Life Sketch of Mose Watterson
by Ilda H. Colby

Polygamy had been instituted into the Mormon Church. The worthy males members who could afford to do so were asked to take more than one wife in order to involve the extra converted women into the family life and to produce a righteous generation of saints. The husband of Carolyn Watterson was a dedicated Latter-Day Saint and quite well-to-do for those days. He was requested to live this principle. Carolyn Watterson asked my mother, Margaret Dunkley who was her niece, to come and live with them and be the second wife. She said "He has enough to provide for both of us." Margaret Dunkley was a faithful and obedient member of the Mormon Church also and consented to do this. The subject of this sketch is the son who was born to this couple, Margaret and William Watterson. He was blessed, Moses Dunkley Watterson. As he grew to boyhood everyone thought a very special spirit occupied his body. He seemed to always have the spirit of the Lord with him to direct his words and action.

The United States government decreed that there would be no more polygamous marriages. Since the Mormon Church believed in being obedient to the laws of the land they issued what is known as the manifesto. This article forbade any more plural marriage within the church.

About four years later my mother married Christian Lewis Hansen and they became the parents of nine children. My father worked on the railroad a great deal and was away form home for long periods of time. My mother told me that Mose helped her rear the children. They respected him and tried to comply with his wishes by living righteously.

When the marriage between Uncle William Watterson, as we called him and my mother was dissolved, uncle William gave my mother some acreage in Benson near Logan. She sold the land and " scar marked" the money for her son to go on a LDS mission to England. Mose was on this mission when I was born November 21 `909 and my mother gave Mose the privilege of naming me. I still have the beautiful letter he wrote to the family in which he suggested that the new baby girl be named, Ilde. He wrote that he had a very difficult time finding a name dear and precious enough for his new baby sister.

Mose was a very immaculate and neat person. Following his marriage he became a mail carrier and I remember how well-kept his little "house" was, which he built on a sleigh. It had a pot-bellied stove to keep him warm as he delivered the mail to the farming community in the bitter, cold winters of Logan, Utah. It disturbed him greatly when people sent carelessly tied and wrapped packages through the mail.

When my brothers were away from home it was Mose who sent them encouraging letters admonishing them to keep themselves morally clean and to keep the commandments of God. All his letters were inspirational and filled with the love of God, country, and family.

My brother Mose, died when just a young man leaving a widow Lucy and six children. One of the speakers at his funeral stated "We are all wondering why this man has been called "home" when needed so badly by his family, but perhaps God needs a spiritual giant to help him in his celestial realm."

My brother Lew and I were reminiscing about life of Mose and he told me when he was a young boy he chose Mose as his childhood hero. He could skate faster, jump higher, and throw a ball farther than any other boy in the neighborhood. I asked how Mose got along with my father, who was his step father and he replied, " Mose had a close loving relationship with his real father as also with dad. He was respectful and kind to both." Of my five brothers the most spiritual was Mose. I have never know a more righteous person, he kept the commandments of God and influenced everyone with whom he came in contact with.

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