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m. 5 May 1882
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On August 29, 1891, Paulus Svedin was born in Elsinore, Utah--the sixth child of Paulus and Anna Augusta Andersen Svedin. The older children, Carl, Caroline, Conrad, and Ingeborg were all born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and sister Frances was born in Salt Lake. Born after Paulus in Elsinore were Henry, Anthon, Andrew, and sister Ana. So Paulus went to school in Elsinore and grew up in that town.
Childhood recollections are of the farm. There was plenty of work to be done, but there was also fun. Big shade trees surrounded the home and there was a big swing suspended from one of them. There were tall poplars with sparrow nests that were always a delight to growing boys. Paulus recalls making a necklace of sparrow eggs one time.
There was plenty of water too; the State Canal was on the highest part of the farm, the Elsinore Canal went through the middle of the farm, and the Richfield Canal was at the lower end. The water in the Richfield Canal was too swift for swimming, but the other streams were often the center of swimming activity for the ;youngsters as they rested up or cooled off from their farm work. Sometimes they even went swimming in the Sevier River.
As a child, Paulus also enjoyed a large Express wagon--a toy large enough for four children to pull. Younger brothers and sisters were always happy for a ride. Ball games were a big activity too. There weren't usually enough boys to make a complete team, so they played "One old cat" quite frequently. Two could play this--a pitcher and a batter, and there was only one base. But the batter had to reach the base and back before that ball was returned to home plate by the pitcher or he was out. The house had to be the backstop unless there were three boys to play, and then the third boy would be backstop. When there were more boys, they'd sometimes play "Single rounders". All three bases were used for this and it was a bit more challenging. Paulus said they could usually make up a game, no matter how many players they had. But the biggest problem was getting a ball. There weren't many in the stores. Chris Andersen had some he sold in his little store for ten or fifteen cents, but if anyone hit one of them it would break and spill its contents of peanut shells and all sorts of junk. So the kids would make their own, by saving bits of string, winding it around a hard object until the desired size was reached. Then they would sew it to make it secure.
Work horses were a part of the farm equipment, but the Svedin family also had two saddle horses, so riding was not unfamiliar to the boys. Work on the farm began early. It was Paulus" chore to arise at 4:30 or 5:00 and herd the sheep until 8:00. Then at 4:00 in the afternoon until sundown he herded them again. Between 8:00 and 4:00, there were cows to milk, crops to weed and water, and many other things. If there was ever any time off, they'd use it for a nap.
As the boys grew older and were preparing to be on their own, the farm became insufficient for all, so at the age of 21 Paulus came to Salt Lake and secured work at the Garfield Plant in Magna. He was there for a year and a half. In the meantime, his father had been killed in an automobile accident so the boys returned to Elsinore to take care of the farm. They did this until it was sold to Eric Nielsen.
In the early spring of 1915, Paulus was preparing to go to Price for work, when someone showed him some pictures of Ruby Valley in Nevada, and he decided to go there instead. It was because of this decision that he met Maude Ethel Barton whom he later married.
The very first Sunday in Ruby, Maude became aware of Paulus Svedin who was also in attendance at Church, and she knew he was going to be her husband, though she didn't learn his name until later. All that summer Saturday dances were held at Pole Canyon and Maude was always there. She didn't go alone though as her brother Dewey was always with her. He always got a nap so he could drive home, and Maude would sleep in the back of the wagon so she could be rested to teach her Sunday School class in the morning.
Maude was Secretary of Relief Society when she was 16. New Year's Day , 1916, she told her friends she was going to be the first one to Propose that year. With that, she asked Paulus if he would marry her. He answered, "This is sudden. Give me time". That summer, Maude worked for a Mrs. Goodwin who owned two homes--one on the ranch, and her regular winter home. Maude helped with the homes and with the cooking for the men as they put up the hay. Paulus would call for her on the week ends and bring her home. It was on one of these trips home while waiting for the horse to drink, that he proposed to her, and Maude accepted. They were married November 11, 1917, by Bishop Simon Wolfe.