Sadie Ollerton Clark was born on 20 January 1901 in Parowan, Utah. She was the 8th and youngest child of James Ollerton and Mary Emma Adams Ollerton. Her other siblings were Mary Jane, Anna, James Adams, Lola Jessamie, Milton Leech, Preston, and Felicia (Fay). Sadie was born prematurely and suffered from both Measles and Pneumonia shortly after her birth. As a result of her sickly nature, as well as her place in the family, she was always treated as the child to be fretted over and told what to do. Her early childhood was marked by a farming life, which helped her family to be self-sufficient. Eventually, her family moved to an area just north of Tempe, Arizona, as her father’s health was deteriorating and there was stress over Milton’s marriage (a marriage that eventually ended in divorce). Sadie’s father passed away on 8 April 1917, succumbing to liver cancer, and when WWI began, Milton and Preston joined the army and air force respectively. Nim (James) quit his job teaching in Beaver, Utah, and returned to Arizona to manage the family farm while the others were gone. He taught in Mesa for 2 years in the meantime. While Ann stayed on the farm to look after their mother, Fay and Sadie both went to Provo, Utah, for school. Sadie met Leigh while in college and they quickly fell in love. Their marriage was postponed at first, at the urging of Leigh’s family, who wanted him to come home after that winter quarter, and then he was called on a mission to England. While he was away serving, Sadie enrolled in the Normal courses at BYA, even though she didn’t particularly enjoy it, so that she could learn how to support herself. This led her to spend a year teaching in Heber with her friend, Vesta Pierce. It was a good experience for her, but she always looked back on the experience wishing she had matured a little more from it. Upon Leigh’s return from his mission, they decided they loved each other, but still could not get married right away. He returned home to Mesa to help his father with a failing furniture business and contracted severe blood poisoning, which left him in poor health for much of the rest of his life. Before returning to school, Sadie visited him in August of 1923, at which point he gave her a diamond. They were married on 3 June 1924, and together they had two children, Norman Harold and Reid Ollerton. Sadie and her family moved around a bit between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the El Paso area of Texas as their family grew. They served very demanding callings in their ward in El Paso, and Sadie felt like her time spent serving the ward was time taken from her ability to be home with her children. She served in the Relief Society Presidency while Leigh served in the Sunday School Presidency, and later doubled as the ward choir director. Pearl Harbor Day rang clear in Sadie’s memory. She remembered that at the time she was recovering from a miscarriage, and her personal fear was for her son, Norman, who at the time was a high school senior and therefore almost eligible for the draft. Sadie spent a couple of years in the 1940’s as a substitute teacher in the Houston schools. The district she worked in needed teachers so badly, she ended up teaching almost every day of the school year. She wasn’t able to make much money, as she was paid 5 dollars a day, which offset her use of the car to get to work in the first place. Nevertheless, she appreciated the activity, especially since it kept her mind off the War. Norman enlisted in the Marine V12 program, then began his college career in Arlington, Texas. Leigh spent some time first as the Branch President in Houston, then as the Coordinator to the Service Men in Texas and Louisiana. Because of this, Sadie would often go with him to visit the camps of service men, with the purpose of organizing the men there so they could still do church. It was a duty full of travel, but she enjoyed tagging along, and they did this until the War ended and the camps closed. Sadie was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 1953, which resulted in her needing to have a hysterectomy. She recovered well from it, but soon after the operation, Leigh had a heart attack, which poorly affected his health for the rest of his life. After having come to terms with the thought that she might die soon, she now had to figure out how to reconcile the possibility of having to live alone, without her husband. Because of his lack of good health, when South Texas became its own stake, he turned down the calling of Stake President and instead was called to be the stake Patriarch. Sadie in the meantime was called as the stake Relief Society President, and on top of that busy calling, she would type up the patriarchal blessings Leigh had given and recorded in longhand. She wished she could have been better at it, but she never did get very good at typing. Nevertheless, she continued to give it her best. Eventually, Sadie was hired on as a teacher at St. Thomas Episcopal School. At first,
This manuscript is bound in blue leather, with the title, “Book of Remembrance” embossed in gold lettering on the cover. It numbers 69 pages, and is mostly typescript, though there are a few handwritten “family portraits.” These “portraits” cover the names and vital information of William and Mary Ann Leech Adams and their children, and they include photographs of each member of the family, some printed straight on the page, and others pasted in. There is also a poem entitled, “A Tribute to William Adams,” written by Sadie Ollerton Clark, the primary biographer and gatherer of information for the manuscript. She also wrote the introduction, which explains how a family reunion brought the descendants of William Adams together to revisit his grave and agree to research his family. The family line is traced back to a Scottish clan that settled in Ireland, in which another, older William Adams married Anne Reynolds, of the Irish Nugent family. The collection contains many life sketches, biographies, and histories of various people within the family. These articles are written by Sadie and various sisters, brothers, and cousins. They are as follows: - William Adams, Condensed from the William Adams Narrative - Mary Ann Leech Adams - Maria (May) Barbara Bolanz Adams - Life Story of Charles Adams: Pioneer, Church and Civic Leader - From the Personal Diary of Charles Adams - James Jamison Adams - Anna Catherine Adams Ward - Hugh Leech Adams, Sr. “Cap” - Margaret Adams Richards - William Adams, Jr. - Mary Emma Adams Ollerton - Thomas Adams - George Albert Adams - John Earnest Adams - History of Joseph Frederick Adams - Franklin Jacob Adams Additionally, there is a “family portrait” (similar to the one of William and Mary Ann’s) for James and Mary Emma Adams Ollerton and their children, of which Sadie is the youngest of 8 children. Following the “portrait,” there are a few more life sketches pertaining to their own family. They are as follows: - James Ollerton Life Sketch - Mary Emma Adams Ollerton - Mary Jane - Anna - James - Lola - Milton Leech - Preston - Fay - My life “My Life” is the life sketch written by Sadie about herself. It outlines her experiences growing up in Utah, her home life and education, her meeting her husband, Leigh, and the rearing of her own children. It follows the growing lives of her children as well, as they reached college age, found spouses, and pursued careers. Additionally, there is much talk of the jobs and callings in Church she and Leigh had throughout their lives, as well as the health problems they weathered together.