Joe was born 21 Jul 1901 in Elba, Cassia, ID, son of John William and Mahala Strong Parker Hepworth. He was baptized
Lona was born 17 May 1907 in Elba, Cassia, ID, daughter of William and Eliza Lovina Babbitt Chander. She was baptized
They were married 10 Mar 1924 in …., at the age of 22 and 17.
He died 30 Mar 1993, at the age of 91, in Ogden, UT.
She died 4 Apr 1997, in Ogden, UT, at the age of 89.
They are both buried in the Elba Cemetery.
MALTA - Joseph Hepworth's wife, Lona, had just left his side in their garden to walk down to the road for the mail when he heard a loud rushing noise and saw four hills of potatoes and other plants lifted right out of the ground and flung into the air.
"What in the world are you do¬ing," called Lona, who had seen nothing. But he didn't hear her. A tiny funnel cloud had dipped into the Hepworth's yard and was wrecking havoc. It whisked through the berry patch, jumped the fence and tore branches from several trees, twisting 3-inch limbs as if grasped at one end by a giant lathe. Then the funnel lifted into the sky and was gone.
That was last summer at the Hepworth's home at the mouth of Cassia Creek Canyon above Malta. It was frightening, and Joe and Lona still shudder when they think what the funnel could have done to either of them had they been in It's path. As it was, a limb from one of the trees knocked Joe down. He displays a portion of the 3-inch limb which he has saved as evidence of the encounter.
Joe is one of the oldest residents of the Malta area, hav¬ing moved there from Elba with his parents in 1905, when he was four years old. His family had moved to Elba in 1898; but there was little work to be had in the small mountain community and they moved to the Old Oregon Trail stop five miles northwest of Malta. From here the elder Hep¬worth walked five miles night and morning to his job in Malta until he was able to purchase a farm just south of town.
Here is where Joe grew up. He attended school at Malta. When he was 17 he moved back to Elba where he eventually got into farming on his own. He has been farming ever since.
It was at Elba that Joe met Lona Chandler whom he married 60 years ago last March 10. The Hepworths have three children, 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
In 1942 Joe moved again to Malta, purchasing the farm at the mouth of the canyon where he and Lola now live. He grew hay and grain and milked a few cows by hand hauling the milk to the cheese factory in Malta. In time, he was able to purchase a milking machine which greatly eased the job of night and morning chores.
They used to haul wheat to the old Conant Grist Mill, which was located at the mouth of Cassia Creek Canyon, to have it ground into flour. At other times they hauled their wheat over the mountains to Burley with horse and wagon.
Joe also raised hogs. He remembers one time helping to drive 200 head of hogs over the mountains by way of Albion to Burley. What a time-consuming and frustrating experience that was!
Living just off Cassia Creek, which supplies water for his farm, Joe didn't have far to go to engage in his favorite sport: fishing. He likes to tell about cat¬ching eleven trout one day, seven of which weighed more than three pounds each with one tipp¬ing the scales at five pounds. He says he has caught a variety of trout in Cassia Creek which supposedly live only in the Snake River.
The deer come right into the Hepworth's yard at times to nib¬ble on their fruit trees, says Joe. He tells of flushing 37 deer one time within one mile as he was out for his winter's meat. Lola has bagged her own deer some of the time, too. A son came to the house one fall to go hunting and within nine minutes after they left the house he had his deer.
Several years ago Joe sold his farm, just keeping the house and lot where he and Lola live taking care of their every need. He hunts occasionally, takes care of the garden, berries and a small or¬chard - and reads. Neither he nor Lola have much use for the small television set sitting in their living room.
Joe served on the School Board at Elba for a number of years and was in the Elba LDS Ward Bishopric for a time. For 18 years he served on the Stake High Council. He and Lola have been working for the past six years in the Genealogical library in Burley.
He waves to the big evergreen trees surrounding his home and proudly affirms that "I planted all of these trees." Still, they're only half as old as he is by hand hauling the milk to the cheese factory in Malta. In time, he was able to purchase a milking machine which greatly eased the physical labor.
Lona Hepworth's Obituary
Lona Chandler Hepworth
OGDEN - Lona Hepworth, xx, passed away Weekday, Month xx, 199x at a local Care Center.
She was born 17 May 1907 at Elba Idaho, the daughter of William Chandler and Eliza Lovina Babbitt.
She married Joseph Hepworth at Burley Idaho on 10 March 1924. She has four children, 13 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
She had numerous church ward and Stake callings including Relief Society President and Stake Relief Society President.
Surviving are her two sons; Leland(Lana) and Nyle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Hepworth and two daughters; Gayla Hepworth and LaDell Hepworth Taylor.
Funeral services will be held on xx at xx at Elba Idaho. Interment will be at Elba Idaho.
Local funeral directors, Myers Mortuary of Ogden.
Lona Hepworth’s Personal Journal
Journal 1: August 1941 - March 1942
This summer Joe and I have been attending Genealogy class each Sunday. Today we had a lesson on diaries and I resolved to begin to keep one. So here I am age 34 married for over 17 years and the mother of four children, making my first attempt to write a diary. At this time my husband is second counselor to the Ward Bishop. I am the Relief Society President. Our oldest boy Leland is 15 and will be a Senior in High School this fall. Our second child Gaila died in January 1932 at the age of 2 years 7 months and 13 days. Nyle is 8 and will be in the third grade at school this year. La Dell is 6 and is excited at the prospect of starting the school this fall. I hope I will be able to write an interesting diary.
This morning Joe had to be at the church house at 9 to meet with the Bishopric and an architect who was looking over the church house to see how best to remodel it. I went with him leaving the two smaller children still in bed and visited my mother, my sister Lovina and her babies. We came home about noon and the rest of the day I have spent doing housework.
Today we had 12 baby pigs born and we have 32 little chickens hatched by three hens. I canned a few beets and string beans. For recreation today I read several chapters in the Bible and this evening Joe and I rode up in the field on horses to see if the corn needs watering.
I did my weekly wash and baked bread. In the evening we took the family to a picture show at the Elba Ward house.
This morning Joe and I went down to Mae Wickels to give her a message from the Bishop. Mae’s sister Eva Tyler with her husband and family were there so we stopped and visited awhile. They live in Washington and were nearly ready to start back home.
We came home and made some sandwiches and went up in the hills to find some horses. We at our lunch up in the pines and waited about an hour while it rained. We found the horses and brought them home getting here just as the kids were bringing the cows from the field to begin milking.
Today Leland’s mother pig got a bunch of little pigs. There were ten living. In the afternoon Joe went down to help Henry Ottley haul hay. There came a sudden rain storm. I think it must have been a cloud burst the way it came down. Leland ran out to see if the little chickens and pigs wee sheltered. Some of them were so wet that he gathered them up in bushel baskets and brought them in the porch until the rain stopped.
Joe penned up some young cockerels this morning to butcher for dinner. I started joking him about them saying they were too expensive to eat, that I would have to sell most of them to buy myself some shoes, etc. After breakfast he went out and turned them loose. I was so exasperated it spoiled my day.
I attended Sunday School and Sacrament meeting after which we went to Malta to Union Meeting. Having heard that a friend who is a bachelor and lives alone had been sick, we went out to his place about 8 miles from Malta. We found him away from home and by the car tracks it looked as if he had been gone some time. I was quite troubled at not knowing where he was or if he was still sick. The man is Charles Hall. This evening Joe’s brother Merrit and his wife came to see us. They had been to Blackfoot and were returning home. They came around 60 extra miles to call on us.
Today was rather uneventful. However, Joe did relent and butchered a chicken and we had a chicken dinner.
Today we took some wheat to Heyburn to the flour mill to trade for flour. Also we over to Burley to do some shopping.
I baked some cookies, a cake and some bread to enter in the fair tomorrow. In the afternoon we went up to the park to clean and decorate the booth for farm and garden products. Called on a neighbor who had been injured by falling off a hay stacker. Found him (Lot Udy) with some broken bones and badly bruised.
I arose early in the morning and picked three bouquets of flowers to enter in the fair. We got to the fair grounds about nine and Joe and I were very busy for the next two hours checking in entries in the department we had charge of. After the judging was done and we had tagged the winners, made a record of everything, and turned it in to the secretary, we bought a chicken dinner sold to raise money toward building our new church house. We went to the home talent play in the evening.
We enjoyed a day of sports and rodeo. Bought chicken dinners again. Two of my bouquets took first place, also my cake and cookies. I had a pen of Plymouth rock chicks and a pen of Rhode Island Reds at the fair and they both took first place. We also won first place with potatoes.
I sampled too much prize winning candy and cooking after the fair and was sick with an upset stomach Friday night. Have been in bed quite a lot today and La Dell is sick with a sore throat.
La Dell has been in bed all day today. I still feel miserable and food doesn’t taste right. None of us got to Church today. Charles H. stopped by today. He’s terribly thin but says he’s feeling better. I hope my little girl will soon be well again.
We took La Dell to the doctor today. She has “trench mouth.” I believe she feels better tonight.
I washing today and Joe and the boys went after a load of wood. The team ran away with the load, tipped part of the wood off and broke the wagon tongue. La Dell seems to be feeling better but her mouth and throat are terribly sore.
A cold windy day. We took the family and went to the picture show in the evening.
La Dell and I moped about today. Joe and the boys went after a load of wood this forenoon. They went fishing this afternoon but caught no fish.
La Dell has been eating a little better today and felt ambitious enough to hem a handkerchief.
We went over to Burley to buy peaches and school clothes for the kids. Took mother and Zelma along so they could attend a Primary convention.
We all went to Sunday School and Sacrament meeting today. I offered the opening prayer at SS. This afternoon I was sustained as a teacher of the guide class in Primary. Went to M.I.A. conjoint meeting this evening and I enjoyed a panel discussion on obedience very much.
The first day of school. Joe took the boys and the neighbors children to school. La Dell had to stay home because her mouth is still sore. The school nurse visited her today and said she was doing well and would soon be able to go to school. Charles H. came to borrow the mower and rake. Visited quite awhile and had dinner with us. This evening Zelma and Eula came to make their Relief Society teachers visit.
I went to Relief Society meeting today. We had a nice work meeting and song practice.
I sold 17 of my young chickens and bought some grapes and peaches. Went to Primary in the afternoon and got along very well with the boys. We were planning to go to Malta to a party for all Stake and Ward officers. But I didn’t feel well after supper so we gave up going.
Today was La Dell’s first day in school. She was excited and thrilled when she went and still the same way when she came home. I washed and with Joe’s help bottled 34 qts. Of peaches. This evening we had a bad wind and dust storm. It blew down most of the pears and apples.
Spent the day all by myself. Bottled more peaches, made jam grape juice. La Dell was anxious to help me this evening. She thinks she’s grown a lot these last two days.
Joe decided to sell milk instead of cream so this morning he took the milk to Malta and made arrangements to have it hauled there. I went to Malta and visited Mrs. Dodson. In the afternoon Joe went over to Lou Wickel’s to trade lambs and I went over and talked with Eva.
We attended Stake quarterly conference at Almo today. Joe and I took in four meetings and got home at 5 this evening. We had supper and did the chores and Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting.
I was alone all day today. Leland, Joe, and I went to the M.I.A. opening social in the evening.
Joe was going to be away again so I went visiting. First I went to school and talked with Nyle’s and La Dell’s teacher. She said that Nyle was at the head of his class this year. La Dell is doing so well that she and two other little girls are being placed in class A. I spent the rest of the day until school was out with my parents and Lovina and babies.
This morning I left home with Joe and the kids when they went to school. Joe and I went over to see Eula and she wanted to go looking for elderberries. The berries were nearly all gone so we didn’t get many. So we went over to Don’s and had dinner. I went to Primary in the afternoon. In the evening we all went to the picture show.
I didn’t accomplish as much as I had hoped today because I awoke with a headache and it lasted nearly all day. I did wash and make bread and butter.
The ward is giving a farewell party for Rex Ottley tonight. He is leaving soon for a mission. Joe has a bad cold so we had to give up going.
The weather was cold today so we gathered the field squash. Joe is still miserable with a cold and lay down some this forenoon.
We went to church as usual and I had to speak in meeting without previous notice which was rather difficult. In the evening when the men went to priesthood meeting I went to see Eula who had been ill and found her feeling better.
There was a terrible wind last night and most of the day today. I was home alone today and made plum preserves and bottled apples. This evening we went to M.I.A. meeting.
This afternoon I went with Joe to Elba to make a few calls. We got the mail and he received a permit to hunt deer here on our forest this fall. He has sent in his name every time since they began drawing for permits and this is the first time he has been lucky and is he thrilled.
I made bread and butter and went to Primary.
Mother came and spent the day with me. We went up to visit Zelma and Wells in the evening.
Joe rode the range for cattle and I was alone today. Leland and Eldon want to stay out of school two weeks and pick up spuds. They want to go to Jerome and stay with grandpa H. I hate to have them go but if they are determined maybe it would be a good experience for them. We went to P.T.A. in the evening. Mr. Miller, High School Principal, was there. I asked him what he thought about the boys working for two weeks. He said Leland could miss that much school and make it up all right, but Eldon shouldn’t miss any. And he would hate to have either of them out.
The boys decided this morning not to go to Jerome. We feel relieved at their decision. Joe and I and Nyle & La Dell went to Burley to buy mud-grip tires for the car in preparation for winter.
Attended church at Elba and Union meeting at Malta today. Leland is sick this evening and Joe has gone to priesthood meeting.
Leland stayed home today because he is still sick. Joe and I went over and brought Flossie down to visit and took her to the store and hauled a load of goods home for her. We went to M.I.A. meeting in the evening and enjoyed a lesson on family life and income very much.
Today Mr. Udy informed Joe that he intended to run his place next year so we will have to move in the spring. We don’t have any idea where but feel certain that we will have to leave Elba as there are no places available here. The water conditions are so bad for irrigation here that it might be better to go somewhere else. We have been here over 6 years and I hate to start moving again. However, I didn’t think I would mind leaving Elba so much until I went to Relief Society this afternoon where we were holding our opening social to begin our winters work. In all our plans I couldn’t help thinking I might not be here much longer and thinking how I’d miss the sisters I have lived and worked among all my life. I have presided over the Relief Society for three years come November.
I visited some friends and then went to Primary in the afternoon. Leland is getting better but isn’t well enough to go to school. We all went to the show. Joe too two horses up to Don’s so we can ride them on our deer hunt tomorrow.
This morning we packed our lunch, took the kids to school, and went up to Don’s where we started off on our horses to hunt. Besides us there was Wells and Zelma, Don and Bernice, Clifton O. and Eula. There were four permits in the party. They all agreed to shoot only bucks and in the head. About 11 oclock we found the first buck and Joe shot 5 times and then hit it in the nose. It came down without a struggle. The party all gathered around feeling jubilant. It was a four point buck and very fat but when they dressed him there was a big growth on the liver and another on the back. We hunted until two oclock and found three more bucks but didn’t get any of them. Then Joe and I started back. We put the deer on one of the horses and packed it down out of the canyon. We got the car and took the school children home. After we had milked the cows we went back up the canyon and Don had shot a coyote and a two point buck. We loaded the two deer in the car took the one home for Don and took Joe’s to the ranger station and the ranger gave Joe a permit to shoot another one because of the diseased condition of the first one.
I stayed home today and washed then listened over the radio to the opening session of general conference. I was thrilled to hear Pres. Grant give the opening address again. Joe went hunting again today and got another four point buck. They got three bucks today and all shot in the head so their deer hunt is over for this time.
We took Leland to the doctor and he said that he was getting along alright. He has had inflammation of the kidneys brought on by a cold. We listened to both sessions of conference over the radio. In the evening we took Lovina to Burley to meet Nathaniel who was coming from Pocatello on the 9:45 bus. The bus was a half hour late and it was nearly midnight when we got to bed.
We went to Sunday school and testimony meeting. We brought Nathioniel and Lovina and their babies home to dinner and listened to the last session of conference over the radio. We took Nathaniel to Burley to catch the 5:50 bus back to Pocatello. We went to M.I.A. conjoint meeting in the evening. Some of the program was not prepared and I was asked to read some poems from the “Era.”
Nyle came home from school this evening with his stomach upset. He blamed it on the soup served at school said it tasted like chicken mash and coffee mixed.
Nyle had to stay home from school today. I went to Relief Society in the afternoon. We had a very nice theology and testimony meeting.
We went to Malta this morning to attend to some business for ourselves and the church. I made a batch of mince meat and went to Primary in the afternoon.
Just bottled meat and made preserves today.
Wash and churned.
We went to Albion to have the doctor look Leland over. Doc. Said he was alright. Then we went over to Burley to buy fall clothing for the kids. From there we went to Jerome to take the folks some venison. I called on Willa who was still in bed following the birth and death of a baby boy. We found grandpas folks all out picking potatoes and needing more help so Leland stayed to work.
It was Relief Society conference today and it went off very well. Mother and Eldon came home with us after meeting. Eldon stayed all night and we took mother home when we went to song practice in the evening.
Joe and I went to Malta this morning to look at some places that are for rent. In the afternoon I had a date to go teaching but my partner failed me so I visited Zelma until school was out then I came home and got supper and did the ironing. We went to M.I.A. in the evening and took part in the assembly program.
We had an all day quilting at the Relief Society hall today. Had a noodle making demonstration, quilted on quilt, tied another, served a chicken dinner and practiced singing for an hour, also sewed quilt blocks. I was very pleased to have three new members join today.
Joe went after wood today and I bottled 22 qts. of pears, went to Primary and in the evening we all went to the picture show.
I bottled 19 qts. Of prune conserve.
I washed and cleaned in preparation for a deer hunt tomorrow. Grandpa Hepworth and a bunch of the folks came by in the evening on their way to the hills to hunt. Leland came home with them and is glad to be here.
We got up early this morning, did the chores, awoke the kids, and all set out to join the folks for the hunt. We arrived at their camp just before daylight. There were nine permits in the party and they had two deer at evening when we came home. Leland was quite blue because he shot two different bucks and they got away wounded.
Joe and I left this morning at 9 oclock to go to Burley to a regional welfare meeting. We left the kids home all day.
I went to a stork shower at Mae Wickels this afternoon honoring Mrs. Virgil Wickel. After school Joe went to Elba, loaded Lovina’s furniture, and household goods in our pickup and at 6:30 we left here to move them to Pocatello. I went along to help Lovina hold the babies and so Joe wouldn’t have to return alone. We arrived at the house where Nathaniel was staying at 8:45. He was asleep but was glad to get up and show us the way to the apartment he had rented. The owners were not at home and we were delayed in getting in. We were unloaded and ready to leave at 10:30. We arrived home at 12:30.
