Hannah Leona Ossmen

Hannah Leona Ossmen

Female 1889 - 1975  (85 years)

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  • Name Hannah Leona Ossmen  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Born 7 Nov 1889  Ogden, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [14
    Christened 7 Nov 1897  , , Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Oct 1975  Bountiful, Davis Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Leona died at Maytime Manor in Salt Lake City, Utah.
    Buried 7 Oct 1975  Clearfield, Davis Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I8388  alger
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2017 

    Father August William Ossmen,   b. 14 Aug 1860, Tj Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1936, Rexburg, Madison Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Patience Elizabeth Romrell,   b. 7 Jan 1868, Lynne (now Ogden), Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1942, Provo, Utah Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 10 May 1888  Logan, Cache Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • August and Patience were married in the Mormon Temple at Logan, Utah.
    Family ID F2988  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Deloss Clark Waters,   b. 2 Jul 1882, Burrville, Sevier Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1980, Washington, Washington Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1915  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 1923 
    Children 
     1. Ruth Elizabeth Waters,   b. 14 Jan 1917, Rigby, Jefferson Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jun 1999, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     2. Merle Blanch Waters,   b. 18 Feb 1919, Rigby, Jefferson Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Nov 2016  (Age 97 years)
     3. Verna Leona Waters,   b. 2 Mar 1921, Rigby, Jefferson Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 2009, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Margean Waters,   b. 24 Apr 1923, Rigby, Jefferson Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 2001  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F2878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Brigham Ezra Homer,   b. 4 Nov 1886, Clarkston, Cache Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1969, Glendale, Los Angeles Co., California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1929  Rexburg, Madison Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Merrill Ray Homer,   b. 26 Aug 1930, Provo, Utah Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Apr 1931, Provo, Utah Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     2. Herald Ossmen Homer,   b. 6 Apr 1932, Provo, Utah Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jul 2001  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F2987  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Oley Charles Henry Oleson,   b. 17 Dec 1870, Hooper, Weber Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1958, West Point, Davis Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1947  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F5699  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 4 John Henry Buchmiller,   b. 3 Feb 1884, Spencer, , Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Nov 1970, Idaho Falls, Bonneville Co., Idaho, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 14 Apr 1967  Logan, Cache Co., Utah, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John and Leona were married in the Mormon Temple in Logan, Utah.
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2015 
    Family ID F4670  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The following is from "A History of the Burr Pioneers".

      HANNAH LEONA OSSMEN WATERS

      Leona Ossmen Buchmiller was born on November 7, 1889 in Ogden, Utah, at the home of her maternal Grandparents, George and Patience Swingewood Romrell. Her parents were August William and Elizabeth Romrell Ossmen. Her father, August, was born in Elbrona, Tjarstad, Sweden, August 14, 1860. Her mother, Elizabeth, was born in Ogden, Weber County, Utah on January 7, 1868.

      Leona grew up in Rigby, Idaho, where the family moved in 1890. Her father homesteaded on 160 acres in that pioneer community. Leona was reared in a home which, though modest in worldly means, abounded with love, cleanliness, ambition and the things which really count, but which money cannot buy. Books, music, and flowers added culture and appreciation of the finer things of life. The home life was made complete by spirituality, which came first. Morning and evening family prayers, blessings of the food, and individual prayers were the everyday pattern. Dedication to the Mormon Church was the parent's rule, taught by example.

      For years the family traveled by wagon, cart or buggy a distance of four miles to Sunday meetings. They took their lunches with them and ate between meetings so that only one trip to the church had to be made. Many others living a long distance from the church did the same. The lessons of the necessity and value of work were taught early.

      She had a delightful childhood. She and her younger sister, Lettie, spent many happy summers hours down by the river, which was close to their home. They loved to walk down what they called Lover's Lane, where a profusion of wild roses, flowering vines and wild flowers grew. Gathering the wid flowers in early spring was a special joy. When almost seven, she attended school at Labelle, Idaho, one and a half miles north of her home. She was small for her age and very timid. The teacher was a large, heavy-set man and very stern. He always had a long, round stick or a pointer in his hand. Leona was very frightened of him. Her father took her to school on horseback most of the time, and she walked home.

