Beehive Community Spotlight
Every community has people in it that make it great. I’m talking about salt-of- the-earth kinda people. Join us as each month as we highlight one of our longtime members in the community.
Delbert Harvey was born in Farmersville, Calif., in 1931. He was adopted by Tom and Annie Harvey. The Harveys would pick Del up from the hospital the day after he was born and would be the only parents Del would ever know. The Harveys were never able to have children. Tom was a dairy farmer and milked a couple dozen head of cattle twice a day. When Del was 9 years old, he and his parents would leave Farmersville and move to Idaho. They wouldn’t stay long and soon 5,200 people living in the city, and knowing moved to Helper where Tom worked for the police chief knew Del personally the railroad. Tom worked for the railroad gave him some satisfaction (and scared just a few years before he died. him a little)..
Del was raised mostly by his mother Del work various different jobs in order Annie Harvey. It was just the two of them. to provide for his family and keep their Annie provided for them as best she could home. “I worked for the Deseret newspaper as a single mother. At age 14, Del broke for five years delivering papers. I was his femur and was sent to a hospital in the main delivery driver for Utah County. Price. He spent the next year rehabilitating My route included Hanksville, Goshen, while living in the hospital. Annie would West Mountain and Leland, in all about visit occasionally but was trying her best 78 miles a day. Mr. Whitehead was my to put down roots for her and Del. By the boss and we did not get along very well. time he was released from the hospital, We had a disagreement one day and I said, Annie had started renting an apartment in ‘Mr. Whitehead, I give you my 30 days’ Pleasant Grove. notice.’ He pretended not to hear me, and
Del began working for the Leland Mill about 28 days later begged me to show his Company in Leland. At age 16, he purchased son the route so he could take over the deliveries.” a distressed property in Leland. “I went into the bank of Spanish Fork (on Annie Harvey passed away at age 76 Main Street) with my mom, the banker and Del was alone. He would stay in the looked at me and spoke to me the whole Leland home for a few more years, and time — he knew I was providing for my at age 35 Del met Edna Fullmer. She and family and I was determined to buy the Del were set up on a blind date at the local home for me and my mother,” Del said. bowling alley, Dukes Lane in Spanish The bank would transfer the loan into Fork. They dated for six months and were Del’s name and lent him enough money to married. They moved into Edna’s home buy out the previous owner. in Payson and lived there for more than
Del did a lot for his mother Annie, who 30 years. They enjoyed life together; Del was well into her 60s and her health was loved to fish and took Edna with him as fragile. “I remember one time I was driving often as possible. Edna’s aged mother my 1931 Model A down to the local lived with them and they both cared for market in Spanish Fork, I parked about a her until she passed away. Del worked block away and walked to the market. The as an auto mechanic for Paige’s Auto in police chief and his deputies would spend Spanish Fork. His sweet Edna passed most of their time on Main Street and I did away in 2010. She and Del would never not have my license to drive, I was just have children but enjoyed their life together 15 at the time. I was on my way back to very much. the car with my groceries, and the police Today Del lives in Beehive Homes chief stopped me and said, ‘Del, I know of Spanish Fork. He is enjoying the quiet you don’t have a license — as long as you life: reminiscing about the old days, keep your nose clean, I’ll not stop you.’ laughing about good times and crying I was pretty happy about that.” Del said. about the hard times. “I love this home I At that time, Spanish Fork only had about really do,” he said.