Today I made bread and prune conserve. I went to Relief Society in the afternoon and over to Almo for song practice.
Finally got my ironing done. In the afternoon I went over to see how Flossie was and went to Primary.
I went over and got Flossie this morning and took her to see the doctor. When we went to bring the kinds from school in the afternoon La Dell had a swollen black nose. She had fallen from a swing at noon. We took her to the doc. And he said her nose was not broken but badly bruised. In the evening Eldon came home with Leland and I packed their grub box and bedding so they could get started off early in the morning to go deer hunting again.
Joe, Leland and Eldon arose very early and did the chores and set out hunting. I made bread and washed. At 4 in the afternoon the boys came home from hunting having killed two big bucks. They decided they were too big to carry out of the hills and intend to return in the morning with a horse. La Dell’s nose looks better tonight.
Don, Wells, Earl H., Zelma, Eula, the kids and I all went back with Leland, Eldon and Joe to get their deer. Earl and Wells shot two more and it was 4 oclock when we got the others to camp and at lunch so we came home leaving the horse and Don’s car up in the hills. So they will have to go back again for them.
Joe and I with Bishop and three other women went in our car over the mountain to Oakley to the Relief Society conference. We left the kids with grandpa and they went to church.
Joe and I took 48 of my young chickens to Albion and sold them then we went on to Burley to do a little shopping.
We went to Malta this morning. I went to Mrs. Dodson’s to get my recipe for meat brine. Joe went to see Mr. Gamble about renting his place. We decided to take it but didn’t make the contract. The only thing I dislike about the place is the smallness of the house.
Joe cut up the meat for me and we put about 50 lbs. in brine and bottled 4 qts. Of roast and 3 qts. of hamburger. The Primary gave a Halloween party in the afternoon. Some of the officers and children had cute costumes. We all went to the picture show at evening.
Joe went with Charles H. to look at his traps and I was alone today.
Haven’t felt well today so took life easy. This evening Joe’s aunt Emma Gibson called for awhile. She lives at Twin Falls and has a traveling job. She had been to Malta and was on her way home.
We went to Burley today to buy clothes for the kids and I bought a new mattress.
We went to Sunday School and Sacrament meeting. It being tesimony meeting Leland and I bore our testimonies. The Relief Society gave the program for M.I.A. conjoint meeting in the evening. The program was well prepared and very satisfying.
I washed and Joe went after wood today. In the afternoon I went up to Elba to take care of some Relief Society business. Joe, Leland and I went to M.I.A. meeting this evening.
This morning I did the ironing. In the afternoon I went to Relief Society meeting. We had a splendid meeting with a large attendance and all participating.
This morning I did my work and went down in the field with Joe after a load of hay. In the afternoon I went to Primary.
Joe went with Charlie on his trap line today. So I did my work and went to visit Mae W.
I hurried and did my work while Joe was taking the kids to school and then I went with him after a load of wood. I hiked over the hills for two hours but couldn’t find anything to shoot at.
It was Leland’s birthday today. He and Eldon spent the day hunting pheasants and didn’t get any. La Dell and I made him a birthday cake. Joe went to Twin Falls with Osmer to take a pig to sell.
We spent most of the day going to church as usual. Leland had a bad head cold and stayed home.
I washed and baked bread and went up to help put two quilts in the frames for tomorrow’s work meeting.
This morning Joe, Leland, and Nyle all had colds but they all went after a load of wood. I took the kids to school and went to Relief Society. We quilted two quilts and sewed quilt blocks. We had a big crowd out and served a cooked dinner at noon. We gained three more new members today.
This morning Charlie came up to see if Joe could work for him a few days. So I will have to drive school bus. Joe and I took the kids to school and brought the welfare eggs from the Relief Society house and took them to Malta. Joe had the car greased and I visited Mrs. Dodson a few minutes. Then we came home and bad dinner and Joe took the team, wagon, and hay rake and started off to Charlie’s place about 15 miles from here. I did my ironing and went to Primary. Then I brought the kids home and the boys started the chores while La Dell went with me to bring Joe home so he could go to the show with us.
After I took the kids to school I went after mother and took her over to Flossie’s place where we spent the day until school was out.
Our neighborhood is to give the program for P.T.A. Wednesday night. Being program chairman for this group I called on some of the neighbors to see what could be done. Etta Udy is in Salt Lake with her father who is seriously ill. Vera Wickel left this morning to go there. Mae W. had 10 teeth pulled yesterday and Eva W. is still ill from having teeth pulled last week so I talked with her quite awhile. Joe stayed all night with Charlie and Leland went to a show at Malta. I’ve been plenty lonesome this evening.
I baked bread and cake today. I spent a long day but Charlie brought Joe home tonight. Charlie had supper with us.
We all went to church today. This evening I have been reading the Book of Mormon aloud to the family.
This morning the ground was covered with the season’s first snow. Joe and I moved the pullets into their winter house.
There was such a bad blizzard at Elba last night that they held no M.I.A. meeting. This morning the school buses had a hard time traveling. We held Relief Society meeting this afternoon with only 7 present. The P.T.A. meeting was postponed. We haven’t very much snow here.
This morning Charlie came up and said that our horses had got out of his field. They hadn’t come home so we got in the car and went looking for them. When we got down the road we could see them out in the sagebrush and there was a field between them and us. Charlie and Joe took their shot guns and went thru the field and each shot a pheasant. They caught the horses and rode them back. They had a halter and short piece of chain on one horse and a chain around the other’s neck. When they got almost to the car where I was waiting, the horse Joe was riding jumped a ditch and Joe fell off. He wasn’t hurt a bit so we had a good laugh. -- The school gave a Thanksgiving program in the afternoon and I went to it.
We went to grandma’s house for dinner. Zelma and Wells also had dinner there. Eula and Zelma have been to Pocatello visiting Lovina. They said Darlene fell down and cut her head so they had to have it sewed.
We went to Burley to do some shopping and I had a tooth pulled. After we came from Burley we went to Malta to see if the radio we had ordered had come. It hadn’t so Orvil loaned us one. We have been getting along without a radio for about two weeks now.
This morning Joe loaded seven steers of Udy’s and one of ours in Osmer’s pickup and trailer and they set out for Twin Falls to sell them. Charlie trailed our wagon home behind his car. Joe had gone when he got here so he only stopped to get warm and then went. Joe got home at 8 oclock.
We all went to Sunday School and Sacrament meeting. Joe and I went to Union meeting at Malta. It has been a clear cold day and I have felt frozen most of the day.
I did a two weeks wash. It was a nice sunny day the first for a long time. Joe and Charlie went hunting coyotes but didn’t get any. I had to bring the kids home from school this afternoon.
I went to Relief Society this afternoon. Mae W. went with me today for the first time since she had all her teeth pulled.
Ironed until noon and my head ached so badly that I lay down until Primary. Then I went to Primary came home and baked bread then we all went to the picture show and took Henry Wickels family with us.
Don came up to go coyote hunting with Joe but he and Charlie had already gone so Don visited with me. Eldon came from school with Leland and we all went to see the picture show “Brigham Young” at Burley. We enjoyed the show and I thought it was a fair portrayal of the trials and courage of the Mormon Pioneers considering that it was made by non-mormons.
I didn’t feel well today so didn’t accomplish very much. Joe butchered two sheep. One for the church welfare program and one for our use.
Joe took the Bishop and a load of church welfare meat to Burley today.
Today was Stake conference at Malta. We all went up to Elba and took mother and dad with us to Malta. Bros. Marvin O. Ashton and Mark Austin were visitors. The Stake singing mothers sang two songs this afternoon.
I washed and baked bread today. Joe, Don and Charlie went hunting coyotes. They didn’t find any to shoot at. Charles caught one in a trap. This evening Joe and Leland have gone to M.I.A. meeting. I stayed home with the kids.
This has been a real rainy day. This afternoon I went to Relief Society meeting. The meeting was small because quite a number of people were making mattresses through the government project.
This afternoon I made a few calls in the interest of Relief Society work and went to Primary.
I took the kids to school and went up to the hall and helped make mattresses. I turned my hours on Flossie’s mattress. Joe got a load of wood and was glad he had when we had a nice snow storm in the evening.
I went down to make a date to go teaching with Mae this morning. She couldn’t go before Monday. I came home and did my work and made La Dell a petticoat. In the afternoon Joe and I went and got a load of stumps.
Mother, Zelma and I went to Malta to a Stake meeting for Primary officers. The Stake officers gave a demonstration of an appropriate Christmas program. We played games, sang carols, and had lunch. Then we had a teachers trainer meeting.
We all went to Sunday School and Sacrament meeting. We had a specially good testimony meeting. I bore my testimony and joined the other singing mothers in singing, “Come, Come Ye Saints” in three parts. When we came home in the afternoon we turned the radio on to hear that Japan had attacked U.S. possessions in the Pacific without warning. Joe sat up later than usual listening to new broadcasts.
This morning I washed and Joe and I listened to Pres. Roosevelt’s speech and the Senate discussion of the war problem confronting our country. The Senate and House held a joint conference and were united in declaring war on Japan. There was only one vote against war and that by a woman. In the afternoon Mae W. and I went teaching. In the evening Joe and I took the radio to Malta to see if we could get it fixed. Orville couldn’t fix it so sent it back to the company and loaned us one. It will be two weeks tomorrow since we got the new radio so we were very disappointed when it quit today. And there is so much excitement in the nation now.
I called on some of my neighbors and went to Relief Society meeting this afternoon. When I went for the kids La Dell was holding a wet handkerchief over her nose and Nyle has his arm around her leading her along. When I asked them what was wrong, they said Leslie W. hit her in the nose with a rock. It gave me quite a shock because it hasn’t been long since she hurt her nose before. In the excitement I came home without Edna W. and none of the kids nor I missed her until we got nearly to her place.
We went to Burley to pay taxes and buy clothing and Christmas things. We decided to get clothing and necessities for our presents this year. Leland skipped school and went along to get shoes fitted. In the afternoon I wen to Primary and in the evening we all went to the picture show.
I took the kids to school and took Eula, Zelma, and mother to Flossie’s where we spent the day quilting. Joe got a load of wood.
Today we took mother to Malta so she could help prepare for a Stake Relief Society bazaar to held tonight. We called at the R.E.A. office to see if we could get our transformer and wiring checked to find if they are responsible for radios not holding up. We visited and dined with the Dodsons. We ran out to Charlie’s place to see if he was all right. Found him working on a well with another man helping.
I made two petticoats for La Dell and did some mending.
We all went to church. In the evening Joe and I went up to Bishop’s house to help plan the ward budget for the coming year. Came home and went to bed at 10:30. At 11:30 two men came and woke us and said they had run out of gas up on the summit. Joe went to help them and found two other cars slid off the road. He got back home at 1 o’clock.
I washed and before the clothes were dry it started raining and is still raining. After Joe took the kids to school he went to Udy’s to saw wood so I was alone until 5 this evening. It’s lonesome alone without the radio. I spent the afternoon sewing. Joe and Leland had their supper and did the chores and have gone to M.I.A. meeting.
I ironed and cleaned the chicken coop in the forenoon and went to Relief Society meeting in the afternoon. We had Stake visitors. Eula and Zelma were working on Flossie’s mattress and couldn’t get to meeting so I had to be organist. Joe helped saw wood up to Lot Udy’s in the afternoon.
I did some mending and made an article for the coming bazaar, also addressed Christmas cards. Joe had the wood sawed. In the afternoon I went to Primary and brought the kid’s from school. In the evening we all went to a show at the ward house.
I went with Joe this morning and we mailed the cards and called in to see how mother and dad were. At noon we were having lunch when Lovina and Nathaniel with their babies and one of Than’s brothers came. They left Conda last night at 8 o’clock went to Pocatello loaded their furniture and came on in the night. When they got nearly to our place the trailer loaded with furniture broke down. We gave them lunch and Joe went and hauled the furniture on to Elba. I got 14 eggs from my pullets today. There are 57 of them and we have been feeding mash 1 month.
Joe was trading cows, pigs, etc. today. We had to go to Malta and up to Lou Wickels. I went after the school children in the afternoon and Than loaded us his radio until we get ours back.
I did some mending and made La Dell a dress. We got Christmas package from Mahala and one from Golda & Chuck.
It was a cold windy day and Joe had a cold so he stayed home. The kids and I went to church. The Sunday school gave a Christmas program. La Dell had a speaking part with Lorrayne B. and Gwen O. I had to give a reading.
Joe helped me cover a mattress to day.
Joe helped me re-upholster a chair and two foot stools. School was dismissed at noon and the school Christmas program was in the evening. We all went and enjoyed ourselves very much. The radio was fixed and Leland brought it home.
Eldon stayed all night with Leland last night so they could do their Ward teaching today. I persuaded Joe to stay in the house and let the boys do the chores. I took the children to school where they received gifts from the school Christmas tree. They were dismissed from school at 10:30. At 11 oclock the Primary gave a pageant and party for the children. We came home at 1 oclock, had lunch and trimmed the tree the boys had cut down. Eldon didn’t want to go home so I didn’t take him. Nyle has chicken pox.
The kids were thrilled with their presents. We had dinner at home with only Eldon for a guest. During the day Don called in and brought a box of chocolates. Wells and Zelma also called. Eldon went home with Don. Joe helped Leland milk this evening.
Joe helped milk again this morning. I hope it doesn’t make his cold worse. Charlie came up to go rabbit shooting. Leland went with him and they hunted all day. Joe helped milk again. The ground is covered with snow and it is very cold tonight. I gathered up all the chickens that were roosting around at odd places and put them in the barn. Charlie had supper with us.
It is severely cold this morning and I’m afraid Joe isn’t so well today. I helped Leland milk and Joe is staying in again today. He feels very disappointed to be sick at holidays. This is the third successive year that he has been sick at Christmas while he is free from the school route.
Leland and I did the chores again today and kept Joe in. The roads are very slick and we slipped into the barrow pit when we were taking the milk down to the corner. We couldn’t get the chores done in time to go to church. Joe and Nyle were not able to go anyway. Nyle has not been sick but is quite spotted and itchy.
I washed today but it snowed before the clothes were dry. Charlie ran in a few minutes to see how Joe is.
Joe coughed so hard so long in the night that I got up and made a poultice and put on his chest. His cough doesn’t seem so tight this morning but I helped Leland with the chores and had Joe stay in. Charlie went trapping today and Leland went with him. I had to go up to Vivian’s to help her make out the year’s report for the Relief Society. She was washing when I got there and I had to wait for her to finish. We had hard time with the reports as the books were not kept as they should have been. It was almost dark when I started home and it was snowing. The roads were very slick and I traveled sidewise most of the last mile. Dad and Eldon had walked down to see Joe and were still there. We took dad home and Eldon stayed.
I gathered the clothes in this morning and spread them around the house to dry. I got most of them ironed. The weather has grown colder today and it is almost zero tonight.
Thursday, Jan. 1, 1942
It is clear and bitterly cold today. Leland and Eldon have shot 11 pigeons to roast for dinner today.
It is severely cold again today. Joe and I took the milk down this morning and called on Hen and Mae Wickel a few minutes. It kept us busy carrying warm water to the chickens. We got 34 eggs today.
Again very cold. Some of the squash and canned goods we had stored in the house was freezing so we carried it down the cellar. It snowed quite a bit last night. This forenoon was windy but it is quite clear and cold this evening.
Joe, La Dell, and I went to church. Because the weather was so cold they help Sunday School, Sacrament Meeting and M.I.A. conjoint meeting all in a row. In the evening when La Dell undressed she was broken out with chicken pox.
It is still clear and cold. In the afternoon Joe and I left La Dell and Nyle home by themselves while we went to tithing settlement.
Leland has a cold so he stayed with the kids today. Joe had to help check the ward record books so we went to Elba to take the school children and stayed until after school in the evening. I went to Relief Society meeting in the afternoon. The weather is still severely cold and there were not many women out. When I came home La Dell was hoarse. She said the boys didn’t keep the house warm enough.
Nyle and Leland went to school this morning. The weather is warmer and it is snowing.
There is so much snow and is still snowing that we didn’t dare to go to the show this evening.
Joe and I wrote a letter to Rex Ottley this morning. It is warmer this morning and has been raining and settled the snow down so it isn’t near so deep. La Dell had a headache and didn’t feel so well today. The wind blew hard and Joe decided to walk down to the field to feed the cattle. I went with him and we had a struggle facing it back.
It was a nice warm day and I washed. Joe went after some wood. If it is a good day tomorrow we want to take some wood to Jerome to grandpa Hepworth and get some potatoes. La Dell and I went with Joe after the school children.
We arose at 5 this morning and started for Jerome. It was a clear morning here but we soon came into a fog. The roads were frozen over with ice and we had to creep along and stop every little way to scrape ice off the wind shield. We were cold and hungry when we reached Burley so we stopped and had breakfast. It was daylight when we left there but the fog stayed with us all the way. The snow plow had been along the main roads at Jerome but we had to break a road into the ranch. We left in the afternoon as soon as the fog lifted and had a pleasant drive back to Burley. We stopped there to do some shopping. We came into the fog again on the desert. It was pleasant from Malta on home. We got home after 8 and found the kids OK. But they hadn’t washed the dishes and the house was topsy turvy. Eldon had shot a coyote and they had it on the porch.
Joe and the boys went to church. I stayed home with La Dell.
Nyle hand the croup last night and had to stay home today. Joe slid off the road coming from school in the morning and was late getting home. Don came down and they went hunting coyotes but didn’t find any. Joe and Leland went to M.I.A. in the evening.
A man came here with buckskin gloves to trade. Joe traded deer hides and rabbits the kids had shot for gloves. I went to Relief Society meeting where we quilted on a quilt for Gladys B. Joe is upset at the stomach this evening.
Joe felt better today. Charlie came over and had dinner with us. I went to Primary in the afternoon. Udy’s came up this evening and took one of the milk cows to Malta to supply them in milk.
This morning I took the children to school and went up to mother’s and she went with me to spend the day with Flossie. There hadn’t been any cars thru the field since the snow and we got stuck. Fred brought a horse and pulled us out. After Joe got his chores done he was lonesome so he walked down to the corner and caught the mail and followed us to Lloyds.
Joe and Charlie went hunting coyotes. They were tracking one that was crippled and the storm closed down so they couldn’t see and they had to come back. I cleaned the chicken coop, sewed and baked cinnamon rolls. I got 37 eggs from my pullet flock.
