Saturday, April 25, 2020

Emma Josephine Bachman 1887-1969

Emma Bachman Scholl was born in 1887 in Eden, Utah to Jakob Bachman and Anna Hegetschweiler. In 1906 Emma graduated from High School in Ogden. Emma said: "Some of our class wished me to take the examinations for schoolteachers, so I did and passed the examinations with grades high enough for a State Certificate."  Emma taught at Croyden from 1906 to 1707.  From 1907 to 1908 she taught at the Warren School. After the death of her Father in 1907 Emma went back to Croyden. Croyden is a very small town in the mountains with about 25 pupils in one room including all eight grades. Croydon School closed in 1909. In 1910 on the way to visit a friend, a terrible accident occurred. Riding over a board road in a lumber wagon to get to the railroad, with ice on the board road, the horses slipped and the wagon slid and bounced up in such a way that Emma was jerked from where she was sitting. She felt a sharp pain in her left side resulting in pain the rest of her life. (All quotes on this page are from Emma's journal.)

After teaching she went to Portland to visit her sister and got a job as a bookkeeper at Meier and Frank, a famous department store. It was there she met a clerk named Laura Scholl. They struck up a friendship and Laura suggested that Emma should look up Laura's brother George Scholl when she got to Los Angeles. Emma moved to Los Angeles where she dated George. On 25 May 1915 she married her sweetheart George. Emma and George had Audrey in 1916. Then 9 difficult yet hopeful years pass until Elaine was born in 1925. Elaine's birth may well have been the most important event in Emma's life. 

Growing up Emma doesn't take her religion seriously, but after marriage that changes. She took her daughters to church. In 1939 she goes on a two year Stake mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints passing out thousands of circulars, and holding "cottage meetings."  She tracts door to door in the Sunset area introducing people to the church twice a week for two years and only misses one week when she goes to the Logan temple. 

Her daughter Audrey went to college and founds a job at a bank. Audrey married Glen Arthur Kroksh 18 Dec 1941. Elaine married James Hulet Gardiner 19 May 1943 just before James goes into the service. While James was in the service, Emma scouts out an adobe house, with a spring and one acre orchard in Farmington, Utah. James Gardiner purchased the property on June 18, 1943 for $1,600.  As soon as the tenants move out Emma moved in and spends most summers and sometimes years at a time in Farmington. This must have been quite a surprise to George who was a carpenter in Los Angeles. Emma purchased the Farmington property in 1946 from James. Sometimes Emma took Elaine with her to Farmington and Audrey and George kept the home fires burning. On her one acre orchard she pickd, caned, dried, and send apricots, peaches and cherries to her daughter Elaine. Emma believed in the benefits of fruits, vegetables  years before it become popular. Emma once said this about her father, "My father took his eggs, butter and farm produce to Ogden once a week. He also brought me candy and fancy cookies. He was a queer eater. I have often seen him eat four or five hard boiled eggs and drink black coffee and eat a spoon full of sugar.  The other children didn't get candy or sugar to eat, so they were healthier than I."   

Emma Scholl was an amazing woman in many different ways. It started with her grandmother who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, immigrated from Switzerland, joined a cult and is killed by a canon. Emma's mother gave birth to her sister Annie, alone and "didn't even have a match to light a candle and had to tie the cord herself."  From the time her mother died in 1921, Emma became an avid genealogist. She used her Bachman inheritance to pay genealogist Julius Billeter to do Swiss research and collected money from the family to pay for the records to be printed into large hardbound books. Emma submited thousands of names for temple work and was a dedicated temple patron. 

As Elaine gave birth to each of her seven children Emma took the other grandchildren into her home so Elaine could settle in with the newborn. Emma wrot, read, cooks, sews, takes and  took long walks with her grandchildren. She had a particular love for the Book of Mormon and read a child's version of it to her grandchildren. She had quotes on the back of her closet door and taught them concepts like faith and dedication. To control the pain from her teenage injury, at night she went into child's pose to try and get comfortable. She also ate healthy, got plenty of sunshine and took walks.  She spent so much time helping at the Gardiner's that George built a playhouse in the back yard for Emma to sleep in. All the while Emma traveled to Farmington, canning fruit and sending shipments of canned cherries and peaches to her children. She hand-wrote a hundred page legal sized-journal detailing every aspect of her life with names, dates and places. She kepts a journal of her mission and other writings which she refers to in her history but have been lost. When Elaine died of cancer in 1960 the journal ended. Emma was heartbroken. She lived the rest of her life quietly. 

