Hilda was originally a Holyoak from Parowan, but moved to Grimshawville when she married her husband, Henry Grimshaw. Grimshawville has since been encompassed by Enoch, but Hilda’s home is on the corner of Midvalley Road and Grimshaw Lane, and the neighborhood is still considered Grimshawville by many.
Her son Vern lives directly behind her. Three of her sons are in her LDS ward and one lives right across the street, but is in a different ward.
Hilda and Henry lived in the old family home on the same land for 28 years, until the house was ready to fall down, and then they built the home she currently lives in just a few feet in front of the old house, she said.
She has watched Enoch grow, and while some people complain about others moving in, the community has had lots of talented, wonderful people move in, she said.
Hilda said one of her daughters lived in Turkey on and off for 15 years, but now all of her children are very close. Two daughters live in Santa Clara and her youngest is about eight hours away in Blackfoot, Idaho.
Hilda’s children are Lynn, Ann, Vern, Jay, Doug, Dorothy, Gay, Earl, and Roger. She had 39 grandchildren and 114 great-grandchildren.
Before marrying Henry, Hilda attended Brigham Young University and graduated with her “three-year normal.” She taught school for a few years before getting married and becoming a full-time homemaker.
In 1945, with two children and her third due two weeks later, Henry left for the Army. He spent some time in training and then boarded a boat to Japan, but while he was on that boat a law was passed releasing men who had three or more children, she said. He came back to the United States, but was stuck in Fort Lewis for several months waiting for his papers.
The toughest part was that he was gone for Christmas, she said.
She said one of their happiest Christmases was shortly after Henry returned from the Army. He had done some tractor work for a man who owed him $40, which was a good amount of money then, and they needed it badly.
They were counting on the $40 for Christmas, but just before the holiday he told them he couldn’t pay. Hilda’s mother loaned her $15 and somehow, it ended up being one of their happiest times, she said.
In addition to raising her nine children, over the years Hilda participated in the Native American placement program and had four different youth live with her. The last one was with the family five years, she said.
Hilda and Henry worked hard to get by, and early in their marriage Henry invented a “cement ditcher,” which he welded together out of a bunch of metal, she said. People paid him to dig their irrigation ditches with his machine, but when regulations came into place for irrigation ditches he became a water well driller and did that for a long time.
Hilda said in raising her children, she wanted them to be honest, good citizens, and she feels they are all good citizens, which she is grateful for.
“I was thankful for my freedoms and I wanted them to be thankful for theirs,” she added.
Most of her children have also remained very active in the LDS church and several of her daughters have been stake Relief Society or Young Women presidents.
Hilda has been very dedicated to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and traveled on four missions with Henry. They went to the Atlanta Temple twice, the Washington, D.C. temple visitor center, and proselyted in Sacramento, Calif. They also served seven years in the St. George Temple.
Henry passed away in 1997.
Hilda’s hobbies basically have been making things beautiful, as she is an excellent flower and vegetable gardener and has made many wonderful quilts. She used to make wedding cakes as well, and has photos of some very intricate cakes she made.
She is also a painter, and enters her paintings in the Iron County Fair almost every year. She has won numerous ribbons and particularly likes to paint birds and landscapes. Hilda has been painting for some time, and used to work primarily with oil paints. When she was 85 though she decided to try watercolor and soft pastel and has done many beautiful paintings in all three mediums.
In recent years, Hilda continues to garden and paint, and she loves spending time with her family at her cabin, about six miles up Parowan Canyon. She inherited the land and the cabin was finished in 2008, she said.