This morning before I had my house work done Zelma and Wells came for me to go to Flossie’s. I went with them and left word with La Dell for Joe to come later so he could do any running that might to necessary. The doctor and his wife came about noon. Joe left at evening to help Leland do the chores and to get supper for the kids. At 5:45 the baby was born. She weighed 8 lbs. and they named her Luana. Joe came back around 9 oclock and after he had gone to get mother to stay with Flossie we came home and arrived at eleven oclock. I bathed and went to bed.
I arose this morning feeling dizzy and upset at the stomach. The house looked dizzy and upset and there were plenty of dirty pans around. Joe had a special priesthood meeting at Malta so he went there. I stayed home and bathed the family and straightened the house a bit.
I washed and baked bread.
Joe went after wood today. He bruised his leg and was quite lame when he returned. I went to Relief Society meeting in the afternoon.
Nyle got up this morning with a swollen jaw. I guess it must be the mumps. Joe’s leg hurt him today so he didn’t go after wood. I went to Primary in the afternoon. In the evening Nyle stayed home alone while we went to picture show. I felt uneasy all thru the show but he was sleeping soundly when we came home.
Nyle feels pretty well today. His face hurts a little when he starts eating but he eats heartily. This evening Leland has gone to Burley with the other scouts. The purpose of the meeting is to study first aid and home defense.
Leland got home at midnight last night. I went with Joe this afternoon to see Lovina. She wants us to meet Nathaniel at Burley tomorrow night.
Joe and Leland went hunting coyotes this morning and couldn’t find any. This evening we have a pair of baby lambs. We left for Burley at 7 oclock and went over the summit. Joe got his hair cut and then we waited at the bus depot until Than arrived on the 9:45 bus. We came home by Idahome, took Nathaniel to Elba and was home at midnight.
La Dell got her legs wet coasting yesterday and had a fresh cold this morning. Joe and Leland went to church and I stayed home with the kids. They had a special priesthood meeting and Ward teachers meeting after church and it was late when Joe and Leland came home. Eldon was with them. We had to take Nathaniel back to Burley to catch the 5:45 bus. We ate dinner and started. I went along so Joe wouldn’t have to come back alone. We went over the summit both ways but the roads are heavy between Elba and the oil.
La Dell and Nyle are both home again today. The swelling is nearly gone out of Nyle’s face. In the afternoon Joe and I went up to Elba to trade eggs. Mrs. Eames told us that Flossie’s little baby was sick. We went over there and the public health nurse was just leaving. Mont M. and Bishop Beecher were there to bless and administer to the baby. Joe assisted them and we soon had to have to bring the school children home.
Joe and I went over to Lloyd’s as soon as we took the children to school. The baby was a little better. We helped them as much as we could until 11:30 and came home. Nyle was home alone. We did our work and I went to Relief Society. I talked to Nyle’s teacher and she said to send him to school tomorrow.
I went with Joe this morning to school and asked Stanley how the baby was. He said she seemed a little better. We had to go to Burley to get chicken mash. Leland went along and we bought him a suit. When we came back I went with Joe to Elba to see if Lovina had heard how the baby was. Fred had been down talking to doctor and getting medicine and said she was quite bad. So I went on over there to stay the night.
I stayed up with the sick baby all night. This morning Joe and Eula came over and we helped do the work and got home at noon.
I washed and baked bread. We didn’t hear from the baby today.
Joe and I went to Malta this morning. We called on the Gambles and while Joe was getting the car greased I visited Mrs. Dodson. I went to see sister Barret about Relief Society business. When we came home Eldon and Merlin J. were here with the kids. I did the housework and got dinner. After dinner I made La Dell a dress. The boys went hunting and Eldon shot a coyote.
Sun. Feb. 1
We all went to Sunday School this morning. Lovina was worried because she hadn’t heard from Nathaniel since Wednesday. He always writes every day. After Sunday School Joe and I went to see the sick baby. She has infection in her navel. Dr. Sater saw her yesterday and said he believed she would get well if no pus formed on the inside.
I went to the store in the afternoon to take the eggs. We called on Lovina and she was happy. She had two letters from Than. One had been mis-sent.
I went up to school with Joe, prepared to go to Flossie’s if they needed me. Stanley had a note from his mother for me. She said Ida P. had stayed with the baby the night before and they were rested. The baby was better than she had been since she became sick. So I came home and worked until Relief Society meeting in the afternoon.
Leland and La Dell are staying home to see if they are going to have mumps. I went to Primary in the afternoon. Joe, Nyle and I went to the show in the evening. When we came home there as blizzard on. We came real slow and had no trouble.
Leland and Charlie went hunting coyotes. They saw some but didn’t get any. Joe stayed at home with La Dell and I. He was expecting Mr. Udy to come but he didn’t.
We have about 5 inches of fresh snow this morning. I went with Joe to take the kids. We found Stanley and asked him how the baby was. He said she was better.
It was a bright morning and Joe and Leland hurried their chores and went after wood. They hadn’t been gone long when it started snowing but they stayed until they had a load of wood. At 9:15 in the evening Dad came down to see if we would go to Burley to meet the bus. We left as soon as we could and drove most of the way in a hard snow storm. When we got back to Malta the storm stopped. On the road to Elba we hit a slick spot and spun the car out in the barrow pit. It almost tipped over and we were thankful to find ourselves right side up and the tires up. After we left Nathaniel at Elba we came home and slipped off the track and got stuck just before we got here. It was 12:45 when we came in the house.
We went to Sunday School and meeting and had dinner with Lovina and Nathaniel. It was his Birthday. We had a blackout at 8.
We had a heavy snowstorm here today. In the afternoon we went to Elba to take the eggs. The storm was so thick we couldn’t see very well. It was clear when we came back but the snow is deep from Osmer’s to the ranch.
We took the kids to school and stayed up to Elba until evening. I helped Rachel put on two quilts for Relief Society work meeting. We had a good meeting and good attendance. When we came home Osmer told us there had been a phone call from Jerome that one of the babies had died, and the funeral would be Wednesday at 2 oclock. He said it was Marion’s baby. Since there is no one in the family named Marion we think it must be Merrit’s or Mary’s.
I went with Joe this morning down to the neighbors to collect birthday pennies for the Primary. Mae W. has just returned home with her new false teeth. We got stuck in the snow just before we got home and had to take the team to pull the car out. I did the washing and went to Primary in the afternoon.
The weather is very cold and the snow is so deep near our place that Joe gets stuck nearly every trip out.
It is still very cold and windy and Joe got stuck more times today than any previous day. I did a big ironing. When we went after the school children in the afternoon we went up to see if Lovina had heard from Lloyds. Fred had been there and the baby was very bad again.
Joe and I went to Malta on business in the forenoon. In the afternoon we went over to Lloyds. Rachel H. went with us and stayed over night. The poor little baby is in a very weak, pitiful condition.
It was snowing this morning and hard going the first mile going to church. Nyle had a talk for S.S. We got stuck coming home and had to walk the last part of the way. Joe and Leland took the team back after the car. This evening Wells, Zelma, Eldon, Lovina and babies came to tell us that baby Luana had passed away.
Joe and I got up real early this morning and did our work so we could spend the day helping Flossie and Fred prepare to bury the baby. Bishop and others made the little casket. It has been a stormy day and is still bad tonight. The roads will likely be closed to car travel tomorrow.
The wind spent itself this morning and it was very clear and cold. We had a hard time pulling the car out with the team. There was not a very long distance of deep snow but it was packed hard. After we once got started we managed to get the children to school 5 minutes late. The funeral service was short and held at the cemetery. Zelma and Eula sang I Need Thee Every Hour. Mont Maxfield offered prayer and Bishop Rasmussen gave a short talk. Joe dedicated the grave. The Relief Society officers and the family prepared and served a lunch at Zelma’s house for Flossie, Fred and family. They started for home just before 3 oclock and we went to Relief Society meeting. It is quiet and very cold again this evening. Eldon is spending the night with us. Fred’s sister Ollie went to stay with Flossie a few days.
It is still severely cold. I frosted my legs yesterday and don’t feel very well today. Joe used the team to get the car thru the drift the first time this morning. After that he drove thru.
Today Joe and I went to Malta to take a sack of potatoes for the school lunch. We also went over to Gambles and got a lease on his place beginning April 1, 1942 to April 1, 1947.
Joe took the grade school basketball team to Almo in the afternoon. I went up and visited mother until he returned. Leland went to Malta in the evening to a High School basketball game and Eldon came home with him after.
La Dell and I sorted paper to contribute to the defense program. Joe went after wood. Leland and Eldon went Ward teaching.
We all went to church. Joe went to Malta in the afternoon to priesthood meeting. There has been a blizzard on all day.
Joe left the car down the road out of the deep snow last night. I went with him this morning and had to drive through one drift while he and the school children pushed. The High School buses were stuck in the snow below the church house when we got to Elba. They were delayed about a half hour. I came home and washed and went with Joe again in the afternoon. We got there before school was out and went over to Zelma’s to wait. Mother, Eula and Lovina were there helping Zelma quilt. It made me feel queer not being asked to help as I had seen them all yesterday and they know Joe has to go to Elba twice every day. I had been intending to have a quilting and ask them but resolved to do it alone or ask someone else. I wonder if that is the right way to feel.
I did my ironing this morning and went to Relief Society meeting in the afternoon.
Wells took Lovina and babies to Pocatello this morning. I went to Primary in the afternoon. I had a sick headache after supper and had to go to bed early.
This morning when Joe was coming from school Virgil Wickel was stalled on the road and asked Joe to give him a push. He did so and broke the grill on the front of our care. Harry wants Joe to take the grade school basketball players to Yost tomorrow afternoon. It’s a long way to Yost and he would have to get someone else to bring the little children home and with the government asking people to do less car traveling I don’t feel like he should go. Joe and I went after wood when we got our chores done.
We did our work early this morning and took mother with us to visit Fred and Flossie.
Joe and Leland went after wood today.
Sun. Mar 1.
We all went to church today. M.I.A. conjoint meeting was held immediately after Sacrament meeting so we hand three sessions in a row. Leland, Joe and I all bore our testimonies. Leland and Joe also took part in the Mutual program. Ruby D. had her baby blessed today. Blaine Wickel is home recovering from an appendicitis operation and was to Sunday School this morning. He has been working in an airplane factory in Cal. For several months.
I washed this morning and spent the afternoon visiting my mother while Joe went to a water meeting.
I went to Relief Society meeting in the afternoon.
I cleaned house and put a quilt on to have a quilting bee tomorrow. Joe went down to help Henry Ottley butcher a hog in the afternoon. Udys came up and they divided the horses we have raised here and decided that we would move as soon as the hay is gone which won’t be long. I went to Primary and we all went to the show in the evening. I had planned to have Flossie come to the quilting but didn’t get a chance to send word to her as her children stayed down for the show. I did relent and ask mother, Eula and Zelma to come.
Joe brought the ladies home with him after taking the kids to school. They all came that I had asked. Rachel Hubbard, Mae Wickel, Zelma, Eula and Mother. I gave them a chicken dinner and we had a pleasant time. We didn’t get the quilt finished before school was out so I sent a note to Flossie to see if she could come tomorrow.
Mother and Dad came home with Joe this morning. Mother helped me work on the quilt. After school Joe, La Dell and I started for Jerome. We arrived at grandpa Hepworth’s place at 8:30 p.m.
We called on the Rowbottoms, Squire’s family and Riley’s family. Then we loaded a wagon on the back of the pick up and started home. We did a little shopping in Burley and got home around 6 oclock.
We all attended church today.
I washed and mopped today and in the afternoon went to Elba to trade in the eggs.
I ironed this morning. It is our eighteenth wedding anniversary today and I forgot about it until after lunch. Joe and I started out to water the chickens and sat down on a stump to visit. I said “Today is our anniversary and I just now thought about it.” He said, “Yes, which one, the 17th or 18th ?” I said, “the 18th and you only gave me a stick of gum.” He gave me another stick of gum then we looked at the car and it had a flat tire and he began to change tires so I wouldn’t be late for meeting. At meeting we quilted and practiced songs for our celebration March 17th .
Joe had to go the Burley on business today so we took a load of chickens to sell. We passed the Gamble place going down and Hall’s haven’t moved yet. We received a letter from Lillith last night in reply to the ones we wrote when we learned that it was their baby that died. The little girl was 19 months old and had been helpless since an attack of meningitis when she was one month old. Her life had been one of suffering as she had one attack of pneumonia before the one that caused her death.
Leland was sick with an upset stomach nearly all night and didn’t go to school today. Joe went down to see Wallace Ward about buying hay and Mr. Ward said he would loan us enough to get by on this spring and Joe is to pay it back when we raise some more.
Leland is still sick. Joe went down to Ward’s and hauled a load of hay to Malta.
I had to be up with Leland quite awhile last night. His stomach hurt so badly and was very sore so we took him to Malta to see the doctor at the C.C.C. camp. The doctor was away and Leland didn’t want to go any further so we came back home and he went to sleep. He seemed to be resting good so Joe and I went to Gambles and washed eveything washable in the house. The house consists of two small rooms and a large room and a little porch. I don’t know how we’ll manage and which furniture I’ll store. There is only place for one stove and I sure hate to give up my nice heating stove. But what disgusted me most was the chicken coop. It is just a low log building with roosts in one end and a door in the other. It is terribly dirty and so low that anyone would have to stoop to go in it. I told Joe that I would faint if one of my hens looked in. There is a nice yard around the house with trees and grass. The water supply for the house comes from an open well and I dislike that immensely.
I had to stay home with Leland today. He rested better last night and has a little appetite today but still is very sore and miserable. Joe took the children and went to quarterly conference at Malta. I should have been there to help sing a ladies trio. Zelma and Eldon came in this evening and visited awhile.
This morning I went with Joe when he took the kids to school and called on Rachel to talk over our plans for the celebration tomorrow. Then we went home and Joe drove the cows to Malta. I packed and went after Joe. We packed some more and after school Eldon came and helped load the wagon and the pick-up. We set up the beds and slept our first night on the Gamble ranch. Mr. Gamble came up and Joe arranged with him to move a little house he had built for a milk house and fix it for a hen house. And there is a little shack we can fix for the boys to bunk in. That made me feel better.
This morning we took the kids to school and went up to Udy’s, fed the pigs and chickens, loaded the car again and came down, unloaded, had a lunch and went to Elba to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the organization of the Relief Society. The program went very well. I told Bishop that I would now have to resign may position as Relief Society president. After the social we came home, changed our clothes and went back up to Udy’s to feed pigs and chickens and brought another load of household goods.
Joe took the wagon and went after some more things in the afternoon so I brought the school children home. I went up early in the afternoon and called on Mother, Eva Hurd, and Eula. After Joe came home he was unharnessing the team and one of them jerked back and pulled the pole loose he was tied to. The pole rapped Joe on the head and knocked him down.
We had planned to go to Burley today and buy things to fix the house with. Joe conceived the idea of going over by way of Albion as we had to go up to Udy’s to care for the pigs and chickens. I tried to dissuade him but he said some cars had gone over yesterday. So we got up on the summit and the snow had filled in again during the night. We got badly stuck in the snow and it took us two hours to turn ourselves around to come back and start over again. We made the trip to Burley and got home just in time to go after school kids. Joe went up to feed pigs and chickens and one of the sows had 10 little pigs. He came home and had supped, milked and went back to see how the pigs were.
Today, I washed and Joe went after a load of hay. Leland went to school today for the first time since he has been sick.
Joe and Leland went up to Udy’s this morning to do the chores and Leland’s old pig had 11 pigs and 8 had chilled to death. I kalsomined the largest room in the house today. Joe fixed a hen house and we went up in the evening and got the chickens. We sold 17 red hens and 1 rooster to Udys.
We went to church today. It seemed queer to just sit in the audience together. Charlie came calling this evening.
I varnished wood work, hung curtains, and put down a rug today. Joe moved the pigs. Dad came down and helped him.
Tues., Mar. 24.
It has been a cold windy day. Joe got another load of wood and brooding coops from Udy’s ranch. He was awfully cold when he got back. I ironed and baked bread. I wish spring would come.
Joe had to haul hay today. So I took the kids to school and spent the day visiting until school was dismissed for the day. I visited Zelma and Wells, Rachel Hubbard and Mother and Dad.
Continued in Vol. 2.
Diary March 1942
Joe went out in the field to fix fence and I went with him. But the wind was so cold I had to come back.
It was warmer and sunny today so we got some of the rugs out of the granary and Joe helped me lay one in our bedroom. When we went after the school kids in the afternoon I delivered 21 doz. eggs to Earl Hubbard to put in his incubator.
Joe and Leland went after a load of hay. La Dell and Nyle have been enjoying the sunshine. They even had a picnic. Mr. Gamble came up soon after Joe came back and showed him where the irrigation ditches and best farm land is. Charlie H. came over and had supper with us.
We went to Church today. I was asked to teach the Primary class in Sunday School beginning two weeks from today. Next Sunday will be a special Easter program.
Today I washed and transplanted some perennial flowers.
Joe fixed fence and I ironed. We all went to the picture show at Malta in the evening.
Wed. April 1.
I went with Joe when he took the kids to school. They were all playing April fool tricks. Lyle Udy wiggled a rubber snake in my face and scared me awfully. Flossie met us at the school house and she and Janis came down to spend the day. This evening Charlie H. came with his tractor and plow to do the plowing. A part broke on the plow just as he drove in. We had supper and Joe and Charlie took the plow over to Malta to get it welded.
Thurs. April 2.
Joe and Charlie began plowing and harrowing today. I kalsomined a room and went after the kids tonight.
Fri. April 3.
I had to be bus driver again today as the men were farming again. It started raining this evening.
Sat. April 4.
It has been raining all day. Joe and Leland went over to help Charlie work on his well. La Dell, Nyle and I colored Easter eggs and cooked dinner for tomorrow. It was almost dark when the men came home.
We went to a nice Easter service at church. In the afternoon we went out south of Malta about 14 miles to see the wreckage of an army bomber that exploded in air Friday night. We were not allowed to go very close but could see parts of the plane scattered about. There had been a crew of 9 men aboard and they found the mangled bodies of 7.
Joe kalsomined a room for me today and I washed the woodwork and varnished it. I did the washing today. Eldon came to stay with Leland and Charlie came to stay tonight so he can finish plowing tomorrow. Joe plowed the garden this evening.