On October 5, 1969, after Sacrament meeting, Emma walked out of church after Sacrament Meeting across a cement patio toward the car when she fell to the street and broke her right hip. She told her daughter Audrey, that night, that she would not live long.  Emma had a huge distrust of doctors and it is interesting that she ends her life in the one place she dreads. According to Dr. Brown, in most cases, the broken hip causes the fall not the other way around. The fall happened on October 5, 1969. She died in the hospital a week later on October 12, 1969, on her grandson Jeff's birthday.

Emma Scholl (full history) 
Our Pioneer Heritage (Emma on her parents)
Why did Emma have a difficult time with men?

What happened to their children?
Audrey May Scholl is born 15 October 1916. She marries Glen Kroksh 18 Dec 1941 and they adopt Gerry. Audrey works her entire adult life. Among her other jobs she is a secretary for Brock Homes. When her sister dies in 1960 Audrey and Glen step in and support the family. They take the children on vacations and have them to Sunday dinner regularly. 
Elaine Mary Scholl is born 28 April 1925. She marries James Gardiner 19 May 1943 and they have 7 children. She dies of cancer 30 August 1960.

Documents related to Emma Bachman:

Here are three Bachman  sisters or half sisters: LtoR Verena, Emma and Bertha.  What similarities do you see?

1)  The eyes.
2)  Thin lips.
3)  Small nose.
4)  Similar shape in lower face, particularly 1 and 2.
5)  1 & 3 appear to have the infamous Bachman dimple in the chin!
6)  none are smiling except maybe Verena slightly.
7)  curly hair tight to the head

Early Church Record of Eden Ward, Eden, Weber, Utah, USA
(the document is not dated), from [1877]-1950, USA & Canada Film 25921

Home where Emma was raised in Eden, Utah

Home where Emma was raised in Eden, Utah.
Eden Ward House. This is where Emma went to church.
If you like running AND preservation, then the HEL's Half Pound, a half-marathon that winds through Huntsville, Eden, and Liberty, is for you. The race raises funds to help preserve the Eden Ward chapel, built in 1896, and now serving as a reception center.

Eden Ward house today used as a reception center

United States Census, 1900 Weber, Utah

Emma Bachman at Warren School, 1907

1910 Croyden School teachers and staff in front of library
Emma is in a white hat on the left.

Evening Standard April 12, 1913

1914 Emma Scholl, Portland bookkeeper

1914 Emma and George dating

California County Marriages 1850 - 1952 004540605 page 308

1916 Audrey and Emma

1920 US Census, Los Angeles, CA

624 North Hobart  Street LA,   3 room house in rear
Emma and George lived here from 1920  to  1921.

1920 "The last time I remember mother coming to our
house at 624 Hobart was on Christmas day, 1920"
This is the location today.

1925 Elaine birth certificate

1928 LtR George, Elaine, Emma, Audrey, take a trip
to visit the Scholl's in Portland.

1930 US Census, Los Angeles, CA

1939 Emma's record during her Stake Mission

1940 US Census, Los Angeles, CA

This is the adobe house that Emma loved and lived in. It was located in Farmington, Utah. She had a fruit orchard composed of cherry trees, apricot trees and a spring at the far end of the property. She would fire up the wood burning stove, heat up the water, pour it into a large round tub and we would have our baths right in the middle of the kitchen.

Davis County Clipper 1959-08-07

Davis County Clipper 1960-6-27

Davis County Clipper 1963-05-03

Davis County Clipper 1969-10-31

August 24, 1958, Letter from Emma to
her granddaughter Sandra.

1960s, Emma Scholl, LtR, Emma Scholl
Vera Krokah, Gerry Kroksh, ? Audrey Kroksh, ? 

1968 LtR Emma, Glen's mother, Audrey, Gerry, Glen


Valhalla Memorial Park, Burbank, CA

1969 Mourning Emma, LtR, Audrey Scholl, Julie Gardiner, Gayle
Gardiner, Gerry Kroksh, Jeffrey Gardiner, JT Gardiner, Janice
Gardiner, Mark Gardiner, Hope Hulet, Carol Gardiner,
Glen Kroksh.

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