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George and Rosalie and Julia Cole

George Cole
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Rosalie Cole

Julia Cole
Julia Cole
George Cole

George Cole was born and reared in American Fork, Utah. He was the youngest of five children. His parents joined the Church in England, came to America in 1853 and settled in American Fork.

He married Rosalie Jane Henault in 1890 in Logan, Utah. He taught school in Malad, Idaho for several years. He was called to be principal of Bannock Academy in 1894, when Charles Watkins resigned as principal of the Academy for health reasons. Seventh and eighth grade school work was introduced at the Academy while George was principal.

The Academy struggled to stay open. The economic situation was such that George Cole and the other four teachers taught the last half of one year without pay. They accepted homegrown produce instead of cash for students' tuitions. This way their families had food to eat.

George's wife, Rosalie, died in 1897 at the birth of their fourth child. He continued as principal and as a teacher until 1899 when he resigned. He married Mary Julia Goodey in 1900 in Salt Lake City, but they continued to live in Rexburg. In 1906, George and Julia Cole were sent by the Church to colonize the first permanent Mormon settlement in Northern California. They departed cold, windy Rexburg in the fall of that year with several other families and moved to sunny Gridley, located 70 miles north of Sacramento. George and Julia built a home in Gridley where the first meetings of the Church were held.

Soon Gridley had more than fifty members of the Church and a branch was organized with George as the Branch President. He served in that capacity for several years.

George was an able and talented musician and led the church choir for many years. He was active in his community. He served several years as the secretary of the Gridley Federal Farm Loan Association. George died in Gridley in 1932 and is buried there.
Rosalie Jane Heaneault Cole

Rosalie Jane Henault Cole was born just south of Brigham City in Willard, Utah. She was the oldest child in her family. Her father was French Canadian and her mother was Welsh. Within a few years of Rosalie's birth, the family moved north to Malad, Idaho where Rosalie grew up with her ten brothers and sisters.

Rosalie married George Cole in 1890 in Logan, Utah. They were the parents of four children.

George and Rosalie settled in Malad, Idaho where George taught school before he became principal of Bannock Academy and the family moved to Rexburg.

Rosalie died in Rexburg in February 1897, at the birth of her fourth child, Rosalie Ann Cole.
Mary Julia Goody Cole

Julia was born in Clarkston, Utah, one of a large family of brothers and sisters. She married George Cole in the Salt Lake Temple on January 3, 1900. She raised the three children from her husband's first marriage, and was the mother of seven of her own.

She was the first LDS woman in Gridley, coming with her husband and children in 1906. George and Julia bought a home in Gridley, where the first Church meetings were held.

Julia was a stalwart member of the Church, serving faithfully all her life. She loved music. Julia was a gentle person with a kindly sense of humor. She was a real pioneer for goodwill, peace and missionary work in the tough times while settling in northern California. Her granddaughter tells the story about the time when non-LDS people thought that the LDS had horns. When approached, and asked if she had horns and where her horns were. Julia told them, "Yes, we have horns. Wait just a moment and I will go and get them." She went into the study and returned with musical instruments! Having a good sense of humor and a love of music helped Julia and George deal with the opposition when times were difficult during their settling in Northern California. Having faith in God strengthened their work further.

After the death of her husband, she lived with many years with her married daughter until her own death in 1945. She is buried in Gridley.
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