Journals From the Life and Times of Joseph Ira Earl and His Wives : Elethra Calista Bunker, Agnes Viola Bunker
Earl, Owen Ken
Moses Lake, Washington
Owen Ken Earl
22 January 1881 to 16 July 1934. The United Order in Bunkerville, Nevada is reorganized, with Joseph as Secretary. He and his brother Wilber work on their farm and on municipal construction projects. Joseph starts work as a blacksmith. He marries his second wife, Agnes Bunker, in the St. George Temple and is made Second Councilor in the Bunkerville Ward Bishopric. Joseph starts a honey business and Elethra Calista, his first wife, dies of complications from giving birth. He mentions that Elethra had predicted her own death in a dream, and had foreseen that Agnes would raise Elethra's children. Joseph is ordained as Bishop of the Bunkerville Ward by Apostle Francis Lyman, and is then made a member of the Moapa Stake High Council, and a patriarch. Between his two wives, Joseph eventually has nineteen children. A highway is built near Bunkerville, and he is made a Democratic Presidential Elector for Nevada. He becomes active in local Nevada politics and moves to Overton, Nevada. He corresponds with his brother Frank, supporting the Manifesto and is made Bishop of the Las Vegas ward. Joseph is impressed by various technological achievements, particularly the development of airplanes. After working with bees for forty years, he applies for, and receives, a pension and sells most of his hives. He writes to congratulate Franklin D. Roosevelt on his nomination to the presidency, and receives a kind letter in response.