Foster LeRoy Gordon (1908 – 1979) &
Loe E. Erickson (1911 – 1985)
Foster LeRoy Gordon
Born: 20 Jan 1908 Smithfield, Cache Co, Utah
Died: 17 Oct 1979 Draper, S alt Lake Co., Utah
Burial: 22 Oct 1979 Draper ,Salt Lake Co., Utah
MARRIED: Loe E Erickson 7 Sep 1928 Farmington, Davis Co., Utah
Loe E Erickson
Born: 11 Mar 1911 Beaver, Beaver Co., Utah
Died: 28 Jul 1985 Draper ,Salt Lake Co., Utah
Burial: 31 Jul 1985 Draper ,Salt Lake Co., Utah
FOSTER LEROY GORDON
My Dad and Mother were Samuel Arthur
and Harriet Louisa Meikle Gordon. They
were married in the Logan Temple.
I was the fourth of ten children of their
marriage. I was born in Smithfield, Utah
and I am Foster LeRoy, born 20th of
My first recollections of any activity was
the 4th of July that used to be celebrated in
Smithfield with a 50 gallon barrel of
lemonade set in the middle of the park and
us kids used to have a wild time drinking
lemonade and eating our lunch there in the
I started school in Taylor Creek, Idaho, the 24th of September 1914.
January 1912 - Taylor Creek, Idaho
We lived there for several years till we moved back to Smithfield.
Then I went to the grade school in Smithfield, Utah. Then we
moved to South Jordan and I went to school there. I went to
school at Jackson elementary school in Salt Lake. Then we moved
to Cornish, Utah. There I graduated from the eighth grade 22nd
of May, 1924. Then I went to North Cache High School for two
We then moved to Salt Lake again. I had
several jobs during this time. I got one job
from an employment agency and they sent
me out east of Price where the D & R G
railroad had been washed out. We were put
on as skinners on 6 foot scrappers. We had
sixteen head of mules each of which we
walked around and around filling dirt in
until that job was accomplished. I then
came back to Salt Lake.
Then we went down to Manderfield, close to
Beaver, Utah, where I helped Dad Samuel
A. Gordon) on the farm for a couple of
Then I went to the railroad tunnels in
Caliente, Nevada, where we made a double
tunnel out of a single tunnel. In other words
we just made them double the space they
From Caliente that fall we went down into
Zion Canyon, where I worked on the Zion
Canyon tunnel. It had just been started. I
was one of the drillers. I drilled and my brother, Harold, worked at the Zion Canyon
Lodge as a carpenter. So we batched together down under the apple trees in Springdale,
When that job was finished in the fall of 1928, 1 went
back to Beaver. I took the girl I had been going with
for several years and we came to Salt Lake with
Mother (Harriet Louisa Meikle Gordon) and the child-
We settled on Carson Street in Salt Lake. I married
this girl I had brought up from Beaver. Her name was
Loe Erickson. We were married in Farmington, Utah
by Quayle Cannon, on 7th of September, 1928.
Then we went to Rexburg, Idaho where I was a farm-hand and Loe was the cook. We
stayed there for a couple of months just during the harvest season. Then we came back to
Salt Lake and I secured a job in Provo Canyon, construction job. They were making a
road from Provo Canyon over into Alpine through American Fork Canyon.
Then we moved to Beaver and Loe stayed there with her folks
while I went to the Grand Canyon area and worked on the
highway for just a few months. When I went back to Beaver
Loe and I moved back up to Lark, Utah where I worked in
the Lark mine.
The next spring were going to get into business for ourselves
so we started buying roasters (chickens). We cleaned and sold
them to eating places, mainly Coon Chicken Inn on Highland
Drive. That didn't last very long, because at this time there
was a lot of sickness in the chickens and roasters were too
hard to get.
I went to Bingham and worked in the old Apex Mine for just
a few days. One of the men I worked with got killed in the mine. He was from South
Jordan. So that was my last day there. We came back to Salt Lake and started to work for
the Brick Yard. I saw an ad in the paper for employment at $6.27 per day and at the time
I was getting $3.40 per day. We immediately went down and signed up for this job. And
we moved to Rock Springs, Wyo.
From there they sent me out to Superior, Wyo. We had a few days of settling and getting
acquainted. Then I started to
work in the "C" Mine for the
Union Pacific Coal Co. I worked
and studied for several years, I
had to work for five years to be
eligible to take tests the Co.
provided to move up to
become fire boss and mine
forman. As soon as I got five
years worked, I took the
examinations and passed.
