SUPPLEMENT TO FATHER'S STORY
WRITTEN BY OMNI WINTERTON, HIS SON
Father is now 97 years old, and desires that
I add a chapter onto his book to summarize his recent years.
Father and his second wife, Aunt Jessie, lived in Salt Lake City during their married life and up until her death, which occurred March 11, 1964.
Immediately after her death, Father came to Roosevelt to live with us. (Omni and Carma, his son and daughter-in-law, and their children, Marilyn, Arvin, Carol and Hyrum.)
Father had written his life story and had it duplicated, but now desires to have a better copy made, so it is being slightly revised and reprinted.
When father came to live with us at age 86, he was still quite active as evidenced by the fact that he climbed with Carma, me and the children from the Parks building in American Fork Canyon up to the Timpanogas Cave and back, hardly stopping on the way up or down.
Father accepted our invitation to come to Roosevelt to make his home with us partly because the cattle were being fed here. He spent lots of time walking from corral to corral studying the cattle and admiring them. Father was interest in what I was doing, whether it was feeding or building.
When father came to my house to live we surveyed the house and he decided that he would like some rooms finished for him in the top floor of our house. He supervised the job of finishing his suite, which consists of a very comfortable front room, bedroom, and bath. Vern Huff, a son-in-law did most of the work. Father paid half of the expense and I paid the balance. He has a hot plate, cupboard, and refrigerator for times when he wants to fix something for himself, or to keep pop in to treat visitors, but he eats nearly all of his meals with us. He has been very happy here, and considers it his home.
Father has spent long hours keeping herd books up to date, registering calves, etc. Up until he was ninety-six years of age, he registered with few mistakes over 400 head of calves for us yearly.
One thing he especially enjoyed was keeping records of animals being weighed and then figuring the animals rate of gain. Father has always been a very progressive man, keeping up with modern methods. He has encouraged and backed me in what I wanted to do. He may be old in years, but certainly he is young in spirit.
When he came to Roosevelt at age 86, he still had a current driver's license and still owned an automobile. However, he didn't drive very much after that because we managed to drive for him most of the time when he wanted to go somewhere. I often took him on trips with me. I remember that whenever we went past the Wallsburg junction by the Deer Creek Reservoir, he would nearly always look eastward and say, "There's old Strawberry Peak. My, but I love that old peak."
He has always taken an active part in family reunions, has been interested in family histories and genealogy research. He has been active all his life in church matters and temple work.
Father has lived with us and enjoyed our family and has said, "The children respect me and my properties. I never worry about them invading my privacy, or picking up things unauthorized. They have been good to me."
Father rode a horse on various occasions up into his 90's. He rode the last time for several hours in his 95th year up in Strawberry Valley.
We have been very glad to have him in our home, and to have the children learn to know and love him and to do things for him. We feel it has been a blessing to us.
Some of the honors which have come to him are listed below:
He was awarded the "Rancher, of the Year" award in 1964 by the American Society of Range Management.
He was recognized in 1969 as the Hereford Breeder for the greatest number of years in Utah by the Utah Junior Hereford Association in December, 1970.
Father was also honored as the cattleman of the month by the Western Livestock Journal, published in Los Angeles, March, 1969.
At the present time, his health is not as good as formerly, and he is rather weak, though he still makes it up and down the stairs most days; but he is kind and appreciative and interested in his family, and we love him!
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