Childhood without His Father
He went to a Lutheran minister each day for reading of the Bible, and came to know it well - memorizing many passages. He had a fine singing voice and sang in the Lutheran Choir when he was ten years old. Years later he sang in Mormon choirs, and men liked to sit by him in rehearsals because his ability to correctly hear and sing were great help to them.
Training to be a Master Carpenter
|August Christian Fredrick Bluth|
His First Marriage and Eldest Son
They had one son, Fredrick Zacharias Bluth, born 6 September 1868 in Stockholm. It was not long before Hannah died on 14 June 1875 of consumption, and after her death August closed the store.
Conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Through his testimony his oldest brother, John, and five members of his family also were baptized members of the LDS Church. August was among 270 Swedes who joined the twenty-three LDS branches, increasing the Swedish membership to 1581 in the year 1976. (Jensen 545) The Book of Mormon was translated into Danish in 1851, but not available in Swedish until 1878, so it is unlikely that August had a copy of the Book of Mormon in his native language. However, there were many LDS tracts and pamphlets printed in the Swedish language.
From the journals of John Vitalis Bluth, August's nephew: "I had an uncle named August CF Bluth, who lived with his family in another part of the city. Elder John C. Anderson of Grantsville, Tooele, Utah, had been visiting with my Uncle August. He had talked with him and his family and had left books there to read. My Aunt who lived with us, Frederika Bluth Schultz (and her children Matilda, Selma, Julia and Anna) visited between our family an his and had listened to their conversations and begun reading their books. At one time she told father of it and said she would bring some of the literature home. Father, who had a horror of the name Mormon (as has many another honest heart because of misinformation) told her she needn't bring any such things home ... and that he would certainly throw such things into the fire ... and that she surely could be better occupied than in running after false doctrine. Notwithstanding this threat, she did bring some books home and read them secretly. On one occasion she forgot her caution and left one of the books on the bureau. Father spied the strange book, took it up and finding it to be a Mormon publication (THE VOICE OF WARNING), was about to carry out his threat, when the thought struck him that as there was no one to see him, he might as well look into it and see what it had to say for itself before he did so. He began to read and never left off reading until the book was finished. When done, the book was replaced with another instead of being burned. He was convinced of the truth of the message and had so informed mother."
Sailing to America
Shortly after becoming a member of the Church, ACF sailed for America. He brought with him his son and new wife, Josephine Albertina Rose, who was born 27 July 1844 in Kreplan Hatune, Uppsala, Sweden to Carl Wilhelm Rose and Brita Louisa Erickson.
Bluth Family in Utah
The Latter Day Saints were living the "United Order" at this time, and most of August's income went to help this great cause.
August's nephew, John Vitalis Bluth, recorded in his journal: "On July 14, 1877, we reached Salt Lake City, almost 30 years after the advance scouts of the Pioneers. All the emigrants were taken to some place to wait for friends to call for them, most of them going to outlying settlements. A day or two after arriving, our Uncle August came in with a team from Grantsville, Tooele County. He had settled there the year before, it being the home of John C. Anderson who first brought the gospel to him. All our little belongings were soon packed in the wagon. Six of us, Uncle August and the driver. We found ourselves crossing the alkali lowlands between Salt Lake City and Grantsville, a distance of 37 miles almost due west.
Here we found our uncle living in a one room log house, used for kitchen, dining room, bedroom, parlor and carpenter shop. Here we all piled in, two families, nine of us - for the night. The loghouse stood on a barren gravel lot, covered by a scanty growth of sagebrush and greasewood, and cactus, while a small ditch passed the house in the street, around which the sagebrush grew luxuriantly. Everything appeared to have a heated, suffocating appearance. I could scarcely breathe the rarified air, heated by the July sun. I saw nothing but the mountains in their somber hue and the gray sage-covered valley sloping gently from the hills. No water, either lake, or river as was in Stockholm. I longed and yearned for it until my whole being seemed consumer with thirst. But, through it all, I felt that this was Zion, and here we were to work out our destiny and learn new things.
While living in Ogden they had 4 more children: Rosemilda Ranghilda (known as Hilda), Oscar Emanuel (our grandfather), Jared William and Carl Emil – all who lived.
Persecuted and Driven to Mexico
By 1886, after many expeditions, large tracts of land were obtained in the north western part of Chihuahua along the Casas Grandes River. Colonia Dublan, the largest of the colonies in Mexico, but not the first, could be said to have had its beginnings in the later part of 1888. George M. Brown, whose home was at Provo, Utah, negotiated with a German-Mexican by the name of Lewis Huller for 73,000 acres of land in the Casas Grandes Valley about 6 miles down the river from the Mexican settlement of Casas Grandes.
From here the family with its remaining 3 children traveled by team and wagon to Colonia Dublan, arriving there June 24, 1889. Dublan was a barren flat with only four Mormon families living there: the Carltons, Whipples, Fosters and Lakes.
He made his families as comfortable as possible. They lived in a tent with a willow shed built in front for another room (a bowery). Because of the bad weather and extreme hardships August developed bronchitis and was very ill.
A bed was made on the floor of the tent for Hilda Josephine when she gave birth to a baby, Ellen Josephine, born 5 March 1890.
They had severe pioneer struggles with privations common to dwellers on the frontier. It required patience and much faith. They met with many adverse conditions of the natives that lived in the land. The most prevalent ones were small pox and malaria. Food was very scarce.
Over time August made adobes of mud mixed with straw. When they were dry, he built them a 2-room adobe house. Many of the houses were built with a flat roof, but he built his with a steep roof style. It was quite a nice looking house when it was finished.
In September 1893 Hulda, August's last wife, gave birth to a son, Earl Lawrence, but Hulda died from childbirth. Johanna, his 3rd wife, cared for the child, but the baby died in a few weeks. Once again the grief-stricken August made the coffins and buried his precious family members.
His wife, Sophia, and her son Fred had come from Ogden into Mexico with Albert and Sarah Farnsworth. Sophia gave birth to a son, Oliver Ferdinand, on 23 March 1893 (5?). The family called her "Aunt Sophie", and she was greatly loved. She worked hard to help support the family, and with August worked at the Corralitos Ranch. Our Grandpa, Oscar Bluth, loved Aunt Sophie, and remembered that his first pair of shoes were a gift from her.
Later August helped build the Jackson flour mill near Old Casas Grandes. August walked to work many miles to work Monday morning, staying at the worksite until Saturday evening, then walk home again. His salary was 50 centavos per day.
August was able to apply his trade of carpentry., building many of the big brick homes in Colonia Dublan. Some of the homes he built were the Lewis Cardon home, the Rueben Farnsworth home and the Mike Larson home. He also helped build the Relief Society building and the Mexican Branch church. He made all the coffins and lined them for the people that were buried in the Colonies.
Claudius Bowman Home
Mexican Revolution - Driven out of Mexico
While August was away from Mexico he received word that his stepson, Axel Fredrick, had drowned on 5 August 1911. While crossing the Casas Grandes River Fred's horse had stepped into deep water. Fred's body was not found until a week later.
Miracle of Returning to Mexico
Their health became so poor that they sold this home and moved near their daughter Ellen, where she could care for them. She was a dutiful daughter, and no one could have done more for their aged parents than she did.
7. Hatch, Nelle Spisbury Stalwarts South of the Border, Pg 51 (submitted by Ellen Josephine Bluth Jones, daughter)