The Woodbury Legacy of Harold Woodbury Blauer

(photograph on order)

My grandparents Angus Cannon Woodbury and Diantha Rogers were living in Lovell, Wyoming, when in the late summer of 1910 they decided to migrate to Burley, Idaho, in two wagons. Grandma was really excited to be able to live close to her two sisters who were living in View. The families she was excited to be reunited with were Erazma Mayer Rogers with Benjamin Hammond Burgess and Mary Elizabeth Rogers with Arthur Porter Empey. Soon after Grandfather arrived in the View Area in September, he went to Jerome with four horses to help build a storage reservoir. This work lasted until December and provided the family with much needed funds.

After leaving Jerome he returned to the View Community where he rented an 80-acre farm from a Mrs. Rich. He also filed on 160 acres of land under the Homestead Act. It lay about 3 miles south of the View Community, above the Burley irrigation canal. In order to pay the bills he accepted a position as a teacher in the Cassia Stake Academy at Oakley. He and some of the students from View stayed in Oakley during the week and came home to View on week-ends.

Grandfather was ordained a bishop by Apostle David O. McKay on July 30, 1916, and set apart to preside over the View Ward. He was bishop when a ward building was constructed at 590 South 500 East of Burley in 1918 at a cost of $11,000 plus much donated labor. This is the Church building our family attended during my growing up years.

In 1919-20 the Woodburys moved to Utah and Southern Idaho.. They later moved back to View where they paid what money they had on a 160-acre farm known as the Dayley Ranch. This ranch was located at 550 East 800 South of Burley where Lunch Creek enters a reservoir. Lunch Creek got its name from people who stopped on its banks for lunch as they travelled between Albion and Oakley in the early days. Its waters were used to water alfalfa and some other crops. It was here in this bungalow-style home that Dad (Henry William Blauer) courted Mom (Lucille Woodbury) the Spring of 1928. It was here that the View Ward held many celebrations including community rodeos, etc., on the 24th of July during my growing up years. In 1932 my grandparents sold this place to their son, Leland. At this time they built and operated a small store and service station located 3 miles east of Declo on Highway 30. In recent years Norman Hurst and Dale Whipple have told me how much they loved to visit with Grandfather at his store. In 1942 they sold the store and moved back to View near the Church. In 1944 they moved to Logan, Utah, so they could work in the temple.

For several years Grandfather worked at compiling material for a history of his Grandfather Jeremiah Woodbury and his descendants. In 1958 a thousand copies were printed by the Reminder Press in Burley. It was a hard back book containing 230 pages and was bought up readily by family members. I bought and gave copies of this book to all of my children and grandchildren. It is a great book for family members to have about their ancestors and their current relatives. This was one of Grandfathers most satisfying accomplishments.

Six of their children spent considerable time in Cassia County. Anna and mother (Lucille) attended Albion State Normal School and then taught at the View School for a year. Aretta and her husband, Orville Law operated an 80 acre farm for a couple of years while he taught at Declo High School. Later they operated the Goat Ranch north of Oakley for several years. LeGrande bought 80 acres in View, 40 acres in Springdale and a small ranch in Elba. We loved to visit them when they operated “24 Flavors” in Burley for 9 years. Their ice cream was sooo good. Glen ran a farm in Declo and had the Goat Ranch for a while. He had all three stores in View at one time. Leland took over the Dayley Ranch from Grandfather in 1932. At first Leland dry farmed and ran cattle. By the late 1940’s they had 2000 acres of farming ground and had much more grazing ground.


From left to right starting with the front row (all Woodbury): Glen, Angus Cannon (father), Diantha Rogers (mother), Leland, (back) LeGrande, Anna, Lucille, Aretta, and Raymond

From left to right starting with the front row (all Woodbury): Glen, Angus Cannon (father), Diantha Rogers (mother), Leland, (back) LeGrande, Anna, Lucille, Aretta, and Raymond

Leland was sustained Bishop of the View Ward March 27, 1949. In December of 1953 they completed a new ward building at a cost of $125,000. This is the building where Phyllis and I with our children attended our church meetings during the late fifties and the early sixties.

In 1967 Leland and Myrlene began to drill irrigation wells. They drilled six – two were dry but four proved to be good. They sold the farm to their son, Orin. Several years later he sold it to his sister, Sharol, and her husband, Raymond Searle, and their sons.

It is interesting to note that besides Grandfather, his son Leland Woodbury; Grandsons, Harold Blauer and Orin Woodbury; Grand-son in law, Raymond Searle, and three great grandsons, Kent Searle, Craig Searle, and Cloyd Searle have served as bishops of the View Ward.

For more information regarding the Woodbury line refer to the Blauer Legacy of Wayne Harold Blauer.