      Leona was baptized in the river on 7 Nov 1897, on her eighth birthday, by John Dahle. A thin layer of ice had to be broken. Since this was Fast Sunday, she was also confirmed into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-Saints on the same day.

      Brothers and sisters were Lettie and a twin, Leah Patience, who passed away one month after birth; Viola, who died six months later; Clarence William, who died a month later, Alfred, Otella and lee.

      Leona started playing the piano at an early age. She was given 25 cents a week for practicing four hours a day and had to double the time the next day if she missed any practicing. She studied while at Ricks Academy under Oscar Kirkham who later was a member of the First Council of Seventies in the Mormon Church, a great and talented man.

      In 1898, her father was called on a mission for the Mormon Church to Sweden, his native land. Her mother decided to attend Ricks Academy in Rexburg, Idaho and took the girls with her. The Academy was located in some rooms over Flam's store. Her mother rented a room for $3 a month from Mattie and May Ricks. Their home was just across the street from the Academy. The girls attended the public school. That year for Christmas, all they had was $1 to buy something for the occasion; still it was happy one. Lettie got a doll bed; Leona got a little tin stove.

      During the winter-time, her mother became ill with the mumps. They went down, causing severe pain in her leg. She asked the girls to kneel down and pray for her. They placed their hands where the pain was and prayed that she would be healed. The pain left immediately andnever returned. This was a great testimony to all of them.

      The following year, her mother attended Weber Academy in Ogden, Utah. One of her teachers was David O. McKay, who later became President of the Mormon Church. The girls attended school at Five Points while living at the home of their grandparents.

      The next five years were spent going to school in Rigby, Idaho; Leona graduated from the eighth grade in the spring of 1905. The girls drove the three and one half miles to school in a two-wheel horse-drawn cart. Later, a buggy was used, and during the winter a homemade sleigh sufficed. The following year found Leona and Lettie at Ricks Academy, since there was no high school in Rigby. Leona graduated from a three year course in Domestic Science in 1909.

      During the years 1908-09 at Ricks, she accompanied the school operettas on the piano under Professor Charles J. Engar, a great joy for her. Ricks Academy was dedicated in 1906, the first year the girls attended. Leona was called on to play for many events. She also played with an orchestra for dances held in Thorton. These dances were very popular among the younger people in the area at that time.

      Following her three years at Ricks, Leona lived with Cousin Flossie Elgren, attending the Mormon high school in Salt Lake City, and graduated in 1910. Leona filled a Mormon mission to the Northern States, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, from 1911 to 1913. After her release from the mission, she had nine days at home before leaving to attend the University of Idaho at Moscow, Idaho to renew a teachers certificate. At different times, she attended several terms at Brigham Young University.

      Leona served in various church positions, being called at eleven years of age as the assistant Sunday School organist; at fourteen, she was a Sunday School teacher in the Rigby First Ward. She has been organist for Stake MIA, Primary and the Relief Society organization. She was ward organist in the Rigby Second Ward, at Kilgore, Centerville First Ward and the Belvedere Ward. She served as a counselor in the Relief Society; her last position was organist in the Seventeenth Ward in Salt Lake City when she was past eighty years of age. Failing eyesight made it necessary for her to resigh this position. When she was eighty-three years old, she played a piano selection at her grandson's missionary farewell meeting.

      When she married Deloss Waters, he had four children by his first marriage. Leona took them into her home and cared for them as if they were her own. She and Deloss also had four daughters of their own.

      Leona and Deloss's children were Ruth Elizabeth, Merle Blanch, Verna Leona and Margean, all born in Rigby, Idaho. Leona and Deloss were divorced in 1923, because of his infidelity, and she obtained a temple divorce from him in Jan 1930.

      She was teaching school in Ririe, Idaho when she met Brigham E. Homer. He was a widower with four children. They were married November 26, 1929 in Rexburg, Idaho. Two sons were born to them. Merrill Ray Homer was born August 26, 1930 in Provo, Utah and Herald Ossmen Homer on April 6, 1932. Merrill passed away at age seven and a half months of intestinal flu and pneumonia.