Charlie finished plowing today and took his tractor and plow home. In the evening we went over to his place and took his harrow and brought him back so he could drive his car home. We asked him to stay over night and he did.
La Dell’s stomach didn’t feel good this morning so I let her stay home. Joe went after hay and after he returned we planted early vegetables and set out some flowers.
I took the children to school and stayed until school was dismissed. Eula was quilting and mother, Zelma and I went over to help her. Flossie came over in the afternoon for a while.
I did some more varnishing and painting and got the curtains hung in my bedroom.
We all went over to Burley this morning to buy clothing, see wheat and chicken mash. In the afternoon Joe and the boys went after a load of hay. In the evening we planted some early potatoes.
This morning Joe came in growling about something that didn’t suit him and I talked back and pretty soon we were having a quarrel that almost amounted to a fight. The kids were very shocked and I was very sorry for acting that way. So we decided to repent and go to Church. We all went but Leland and he had a cold. In Sacrament meeting the Bishopric sent a note back for Joe to come to the stand. They wanted him to speak if the other two speakers didn’t take all the time but they did.
It has been windy today. Joe finished drilling grain and I washed and baked bread. Leland didn’t go to school because of his cold. I spent my spare time reading the Book of Mormon.
I did the ironing and made Nyle a Birthday cake. In the afternoon I went to Relief Society meeting. There were a few ladies there that I didn’t know and nobody thought to introduce me. It was work meeting and most of the time was spent in sewing and visiting.
I went up to Elba this morning when Joe took the kids to school and brought Mother to spend the day with me. When I took her home this afternoon I called on Rachel Hubbard and saw Flossie at the school house.
I took the children to school this morning and spent the day at Eula’s house quilting. Mother, Flossie, Zelma and Blanche were there.
We had a real rainy day and Joe couldn’t work outdoors so we went to Elba earlier than usual. We took 21 dozen eggs to Hubbards so they can put them in the incubator as soon as they finish their hatch. They had one chicken yesterday and quite a number were hatching.
Joe and Nyle got a load of wood today. I felt poorly and didn’t accomplish much. Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting this evening.
We all went to Church. I taught the Primary Sunday School class in the morning. In the afternoon the Bishop asked us to sit at the front so people could see us while they read our recommends. Joe spoke today.
I washed and baked bread. In the afternoon Joe and I went to Elba and got some wheat from dad for the chickens. We went over to see Zelma’s little chicks. She bought 300.
Tues. 21. Osmer Ward came to trade calves with Joe this evening and Florence came
with him and visited awhile. Eldon spent the night with Leland and we all went to the
This morning we had a wind storm and a snow storm in the afternoon.
There was a blizzard on this morning so we went visiting until school was out. We called
on Mother and dad then went over and spent the rest of the day with Flossie and Fred.
The weather was a little better today. I’m afraid some of my early garden is ruined. Mrs.
Wheeler came over and said she that her Lilacs were frozen so they won’t bloom this year.
Joe and I went to Burley today. We also went over to Paul and ordered some baby chicks, When we came home Mr. Gamble was here. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting this evening.
We attended church today. It was Primary conference. Hanna Huller of Rupert was visiting church today and sat with us.
It was cold and blustery all day today. Joe worked on the fence and I churned and washed.
I went to Relief Society meeting this afternoon. Sister Neddo called on me to offer the opening prayer. I guess she is trying to make me feel at home.
I took the children to school and spent the day at Clarissa Earnes’ quilting. There were a number of ladies there and we had a nice dinner and an enjoyable time. Leland stayed all night with Eldon.
The weather was nicer this morning. Joe went up to dad’s dry farm and loaded some hay in the back of the pick-up. I gathered wild flowers while he was loading it. When we came home Mr. Gamble came and unlocked the little shack we want to fix for an extra room but he didn’t take his junk out of it. In the evening we all went to the Senior play at the High School. Leland had a part and got along very well.
May 1. Fri.
It has been cold and stormy again today. Joe and Mr. Gamble hauled the junk out of the shack. In the afternoon Mrs. Cottle came to see if Joe could do chores for them while they take a trip. She visited quite awhile. When we came from Elba with the children we went over there to see what chores they had to do and we visited them for awhile. Leland went to Elba with the Senior play tonight.
We went over to Paul today and got our baby chicks. After we came home we moved the shack and worked on it. I went with Joe when he went to do Cottle’s chores.
Leland offered the opening prayer at Sunday School this morning. There were four babies blessed in Sacrament meeting. Just before the meeting closed one of the ladies who had her baby blessed had a fit. They carried her out and it gave everybody a horrid feeling. She was a young woman and it was her first child.
It has stormed here all day mostly rain. There was snow at Elba. Joe did some white-washing in the shack we are fixing but we didn’t get much accomplished today.
The weather has been nice today so I washed. While they are registering for sugar rationing at the school house this week, school is dismissed early in the afternoons. So I didn’t get to Relief Society today. We went to Malta after school and registered and sent some mail. I called on Mrs. Dodson a few minutes.
We finished fixing the shack up today and it was a nice warm day.
It was almost hot today. To my great surprise I got an announcement from Golda and Chuck. They have a new baby boy. I went with Joe when he went to Elba this afternoon. I saw Mother, Flossie and Zelma and they were all as surprised as we were.
Mrs. Wheeler came over today and brought me some fresh rhubarb from her garden. She is a very friendly lady. Leland went to the Senior ball this evening. Joe and I didn’t go because the dance floor at the school is so small.
It takes a lot of my time to look after the baby chicks. It was cloudy and cool to day so I had to watch them closer. Joe and the boys went after wood this afternoon. This evening Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting.
Sun. 10. It was cold again today and Leland had to stay home with the chicks. There was a special mother’s day program at Sunday School and all of the mothers were given some beautiful snapdragons. In the evening the Seminary graduation exercises were held at the tabernacle. We all went to that. Leland graduated and received his diploma. The program was nice and Leland took part in the pageant.
Another rainy day. I went to Elba with Joe this morning and called on Mother and Ruby Darrington. Ruby’s baby has been very sick.
We went up the Hubbard’s and got the baby chicks out of the incubator this morning. There was a heavy snow fall last night. The snow was between 2 and 10 inches along the road. We brought home 81 chicks. We went to Malta in the afternoon and I called on Mrs. Dodson and went to Relief Society. There was no meeting held because the electric power was off and the hall could not be heated. School was dismissed early because the school house got too cold. Joe had the shack wired so we could take better care of the chickens.
It was raining this morning but has grown warmer. Joe brought 10 more chicks home. We went to the picture show last evening.
Mother and Dad came and spent the day with us. Eldon came home from school with Leland after school. He had a sick headache and was very miserable most of the evening.
Eldon felt better this morning and went to school. I washed today and just got part of it hung out when it started to rain. There was a very heavy downpour between here and Elba. Leland went with the Senior Class to Burley to a show this evening.
The kids and I went over to the field this afternoon. We couldn’t get very far for water. Some of the grain field is like a lake. Joe and Leland went to a party for the Aaronic priesthood. Joe has been chosen chairman of the Aaronic priesthood committee. They went to priesthood meeting in the evening followed by a weanie roast.
It is my birthday and Golda sent me a card and a hankey. Lovina wrote me a letter and sent a card. I didn’t feel well this morning but went to Sunday School and taught my class. At meeting they had a special Aaronic priesthood program and Joe spoke. I came from church so ill that I went to bed for the afternoon. The baccalaureate exercises were held for the graduating High School class in the evening at the tabernacle. Joe offered the opening prayer. I went though I could hardly sit up. Pres. Loveland gave the address and it was a nice program.
We went to Burley today. We took some hens for Mrs. Wheeler and brought her some baby chicks. Mother went with us. We bought Leland a wrist watch for a graduation present. Mother, dad, Eldon, Eula and Zelma all contributed money to help pay for it. We also got him a bill fold and some fishing tackle. Zelma gave me three hot pot holders she had crocheted for my birthday. Mother gave me a set of bowls.
I went to Relief Society this afternoon. There were not many women there.
Since it was the last day of school and the kids were having a picnic and were being dismissed early, Joe and I went to Elba and stayed and visited until time to bring them home. I called on Mother, Ruby D. and Rachel H. It was very warm. When we came home we took the little chickens outside and Joe, Nyle and I went over to see Charlie. He gave Nyle a pup and it was quite late when we came home. Joe’s father and Ivan, three of Joe’s sisters and little Jimmy were here when we got back. They came to attend the High School graduation exercises. The program was given by the students except for an extemporaneous speech by Mr. Steel who graduated 15 of the kids from the eighth grad four years ago at Elba. Leland offered the benediction at the program.
The folks left about noon today. We planted some more garden. I walked and waded over to the field with Joe. He tried to divert some of the water from the grain fields. We got a card from Lovina today. She want us to meet her at Burley Saturday.
It was hot and windy today. Joe and Leland went after wood. I made La Dell a dress.
I did my baking and house cleaning this forenoon. In the afternoon Joe and I went to Burley. We went down to the livestock commission company sale and watched the sale. We met the 4:45 bus and brought Lovina and her babies home with us. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting in the evening. It rained again today.
Lovina went to church with us. After meeting we had lunch and took her to Elba. The water is overflowing on fields and roads worse than before.
It has been windy all day. It almost amounted to a hurricane this evening. I washed but didn’t get all of the clothes dried because it was too bad to hang them out.
It rained nearly all day. I ironed in the forenoon and went to Relief Society in the afternoon. I visited Mrs. Dodson while Nyle and La Dell went to Primary. After we finished the chores in the evening Joe and I spent the evening with Wheelers. The road that we usually travel to Malta is full of water and impassable.
Joe and Leland went after wood and posts. It rained again this afternoon.
It rained this forenoon so Joe didn’t go after wood. La Dell and I made paper flowers. It stopped raining in the afternoon and Joe and the boys went to the field to dig post holes. La Dell and I walked up to the field to find cedar boughs to make bouquets with. Joe went with us up in Cottles field and helped us get some. The water is not as high as it has been. We waded over to the grain fields and the water has drained off of them so it is only ponded in places.
It started raining early this morning. It rained all day so we didn’t get much accomplished. We went up to Osmer’s in the evening to get some chicken feed.
We went to Elba in the morning and put flowers on Gaila’s grave. Lovina and babies came home with us. We had dinner and took them to Burley so they could take the bus back to Pocatello. When we got back from Burley we went to the Malta cemetery and put flowers on Joe’s mothers’ graves. It rained hard most of the afternoon.
This morning when Joe went to chore he noticed one of Wheeler’s cows sick. She was in a very bad way and needed help. He and Mr. Wheeler couldn’t handle her alone so they went down and got the Nye boys to help. They were so long with her that we did’nt get to church. I was very disappointed as it was Stake conference.
Mon. June 1.
Today I washed and baked bread and mopped floors. After dinner Joe went to Malta to get the garden cultivator welded and I went along and called on Mrs. Dodson for a few minutes. This evening we planted a big patch of corn and other garden.
Joe and I went up in the field and tried fishing awhile this morning. The water is still too high and muddy for fishing and we didn’t get a nibble. We all went to the show in the evening.
June 3. Wed.
We went up to Don’s to get our hand plow. When we got there we decided to go fishing. A storm came up while we were fishing. It didn’t storm much up there and we thought our chickens would be safe. When we got to Elba there had been a severe hail and rain storm. We hurried on home feeling very worried but it hadn’t stormed here and the chicks were alright. Wells and Zelma lost six of theirs and they were older than ours.
I took Leland up to Osmer’s this morning to catch the bus that is hauling boys and girls to Burley and vicinity to thin beets. It is his first experience at beet work. It has been very hot today and Leland came home quite weary this evening.
Leland went to thin beets again today. I had a hen smother on her nest today. Two hens crowded in one nest to lay and the one in the back couldn’t take it. It has been so cold all spring it is hard to get used to the hot weather.
Leland helped Mr. Cottle build a bridge today. Joe went down to Nye’s after dinner to see the boys about some derrick timber. I went along and visited Marian awhile. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting this evening.
We attended Sunday School and testimony meeting. It has been cool and breezy all day. The bishop announced today that Sacrament meetings will be held at evening. This is some new in our stake. We went to the M.I.A. conjoint program in the evening given by the M. Men and Gleaners. It was a very nice meeting.
Leland went to thin beets again. I washed and Joe watered some of the garden and barley. We had a shower in the afternoon. Just enough to make us pen the chicks up.
I took Leland to meet the bus again this morning. He has to be at Osmer’s soon after 7. After I had mixed the bread I helped Joe hoe in the garden until the kids awoke and ate their breakfast. I went to Relief Society work meeting and La Dell, Nyle and I went to Primary. I have been asked to teach the Guide class which consists of one boy. I was quite surprised when they showed me my class. Joe and I and the kids went over to Merrill’s a few minutes this evening.
This evening when I went to meet Leland I had to wait for the bus so I went over and talked to Mae Wickel awhile. Leland’s hands were badly swollen but he soaked them in salt water and hopes to be able to go again tomorrow. There is such a shortage of sugar that people are only allowed ½ pound a week. And some of the farmers are plowing their beets under because they can’t get them thinned.
Joe went with John Nye up Sublett canyon to get a load of wood and locate some timber. They got stuck and it was nearly seven when they got home. Leland went to thin beets again. Nyle turned the water on the hay. The kids and I walked over the field this afternoon. There are pools of water in the center of the grain fields yet and they are full of moss and tadpoles.
We got the mail today and there was a card from Flossie. She said she had been real sick and wanted us to come see her. Leland drew his pay for thinning beets and decided not to thin any more this spring.
Joe had to go to Burley to tell Swanson’s that he is ready for them to deliver his mower and rake. He ordered them a long time ago. Machinery is hard to get this year and he is buying used articles. Leland bought himself some boots that he has been wanting for a long time. I got 50 baby chicks. We went and got mother and took her with us to see Flossie. She was feeling better.
We went to Sunday School this morning. I stayed to Primary convention in the afternoon and rode home after with Sister Cottle. We all went to Sacrament meeting in the evening.
It acted real stormy this morning but it only showered lightly a few times. I put the baby chicks by the little electric heater and then the electricity shut off most of the afternoon. Joe and Leland went over to Nye’s to get some derrick timber and Leland stayed to work for them. We brought him home this evening but he is going back in the morning to help them until Joe gets ready to make hay. They went up in the pasture to get a cow and a new calf. The calf got in the creek and Leland got wet to his waist getting it out. He even got his new boots wet.
Joe nearly got his derrick built today. This afternoon I took the kids to Primary. I took some magazines to Mrs. Dodson and she was napping and I didn’t talk to her.
Joe went to Elba this evening to look at a mower and rake that Heber Jacobsen had for sale. The kids and I went along and visited Mother and Dad.
We went to Burley again to see why they hadn’t brought our mower and rake. They had lost out on the mower they had in mind for Joe. So he took a new one and they brought them right up. We went over the Charlie’s in the evening to get a chain for the derrick. Charlie was irrigating his barley.
Joe started mowing today. This evening we went down to Nye’s to see how Leland is getting along. He seems to like his job.
The garden was very dry so I had to water it. Joe mowed some more hay and raked it. We left Nyle and La Dell home in the evening and picked Leland up and took him to priesthood meeting. Thera Harper, Myrtle Hutchison and I went to a weiner roast with the trail builder boys. We had a good time and got a few fresh mosquito bites.
Joe had a headache this morning and couldn’t go to Sunday School. He felt better by evening and we all went to Sacrament meeting. It was ward conference and I offered the opening prayer. It was a very good meeting.
Leland worked for Nye’s again today. Joe and Nyle went to town on the wagon to get a boom pole for the derrick. La Dell and I went fishing but the grass was so tall we soon got tired. I watered some more garden.
Joe and the boys started hauling hay today. I had to bake bread and didn’t get it done in time to go to Primary.
Joe received his classification from the draft board today. He is in class 3-A. It was announced over the radio today that family men would be the last to be drafted. We went to Elba this evening to buy some wheat for the chickens. We heard that Samuel Barker had died yesterday. Berniece and Don were at Mother’s house.
Joe and the boys finished hauling the hay today before noon. In the afternoon Joe started mowing and Leland and I went fishing. I caught one fish and we didn’t have another bite. A wind came up and this evening it is raining.
Joe, La Dell and I went to Burley on business. Mahala, Emily, Effie and Mildred were there investigating a job for Emily. We all went to dinner together and had a nice visit. I bought a few fresh strawberries and gooseberries. We ate some and bottled the rest. We signed up for sugar for canning and I am allowed 130 lbs.
Joe and I went to Elba to Samuel Barker’s funeral. There was such a large crowd that we stood up in the back of the building. There were a large number of people who didn’t get inside. After the funeral we went up to uncle Russ’ to see Glenna and her new baby girl. Gay and Marie were both home and we visited there awhile. When we were coming home we stopped at Osmer’s and Don and Eldon came in there and we visited there for about an hour. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting at evening. Lovina and Than stopped in on their way to Elba. Velma Earnes has been moving to Pocatello where harry is now working. She came back to Elba to get her children and more furniture and Lovina and Than came with her.
We went to Sunday School this morning. In the afternoon we went up to Mother’s to visit as Lovina and Than have to go back this evening. When we came the pup was in with my little red chickens. She had killed several and chewed a number of the others until I don’t know how many will survive. I felt very badly as I hadn’t lost any of that bunch and they were growing so well. Joe shot the pup so it wouldn’t happen again. She was a cute, smart little pup but chickens are more valuable.
Joe and I went to Elba to Sacrament meeting in the evening. The boys I taught in the Guide class last winter were graduating and Sister Maxfield asked me to speak at the exercises. Joe also spoke at the meeting.
Don, Berniece and Mother came to see us and had dinner. Don came to offer Joe the use of his hay loader to put up the hay. It would be a long way to go after it and return it, so Joe decided to go on hauling hay on the wagon. He and Leland mowed and raked this afternoon.
Up to date there have been 11 chicks die because of the mauling the pup gave them. The others act alright. I took the kids and went to Primary. They had a play day and the older children practiced dancing. Joe and Leland mowed and raked again today.
Wed. July 1.
Charlie H. came up today to borrow a team. Joe and Leland are mowing and raking so couldn’t spare any horses. Charlie said he had been down to Burley to be examined physically to see if he was fit for the army service. He is trying to get deferred to take care of his place which surprised me. He hasn’t any livestock and no dependents.
We worked hard today and the weather is hot. I turned the water on some of the garden tonight.
