T. Bingham Celebrates 93rd Birthday in Maeser
Thursday, Thomas Bingham, of Maeser, Ashley Valley's oldest living resident, celebrated his 93rd birthday anniversary at his home with more than one hundred friends and relatives calling to wish him happy returns of the day.
Hale and hearty at the remarkable age, Mr. Bingham milks a cow night and morning and chops his own fire wood. He was able to be about and enjoyed telling of many incidents which have taken place over nearly a century of time in his lifetime.
Born in Ogden ln 1850. Mr. Bingham was the son of Thomas and Caron Happoch Holladay Bingham. He and his family were among the first settlers to come to the Uintah Basin in the fall of 1878. They settled in Dry Fork until 1886, when they moved to what is now Maeser, then called Mill Ward.
He married Elizabeth Froerer on June 1, 1874. and on October 25. 1875 he was married to her twin sister, Louisa Froerer. Louisa died in 1920 and Elizabeth died in 1933.
Mr. Bingham has been an active church member all his life. On the 9th of May, 1887, Ashley. Valley was organized as Uintah Stake by Apostle John Henry Smith and John W. Taylor. Samuel R. Bennior was made president, Reuben S. Collett and James Hacking as counselors. Mr Bingham was one of the high council. He was chosen Sunday School superintendent in 1895, and held this office for 23 years. He also acted as counselor to Bishop Sylvannus Collett for six years.
Mr. Bingham holds an unquestionable record when it comes to ward teaching. He started at 18 years of age, and continued his ward teaching until his 90th year.
He is the father of 15 children, 12 living, 78 grandchildren and 89 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.