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Hilma Adamson Wight

Hilma Adamson Wight

Hilma Adamson Wight represents an age of emigrant pioneers whose numbers are becoming so few that their records are to be found mainly in the history of the Latter Day Saint Church. . She was born on December 19, 1874, in Rangarno, Sweden. She was the daughter of Anders Adamson and Margretta Mattson. They were of a line of prosperous and industrious Swedish people. Anders Adamson had been raised on the sea. He was a Captain, which allowed his people to mingle with the finer people of this great country.

But the humble missionaries carried the message of the Gospel to their home and the spirit of the Lord testified to its truthfulness. They accepted the Gospel and went through those experiences of other converts and found it necessary to sever all their connections with their friends and possessions and emigrate to America and the Rocky Mountains.

So Hilma, who was 9 years old, with her parents and four younger brothers and sisters came to Utah and found their way to Richmond in Cache County, where they tried to establish a home.

Everything about this new home and country was new and different. It was necessary for all members of the family to get whatever employment they could to assist in establishing themselves among this people. Within just a few months, Hilma found that she could earn part of her needs by assisting neighbors and people in their homes. Much of her girlhood was spent in helping people who were in trouble. This gave her valuable training that helped her through her life. When she was a young girl she went to Salt Lake and was employed as cook in the home of one of the federal judges of the state of Utah--Judge Goodwin—and in the home of F. O. Gentsch, Superintendent of the Union Pacific. When Gentsch was transferred from Salt Lake to Omaha, Hilma went along with this family. While she was there Joseph Martin Wight from Brigham City came to Omaha as a missionary. Through their Church association they became fast friends. Sometime after Martin's mission was completed Hilma came back home and they were married in the Logan Temple on June 19, 1901. Joseph Martin Wight was interested in sheep and they used to graze their sheep through Oneida County and on up to Soda Springs. While in this activity, Martin suffered a heart ailment that caused his death in March of 1902. In June of 1902 Hilma gave birth to daughter Marteal. She and her child returned to live in the home of her parents in Richmond.

In trying to solve her problems and in order to make a living for herself and her child she decided to become a nurse. She made application to Dr. Margaret Shipp Roberts, the wife of President B. H. Roberts, who maintained a school for the training of practical nurses and midwives. [The School of Obstetrics and Nursing, Salt Lake City.] This application was accepted and she moved into the home of Brother and Sister Roberts where she assisted with the work in the house and at the same time completed her course with Dr. Shipp. She moved back to Richmond when her training was completed. In Richmond she assisted the various doctors in Northern Cache County maternity cases.

Hilma assisted at the birth of nearly 2,000 babies. She was known and loved for this service by all of Northern Cache Country. She always took an active part in Church activities, serving in different organizations. Part of this time was spent as a Counselor in the Ward Relief Society Presidency. Where she served as a counselor to Sister Burnham, who was a daughter of President [Charles W.] Penrose and the Mother of then Relief Society President, Mrs. O. H. Kent. She was assigned to take care of the work with the sick and those who were in trouble.

In 1925 after the marriage of her daughter she decided to bring her work to her home. She organized and maintained a maternity home. She continued with this work until her health failed her in 1931. She then made her home with Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Hendricks, her daughter and son-in-law.

Because of her poor health the last few years of her life, her activities were limited to what simple tasks she could do in the church and to assisting those who were close to her. She served for 4 or 5 years as a Relief Society Block Teacher in the Malad Second Ward.

She passed away in the Oneida Hospital after a lingering illness of several years, on December 22, 1945.

After funeral service Hilma was laid to rest at the side of her husband in Brigham City, Utah. Her only daughter, Marteal Wight Hendricks, and her children, Betty Jan, Carol Dawn, Kathryn, and Samuel Allen Hendricks, Jr. survived her.

Of her eight brothers and sisters the following survived Hilma: one brother, Mr. Otto L. Adamson of Burley Idaho, and two sisters, Mrs. W. T. Woodland of Salt Lake City, and Mrs. Raymond F. Brown of Vallejo, California.

--Author unknown

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