Joe and the boys hauled hay this forenoon and helped Wheeler haul his this afternoon. This evening we went to Elba to find out how Flossie is. She had been to town celebrating today so we didn’t go over there. We took Mother and dad with us and called on Eula and Wenzel. Leland stayed up there to go to the dance.
Early this morning I went to Elba to get Leland. Joe stopped up the creek to fish but didn’t get any fish. We went to the program at 11 oclock. There was a picnic at Bishop Harper’s place followed by races and ball games. Nyle won two foot races. When we came home at evening Golda and Chuck had been here and left a note. So we did the chores and went up to Mothers to spend the evening. Golda has a very sweet little baby.
We went to Sunday School and testimony meeting today. I got up courage to bear my testimony. Leland also bore his testimony. In the evening there was a service given with the Sunday School giving the program. The class I teach sang a song. Leland gave a talk.
Golda and Chuck with their family came to visit this afternoon. Marilyn and Delos stayed over night. Joe, Leland and Chuck went fishing after supper until dark. They caught two large trout.
The men moved the derrick across the creek to the other hay field after noon. I took Nyle, La Dell and Marilyn to Primary. This evening Zelma, Eula and Chuck came down and we went fishing. We didn’t have any luck at all. Delos and Marilyn went back to Elba with Chuck.
I spent most of my spare time weeding garden. Joe and the boys hauled hay until noon. It was windy after dinner so they mowed and raked.
It was another hot day and the fellows hauled hay all day. This evening after work they all took a swim in the creek then we went to Osmers to do some shopping.
Joe and the boys hauled hay this forenoon but it was so windy they couldn’t haul this afternoon.
It was windy again today and cooler so I baked a big batch of bread and pies. The men couldn’t haul hay before dinner but did after. Golda, Charles and family stopped a few minutes on their way home today. Marilyn tried to coax me to let La Dell go home with her for a month. I couldn’t even think of it. Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting this evening.
We all went to Sunday School. In the afternoon I read and Joe and Leland went Ward teaching. We went to Sacrament meeting in the evening.
I washed this morning and went to Elba in the afternoon to buy wheat for the chickens. I called on Mother and dad and Zelma. This evening Marian Nye came to see if Leland could help them again but Joe has another days hauling hay here. It looks like it might rain.
It has been another hot sultry day. Joe and the boys hauled hay again today and didn’t get done. I didn’t feel good today and didn’t get to Primary.
We did get a rain this afternoon.
The hay was still wet so we went to Burley. The hay rake was broken and Joe had to get a replacement for it. It will be Joe’s birthday next week and the boys got him a fishing rod. They gave it to him as soon as we got home. I got socks and hankies for him and gave them to him now because he needs them.
The weather was much cooler today. Joe and Leland mowed and raked hay. Florence Ward and children called this evening.
Joe and Leland went fishing awhile this evening and caught some nice big trout. They went to priesthood meeting.
We went to Sunday School. In the afternoon I went over to Mrs. Dodson’s. She is home with her kiddies most of the time and gets lonesome. We went to Sacrament meeting at evening.
We had a busy day. I watered the garden and washed. Joe and the boys hauled more hay. In the afternoon La Dell and I went up the creek and gathered a few wild currants. Leland, La Dell and I went up the Elba in the evening to get grain for the chickens. Dad has been feeling very poorly.
La Dell gave Joe a Birthday card and two nice hankies today and we cooked him a chicken dinner. La Dell and I went to Primary in the afternoon. Nyle had to stay on the job. We have a very few boys at Primary these days as every boy who is big enough to work has to keep at it.
It was very hot today. Mr. Cottle and Jay helped haul hay this afternoon so we can get through sooner and help them. We went to a lecture and film given by the Kraft Cheese Co. to show ways of producing better milk. There was a comedy film for the children and ice cream and cookies was served to all.
Nyle and Leland went up to Cottles to work today. It is very hot and irrigation water is getting scarce. The water master said he would have to shut it all off this place in the morning.
Joe went to Elba this morning to bring Mother, Dad, Zelma and Eula to go with us on an outing and picnic up above Sublett. We picked wild currants and tried swimming and fishing in the reservoir. We caught no fish. Nyle got scared because he got out in the water where he couldn’t touch bottom and Leland had to help him out. Leland went down to the Ward dance and Joe and I went down later and watched awhile then brought him home.
Joe and the boys worked at Cottles again today. I made my currants into jelly and did my usual round of chores and cleaning.
We went to Sunday School this morning. In the afternoon we went over to see if Charlie is alright. He wasn’t home but there is a family living near there is a trailer house. They said he had been working in Malta lately. We went to church in the evening.
It has been very hot today and the garden is needing water. I don’t know what we are going to do about it. We should have a pump on the well. Joe and the boys finished hauling the hay on the far side of the field. After supper they moved the derrick back to the barnyard.
La Dell and I went to Primary this afternoon. While we were there it showered and the lightening struck a hay stack near Malta. When we came out of the church house it was all ablaze. When we came home Joe and the boys were ready to go fishing. We started up thru the field but were not getting any bites so Joe and I went to Malta to see Gambles about putting a pump on the well. Mr. Gamble said if there were any electric pumps to be bought he would get us one. When we came home Leland had caught a 3 ½ lb. Trout. So we had supper and did the chores and went fishing again and didn’t catch a fish.
This morning Joe got up at day light and went out in the field fishing. He caught a trout that weighed 2 ½ lbs. So with the one Leland caught we had quite a fish fry. I bottled a few apricots and baked bread today. In the evening we went up to Cottle’s a few minutes and fished awhile in their field. We didn’t get any fish. We went up to Osmer’s to talk to him about a pump.
I pulled all of the big beets in the garden and bottled them. The garden wilted badly today. It stays so hot. Joe and the boys finished hauling the wild hay today. We went to see if the water master could let us have water for the garden. He said there were many gardens burning and he would see what could be done.
Joe and the boys went up to Cottles to work today. Nyle came home at noon. I took a vacation and spent the afternoon reading.
Sat. Aug. 1.
Joe and the boys went to Cottles again. Joe came home at noon and we took a pig for Cottle, a calf for Gamble and one for ourselves and went to Burley. I bought my sugar for canning and some apricots. We looked at pumps in Burley and at Osmer’s Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting this evening.
We went to Sunday School and Testimony meeting today. In the afternoon we went to see Gambles about the pump. Wheelers came down to visit them while we were there. Mr. Gamble is caretaker for the now vacant CCC camp. They showed us through all of the buildings. Then Joe took Mr. Gamble up to Osmer’s and he ordered an electric pump for the well.
Joe and Leland worked at Cottle’s again. I canned apricots. It was hot and windy this afternoon. It made the garden look awfully bad. Mr. Cottle told Joe he could use some of his water to irrigate it so it would live until the pump comes. We went down to see the water master and he was away. So the garden has to go. I called on Mrs. Dodson a few minutes.
Joe and the boys went to Cottle’s again. The watermaster told Joe to water the garden tonight. La Dell and I rode to Primary with Mrs. Cottle. Joe and I went up to the creek to get the water as soon as he came from work. It was 9:30 when the water reached the garden. We spread it as far as it would reach and went to bed. We got up at 3 in the night and turned it again. The Water Master came before it was good daylight and said to shut it off.
I washed and baked bread. Joe and the boys went to Cottles to work again. I looked the garden over and most of it was wet. We went to Osmer’s this evening to do some shopping. He hadn’t heard from the pump yet.
La Dell and I went with the fellows when they went to work. We went on to Elba and visited Mother and Dad, Zelma, Eula and Flossie. We called on Mae Wickel a few minutes and stopped at Cottles and brought the boys and Joe home.
I thought I might can a few vegetables today, but there wasn’t enough wood chopped so I ironed and cleaned the house up. I have to take cows to pasture and feed pigs when the fellows work away.
This morning Joe discovered that the pigs were eating the young chickens. We haven’t counted the chicks for quite awhile so I haven’t any idea how many they have eaten. Joe and the boys had to work to Cottles again. I fed the pigs often, thinking they wouldn’t eat so many chickens. Once while I was out there feeding them, one old sow grabbed a chicken and I beat her over the head with the feed basket and the chicken escaped. When Joe came home he fixed a stable so the chickens couldn’t get in and moved the pigs. It took him so long that they didn’t get to priesthood meeting. Nyle and I both helped milk to hurry things along.
We went to Sunday School and meeting today. Leland went Ward teaching in the afternoon.
Joe and the boys finished Cottles hay today. Jay Hutchison has been going to work with them the last few days. Myrtle came for him this evening. She got here before the men did and visited awhile.
Leland went up to Cottles to work again. The kids and I went to Primary in the afternoon. Joe went to town on business. While we were all gone it rained and hailed. The hail did some damage to the ripe grain. The lightening set one fire on some sagebrush land near Malta. We were pleased to have it rain it has been so hot and dry for a long time and the garden needed water. We all went to the show at evening.
Joe and the boys cleaned the granary and moved the young chickens into the steel granary. A coyote or something got into them last night. We went down to see the Bishop and he wasn’t home. Joe had the Aaronic priesthood reports for him to sign. This evening we went to Osmer’s to trade and to Elba to pay a debt and called on Mother and Dad.
Leland has a cold but he mowed all day. We had a letter from Nathaniel today. He wants Joe to come and move them back from Pocatello to Elba. Nathaniel is going back to the Navy. He hasn’t been drafted but they need trained men and he had decided to go.
Mon. 17 Aug.
I ran out of note book to write my diary on so I have missed a few days. Yesterday we went to Sunday School but Joe was sick in the afternoon and we didn’t go to church at evening. He felt miserable this morning but they hauled 5 loads of hay. I was up to Osmer’s this evening and Zelma came in there and talked a few minutes. Wells had been combining grain and she and Eldon had been riding the machine.
It rained a little last night and made the hay too damp to haul. We got a card at noon saying we could get some currants up to the ranch. So we went up there right after dinner. After we picked the currants we went up Flat canyon looking for choke cherries. We couldn’t find any so we went over to Eula’s for awhile.
Joe arose early this morning and set out for Pocatello. The boys did the chores and hauled two loads of hay. I made currant jelly and bottled some. Joe got here at 6:30 with Nathaniel, Lovina and family and their household goods. They had things packed in and on the car everywhere they could make anything stay. La Dell and I rode on to Elba with them. Flossie and Eula came over to Mothers while we were there.
Joe and the boys hauled hay until noon. The wind blew hard this afternoon and Joe went to the field to cut weeds and I went with him.
The garden is dry again and the pump hasn’t come yet. It was shipped from Ogden long ago. War goods is given first place in shipping so that may be the reason for the delay. Joe and Leland hauled hay again today. La Dell rode the derrick horse this afternoon while Nyle went to practice for the Primary program Wednesday night. I took him to town and visited Mrs. Dodson while he practiced.
Joe and Leland worked in the hay field again today. Joe and I went bathing in the creek this evening. The kids go in nearly every day and Joe does often but I hadn’t tried it before this summer. It is very refreshing. Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting.
We went to Sunday School this morning. It was very hot when we came home. We were so uncomfortable that we went bathing in the creek to cool off. We went to meeting in the evening.
It has been cloudy today and rained a little. Not enough to we the ground and everything is so dry.
It rained again and a little more than yesterday. It stopped them haying so Joe and the boys weeded the garden.
We got a card from Than inviting us to a party Friday night at Elba. The Primary held their harvest festival this evening. The children exhibited the things they had made this summer also vegetables. They gave a program and danced. Nyle and La Dell had a very good time.
I went out and ran the derrick horse and loaded one load of hay so Nyle could sleep. The hay was too green so we went to Malta to get grain sacks and to find out when the combine would be here to do our grain. We took Leland to the checking station to buy his driver’s license. We went to see George Neddo to find if he would let us pasture and milk his cows until his field is open. He wasn’t home. We were so near Charlie’s place that we decided to go on over and call on him. We got one load of hay this afternoon and the wind blew and stopped them again.
We went to the party at Elba tonight. There was a big crowd out and it was a nice party. I felt so blue I couldn’t enjoy myself at first buy Lovina and Than were so brave I thot (sic) if they could keep their chins up I should be able to.
I helped in the hay field until noon so Nyle could sleep. Then I caught my work up in the afternoon and evening while Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting.
After Sunday School we went to Elba to have a family dinner. Nathaniel’s mother and grandmother also an uncle and a brother were there besides all of our family except Golda and Charles and children. We came back in time for Sacrament meeting in the evening.
We took Lovina and Than to Burley so he could take the bus to wherever Uncle Sam sends him. Mother went with us. When we returned Joe went over to Malta to get George Neddo’s cows and I took Lovina and babies home. Mother and I went up to the ranch and picked some apples. Leland was up there with Eldon and they had been fishing. They caught 38 trout.
Tues. Sept. 1.
Our pump came at last and Osmer came to install it just as I was ready to wash. They shut the electricity off and I didn’t get started to was until afternoon. I went to Primary and finished when I got back. After supper I helped milk. We are milking 20 cows. Leland had worked at Cottles all day and Nyle until noon.
The pump is lovely. We are getting our garden watered at last. Leland and Nyle went to Cottles to work but the wind blew so hard they came home at noon. In the evening after sundown the wind stopped and Joe went to the field to rake hay. The boys went across the creek to get some hay. On the way they drove thru a wash and the hay rack front broke off and fell of the horses. There was a bolt gouging on horse and a stick beating her legs. They ran away and Leland drove them thru a grove of trees to avoid hitting a fence. The trees stripped all of the edges off the rack but the boys managed to stay in the middle where there were some boards left and got the horses stopped without being hurt. We were all badly frightened but thankful for their safety.
It is sultry and cloudy this morning and we do hope to get the grain combined before it rains. We have waited so long to get it done and the grain is over ripe. Nyle and Leland went to Cottles again this morning.
The combine came this morning. It got real cloudy in the afternoon and we thought it was going to rain and stop them working. But we had a hard wind for awhile and blew the clouds away. They finished work at 9:30 in the evening. I drove the pickup in the afternoon between meals. Carma came with the mailman this morning to stay a few days. She and La Dell have been planning the visit all summer.
Leland went to work at Cottles again. I drove the pickup while Joe loaded the grain and we finished cleaning the field and turned the cows in. We took a load of wheat to Mr. Gamble. I baked bread and bottled some apples in the afternoon. The children and I visited at Wheelers in the evening while Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting.
We attended Sunday School and Testimony Meeting today and a meeting conducted by the Primary in the evening. My one boy graduated from Primary so I will have a new class.
We had 12 little pigs born this morning. Joe and Leland went to work for Mr. Cottle and I had to watch the little pigs to see that they all got a fair start in life. Besides I had to wash and bottle apples. The wind blew this afternoon and Joe and Leland came home. Carma had to go home today so we took her. We took Mother and Lovina and babies with us to Flossie’s. Flossie gave me some perennial flower plants and little plum trees to plant. I milked nine cows tonight. I have been helping since we got Neddo’s cows. We have another fresh one and I am getting right in practice.
Joe and Leland went to Cottles to work and the wind blew and stopped them before noon. I made some pickles and baked bread. The Relief Society was quilting today but I didn’t get there in time to help much before Primary. They promoted the children today and I am to have 4 boys in my class. There wasn’t one there. We went to the show this evening.
Dave H. came up early this morning to get Joe to haul the milk on his route. He had to make three trips in the pickup. I went over to Malta and spent the time with Mrs. Dodson. They are going back to Illinois this fall. Leland worked to Cottles again and Joe did in the afternoon.
We crated 35 young cockerels and went to Elba for Mother and a load of her hens. The car from Pocatello was on the track receiving live poultry. My cockerels brought 22¢ a pound. They were small weighing a little more than 3 ½ lbs. on a average. I will keep my others until they are larger. We bought 3 bushels of peaches at $2.25 to 2.59 per bushel. We were able to get tomatoes today.
I bottled some apples and pickles and got my work done so I can begin on the peaches and tomatoes tomorrow.
I canned 11 quarts of tomatoes and made La Dell a dress. Joe and the boys got a load of wood and went to Priesthood meeting in the evening.
La Dell had a bad head cold so she spent the day in bed. She is worried because she is so anxious to start to school tomorrow. We left her alone while we went to Sunday School but we stayed home in the evening.
La Dell and Nyle went to school today. They were very excited and thrilled. The bus picks them up at the door and that is a new and pleasant experience for them and us. We went to Elba to get raspberry and strawberry plants. We had dinner with Eula and Wenzel.
I canned peaches and tomatoes and helped Joe set out some berries. Leland did the washing. I went to Primary and the other trail builder teachers were not there so I had a lot of boys to teach. Nyle has a cold and doesn’t feel very well this evening.
Joe and Leland went after wood. I canned more peaches. Eldon came to spend the night.
Joe and I went to Malta this morning to take some wood to Mr. Gamble. After lunch Joe and Leland got another load of wood and I canned more peaches.
Joe and Leland hauled another load of wood. I finished canning my peaches. It has been cold again but not as windy as yesterday.
Phyllis Shaw came to get Leland to work in the hay field. Joe and I and the kids went to the city of rocks looking for pine nuts. There were no nuts so we let the kids play around and ate our lunch. We called on Flossie and mother on our way back. When we were at Osmer’s, Clara Udy told us she had a surplus of plums we could have. So we went up there and got some plums and apples. Our garden froze last night but it has been a nice day today. Leland and Joe have gone to Priesthood Meeting tonight.
We attended Sunday School and visited at Wheelers for awhile in the afternoon. Eula and Wenzel stopped by on their way from Odgen. They gave us a nice watermelon and sold us a bushel of tomatoes. We went to Sacrament Meeting in the evening. Joe was asked to speak and I was sustained as secretary for the Relief Society.
Joe went to the canyon at Sublett with John Nye to get wood. Leland worked at Shaws. I took the pick-up and went with David Hutchison to haul milk. His dad had to take his truck to be overhauled. We hauled three loads of milk to the factory and I learned where some of the people live. After that I went to Osmer’s to do some trading. When I got my work done and the pigs fed I found a tire flat on the car. So I changed tires. The pigs broke out of their pen and I had to herd them until Joe cam home.
Joe went to the canyon and Leland to Shaws again. I helped David haul milk. I did my work and went to Primary in the afternoon.
Joe and Leland went to work again. I was alone today but had a lot of work to do. I washed and cleaned the house and canned some fruit.
The battery cable on the school bus broke just as it stopped to pick up Nyle and La Dell. I took Mr. Davis to town so he could send back another bus and find a new cable. In the mail today there was a letter from Mahala stating that Eliel has passed his examination and would be inducted into the army next Monday. There was a permit for Leland to get a deer on the special hunt.
