Pearl Harbor

“Elizabeth and Nephi were very concerned. German warplanes were bombarding the southern portion of England. Germany was trying to blockade England’s ports in hopes of starving the country into submission. German U Boats were raiding cargo vessels in the Atlantic and Caribbean.” Elizabeth was naturally concerned about her family members in England.

Many changes were happening in our country as factories geared up to produce war materials. “Our battleships were convoying fleets of cargo across the Atlantic with orders to fire upon enemy vessels that interfered.” The United States was in an undeclared war.

JN,Elizabeth,&Calvin Hutchings
Calvin in his naval uniform with his mother, Elizabeth Bird, and father, Joseph Nephi Hutchings

“Stanley and Velma moved to Downey, Idaho where Stanley had secured employment at the high school to teach aeronautics and other subjects. They were expecting their first child. Calvin was a senior at Jordan High. He was 18 years of age. In the event of war both Stanley and Calvin would be subject to the first draft. ..”

“On October 17th German torpedoes sank the destroyer Kearney; two weeks later they sank the ship Reuben James. A total of 115 lives were lost. On December 7, 1941 at 7:49 a.m. Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor. Seven battleships were damaged or sunk. One hundred and eighty eight aircraft were destroyed; 2,403 lives were lost and 1,178 people were wounded in the attack. America was shocked. Roosevelt asked congress to declare war against Japan. He said, ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy…’ Then he rallied the nation with these words, ‘With confidence in our armed forces, with the undoubting determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph. So help us God.’ On this dark and gloomy day, Velma gave birth to Dennis.”

As the armed forces recruited men, Stanley was deferred since he was teaching aeronautics. Calvin enlisted in the V-1 Naval program, which permitted him to continue his education. He graduated from Jordan High School in 1942 and entered Brigham Young University in June. He chose to study pre-med which would qualify him for entrance into dental school. When he finished his studies at Brigham Young in the summer of 1943, he was ordered to go to Portland, Oregon to attend dental school. He and the other midshipmen had to find their own living quarters as the navy had no facilities in Portland. After six months Calvin was transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He was on the V-12 program as well as a dental student…”

Read about how World War II affected Calvin’s future wife, Margaret Clark.

Basic Hutchings Family History for Dummies

Find out more about the history and background of Calvin and Margaret Hutchings.

CALVIN HUTCHINGS

Calvin was the youngest of six boys born to Joseph Nephi and Elizabeth Hutchings. Cal had a wonderful childhood growing up on the family farm with his brothers. He was taught early the value of hard work and laboring with his family for a common goal.

Cal was a senior when Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941. Knowing that he was prime for the draft, he enlisted in the V-1 Naval program, which permitted him to continue his education. His parents strongly encouraged and sacrificed for their sons that they might have college educations. Calvin graduated from Jordan High School in May 1942 and entered Brigham Young University in June. He chose to study pre-med which would qualify him for entrance into dental school. It was while he was in Provo that he met Margaret Clark. Cal and Maggie fell in love and were married December 28, 1944, during the turbulent years of WW2. They spent 4 years in Iowa City where Cal attended dental school. He graduated in 1948. They had two children at the time, Karen and Clark. They moved back to Utah and Calvin set up a dental practice in Riverton, they lived at 11917 Redwood Road not far from Grandpa and Grandma Hutchings.  Kenny joined the family June 4, 1950.

That same year Cal received a letter calling him up for active duty, due to the Korean conflict. Calvin reported to the naval base in San Diego,  February 1951. The family loved the 2 years they spent in California. By the time they returned to Utah, Margaret was pregnant. They didn’t find out until a few months later, that she was having twins. Jeff and Jenny were born in April 1953. Back in Utah Calvin and his brother, Stanley decided to go into practice together; they set up their office in Midvale at 80th and State Street. In 1955 Margaret and Calvin moved to Cornell Drive. Joseph joined the family two years later in 1957 and Julie in 1965.

MARGARET CLARK

Margaret was the daughter of James Cecil and Laura Clark; her entrance into the Clark family was a rather dramatic one. She was born on Sunday October 11. Her brother, DaCosta’s was having his missionary farewell that day. If that wasn’t enough, the house caught on fire and the fire department came on the scene. But despite all Margaret arrived safe, sound and healthy.

Margaret was raised in a large household with eight siblings. Her Father, whom she dearly loved, was a doctor, overworked and seldom at home. James Cecil passed away in 1938 when he suffered a major heart attack, Margaret was only 12 years old; J.C.’s death was a great blow to the family, Margaret took it especially hard.

The next great shock to the family occurred three years later when the United States declared war on Japan following Pearl Harbor. With the dawning of World War II, a major change took place in the Clark household. Margaret’s four brothers -R.G., Kyle, Albert, Grant  and her brother-in-law, Harry joined the military. These were difficult years. This situation left the Clark women alone to fend for themselves.

Margaret, who was 16 and in high school, took on additional responsibilities at home.  She also found a job at a department store in town. Margaret met Calvin in 1942, while he was attending Brigham Young University in the Pre-med program and Margaret was in high school. They courted for 18 months before they were married.