Nettie Hermina Shaw


(1887 - 1983)

A TRIBUTE: In appreciation of our Mother for her constant loving care and nurturing of her children and of all who knew and loved her.

Nettie Hermina Shaw was born in the home of her grandparents, Jean John and Anna Furrer Cardon. Her grandmother was a medical doctor who delivered her at their home, located at 507 Washington Avenue, Ogden, Utah on July 28, 1887. Later, she was brought back to the home of her mother and father at 559 Washington Ave.

Nettie was the first daughter of Anna Herinina and Myrtillo Shaw, Jr. Her older brothers were David Myrtillo Shaw and Austin Herman Shaw; a younger brother, Lester Moses, died when only two months old. Her younger sisters were Rosina Pearl, Bertha Mary and Lillian Orilla.

Much of the following information was recorded on tape by her granddaughter, Carol SpackTnan Moss, in June and July of 1979, when Nettie was 92 years old. Also, many stories are recollections of her son, Daniel Drutniler, and her daughter, Cleo Murray.

Nettie attended the Five Points (Lincoln) Elementary School, Mound Fort (North) Junior High School, and Ogden High School at 25th Street and Adams Avenue, Ogden, Utah.

During these interviews, Nettie reported many early memories. Her grade school teacher, who was her aunt, was standing at the window of her school, waving to her to hurry so she wouldn’t be late for school. Her home was four blocks from school and she didn’t like to be late.

On one occasion, when arriving home with siblings for lunch, which her mother had prepared in the greenhouse located adjacent to their home, several Indians appeared and asked for food. Her mother went into the house to prepare extra food. While she was gone, the Indian women scooped into their aprons all the food on the table and the table cloth and ran into the street. Her mother didn’t mind, as she never turned anyone away. She thought the gate in front of their house was marked as a place to stop for food. Sometimes the Indians would sit on the floor in the kitchen while she prepared sandwiches for them. They spoke little English. They seemed to roam and eat wherever they could. Nettie never wanted to be around where Indians were, as they made her nervous.


Nettie remembers riding her bicycle to Mound Fort Junior High School, also occasionally riding her bicycle to Ogden High School, two and one-half miles away, but mostly taking the Ogden City streetcar.

Nettie took piano lessons from a neighbor, Mrs. Redfield, and later played the piano for the Primary. She was also secretary of the Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association (MIA).

Nettie played on a basketball team in high school, one of Ogden High School’s first girls’ basketball teams.

While attending high school, Nettie studied typing and bookkeeping. Her teacher, Mr. Stillwell, gave her a ride home one time in his car. It was her first automobile ride. She was 18 years old.

Sometimes Nettie worked for her father in the Mercantile Store at Five Points but mostly worked at home helping her mother with the housework and cooking. She remembers her mother as being very kind and considerate, and a very good cook. She canned her own fruit, jellies and jams, and made lots of cakes.
Her father had a smokehouse. They raised chickens, hogs and beef and cured it in the smokehouse. They had an ice-box and stored food in the cellar where it was cool. She remembers churning butter. Her mother also made soap.

Nettie was very religious and always went to Sunday School. One large room was divided by curtains for classrooms. When she was in school, there were very few parties or dances. She spent a good deal of time memorizing recitations for church.
Her mother spent many hours tending her beautiful flower garden and sewing for her daughters. Nettie’s mother made her beautiful 8th grade graduation dress and later her wedding dress, sewing on all the hand-made lace (see Attachments).

Nettie met Elbert when he came to Utah from California to live with his father and stepmother (Olga Mary Cardon) in 1905. Elbert was often invited to her parent's home for dinner, as he was living nearby and his father and stepmother had been called on a mission to the Southern States, headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Nettie was very happy when they were together, mostly attending church parties and occasionally movies. After a three-year courtship, they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on June 3, 1908.


The history of Nettie and Elbert now becomes one and their story and the birth dates of their five children are in the biography of Elbert Perle Drumiler.

As their children married and moved out of the home, Mother and Dad had about eight more years together before Dad’s death in 1951. They had been married for 43 years.

Later, in about 1960, after Pearl and Francis Tate were divorced, Nettie moved into Pearl’s home in Salt Lake City to help her care for and raise their son, Richard Elbert Tate. At the time, Pearl was working as a medical secretary at the Veteran’s Administration Medical center.