      At that time, school districts would not let married women teach school, and Brigham could not get work, so Leona and Brigham were divorced and he moved to California.

      Her teaching career included teaching 5th and 6th grades at Rigby, 2nd grade at Ririe, Idaho, all grades at Atlanta, Idaho and 7th grade and music at Roberts, Idaho. She also taught many years in Byrl, Castle Gate, Kennilworth, Utah; and Mesquite, Nevada.

      Leona was a hard worker, and from the time the girls were small until 1937, she spent the summers on her parents' farm picking raspberries and strawberries. Many times after picking berries, she would load her car with raspberries and sell them from house to house as far north as St. Anthony. This helped supplement her winter teaching wages and support her five children.

      Leona married Oley C. Oleson on 12 Dec 1947. They lived in Centerville, Bountiful and West Point, Utah, where a new home was built for them by Orlin, Oley's son. They both enjoyed producing fruits and vegetables and seeing things grow. Oley Oleson died on 21 Feb 1958, and Leona was once again left alone.



















































      On 14 Apr 1967, Leona married John H. Buchmiller. They lived in Salt Lake City, and spent the summer months in Rexburg, Idaho. Leona and John were very active in temple work and enjoyed it very much. They contributed to gelealogical research and were active in other ways also. This was a happy marriage for both of them. John H. Buchmiller died 27 Nov 1970.

      Leona had a great testimony of the Mormon gospel, which she prized above all else and to which she was true and faithful. She lived a full and rewarding life, helping friends, neighbors and her family whenever she could. She became ill shortly after her eighty-fourth birthday. Her oldest daughter, Ruth W. Powell, cared for her in her home for over one and one half years with great love and consideration Her family was devoted to her but Ruth carried the burden, giving her all the kind and loving care and attention anyone could offer. Leona was in the Maytime Manor for four months where Ruth and all the family visited her daily.

      She passed away peacefully in her sleep on 4 Oct 1975. She left many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, both her own and also by her marriages, who missed her and mourned her passing, as did her immediate family.

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      The following is from "Life Sketch of Leona Ossmen Buchmiller - by various authors

      LIFE SKETCH OF LEONA OSSMEN BUCHMILLER


  • Sources 
    1. [S30] History of the Burr Pioneers, Wesley R. Burr & Ruth J. Burr, p. 695-699 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S243] Life and History of Ruth and Arthur Powell, Compiled by Beth Howarth and Anna Jean Sweat, p. 36-37 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S244] Alger files - Buchmiller, Leona Ossman, Leona Ossman Buchmiller, Death Certificate for Leona Ossman Buchmiller (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S110] Genealogy of Gordon Gridley and Catherine Low, Gordon Gridley, (http://www.gordongridley.us/genealogy/gridleylo/index.htm#TOC : 19 Oct 2007), accessed 9 Jan 2009), page 1 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S124] Family of Adam, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, (https://familysearch.org/ : copyright 2008), accessed 14 Feb 2009), KWC4-QZQ (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S241] Alger files - Gridley, Verna Leona, Verna Leona Gridley, Family group record for John Calvert Gridley and Verna Leona Waters - undated (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Brigham Ezra Homer and Elizabeth Blakely - 15 Jun 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Brigham Ezra Homer and Hannah Leona Ossmen - 4 Aug 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Herald Ossmen Homer and Betty mary Hartley - 25 Apr 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    10. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Russell King Homer and Eleanor Maria Atkinson - 25 Apr 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    11. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Oley Charles Henry Oleson and Hannah Leona Ossmen - 4 Aug 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for August William Ossmen and Patience Elizabeth Romrellt - 4 Aug 1993 (Reliability: 3).

    13. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Family group record for Tommy John Peratis and Merle Blanche Waters - undated (Reliability: 3).

    14. [S31] Alger files - Alger, Dennis Wayne, Dennis Wayne Alger, Famil group record for John Henry Buchmiller and Hannah Leona Ossmen - 4 Aug 1993 (Reliability: 3).


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