Richard Moses Jex, 1851

Richard Moses Jex and Louisa Watling family

(Left to right) Richard Moses Jex, Joseph Watling Jex, Louisa Watling Jex, Hannah Phebe Jex

Born: 24 June 1851 Lt. Plumstead, Norfolk, England

Married: 24 Nov 1880, Louisa Watling

Died: 9 Mar 1919

Temple Ordinances Performed:

Temple Ordinances Needed:

Father: Moses Jex

Mother: Susan Maria Smith

Children: , Susan Catherine Jex,

Life History of Susan Catherine Jex

 

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Richard and Louisa lost at least one child:

The Spanish Fork press. (Spanish Fork, Utah) 1902-current, June 09, 1910
OBITUARY
Joseph Jex Laid to Rest
After seven weeks of intense suffering from consumption, little Joseph W. Jex the thirteen years old son of Richard and Lousia Jex. died last Friday.
Funeral services were held in the 4th ward meeting house Sunday afternoon over the remains. Bishop A. J. Hansen presided. The speakers were Joseph Douglas of Payson, Heber T. Robertson, Albert Swenson, and Bishop Benjamin Argye, all of whom spoke of the little boys great patience and fortitude in suffering, of his cheerful and loving disposition and the tender devotion he felt for his family.
The ward choir led by Byrum Christcnsen wjth JcmcJSwcnsou at the organ sang “Rest for the Weary Soul,” “Wanted on the Other Side” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”
The Neilson sisters sang very beaut “Shall We Meet Beyond the River.”
The floral tributes were very beautiful Several of the florists of other cities sent flowers to the bereaved family as a token of their sincere regard Mr and Mrs R M Jex and family.
Mr and Mrs R M Jex wishe to thank their relatives and friends for the many deeds of kindness extended them during the sickness and death of their beloved son Joseph and feel to say that “A friend in need is a friend indeed.”

Source for Newsclipping: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058245/1910-06-09/ed-1/seq-1/;words=Jex+Richard

 

Richard Moses Jex GreenhouseRichard and Louisa ran a flower shop in Spanish Fork called R. M. Jex Floral.

Richard also provided decorative and cleaning services:

R. M. Jex is still taking orders for cleaning grave lots, planting flowers and shrubs, and looking after the same for the season.
The Spanish Fork press., April 19, 1906, Image 8

“Now is the time for plantin bulbs, R. M. Jex has plenty of all kinds on hand.” (The Spanish Fork press., September 29, 1910, Image 1)

Richard and Louisa’s work at the flower shop provided opportunities to serve in the community and help the families of those who passed away.

Thursday, Aug. 8th, a very enjoyable surprise was given in honor of the Relief Society officers of the Fourth ward. Among those present were President Eliza Dixon and counsellors Swensen and Dixon, all of whom spoke encouragingly at the workers of the society and congratulated the on their unity.

The room and tables were beautifully decorated with flowers by the skillful had of Mrs. R. M. Jex. (The Spanish Fork press., August 15, 1907, Image 8)

Richard Moses Jex Graveside Flowers.pngThe officers of the Relief Society of the Fourth ward called and gave Mrs. R. M. Jex a most pleasant surprise last Monday afternoon, and presented her with a handsome water set in appreciation of that lady’s kindness in furnishing flowers for funerals and other occasions without charge. (The Spanish Fork press., February 15, 1906, Image 8)

Fresh flowers for Decoration day, artificial wreaths and other designs from 35 cts. up at R. M. Jex.

The Spanish Fork press., May 24, 1906, Image 8
In Remembrance of Little Joe
Mourn not for those who die in the Lord,
For of such is the kingdom of heaven,
Treasures just lent to you here for a span,
Back to the keeper returning.
The path shall be thorny with sorrow and tears,
For those that the Lord loveth true,
But think of the crown that awaiteth his sleep,
Have courage there is one for you.
Yes the gloom is so heavy when all hope is gone,
But throe the dark cloud comes a ray.
And if you will hearken you hear a small voice,
To you then your loved one will say.
Dry your tears my darling mother,
It was not my wish to go,
And I know you all will miss me,
Round the fireside, “your little Joe.”
But I’m happy Oh so, happy.
From my suffering I’m released
From the aches and pain distressing
But instead have perfect peace.
And again some day I’ll meet you,
When live’s earthly joys are past,
Then with joy I’ll come to greet you,
Back into your arms at last.

The above poem was received by Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Jex form Miss Lizzie Ainge who is now in Ruth, Nevada.

The Spanish Fork press., June 16, 1910, Image 1

A fire burned the J. M. Floral building in 1909.

Another Fire in the Same Place!

Yes! That’s right! In the same place!

At 11 o’clock last Friday forenoon fire broke out in the buildings in which Miss Alta Huff is conducting a millinery store, and the one in which R. M. Jex had a notion store.
The two places, together with Houtz’s saloon and Matley’s butcher shop would have gone up in a few minutes had it not been for the quick action of the fire department. The loss to Miss Huff’s was $200.00, covered by insurance.

The loss to R. M. Jex was $300.00 with no insurance.

The origin of the fire is unknown, but apparently started from the outside.

At this place Mrs. Huish’s millinery store was burnt down three years ago, and Miss Martha Johnson’s two years ago.

The Spanish Fork press., April 22, 1909, Image 8

The Spanish Fork City Fire Department has a record of a “Call April 16th, 1909 at 11:10am in R.M. Jex Floral building and Alta Huff’s Millinery storel. R.M. Jex’s loss was about $300. Mess Huff’s loss was one hundred dollars.”

More:

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058245/1908-03-12/ed-1/seq-8/;words=Jex+R+M?date1=1836&rows=20&searchType=basic&state=&date2=1922&proxtext=r+m+jex&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=14

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85058245/1908-12-24/ed-1/seq-8/;words=Jex+R+M?date1=1836&rows=20&searchType=basic&state=&date2=1922&proxtext=r+m+jex&y=0&x=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&index=18

 

1894
Richard Moses Jex and his wife, Louisa Watling Jex, came to Spanish Fork. Jex planted two evergreens on the City Square, one of which is still standing in 1979. Both Mr. and Mrs. Jex were very interested in flowers, and mrs. Jex fixed many arrangements for funerals and weddings while they lived on the East Bench. People would bring flowers from their own gardens for Mrs. Jex to arrange in bouquets.

1900
Richard Moses Jex and his wife were operating the first floral on their lot on the corner of Sixth North and Third East. They had three greenhouses, one very small and two others which extended to the property line. Hannah Williams, their daughter, says that the glass for the greenhouses were glass negatives from the Stahmann Photo Studio. The children helped to scrape the glasses so they could be used. Before the greenhouses were started, flowers were shipped from Provo and Salt Lake City.

Spanish Fork: City on the Rio De Aguas Calientes, 1981 LaNora P. Allred and J-Mart Publishing Co, Spanish Fork, Utah, pg. 75, 85

In September 1909, the newspaper reported, “R. M. Jex, the florist, is suffering with inflammatory rheumatism.” (The Spanish Fork press., September 23, 1909, Image 8.) In March of 1910, the same newspaper reported, “R. M. Jex has been confined to his bed the past few days with rheumatism.” (The Spanish Fork press., March 04, 1910, Image 1.)

Richard Moses Jex Family

 

From the Curtis Blue Book:

Family Group Richard Moses Jex with photos

Richard Moses Jex GraveBurial:
Spanish Fork City Cemetery
Spanish Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: 07.33 .19

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