Catherine was born in Aberdare, Glamorganshire,
, on Wales June 18, 1867. She was the first child of John Martin and
Anna (Hannah) Jenkins. When she was just
one year and a few days old, her mother and father left ,
with Katie in their arms, on a journey to Liverpool, England . They arrived in America and boarded a train for New York . Their final destination was Laramie, Wyoming and they made the last leg of
the journey on foot or in wagons from Salt Lake City
to Laramie . Salt Lake
Many of the Welsh immigrants settled in the Malad,
area and the Martin family settled near there in the tiny town of Idaho . Katie’s mother and father loved to sing as
did most of the Welsh people. Katie and
her three sisters often sang together. Samaria
January 14, 1886, when
Katie was 18, she married Lorenso Campbell in .
One year later she gave birth to a daughter, Mary. Tragically, Mary died when she was only 8
months old. Lorenso also passed away in
1890. Family sources say that a flu-like
illness was thought to have taken both father and daughter. Samaria
Katie was a young widow who would need to support herself, so she took a job working on the reservation at Fort Hall. There she met a cowboy by the name of William Wesley Hoskins – she called him Billy. They were married in 1895 at Blackfoot,
. Three years later, their only child, George
William Hoskins, was born. The Hoskins
owned a small farm and a business (a bar) in Idaho . They were quite well-to-do and had some
lovely furniture and nice things.
William had worked breaking stock and had received some injuries that
eventually seriously affected his health.
The family had been advised to go to Montpelier, Idaho for the altitude, but William’s
health only worsened. The family came
back to California
and upon arrival, William passed away.
Katie was left as a widow again but this time she had a nine year old
son to care for. Montpelier
Two and a half years later, Katie married William’s brother, James Wilson Hoskins. “Wilse” was a widower whose two children and wife had all passed away. Wilse did have one young son who had been staying with his maternal Grandmother since his own mother died.
Katie was very loving and cared for others who needed her help. She was always good-natured and willing to help. She helped to raise a niece and also cared for her sister, Esther, who was ill. Katie’s son George was often asked to deliver excess vegetables from the garden to a family in the neighborhood who had a lot of children.
Katie broke her hip when she was younger and the hip gave her a lot of trouble when she was older. Arthritis in her hip bothered her and she needed to use a single crutch to get around. The crutch and her hip didn’t slow her down, though. She was a “bustler” and was always bustling around the house. She also walked the mile to town to shop and conduct business.
She would sing songs in her native tongue – Welsh. She spoke Welsh fluently, but spoke English with no trace of an accent.
Her granddaughter, Helen, remembered that she made the best bread. Helen would sometimes spend the night with her grandmother and she remembered late night bowls of bread and milk.
Katie always had an outhouse and no indoor plumbing. She did have a refrigerator and other electrical items, but never was privileged to own indoor plumbing.
Katie never liked riding in a car. She would rarely accept a ride from anyone. One time she rode to Soda Springs with her son George and his family and granddaughter Helen said that she was tense all the way. She would have been more comfortable in a horse-drawn vehicle.
Katie milked cows and always kept chickens on the farm. The farm had some beef cattle along with a couple of milk cows. Occasionally there were also pigs. Hay was raised to feed the stock. In later years, Katie had two beautiful
Jersey cows which she named after her two
grandchildren. One was Helen and the
other was Barbara.
Katie developed gangrene in her troublesome leg and died
10 July 1954 in , Montpelier . She is buried in the Bear Lake, Idaho
in the family plot. There is a large
marker that says Hoskins for her husband, William Wesley Hoskins. Her marker and that of her husband, James
Wilson Hoskins, are behind the larger monument. Montpelier Cemetery
Katie will be remembered as a kind and caring woman, a hard worker, and someone who survived her trials with grace.