Then they gave me a job as unit foreman on "B"
Mine. I worked here for several years. At this time
"B" Mine finished and they moved all the
machinery out. They sent all the men up to D. 0.
Clark that was a big mine where there were four
teams working directly over each other. I worked
in what they called the seventh team on the hill.
That was up the hill close to the surface. I spent
eighteen years in the Superior Mines.
My church life in Superior-- I was first ordained second
councilor to Bishop L.E. Harris. In the Superior Ward 25
August, 1935. I held this position for just a little while
then the first councilor was transferred to Salt Lake.
Then Bishop Harris asked me to be first councilor, 26 of
April, 1936. I was ordained by David A. Smith, Rock
Springs, Wyo. Held the position for more than a year.
Bishop Harris was about ready to retire. The Stake
President from Lyman, President John Bruff, came out to
Superior to ask me to be the Bishop. On October 27, 1940
he asks me. I was made the Bishop 17 November, 1940. I
was Bishop until we left Superior in June 3, 1945. I was
set apart as Bishop by Joseph L. Writhlin.
Through our married life we have been blessed with three
lovely daughters. They have always been very attentive to
me and their mother. Words cannot express the love we have for them. We are proud of
them sib their accomplishments. We are proud of each of the boys they married and of all
NUMBER REPLACED CHILDREN NAMES
Our first daughter was born 5 July, 1930 in Beaver, Utah. We
named her (Daughter #1). She married (Son-inLaw #1) from
Morland, Idaho. They were married 15 October, 1952 in the
Idaho Falls Temple. They are now living in Wendover, Utah.
Monte is Bishop in the ward there. They have five children..
Four sons and one daughter.
Our second daughter was ' born 2 February. 1932 in
Superior, Wyo. Her name is (Daughter #2). She married
(Son-in-Law #2) from Murray. They were married 19
December,-1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. They are now living
in Draper and are very active in the ward. They have six
Our third daughter was born 1 June, 1933 in Superior Wyo.
Her name is (Daughter #3). She married Son-in-Law #3),
from Draper. They married 21 February, 1951 in the Salt
Lake Temple. They are living in Draper and active in -the
ward. They have five children:
Foster LeRoy Gordon & Loe Erickson Gordon Home in Draper, Utah
So after we moved from Wyoming to Draper we
bought this little home and place from brother
Gonne. He and his wife have since passed away.
We have enjoyed very much this home and
surroundings. We have been in the chicken
business while we have lived here. We were in
business for about 20 years. It seems our lives
have run in 20 year periods. We worked in the
mines for 20 years and had chickens for 20
years. Now we just loaf around because the
doctor said get out of the chicken business. So
for about five or six years we have just puttered
around the place here and enjoyed life and the
kids and do little odd things around here. We
like to take part in church work and travel and
visit with the many friends we have. This is about the size of my life work. This is about all
I can say at this time.
Foster LeRoy Gordon
At this time I am 64 years old.
HISTORY OF GRANDMA AND
HOME IN DRAPER, UTAH
The home at 13312 So. Fort Street in
Draper was the first house built in
Draper. It was finished on December 13,
1852. It had a willow roof and cloth
A daughter, the 9th child of William and
Mary Allen Phillips, was born that night,
the day the house was finished.
William Reynolds taught school in one
room of this house and it was the first in
Draper. He built a house in the fort. He
was a counselor to Isaac Stewart. He was
called by Brigham Young to go to St.
George to take care of a cotton mill.
The tree now standing in the front of the
house was the first tree planted in
(Grandma and Grandpa Gordon are Foster LeRoy and Loe E. Erickson Gordon
Foster Leroy Gordon
Birth: Jan. 20, 1908 Death: Oct. 17, 1979
Burial: Draper City Cemetery Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah
Loe Erickson Gordon
Birth: Mar. 11, 1911 Death: Jul. 28, 1985
Burial: Draper City Cemetery Draper, Salt Lake County, Utah
Your tombstone stands neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out on polished, marbled stone.
It reaches out to all who care. It is too late to mourn.
You did not know that I exist. You died and I was born.
Yet each of us are cells of you in flesh, in blood, in bone.
Our heart contracts and beats a pulse entirely not our own.
Dear Ancestor, the place you filled so many years ago.
Spreads out among the ones you left who would have loved you so.
I wonder as you lived and loved, I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you.
Foster LeRoy Gordon & Loe E Erickson