Leland, Joe and I went to Jerome to see Eliel before he leaves for the army. Eliel was staying with Lathel and Ora so we visited there and had dinner with them. We saw merrit and Lillith and met Riley on the road and talked awhile. We called on Mahala and Jim and went over to grandpas where we say Jim, Effie and Mildred. We just saw Ivan from a distance pulling into a place with a tractor and thresher. It was just dark when we got home and Nyle and La Dell were glad to see us.
Sister Neddo came up this morning to tell me to come to a Relief Society officers meeting this evening. When I went to meeting Mother was greeting all of the women in the hall and showing them to the room. When she came out to greet me she was surprised as she didn’t know that I was working in the Relief Society again.
It was Stake conference today. Apostle Callis and Bro. Austin of the Welfare committee were visitors from Salt Lake City. Brother Callis gave some very stirring speeches and even prophesied concerning the future after the war. Zelma, Eula and Lovina sang two songs at the first session and the Elba singing mothers gave two numbers in the afternoon. The girls came home with us for lunch. Mother stayed home with Lovina’s babies today.
I went with Joe and Leland to get wood. This evening I am staying home with the kids while Joe and Leland go to M.I.A. meeting.
The Relief Society opening social was this afternoon. After the meeting I brought the Guide boys up in the field and cooked them a campfire supper. Joe got a load of wood and helped me entertain the boys. Leland left this morning with a horse to be up to Don’s and ready for the hunt tomorrow.
Joe got up early this morning and milked 18 cows and was all enthused about getting up the canyon to hunt with Leland. When we got to Don’s, they had gone so we drove up the canyon as far as we could. Then we walked until noon and didn’t find any of Leland’s party. So we went back to the car and ate our lunch. Then we went down to Mother’s house. Joe went up to Don’s again in the afternoon and took a horse and went out again but didn’t find any of the folks. He came back to the care and was leaving when he saw some of them coming. It was Don and the women. Don had a big buck and Leland, Wells and Eldon were still hunting. We came home without seeing Leland. Joe was sure a disappointed dad. George Neddo took his cows home today so we only had 6 cows to milk this evening.
Thurs. Oct. 1.
We took 33 cockerels to Burley and sold them. I bought myself a new dress and shoes. We planned to get to Albion in time to attend Mrs. Saters funeral but we had to have the car greased and the brakes took up and when we got to Albion the funeral was over. It was a very short one. The speed limit all over the U.S. is 35 miles per hour and we don’t get around like we did before. Mrs. Wheeler sent her chickens with us. When we got home we did the chores and went to Elba. Leland hadn’t got his deer yet.
Joe arose early this morning and went to help Leland hunt. I intended to wash and can fruit but the pump had lost prime and I didn’t have water to work with. So I made La Dell a night gown. I had the cows milked when Joe came home. Leland shot a two point buck today. Eldon and Wells shot two large ones.
We went after Leland and his deer after listening to the opening session of conference. I went over to Flossies and got some plums and Joe dug some more raspberry plants and planted them when we got home. I bottled 10 quarts of plums. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting.
There was a very small Sunday School and meeting today. Because of conference they didn’t observe fast Sunday.
I washed and bottled some more plums. Joe took Eldon and Leland to View and they got a job in the potato fields. They are going to drive from here to work beginning tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble called in this evening.
After I got the men off to work and the children to school I made prune conserve and baked bread. The prunes were spoiling and I had to get at them and it takes a lot of bread for lunches these days. I knew I had to walk to meeting today and that I would leave early. But it was 1:30 when I finished my work so I could leave. I walked as fast as I could but I was a little late. Relief Society meeting started at 2 oclock and was followed by teachers trainer meeting then song practice. When that was finished it was time for Primary officers meeting and Primary. Sister Cottle gave us a ride home and I was thankful for that as I had to milk the cows. Nyle fed pigs and chickens and we had the chores done and supper nearly ready when Joe and the boys came home.
I felt tired today. We have to get up real early to get the men off to work. Before I got my house cleaned Sister Neddo and Sister Lee came up to go over the Relief Society records. Sister Lee didn’t have the books up to date as she hadn’t been attending meetings for a long time. After they had gone I cleaned the house up and ground prunes for conserve. La Dell helped me after school. Joe and the boys got home earlier but I had the cows milked.
I did the ironing and some mending. I had time to do some reading too.
I baked bread, made pear preserves and gave the boys shack a good cleaning. I read the Improvement Era for recreation.
To our surprise it rained today. Joe and the boys including Nyle went to View to pick potatoes. The rain kept them from working part of the day so they go home early and did the chores. I made La Dell a dress today. We received a letter from Eliel at Kearns, Utah. Said he would be there at least 24 days. Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting.
We went to Sunday School and testimony meeting. Don and Berniece came to visit after church. It was Relief Society conference in the evening. Mother and Ella Beecher were Stake visitors.
Joe went with me up to Arza Udys to get some prunes and we went to Osmers for groceries. They (Joe and the boys) left for Jerome a while before noon. I bottled the prunes we got and did the chores. It has rained nearly all day.
I did the chores and rode the school bus to town this morning. I visited Mrs. Dodson until Relief Society time. We were quilting. I fell down the basement steps when I was taking the Guide boys to their class room at Primary. The boys laughed at me. I tore both knees out of my stockings which is quite a tragedy these days. Sister Cottle gave us a ride home again.
Nyle stayed home today because he has a cold. It stopped raining and has been a nice day. I baked bread and made prune conserve.
I bottled fruit and took some sewing over to Wheelers and visited this afternoon. I got a letter from Joe today. He said he would be home Saturday night which suits me alright.
It has been cloudy but didn’t storm today. I did the washing.
Joe and the boys came home tonight at 11:30. I had begun to wonder if they were ever coming. Joe and Leland brought me an Eversharp pen and I’m trying it out. They act glad to be home and I’m glad to have them.
We all went to Sunday School this morning. After Sunday School we took Eldon home. Zelma and Wells and Eula were at Mother’s house and we all had dinner together.
Joe, Leland and I went hunting this morning. We got two pheasants and a duck. We were so hungry when we got back that we ate both of the pheasants. Joe and Leland went out again this afternoon and got 4 more. We got a letter from Nathaniel today and he certainly wrote a homesick letter.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. In the evening we all went to the picture show.
Joe and I went to Jerome to get apples. We visited Jim and Mahala and got 20 bushels of apples from one of their neighbors. We got back to Burley before the stores were closed and did some shopping. We saw Don and Berniece and Mother in Burley.
Joe and Leland put the apples in the cellar, finished digging a pit and put the potatoes and carrots in.
Today I washed and baked bread. Joe and Leland gathered the remaining garden vegetables.
We went to Burley shopping. We also visited the stock sale but they didn’t have a cow like we wanted.
Joe’s father, Riley, Ivan, Willa, Emily, Ethel and Effie stopped by this morning on their way to hunt deer. We wen to Sunday School and after that went to Elba. We went to Sacrament meeting in the evening.
Joe and I arose this morning before four oclock and got La Dell up and dressed. Lovina, Don, Dick and Orvil Beecher came a while later and we started out to hunt deer. We drove up to the hills where we had a successful hunt last year only to find a locked gate at the ranch we had to go thru to reach the place where we wanted to hunt. We looked for a long time for another road and followed one for a long way and yet were not where we wanted to be. We walked across the hills until we saw a canyon with water and camps in. Joe and Don went back and brought the cars. Joe’s dad and the others were there and had one deer. Don and Lovina had to go back home and took La Dell with them.
They hunted in the vicinity of our camp and didn’t find any bucks so we moved to another canyon.
Grandpa got a nice big buck today. Joe, Orvil, Dick and I went home in the evening. We brought La Dell home. Orvil got a little buck this afternoon.
Joe and I and Orvil and his father went out hunting again. Orvil shot a big buck today. Grandpa and the folks went home in the afternoon. We came home after dark and the kids were waiting to go to the Halloween party given by the primary. I took them and they had a good time.
We spent the day cleaning up the house and catching up on some business.
Joe, Leland, Eldon and Nyle went hunting again. La Dell and I stayed home as it was cold and I had to bake bread and get things in order for Sunday. Eldon shot a two point buck. They put Lovina’s tag on it and we took half of the meat. Eldon had to go home so we took him and Lovina seemed quite pleased with the deer.
We all went to Sunday School and testimony meeting. There was a Ward officers meeting in the afternoon and the Relief Society officers were informed that we were responsible for the service in the evening. We arranged a program and all who had parts were there prepared. I gave a talk on scripture reading.
Joe and Leland went hunting again. Don, Wells, Zelma and Eula all went today but none of them had any luck. I got the washing done.
I felt miserable today. We went up to Ronald Bailey’s to see a cow he had for sale but he had sold her. I went to Relief Society and Primary. Thera and Myrtle were not there so I had to teach all of the trail builders.
Joe went to see Don Shaw this morning about buying a little house to add on to the one we are living in so we would have enough room to be comfortable this winter. Don had to write to his father about it. Joe and Leland helped John Nye dehorn cattle in the afternoon. I baked bread and did some of the ironing.
Joe and Leland did some mulching and fixing around the yards. I finished the ironing.
We went down to see the Gambles this afternoon and bought a cow from them. We also went to Osmer’s to do some shopping.
Joe and Leland went to help Mr. Cottle brand cattle. They wanted me to go with them and bring the car back so they could walk home and hunt on the way. While I was up there Nyle ran away and walked up to Cottle’s. So I went back and brought him home. Joe and Leland shot a duck and 5 pheasants. Joe has been helping Nyes do their chores mornings and evenings. Joe and Leland have gone to priesthood meeting and may go dancing awhile after meeting.
We all went to Sunday School. It is Leland’s birthday and I cooked dinner a little special. We all went to Sacrament meeting this evening and Leland was asked to speak. He spoke on the word of wisdom. It has been raining this afternoon. It was turning to snow and the wind is blowing some after meeting.
Joe worked for John Nye all day. I did the washing and went up in the field with Leland to get some calves. Leland went to M.I.A. tonight and they were having a party after class.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. It was work meeting at Relief Society. We all went to the show at evening.
We didn’t get any mail today and that was the only indication of a holiday I noticed. Joe helped John from five this morning until nearly noon. The news today sounded like the U.S. was more in the war than ever. I did the ironing and baked bread.
We took some chickens for us and some of Wheelers to Burley. We went over to Heyburn and got some flour. We bought Joe a new suit.
We moved the pullets into the laying house and penned some more young chickens up to fatten. In the afternoon we took some grain to Elba to get it chopped. I visited Mother while Joe and Leland did the chopping. I saw Lovina and her babies and dad. Eula and Zelma called in while I was there.
Joe took the car to get it serviced this morning. They did some more fixing around the yards and butchered a hog. I was outside helping most of the day. I baked bread, cleaned house and bathed the kids this evening. Leland went to help Nyes chore and Joe hasn’t come from priesthood meeting yet.
We all went to Sunday School. In the afternoon John Lloyd and his two little girls came with Mr. Gamble to call on us. The Lloyds live in Salt Lake city and are vacationing at Malta. In the evening Leland went to help Nyes do their chores and didn’t get through in time to go the church. It was cold and stormy when we went to meeting.
Joe and Leland went for a load of wood. I wanted to wash but didn’t have any soap so instead of making a trip just for soap I put off washing and made soap from tallow I had in the cellar. I also peeled some apples and canned them. After the men came home Leland took the wood to Mr. Gamble and Joe fixed glass cloth on the hen house. I put supper to cook and was going out with a pan of peelings and sprained my ankle as I stepped outdoors. I called Joe and he came running to help me. He was excited and left the hen house door open and all of the pullets got out. I felt very faint for a few hours so Joe helped me to bed and put packs on my ankle. Leland came home and helped Joe get the chickens in then went to M.I.A. meeting. He had a talk for the assembly program.
The earth was covered with snow this morning. My ankle is better and I can get around some. Joe has been helping me with the work.
We went down to the school house at noon and got La Dell, Nyle and Eldon and took them with us to burley to see the show “Wake Island.” It was rather horrid to see but was as near like what happened as they could get it. I didn’t want Nyle and La Dell to see it but school was dismissed early in the afternoon and they would have had to stay home alone. I bought a pair of low heeled oxfords to wear to go places until my ankle gets strong. It rained hard all afternoon.
It was wet and cloudy all day but didn’t storm much. I accomplished quite a lot of work around the house.
Joe and Leland got a load of wood and took it down to Gambles. I washed and made mince meat.
The pullets were too crowded in their house so La Dell and I culled out 17 that looked like they wouldn’t lay for some time and put them in the fattening pen. I did part of the ironing and other house work and La Dell went with Joe and Leland after wood. This evening Joe and Leland have gone to Priesthood Meeting.
We all went to Sunday School and meeting today.
Joe and Leland got a load of wood for Wheelers today. I baked bread and finished the ironing.
Joe went with Leland to look at the traps the boys had set. There was a Bobcat in Nyle’s weasel trap. Nyle was sure thrilled when he came home and saw the hide. Joe went after wood in the afternoon and Leland went with me to town. I went to Relief Society and Primary.
We had to go up to Osmer’s this morning. Leland wanted to got to Hen Wickel’s to borrow a helmet to wear in a play the M.I.A. is putting on. We went up there and they asked us to stay and have dinner with them so we did. When we came home the mail was here and our certificate of war necessity had come. It allows us 4 gallons of gas a week. We went to a party in honor of three local boys who are leaving soon for the army. There was a very big crowd and all of the ladies brought pies. The young people gave the program and Leland had a part. Most of the evening was spent in dancing.
Thanksgiving day and we spent it at home with no guests as the house is too little to entertain in. We all watched the mail all week hoping we would get an invitation to Elba but didn’t. We will be so limited in getting around when gas rationing begins Dec. 1. However we have a more generous allotment for Dec. than we will have after that. We had a very good dinner today and a pleasant day.
The Primary gave a children’s party this afternoon. It was very rainy and there wasn’t a very big crowd out.
Joe and the boys went after a load of wood. I did my usual round of house cleaning and baking. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood Meeting.
It was very rainy again. We went to Sunday School and meeting. It was Genealogical theme and Leland gave a talk on baptism for the dead.
It has been very windy today. I washed but couldn’t hang the clothes out. Joe and Leland got a load of wood. Leland has gone to Mutual this evening.
Tues. Dec. 1
I went to Relief Society and gave the lesson this afternoon. I also went to Primary. It was a very snowy day. There was a Lyceum number scheduled for evening. The kids all wanted to go so we went and the performers didn’t come and there was no show. When we came home it was raining and my washing was hanging on the line dripping.
This morning dawned cold and clear, the snow was all gone and the clothes were dry. We had to take the chickens to Burley. There were about a dozen loads of chickens ahead of us and we nearly froze waiting our turn to unload. Joe went up to the city hall to get a gas ration book so we can buy gasoline but there was such a crowd he couldn’t get in. I bought myself a coat and hope the war will be over before it wears out.
Joe had to go to Osmer’s to get some horseshoes so we went on to Elba and took Eula and Flossie some apples. We brought a crate of chickens from Flossie’s to take to Burley. Leland stayed with Eldon over night.
We went to Burley again today. Leland came home this morning and went with us. We sold Flossie’s chickens, did some Christmas shopping and got our gas ration book.
La Dell had the croup last night and Nyle got himself a mump. It is less than a year since he had mumps on one side. He hasn’t been away from Malta and we didn’t know there were any mumps around. It has been awfully cold and some of my house plants froze. The bedroom walls were covered with frost this morning. We went down to look at the house we had been considering buying. We decided it wasn’t worth what Shaws asked for it. We went to see Gamble’s and they said there was a man wanting to buy their hay and if they sold it they would fix the house better and build some more when they can. Joe and Leland have gone to Priesthood Meeting.
I stayed home with Nyle and La Dell while Joe and Leland went to church. It was awfully cold and snowed a little.
I bottled some apples and did last week’s ironing. La Dell was still hoarse so I didn’t send her to school. I believe Nyle’s swelling is decreasing. Leland has gone to Mutual.
I let La Dell go to school today and take a note to the teachers about her exposure to the mumps. They advised me to keep her home until the nurse comes. The Relief Society had a social and Sister Sanders and I won a prize for getting highest score playing a game. I also went to Primary. Leland has gone to play practice.
The ground was covered with snow this morning and it snowed nearly all day. Almost turned to rain in the afternoon. La Dell made snowmen and Nyle had a hard time staying in. His swelling is nearly gone and he feels good.
It is windy and the snow is nearly gone. Mr. Gamble came up this afternoon and said to get some doors for the inside of the house and some material to convert the porch into a temporary kitchen. Lawrence Barrett came to take Leland to play practice this evening.
We decided that the porch would be too small to make into a kitchen so we just bought doors for the bedrooms. La Dell went to Burley with us and the boys stayed home. It has been a beautiful day.
The doors we bought had to be trimmed down to fit the doorways. Joe got one trimmed and put in. He and Leland had to go to a Priesthood meeting this afternoon and again this evening.
It was Stake Conference and a very good one. La Dell and Nyle stayed home and baked potatoes and squash. Mother came home with us for dinner at noon. Joe and Leland went to Sacrament meeting this evening and I stayed with the kiddies.
Joe put the other door in the house and I washed. It was so foggy that the clothes wouldn’t dry. Leland went to M.I.A. in the evening.
The nurse came to see me. She said La Dell had better stay home until Christmas. I went to Relief Society and Primary. Leland rode a horse to play practice.
The fog lifted and I got the clothes dry and ironed part of them.
This morning we went to Malta to trade in the eggs. We bought some presents, came home and wrapped them and took some to Elba. We called on Zelma and Wells and Mother and dad. Leland went over to see Eula but she wasn’t home. Joe went with Wells to see Flossie. They gave us some things for Christmas and we put them away unopened. Nyle came home discouraged about shool again this evening. He tells such queer stories about his teacher that I decided to write her a letter in an effort to find 9out why he doesn’t get along so well this term. We also wrote letters to Nathaniel and Eliel. We learned today that Than is in the hospital and has had an appendectomy.
Mrs. Williams wrote me a letter today which throws quite a light on Nyle’s problem. Leland shot ducks today. He got 6 in one shot.
I gave the house a thorough cleaning. Washed the curtains and everything. Joe doesn’t feel very well so didn’t go to Priesthood Meeting. Leland had a hard time getting the car started and was late for meeting. He had to go to play practice.
Nyle and I went to Sunday School. The others stayed at home because they might have mumps any day now. Joe hasn’t felt well today.