Mother had many lady friends in her ward and was active in the Relief Society, serving as their secretary and as a visiting teacher for many years. Members of her ward often remarked about her cheerful personality and beautiful smile.

Mother had a wonderful talent for handiwork, devoting much of her time over the years crocheting doilies, baby crib covers, and knitting slippers and afghans for her children and grandchildren. Her afghans were especially beautiful as she made them of multi-colored combinations, spending many weeks on each one. She made about twenty afghans which are still being enjoyed by her family.

Mother lived in Salt Lake City with Pearl for over 20 years. During this time, Dan performed many services for Pearl and Mother, visiting often and painting their entire house, inside and out. Carol and her daughters, Shelley, Jill and Heather also visited her often and were very close. She often invited them for pot roast dinner on Sundays. Cleo and Bill moved back to Ogden in 1975 and helped with her care.

On October 18, 1983 at age 96, Mother passed away in Pearl’s home from congestive heart failure. She was a wonderful and caring mother, beloved by her family and friends. Her legacy could be summed up by one of her favorite hymns which she loved to sing, "Have I Done Any Good."

"Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad,
Or made someone feel glad,
If not, I have failed, indeed."
Indeed, she did not fail.



We children had happy times together, playing lots of games, fishing in the ditch behind our home, skiing on Clark’s Hill, planting, irrigating and harvesCing our vegetable garden and fruit trees.

Mother was a very good cook and spent many hours preparing delicious meals for her family, using home-grown vegetables and fruit. Among her specialties were homemade bread, rolls, pies and cakes, which were all enjoyed. Dad provided beef and chicken from his part-time job at Bramwellt's Market at Five Points. Even during the Great Depression, we had ample food and were healthy and happy.

Mother also found time to prepare chili sauce, mustard pickles and bread-and-butter pickles. She canned vegetables and fruits for meals through the winter months. I have Mother’s original, well-worn handbooks which contain over 150 handwritten pages of her own favorite recipes. Also they include cooking and baking hints and recipes from family and friends.

We also had many outings to the canyons for hikes and picnics, trips to Liberty Park in Salt Lake City, to Saltair to float in the salt water, to Crystal Springs to swim in the warm water, and to Timpanogos Cave. We had hikes to Mt. BenLomond, where Mother and I couldn't t quite make it all the way to the top to receive a blue ribbon. But, I made it to the top with a ladies hiking group fifty years later. No blue ribbons, but we were on local TV!

We also have wonderful memories of growing up and having happy times with our Shaw cousins living on the same block on Washington Blvd. Our Shaw grandparents had deeded adjoining lots to all of their surviving six children.

Mother worked at times during the summer at the Blackington Canning Factory at 7th and Wall Street, hand-peeling and cutting tomatoes to be canned. Many times she came home with cuts on her hands.
During World War II, she worked for a year or two at Hill Field Air Force Base in the warehouse, packing and shipping supplies to the troops overseas. She was always willing to help in time of need.

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16 Obituary


SALT LAKE CITY -- Nettie Hermina Shaw Drumiler, 96, of 2892 Fillmore, former Ogden resident died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 1983 at THE home of her daughter in Salt Lake City.

She was born July 28, 1887, in Ogden, a daughter of Myrtilo and Anna Hermina Cardon Shaw Jr.

She married Elbert Perle Prumiler June 3, 1908, In the Salt Lake LDS Temple. He died June 5, 1951.

She was a graduate Of Ogden High School and had been, employed at Hill Air Force Base during World War II.

She was an active member of the LDS Church. She had been a Relief Society secretary in the Ogden LDS 15th Ward, and a visiting teacher in the Salt Lake LDS Imperial 1st Ward.

She had been a member of the Bicentennial Camp of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.

She moved to SaIt Lake City from Ogden in 1960.

Survivors include one son and two daughters Daniel W. Drumiler, Bountiful, Mrs Pearl D Tate, Salt Lake City Mrs. William E. (CIeo) Murray, Ogden, 14 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son and one daughter, Elbert Drumiler and Mary D. Wood. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Earl E. (Bertha) Lee, Elwood. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 am. in the Myers Mortuary Chapel In Ogden, with Fred C. Esplin, first counselor In the Salt Lake LDS Imperial Ward, offlciating. Friends may call at the mortuary Friday from 6 to 8 p m. and Saturday prior to the services Interment will be in the Ogden City Cemetery.

Pedigree chart for Nettie Hernina Shaw

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