This time he walked 4,000 miles and went through 7 states. He was 6 months in the northern states where he rode his (ode?) To Mount Shasta. He was known as the Bonneville Bard.

Mr. Blanchard often visited with Eliza R. Snow, Sarah E. Carmichael and Emily Wood Mansee. He had compiled a book of poems to be published and with the help of his son, Byron, bound it up together with all the records of the family.

He practiced dentistry in Springville and afterward in other places where he made his home. One of his greatest friends was Don G. Johnson of Springville and talked of the years his friendship lasted. He died in 1913 at Chester, Idaho (of smallpox) and was buried in the Farnum Cemetery at Drummond, Fremont, Idaho.

(*Daren Blanchard has in his possession a little black covered book of his poems– handwritten in ink. We don’t know if he ever got a book published.)