We went to Burley to get laying mash. Eldon stopped after school and we went to Mutual. Eldon and Leland and I went. Joe stayed with the kids. They had the play Leland has been practicing.
We went up to pay Wallace Ward for some hay we got from him last spring. La Dell got the Christmas tree trimmings out of the granary and a mouse had been in them and they were ruined so we went to town and bought some new ones. The Primary officers and teachers took the Home Builder and Trail Builder Classes caroling in the evening. It was raining but we had a good time. We visited some old home bound people and gave them baskets of fruits and candies.
La Dell and I were home by ourselves all day. Joe helped Nyes butcher a beef. Eldon and Leland hunted ducks and got only two.
This afternoon the Primary gave a party. There was a Christmas tree and Santa Claus. Every child got a gift and candy and nuts. La Dell and Nyle enjoyed it thoroughly.
The kids were up early this morning to see what Santa brought. We all got a nice lot of presents and they were well pleased with everything. We had dinner at 2 oclock. After dinner we took Eldon home and visited up there awhile. Darlene and VaLayne were excited over their toys.
We had to go to Malta today and Joe and Leland wanted to go down to Nyes to butcher a hog. When we tried to start the car the gas line was full of ice and it took a long time to thaw it and get it started. We just went to Malta and back. Joe and Leland are to Priesthood meeting this evening.
We went to Sunday School and meeting in the evening. It started raining toward evening and the rain turned to ice as fast as it fell.
I never did see such an icy world as we had this morning. Leland had to go up to Cottle’s to do the chores. It was so slick he didn’t dare to ride a horse or the car so he walked. The kids took their sleds and went coasting down the graveled road. Bud came back with Leland and then Nyle went up to Cottles with Bud to play until evening. I did the washing and had a hard time sliding around on the ice to hang the clothes out. La Dell gave us a awful scare. She was out playing by herself and heard some dogs barking over to Hitts. She looked around and couldn’t find our pup. She came in and told us she couldn’t find the pup and said it sounded like a pup barking out in the fields. Joe and Leland went out and found the pup and called to her and told her the pup was here. She was down by the yards and didn’t hear them. After a while I missed her. We called and she didn’t answer and we began to look for her. We knew she would have to cross the creek to get to the fields. The creek was real high and the foot bridge covered with ice. We found her in Hitt’s field and her clothes were all wet from walking through the tall wet sagebrush.
I hung the clothes out that I didn’t have room for yesterday and did part of the ironing. I went to Primary and Joe went to tithing settlement in the afternoon.
Finished the ironing. Leland went to a party this evening.
I cleaned the house so we can go to grandma’s tomorrow. Joe took some eggs to town and brought the children from school.
Fri. Jan. 1, 1943
We went to Elba early. Berniece and Don, Wells and Zelma and Flossie and her kids were to Mother’s. Eula and Wenzel went to Declo to his grandmother’s birthday party. Joe and Leland have gone to the dance at the church house this evening.
Leland worked at Cottle’s today. I made La Dell a dress and did some mending. Bud came down to get Nyle to go up to his home to play. Joe and Leland have gone to Priesthood Meeting.
We went to church. They are having meeting after Sunday School again to save traveling. There was a ward officers meeting at 3:30. We worked on the year’s reports for the Relief Society and rearranged the visiting teachers. In the evening I completed the reports and made two copies of them.
The hay chopper has been chopping the hay Mr. Gamble and Joe sold. The creek is high and the ground soft and Joe has been helping the men get the trucks across. I filled the visiting teacher reports books and have to make up the new roll this evening. Joe and Leland have gone to Mutual Meeting.
Joe and Leland helped thresh grain at Nye’s. I went to Relief Society and Primary. I bought some cloth at Sanders for Lovina and myself. Mr. Sanders started showing me the cloth and I asked him to show me 29¢ goods as that is what Lovina wanted me to get for her. I chose the pieces I wanted and he cut off some and was called to the phone. Laura came and helped me with the rest and quoted pieces on it from 29¢ to 39¢. I was taken aback and told her that I had asked Mr. Sanders for 29¢ goods and thought that was what I was getting. She said “Alright if that’s what he said it goes.” And she figured it at 29¢ and I paid her and left. But I felt upset about it. I didn’t have time to go back this evening so I decided to see what Joe thought about it. When I got home I had two more yards of cloth than she figured so I decided to talk to her about it next time I went to town.
Joe and Leland went threshing again. I made La Dell a dress, went over in the field to open a gate so the stock could clean up the yard where they hay was chopped and went out on the bench and shot a rabbit for the cats. There was a farewell party for some boys who are leaving for service soon. Joe, Leland and I went to it.
Joe and Leland went threshing today. I cleaned the hen house and worked around the house.
I made myself a dress and La Dell a skirt. Joe and Leland threshed nearly all day. We went to town toward evening and Eldon came home for supper. Joe, Leland and Nyle went to the basketball game at the school.
I did my usual cleaning and baking. Joe and Leland went to priesthood meeting in the evening.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. I have quite a number of boys and girls in my Sunday School class who were just promoted last Sunday. Some were promoted from my class too but I believe my class is going to be larger. After dinner we went to Elba. I had been wondering how Nathaniel was getting along. He is out of the hospital now. Don and Berniece came in to Mother’s while we were there. When we were coming home we saw Charlie H. by the road and talked to him awhile.
It was a nice sunny day. Leland and Charlie went hunting coyotes and didn’t find any. I did the washing and Joe and I went hunting rabbits. Leland went to Mutual alone tonight as the M. Men and Gleaners were having a party.
Relief Society started at 11 oclock this morning. We quilted two quilts. Primary is dismissed at 6 oclock so I was in meetings quite a while. Joe had supper nearly ready when I got home.
We went to Burley to get our year’s allotment of gas fixed up. I wanted to have a tooth filled but didn’t get it done. The dentist was out or busy every time I went in. We went to a show.
I did the ironing. At evening I went to a Primary officers’ meeting.
Joe and Leland went after wood and the wind nearly blew them away. I baked bread and did some reading.
It has been quite cold today. Leland went to help Nye’s for a few days.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. It was a very cold day. Joe went to Priesthood Meeting in the evening.
When Joe got up at 7 this morning it was 14 below zero. I was cold in the night so I made the beds up warmer.
It wasn’t so cold last night but I didn’t sleep much. I went to Relief Society and Primary this afternoon.
We had a blizzard this morning. Everything got covered with snow then it turned warmer and thawed all of the snow but oh for the wind. Joe and I both have a cold and stayed in the house most of the day. Leland came home this evening. He has the back of one of his hands frosted. He did it milking cows those cold days.
It is still terribly windy. Zelma and Wells came visiting this afternoon. They said the wind had done damage at Elba. Zelma has recently been made president of the Primary.
The wind still blows. Joe went hunting rabbits with Leland and got a good sinus headache. The wind put the line out of commission and we were without electricity from last evening just before dark until this morning at about 8 oclock.
La Dell didn’t feel very good today. Leland went to Declo this evening to play basketball.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood Meeting this evening. There was to be choir practice too and they asked Leland to sing in it.
I got my washing done and dry. Leland has gone to Mutual and a soldiers party.
I did most of the ironing and went to Relief Society and Primary.
La Dell coughed a lot last night so I had her stay home. Leland stayed with her while Joe and I went to Burley. Maythel Elison and Edith Beyler rode down with us. I got my tooth filled.
La Dell coughed more last night and we didn’t get much sleep. I have had a bad cough today. Joe, Leland and Nyle have gone to a basketball game this evening.
I nearly coughed my head off today. La Dell’s cough is better.
I did some ironing and pressed two suits. Also baked a cake and did some other cooking.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood Meeting and choir practice.
Mon. Feb. 1.
We went to Sublett to look at some milk cows Joe is considering buying. When we were coming home we saw a coyote by the road. Leland shot at it with the .22 but didn’t hurt it any. Lora Thompson sent me a card in the mail asking me to give her lesson tomorrow in Relief Society. Pretty short notice I think.
I went to Relief Society and gave the lesson. Also went to Primary. When we came out of the church house the ground was white with snow. The wind started blowing and there was quite a blizzard.
The snow was drifted this morning. We wanted to get to Albion so we went up to the summit and looked and came back and went around. Leland wanted to see brother Ottley about getting his patriarchal blessing so he called there and I stopped to Osmer’s and bought some dishes to give Velda Barrett for a wedding present. We borrowed some money from the bank to buy cows with. We also traded in our saving stamps and got two $25 bonds. I deposited some money for the Relief Society.
We went to Elba and visited the folks all day. It was a bad south blizzard up there. On the way home we called in to see Sister Ottley who has been ill. When we got home there was quite a fresh snowfall. The wind started from the north and we really had a blizzard for about two hours. The bus was late and we got worried and Joe went to see what was wrong. The bus was stalled down our lane. Joe went to Malta after Dave H. They got it fixed so it ran to Elba.
Joe and Leland reported to go work on the cheese factory that is being built. The snow had hindered their work and they came back home. I had a bad headache this evening.
My head ached all day. I went to the shower and only stayed a little while.
I went to Sunday School and meeting. There was Ward officers meeting in the afternoon but I didn’t go because my head ached. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood meeting and Sunday evening service. Leland was advanced to a Priest. He also got his Patriarchal blessing today. He didn’t bring a copy home but seemed quite impressed by it.
It was snowing so I made me a dress instead of washing. Joe and Leland went to Mutual.
I made cookies and salad this morning and went to help quilt for the Relief Society. There was a bad blizzard and not many women came. At Primary we had a Valentine Party.
I did the washing and some ironing. The clothes all got quite dry.
We went to Sublett and paid Nelsons for two cows and made arrangements with them to truck the cows home. I got a letter from Flossie and she said her children were sick and Lovina’s baby was quite sick. They had the doctor to see her Tuesday. Joe and Leland went hunting and got one big coyote.
We went to Elba and found Lovina’s babies feeling better. They had both been sick. Eula came over while we were there. We called on Sarah Rasmussen who has been sick. Mr. Nelson brought our cows last night and they act quite at home.
Joe doesn’t feel well today. He lay down part of the time. Leland went hunting but didn’t finf any coyotes. One of the cows we just got had a calf today.
Joe wasn’t able to go to church but felt well enough to stay alone so we all went but him. Leland had his first experience administering to the Sacrament. Leland went to Priesthood meeting and choir practice this evening.
Joe felt better and he and I went up to Cottles to get some dry straw for the chickens. Leland went to M.I.A. meeting.
I went to Relief Society and Primary.
We went to Burley to get the car license. We use the last year plates and have a sticker for the windshield. We went to the picture show and went over to Paul and ordered some baby chicks. Joe and Leland went to a soldiers party this evening.
Joe, Leland and Mr. Cottle dehorned cows. They did 9 of ours. This evening Leland and I went to town. Leland played in a basketball game. I met with some of the other Primary teachers to plan a pageant for conference.
It has been another spring day. Joe and Leland have been grubbing brush and hauling manure. They have gone to a basketball game this evening. Nyle went too.
When Joe came from the game last night he told me that one of Wilbur Taylor’s little girls drowned when they were walking from school at Elba last evening.
Today was nice and warm so La Dell and I walked over in the field and watched the fellows grub brush and burn it.
We all went to Sunday School and meeting. Leland went Ward teaching in the afternoon. Leland and Joe are to Priesthood meeting and choir practice this evening.
It was cold and stormy today and we didn’t accomplish much.
School was dismissed early today so people could register for their ration books for canned, dried and frozen foods. We had Primary and Relief Society at the same time and didn’t go to Relief Society much.
I wanted to wash today but it was so cold and stormy I didn’t.
We went to Elba to attend the funeral of Betty Florine Taylor. Zelma and Eula sang at the services. There were flower girls from Malta, Elba and Almo. Taylors had lived at all three places. Eula and Wenzel, Flossie and Fred and family and Zelma and Wells were at the mothers after the funeral and we stopped and visited until chore time.
Joe and Leland went to bale hay at Neddo’s and I washed.
Joe and Leland went baling again. I baked, mended and did part of the ironing.
We all went to Sunday School and meeting. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood meeting in the evening. Nyle was upset at the stomach and was having a vomiting spell when they came home.
Mon. March 1.
It was so cold I had to keep the fire roaring all day to keep warm. Joe and Leland helped bale hay again and Joe’s eyes were so red it made mine hurt to look at him. Nyle felt all right and went to school. Leland went to Mutual in the evening.
Joe and Leland went baling so I walked to Relief Society and Primary. It was La Dell’s birthday and she had planned for a long time to have chicken with noodles and dumplings and a cake for supper. I couldn’t manage the chicken and get to meeting but did make a cake. We all went to the picture show to please her and didn’t like the picture. Joe’s eyes hurt so badly he only looked half the time.
We were all quite sleepy this morning but Joe and Leland got off to work and the kids to school. I felt quite lonesome as Wheelers went to Burley and were gone all day.
My mother gave me a surprise and came on the school bus to spend the day. So I didn’t have to spend the day alone.
The wind blew so hard they couldn’t bale hay. It gave Joe a chance to do a few odd jobs around here.
The men went baling hay again.
We wen to Sunday School and meeting. After meeting we went to Elba and had dinner with all of the folks. It was dad’s birthday. I cooked a chicken yesterday and took a bottle of pickles and all of the others contributed something. At evening the Relief Society gave the Sunday evening services program. The program was arranged to honor the boys in service and their parents and families. There was a very large crowd and the program was good. After meeting we stayed to choir practice.
It rained all night last night and all day today. I made La Dell a dress.
I went to Relief Society at 11 this morning. The work consisted of quilting and making Red Cross bandages. I did some of both and went to Primary. Leland went to the show on horse back.
It is our 19th wedding anniversary. Joe and Leland went baling hay. I worked around home until afternoon and rode to town with Wheelers and Mrs. Wheeler and I helped make bandages again. They finished the hay baling this evening.
There was a letter from Mother and she wants me to go with her to Conda to visit Golda. When Joe and Leland came home they said I should go and Leland wants to go. Golda said they would meet us at Pocatello if we would come.
I wrote Mother a card to tell her we would go with her. Also went to town to find out about the bus schedule and wrote to Golda telling her when to meet us. I did the washing and baked bread. Joe and Leland got a load of wood. Eldon came to stay tonight to go to a basketball game. Joe and Leland went with him and there is a P.T.A. meeting Joe might go to.
When Joe cam home around 11 oclock last night I was in bed. I said, “Did you go to P.T.A.?” He said, “Yes.” “What did they do?” I asked. He said, “They elected you to be P.T.A. president.” I thought he was joking but when he convinced me he wasn’t I was angry and disgusted as they hadn’t asked me if I would accept the nomination. This was the first meeting that had been held since election last year. The only thing they attempted to do this year is to keep the hot lunch in school. I got to wondering what to do about it and didn’t go to sleep until after 2:00 oclock. Today I did the ironing and wondered some more. I got a letter from Sister Horne asking me to give the welcome address at the Relief Society annual program next Wednesday. I had to write back and tell her that I expect to be away next week.
Golda and Chuck came today. They want us to go back with them Monday. Leland has a job so he decided that since he has seen them he will not go to Conda.
It was Stake conference with Mark Austin and Joseph Merrill as visitors. Eldon and Mother came home with us for dinner.
Golda, Chuck and family and Mother came at 2:30. They had dinner here and we set off for Conda. It was cold and stormy until we reached Pocatello and the sun was shining there. We stopped there and Golda tried on coats at Montgomery Wards. The road was rough from Soda Springs to Conda and it was dark so we couldn’t look around. When we got to Conda it was clear and the stars were bright. Every direction we looked there was nothing but snow.
It was snowing when we got up this morning. Chuck drove the Bishop in to town to see the doctor. He inquried about trains and buses so we could decide how to go home and let Joe know. He couldn’t find out the bus schedule. We went to Relief Society in the afternoon.
Chuck still couldn’t learn the bus schedule so I wrote Joe telling him we would come on the train to Minidoka Saturday.
We went to the picture show in the afternoon and enjoyed it.
We went in to Soda this afternoon and visited some people in the hospital. We did some shopping. I got some things to take home to the kids.
We got up earlier this morning as our train was to leave Soda Springs at 8:53. Chuck called to see if the train would be on time and they said it would be an hour late so we waited another hour and went. After we had been there awhile they said the train would be in at 10:30. Next call said it would be noon before it got there. So we went to visit an aunt. After awhile we went back to the depot and they said the train would be in at 12:45. It arrived at 1:20. When we got on the train it was full of soldiers and we would have had to stand up if two of them hadn’t given us their seats. When we got to Pocatello all of the boys got off to rest and we looked around to see if there were any vacancies made. We found one seat beside a soldier and he gave us his so we changed seats and some women and children came aboard who had to stand up. There was someone smoking continually. We wee sure relieved to reach Minidoka. Joe and the kids had been waiting there since 11:40. We went over to Burley and tried to buy a chick brooder but couldn’t. We came home and had supper then took mother home. The family were glad to have me home and I have had enough of traveling for the duration.
We attended church at morning, noon and night.
Flossie, Fred and Floyd Leavitt called in for a few minutes this evening. Floyd wanted to buy some eggs to set. Leland worked at Cottles today and went to Mutual in the evening.
March 23. Tues.
I went to Relief Society and Primary.
We went to Burley to get materials to fix up chicken shelters. Joe had to have the lights and brakes tested on the car. We went to a show while we were waiting.
Joe nearly got a brooder made. I did the washing. La Dell was baptized along with two other little girls and three boys. Leland did the baptizing.
Joe got a place fixed for the chickens and we moved them. They cleaned the brooder house in readiness for baby chicks.
We went to Paul and got 100 white Leghorn chicks. I mopped the floor after the kids had bathed and gone to bed. Then I studied as I have a talk for officers meeting in the morning.
This morning I waited for Nyle to get ready until I was too late to go to officers meeting. I had a large group of children in class and Bro. Warr visited my class. La Dell was confirmed by her daddy at Sacrament meeting. Leland and Golden Gardiner went Ward teaching after church. They visit here. Joe and Leland are at Priesthood meeting this evening.
Joe plowed the garden today. I ironed. Joe and Leland have gone to Mutual.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. Leland worked at the cheese factory.
Joe began plowing in the field. Leland worked a the factory until noon.
Thurs. April 1.
We got all ready to plant garden and Don and Berniece came along. They had dinner with us and visited nearly all day. In the evening Joe and Leland went to Cottles to make a contract on the 40 acres they are renting from Mr. Cottle. After they had gone Thera Harper and Sister Elison came to get Joe and Leland to sign the Aaronic Priesthood reports. They spent the evening with me waiting for the fellows to come home.
