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Family of Stephen Franklin Hibbs and
Ruanna Hadley Hibbs
The following was taken from
"From Sagebrush to Green Fields"
A History of Greenleaf, Idaho
by Dilla Tucker Winslow
Published 1984 by Artcraft Press, Nampa, Idaho
pgs. 129 and 130
Transcribed by Dennis McIndoo
The year 1906 appears to
have been a rich one in new families. It was in early October of this
year that the Stephen Hibbs family moved to Greenleaf. Their coming was
a great addition to the community both in quality and quantity. The
spirited life of the young people left little boredom around them.
Stephen and Ruanna each sewed his or her terms as officers and on
church committees. They started out in a home similar to that which
most families did.
Bernice Williams, whose mother was a cousin of Ruanna, gives a
picture of home life in this family:
Ruanna Hibbs and part of their 14
children were settled in a small house, probably 18 x
20 feet, and some tents and a
sagebrush barn. Now a sagebrush barn is built by putting two rows of
barb wire about 18 inches apart and filling in with sagebrush,
tumbleweed and greasewood.
When Mama went to call on Ruanna,
nothing would do but for her to spend the night there. Now this was in
June and the climate was dry and warm. There was one bed in one corner
of the room and Mama wondered where she would sleep. As the evening
wore on and these two cousins who had not seen each other since
childhood visited, the smaller Hibbs' began to get sleepy. One little
one came in from the dusty out of doors and said, "Maw, I'm sleepy."
"Well, get thy quilt and cuddle down here in the corner," and so on
until three or four little folks had cuddled down. And Mama and Ruanna
still talked on. Finally Father Stephen Hibbs and two older boys went
to the barn to sleep and some others slept in a tent. This was
homesteading in the West.
When the Hibbs came from Iowa,
the two older children, Ethel and Lawrence, remained there where he did
some preaching and he and his sons raised hybrid seed corn. Ethel Hibbs
Wood also remained in Iowa as she had married and was happy in her home
Generva taught in the new two-room schoolhouse and later married
Leetus Williams, who was a farmer in the early days.
Dwight chose Nancy Little for his life partner in the farming
Chloe taught school in various localities, among which was
Greenleaf public school, before she married Walter Perisho. He farmed
mostly in Idaho and Iowa around Oskaloosa, where he passed away. Chloe
came back to Greenleaf.
Blanche married Bennie Martin and they lived on a farm west of
In later years, Chloe and Blanche moved to Sunny Ridge Manor in
Gladys married Edgar Rhoads and they decided to also make their
home on Idaho farms as long as they lived.
Neal and Ethel Hibbs made farming their vocation and lived most of
their lives in the early Faw home. Leland, their son, married Iverna
Hirst. They became missionaries under the Northwest Yearly Meeting and
served many years in the South American field.
Zoe married Emmett Gulley who was perhaps the most widely and
world-known Greenleaf man.
Lilith married Willard Ragsdale and moved to Oregon and
Ralph married Carol Swanson and farmed here in Idaho a few years
before they decided to try Iowa farming. In later years he turned to
Ruth selected a brother of her brother-in-law Willard as her life
partner and has spent her days mostly in Oregon and California with John
Raymond married Ida Seidenburg and trucked his way through life.
Among other worthy deeds he helped to haul the stone for the church
building (The Quaker Church in Greenleaf).
Eugene's wife was Gertrude Brown who was a good helpmate in his
pastoral work in Idaho and Oregon. After he retired from the ministry,
he worked on the police force in Newberg, Oregon.
On a beautiful summer day in
August, 1930, 14 children, their grandchildren and 5 great
grandchildren, with other relatives, gathered at the church to celebrate
the first golden wedding anniversary in Greenleaf. The forenoon program
consisted of the group gathering in the church building to help relate
the early lives and courtship of Stephen and Ruanna Hibbs. Several
poems were read and incidents of days and courting were related. The
main speaker for the program was Mrs. Hibbs' youngest brother, John
Hadley. A picnic wedding dinner was served in the yard commemorating
the occasion fifty years before when on September 4, 1880, Miss
Ruanna became Mrs. Stephen Hibbs.
Obituary for Ruanna Hadley Hibbs
September 9, 1859 - 2 December, 1931
From The Caldwell News-Tribune,
dated Thursday, 3 December, 1931
Contributed by Dennis McIndoo
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Mrs. S. F. Hibbs
Funeral Services for
Greenleaf Woman Will be
Held Saturday Afternoon
Mrs. Ruanna Hibbs, 72, of Greenleaf, passed away Wednesday
evening at the family home following a long illness. Funeral
services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the
Mrs. Hibbs came to the Greenleaf community with her
husband from Iowa in 1906 and has made her home in that community
since then. She has been a member of the Friends church all
Surviving are her husband, S. F. Hibbs, and 14
children, L. T. Hibbs of LaGrande, Iowa; Mrs. Charles D. Wood of New
Providence, Iowa, Geneva Willis, D. B. Hibbs, Mrs. Walter Perisho,
Mrs. B. A. Martin, Mrs. E. W. Rhoades, and N. D. Hibbs, all of
Greenlear, Mrs. E. W. Gulley of Newberg., J. W. Ragsdale, Compton,
Cal.; R. S. Hibbs of Rock Springs, Wyo., Mrs. J. R. Ragsdale and R.
W. Hibbs, both of Caldwell and Eugene B. Hibbs of Nampa.
Also this article a few days later.
The Caldwell News-Tribune
dated Thursday, 10 December, 1931
Final Rites For
GREENLEAF (Special) - A large crowd attended the funeral
services for Mrs. S. F. Hibbs at the Greenleaf church Saturday
afternoon. Services were in charge of a former pastor, the
Rev. Ezra G. Pearson.
A male quartet composed of Lawrence and Harold Roberts,
W. H. Benedict and Mrs. Sanders furnished music and Alice Roberts
sang a vocal solo. Pall bearers were C. J. Antrim W. J.
Winslow, Frank Herlocker, L. V. Myers, E. N. Hanson and S. D.
All the 14 children surviving were present with the
exception of Lawrence Hibbs of LaGrande, Iowa, and Mrs. Zoe Gulley
of Newber, Ore. Burial was in Greenleaf cemetery.
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