Margaret Mary Frisby Tuckett 1887-1975
Biography of Mary M F T Fletcher
By Mary M F T Fletcher
Historian of Park City Camp of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Park City, Utah
My father was Henry Tuckett he and his family left London, England in 1846, coming as far west as Saint Louis Missouri, living there until the January of 1848 when the boys came to Utah but they returned to Saint Louis in the summer of 1848, in 1852 my Father married Mercie (sic) Westwood there were four children born to this union, in 1862 his wife died and in 1870 he married my Mother in the Endowment House my Mother was only a girl of 18 years my oldest brother was six months older than she making it rather a hard life for such a young girl, my Grandmother also lived with them.
There were nine children in our family, we were raised in Polygamy, as my Father took two other wives and my oldest sister also married in Polygamy, her children were raised in our home from infancy until they were out of the Eighth Grade, In our family were seven boys and then two girls, I being the oldest of girls.
My babyhood and early childhood was much the same as any normal child with all the children’s diseases and broken bones and neighborhood squabbles (sic) but always being taught to let others live as they were wont to live and to appreciate others feelings.
I was born August 1 1889 (actually 1887), in Salt Lake City, Utah in the Old Eleventh Ward, my Father Blessed me Margaret Mary Frisby Tuckett, much too long a name for any body to carry through life, then when I was Eight Years of age he baptized me and confirmed me just as he had done my Brothers and Sisters before me.
It was an English custom that children should be taught to do something practical, my Mother was taught to crochet at the age of five years of age but she allowed me my freedom until I was eight years old then my training started, I was expected to spend two hours a day learning to sew and crochet it took me a whole summer to make 18 inches of lace one inch wide for each leg of a pair of panties for myself, I used to sit and either cry or look out of the window feeling sorry for myself for one hour and then get busy so I could get out to play, when I got older I fully appreciated this training it was of great value to me-when I started earning my own living, At Fourteen I graduated from the eighth grade, as my family were not financially fixed to send me to High School, I went to work as an apprentice in Millinery and making; of L D S burial clothes at the "Womans Co-op", I worked there until I was a full-fledged seamstress, as they were called, but the sitting so steadily as job called for was bad for my health so at 16 years I went to work as a cashier for what was then Walkers Dry Goods Store, I did that for two years then my real opportunity came and I went into the Art Department where I learned to not only clerk but to do the finest of needlework, and crochet, I learned from the bottom up under the skillful eye of a professional Miss Charlotta D Neilson, working and studying there for four years when I was given the opportunity of going to work for the Z C M I having full charge of the Art Department, I felt it was a great responsibility for a girl of 22 but with the help of my Father in Heaven and encouragement always from my Mother I was able to make a success of my work I stayed there until February of 1920 when I left to marry James I Fletcher, it was a far cry from a big city store to a ranch with my closest neighbor over a mile away, but I have been very happy and all the adjustments I was forced to make from such a big change have helped me to try and be liberal with others and to fully appreciate their feelings.
We have been blessed with two children, we are very proud and thankful for their lives and to aim to live worthy of such wonderful blessings as our children have been to us, it is my aim and desire to be something near as good a Mother as my own Mother was and right here I want to add I wish every girl might have as good a Mother-in-law as I had, she was indeed a wonderful woman.
My religious training was one of the best and. one I have ever been very thankful for, I have worked in all of the organizations of our Church, I was a Sunday School Teacher in the Forest Dale Ward, for 14 years also a teacher in Mutual, and Religion Class and was on the Stake Board for the Religion Class of Granite Stake for 6 years, when I moved to the ranch in Snyderville I worked in the Primary, when I moved to the Granger Ward, Oquirrh Stake,I was one of the class leaders in the visiting teachers department of the Relief Society. My earliest recollections-have been my Mother teaching us our duties and helping us to live our religion, always impressing us with the importance of prayer
When the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers was organized in 1934 I am very proud to be able to say I was there to vote at its organization and.am a Charter Member, at that time I was selected as Parliamentarian, then in the spring of 1936 Mrs. Maude Johnson our Captain asked me to take over the Historians office and I am still in that position but I am now getting the work all caught up so I can resign and let some else take up the work as Historian I would like however to say right here that I am very happy and feel it has been a great privilege to have been permitted to work with such a fine group of women and I hope to always keep the friendship of each and every one of them and I aim to keep my membership always in the Park City Camp, of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.