We got some early garden planted.
Don, Berniece and Eldon stopped by last evening and took Leland to the dance with them. It was the Junior Prom.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. Joe had to speak in church without previous notice. Don, Berniece and Clara Udy came visiting after church. Joe and Leland have gone to Priesthood meeting.
I washed but it was so windy. I didn’t hang all of the clothes out. Joe and Leland went to Mutual.
Afton Nye came early to plow. I had to hang some clothes out, mix bread and do so many things. School will be dismissed at 2 oclock and Primary will start at that time from now on. I had to leave Primary before we got the pageant practiced to go to Relief Society. Sister Thompson didn’t come to Relief Society so I had to give the lesson. When I came home I felt all nerved up so I went to the field with Joe. They were railing brush and I rode the rail with them. It was quite exciting.
Joe had to take Afton’s plowshares to Burley to get them sharpened. La Dell, Leland and I went along. We had to wait for the plowshares so we went to a show.
Afton came and plowed again. He finished here and began on the forty. It started raining this evening.
It has been cold and stormy but Afton finished the plowing and Joe harrowed.
It was cold and cloudy again. Joe started plowing some new ground. Nyle and I went to the church house this evening to practice our pageant for conference.
Today we went to Sunday School and meeting. At meeting Robert L. graduated from Primary. We went to Ward officers meeting after church. Priesthood meeting and Primary conference were in the evening.
La Dell’s eyes were sore this morning so she didn’t go to school. It was a nice warm day. I washed and Joe and Leland harrowed. Mrs. Cottle called on her way to town to get me to go with her to the school house and she would show me the kitchen and equipment. I was too busy.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. We made Red Cross surgical dressings for work meeting. When I got ready to come home I couldn’t find Nyle. I came on and he came later with Mrs. Cottle.
I baked bread, did the ironing and made Nyle a Birthday cake. I took a hen off with 9 little chicks. That’s the first we have hatched from our own eggs. Joe went over to Wheelers to harrow just as I was getting supper ready. He didn’t come home until 8 and supper was spoiled. I felt put out about it especially as it was Nyle’s Birthday.
It was hot again and I have been irrigating the flowers. Joe and Leland drilled the grain on the forty.
Lovina and her girls came with the mail man to visit. She said they would catch the school bus to go home. The bus comes at 2 oclock so I told her that would be too soon and I took her home later. La Dell and Nyle would have been so disappointed if they hadn’t seen them. Eldon stopped and we all went to a M.I.A. play at the church house.
Joe didn’t feel very well today but he helped to fan grain in the forenoon. After dinner he lay down and the boys took a load of grain to Nye’s and had it rolled. Jay Cottle came to play with Nyle all day. The Aaronic Priesthood had a base ball game in the evening. The boys played and Joe went along.
There was a regional conf. At Burley today. Joe and Leland went. We went to Sunday School and meeting. Most of the men were at Burley so we had a women’s meeting. Eldon helped pass sacrament. Don and Mother came down after church. Joe and Leland came home and milked then went to Priesthood meeting.
I took a dozen baby chicks out of the nest today. I washed. It rained a little in the afternoon but the wind blew and left it almost dry as before.
I went to Primary and Relief Society. It was chilly and there wasn’t any fire in the church house.
Joe and I went to Burley to get 168 chicks we ordered a month ago. They were there and when we counted them there was 163.
It was hot again today and so dry Joe can’t get anything done but irrigating.
Today was hot again and my little chicks got too warm I guess. Joe went out before noon to move the brooder and there were two dead ones and several others acted weak. This evening there are still some acting poorly and another one died.
I cooked a chicken dinner and made preparations so La Dell and Nyle can have friends home to Easter dinner tomorrow.
We had a nice Easter program at Sunday School. After Sacrament meeting La Dell brought two little girls and one little boy home to dinner. They stayed until Joe went to priesthood meeting and he took them home. It rained all afternoon and the kids had to stay in the house.
We went to Burley to buy chicken feed and tools Joe needed. It was very tiresome finding the things he needed. Don and Berniece were in Burley too.
I went to Primary and Relief Society. My last boy moved away so I won’t have to go to Primary any more this summer.
It was cloudy so I didn’t wash but it didn’t rain.
It still hasn’t rained and we need it so bad.
The bus stayed down today so we let the kids stay home. They helped me do some varnishing and painting. Leland hasn’t been able to do much this week he has pleurisy or something and Joe has so much to do.
May day and it was cold and windy. I did some baking and cleaning.
I went to church all day and again at evening. It was Ward officers meeting in the afternoon and the M.I.A. gave the Sunday evening program. I got up enough coverage to bear my testimony at meeting.
I washed and it rained before the clothes were completely dry. We sure needed the rain but I had a hard time getting all of the chickens comfortable for night. I have had three Leghorns smother in the pen at nights. I hate to lose them now they are getting so large.
Sister Thompson didn’t come to Relief Society today. Sister Neddo asked me if I could give the lesson. I hadn’t studied it and begged off as I had tried to pinch hit for Sister Lee last week without preparation and don’t feel like I ought to do it every week.
It was cold and windy Leland harrowed and Joe fixed fence and irrigated.
There was another chicken smothered in the Leghorn pen last night. I don’t know how to solve the problem.
Eldon stopped off to go to the Senior ball with Leland. Eldon escorted Ressa Beyler.
Leland drilled grain all day and seeded the last piece they intend to plant this spring. Joe and I took Eldon home and intended to go up to Don’s to trade grain. Don and Berniece were to Burley so we went to see Zelma and Wells and their 1,000 baby chicks. We also called on Lovina and girls. They have moved to themselves and have a garden and some baby chicks. Don took the oats we had for him and said he would bring the wheat to Arza’s tomorrow and we can get it from there.
The Sunday School gave a Mothers Day Program. The teachers of the four smaller groups were all mothers so the officers had them sit with the other mothers and had Joe sit with the children. The Primary and Kindergarten classes were to sing a song. Sister Zollinger didn’t come and I had to be responsible. They had only one practice as the Supt. Assigned the part last week. I couldn’t enjoy the program for worrying. There were special musical numbers at Meeting. We attended Seminary graduation exercises at evening. Rachel Hubbard sat with me.
The wind blew terribly all day.
There was a bad frost last night. I went to town to take the kids their lunch at noon. I did some shopping and went over to Pasketts until Primary time. The older children were entertaining their mothers. For Relief Society work meeting we made Red Cross Surgical dressings.
It froze even harder last night. Shucks!
It froze hard again last night. We arose early and set out for Jerome. Eliel is home on furlough and had no way of coming to see us. We went to see Emily who we hadn’t seen since she was married. We did quite a lot of visiting but didn’t see all of the folks. The frost was just as bad there as here and they had trouble with their grain not coming up good the same as we did.
It stays chilly and I have felt tired today. Eula and Wenzel called in this afternoon for a few minutes. They said their pigs were sick and dad’s and quite a few others.
This morning it snowed hard for about two hours. Joe and Leland went with the Aaronic priesthood on a trip to Indian Springs. After swimming and playing games they went to Rupert to a show. It was nearly eight when they got home.
It snowed a little again this morning. We went to Sunday School and meeting and to the Baccalaureate exercises in the evening. Lovina played a violin solo accompanied by
Zelma. The program was all very good.
We had to go to Burley for mash for the chickens. Joe said he would run down and back early in the morning and I wouldn’t need to go. I insisted on going and the kids said I would have to be back by 2 p.m. It being my birthday I began to get suspicious. La Dell had two loose teeth and we took her along to have them pulled. We got home soon after. There was Mother, dad, Flossie, Carma, Zelma, Eula, Lovina and her girls. They brought ice cream and we had quite a celebration.
Things froze again last night. La Dell has a cold and wasn’t able to go to school today. I went to Relief Society this afternoon.
La Dell stayed home again. We went to the graduation exercises in the evening.
Joe took the kids to school this morning to get their reports and materials. They won’t have to go to school any more this spring. We went up to Osmer’s and bought our game licenses as tomorrow is the beginning of the fishing season.
We went fishing in Clyde Canyon. We caught a lot of small trout.
I felt very miserable and had a hard time getting my work done.
We all went to Sunday School and Meeting. Teaching my class was trying ordeal because I didn’t feel well.
I did a two weeks washing and it was a real struggle.
We took Leland to Elba to help dad work on Lovina’s well. I didn’t get the kids to Primary but went to Relief Society.
I baked bread and ironed. This evening the kids and I weeded in the garden. Leland came home in time to go to bed.
We planted corn, beans and cucumbers. Joe has been irrigating with all his might this week. The clouds rose dark this afternoon but it didn’t rain. We just had another wind storm.
I gave the house a good cleaning, washed windows and curtains. In the evening I went up to Cottles to a Primary officers meeting.
We went to Burley and to Paul to get 100 baby chicks. We went to see about getting materials to build an addition on the house. The gov’t won’t allow anyone to build anything now except pig pens, coops, etc. So we bought a tent so the boys can sleep in it.
Four car loads of Joe’s folks came from Jerome to decorate graves and spend the day. Nyle and Leland went to Sunday School. Joe and Leland have gone to Priesthood Meeting this evening.
We went to Elba to decorate Gaila’s grave. We called on all of the folks while we were there. It has been rainy today.
Tues. June 1.
It rained good today. The kids moved their beds out in the tent this evening and have gone to bed out there.
The wind blew so hard last night that I got up to see if the kids and baby chicks were all right. It was real cold this morning and snowed a little during the day. The kids all went to bed in the tent again.
There is a hawk that seems to be using my chickens for his complete diet. Joe has resolved to get him if he has to stand guard for a week. We have had showers again today.
It has been stormy and Joe and Leland scouted around and shot all the hawks they could find but didn’t get the bad one. Joe and I planted potatoes this evening.
Joe and I went down to plant corn and left Leland guarding the chickens. When we came in at noon he had the hawk. It killed one chicken and he shot it as it took off.
We attended conference and Zelma and Eula came home with us to lunch.
Leland is down to Harper’s doing chores while Bishop and Doug took their show calves to Ogden. I did the washing.
I went to Relief Society and helped fold surgical dressings after meeting. The kids went to Primary. The place is full of measles. I don’t know if the kids have been exposed.
Leland came home this evening.
We went to Burley to get chicken feed. We can still get laying and starter mash but grains are very scarce and expensive. We bought some wheat from a farmer at Albion.
I went to see Mae Wickel who is recovering from an operation.
Joe and Leland have been gone all day working on an Aaronic Priesthood Project. The hawks got into the chickens and I got wet twice trying to shoot one. It has rained several times.
I let the kids stay home today because there are so many measles and some people have been going out with them. Joe and I went to Sunday School and Meeting and I to Ward Officers meeting. There was a special program at evening and Leland and I had parts. It was rainy again.
Joe and Leland started tearing down some old buildings they bought from Cliff Beecher to make pig pens and chicken coops. It has been rainy today.
Leland went to Ogden and Logan with Golden Gardiner this morning. The kids and I went with Joe after more boards.
I washed this morning. Joe went up to Udy’s this afternoon to get some wagon wheels. I went up to Florence Ward’s. When we came back Leland was home.
I felt very miserable and had to lie down quite a lot.
Leland and Nyle went to work for Mr. Cottle. Joe went to the hills to get wood so La Dell and I went with him. We had lunch up there and picked loads of sego lilies. When we got home Nathaniel came out to meet us. He had come to Malta on the bus and we didn’t know he was coming. We took him on to Elba and Lovina was to Burley. Valayne didn’t know him.
Leland and Nyle worked at Cottles until noon.
We went to Sunday School and meeting then we took our Sunday dinner to Elba and all of the folks put their dinner together. Flossie went to Conda to visit Golda Saturday so her family wasn’t there. Berniece has the measles and Don was spending the day with her so we didn’t see them.
The boys worked at Cottles until noon and the wind blew so hard they had to quit. The wind has made the garden very dry so I started watering it.
The boys worked all day at Cottles. I partly made La Dell a dress. This evening we were getting some hay from the field. La Dell and I were on the wage and Joe and Leland were pitching the hay on. The horses got frightened and when I went to pull on the reins one was caught under the wagon tongue. I pulled hard and turned them around and Leland got in front of them and got them stopped.
I moved the last chicks out of the brooder house. I washed, baked bread, churned butter, mopped and transplanted some cabbage plants. In the evening I went to town and helped make surgical dressings.
Leland mowed all day. I finished making La Dell’s new dress. This evening Arlo came to stay until the mail goes thru tomorrow.
Joe, La Dell and I went to Burley and to Albion for wheat. Leland mowed hay and went Ward Teaching in the evening and to Elba to a dance.
Joe and the boys threaded the derrick and began hauling hay.
We all went to church.
I hoed and turned water in the garden. It was quite hot. Joe and the boys stated to haul hay but the weevil was eating the standing hay so bad that Leland mowed in the afternoon while Joe irrigated.
I took the kids to Primary. There are still quite a number of children having measles.
They finished mowing and raking on the forty. We had our first beets and peas from the garden.
Thurs. July 1.
This afternoon the wind blew so they couldn’t haul hay. There is plenty to do no matter what the weather.
Hauling hay goes slowly. The wind blew again this afternoon. Leland went to Almo to a dance in the evening and it rained over there.
We went to Burley to get our new gas ration coupons. I bought two lugs of cherries and came home at noon and bottled them. Joe and the boys tried to haul hay after noon but the wind blew so hard they had to stop early.
We attended church. I went to a Ward Officers meeting.
We went to the program at the tabernacle and to the children’s dance. Leland went to a dance at Naf that began after midnight last night. He got home at 5:15 and went to bed two hours. After lunch Joe and I and the kids went to Elba to visit. Leland stayed at Malta to play ball.
Joe and the boys hauled hay all day.
Joe and Leland mowed and raked. The kids and I went picking wild currants up in the field.
I had a wash day. Mr. Cottle helped Joe mow this afternoon.
Joe and Leland mowed and raked. It was a hot windy day.
Leland broke the tongue out of the mower. They got another one from Sanders and fixed it. Carma came on the mail to spend a few days.
Joe was sick and couldn’t go to church. We all went but him and Leland went to priesthood meeting in the evening.
It is cloudy and windy and actually cold. The men had to give up hauling hay. They mowed and raked.
I went to Relief Society and took La Dell to Primary. The fellows hauled hay. There was a slight frost last night. It didn’t touch the garden here but showed a little down on the forty.
We had an awful wind and dust storm this evening.
The wind blew again this afternoon so they had to stop haying. Joe and Leland went fishing awhile in the field. They caught 3 trout.
This evening the Ward Aaronic Priesthood leaders took the boys fishing. Bishop and Mr. Miller took their families and we went with Joe and Leland. The fishing wasn’t so good but we had a nice outing. We and Harpers came home at midnight. Millers and the boys stayed over night.
They finally got the hay hauled on the forty and got the derrick moved and ready to begin here.
It was one hot day. We went to Sunday School and Meeting. In the evening I went to teachers training class while Joe and Leland went to Priesthood meeting.
Joe, La Dell and I went to Burley to take some chickens to sell and buy more feed. I got some apricots for canning.
I canned 29 quarts of apricots this forenoon and took the kids to Primary in the afternoon.
I canned 27 quarts of apricots and made Joe a birthday cake and some candy. Joe and the boys cleared one field of hay in the forenoon. They just got started to work after dinner and it rained nearly all afternoon. I lost 4 large chickens from smothering in a shelter. I found three small ones chilled and thawed them out.
Everything was still real wet today. We went up on the mountain to get some cable to reinforce the derrick so we could use nets. Mr. Cottle went with us to Clear Creek to get his nets. When we got there we found that the nets were at Halls right close to home and Deward is using them. It rained again this evening.
They hay was very wet this morning. They moved the derrick and stacked some hay after dinner. I helped milk so Joe could turn hay until dark. Leland has gone to a dance at Malta.
Joe arose at 5 this morning and went to work to rake hay off the field. I helped milk. After breakfast they stacked hay until 10:30. Then the boys came in to fix up like Indians and ride in the parade. Joe went on working. La Dell and I went to the program. After the program we came home and had lunch and Joe went down and helped play a ball game. When we cam home Joe worked in the field until dark and I helped milk. Leland went to the dance at the Grange Hall. We found a rattle snake on the lawn just after dark and Joe killed it.
It was very hot again. We all went to church.
Still very hot and they hauled hay. I did the washing.
This afternoon La Dell and I took our sewing to the field and sat in the shade and watched the fellows stack hay.
I helped milk this evening so Joe could work in the garden. We started pumping water from the well for the garden this morning.
Leland was sick this morning so Joe mowed and raked. La Dell and I pickled 10 quarts of beets. Leland felt better this evening and he and I did the milking so Joe could work in the garden again.
I gave the house a cleaning and baked bread and cinnamon rolls. Joe and the boys hauled hay.
I went to the field and helped Nyle load hay this forenoon.
Sun. Aug 1.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. It was testimony meeting and I bore my testimony. I also went to ward officer’s meeting in the afternoon. The Sunday evening service was by the Primary and I gave a talk and Nyle dismissed.
It rained yesterday afternoon and made the hay too wet to haul. Joe and I weeded in the garden and Leland took some of the Aaronic Priesthood boys up to Udy’s to cultivate the potatoes.
I washed and went to Primary. On the way home I visited awhile at Hall’s. We all went to a show in the evening.
I helped fold surgical dressings this evening. Leland went to Almo with a group of young people for a swim.
I went to a stake Ladies Chorus practice this evening and was disappointed that none of my sisters were there.
I bottled 7 quarts of beets. It blew and rained so they couldn’t haul hay after noon. Don and Eldon stopped in for a few minutes. I helped Joe do the chores this evening so Leland could help clean the tabernacle and grounds.
The hay was too damp to haul so Joe helped me move the furniture out of our bedroom to clean it. They went after a load of wood for Mr. Gamble.
Mother sent word that we could get some raspberries if we would come for them today. Joe and I arose at 4:30 and went and got her and were up to the ranch before it was light enough to see the berries. We hurried with all our might hoping to get back in time for church. Eldon and Mother got to Elba in time for meeting. The kids were ready to go when we got here and it was too late for us to get ready so only the kids went. I guess we shouldn’t have gone for the berries today but fruit is so scarce and expensive this year. Flossie wrote to see if we wanted to take herself and family to a circus at Burley next Sunday. We wouldn’t consider that.
We attended a special meeting and dedication service at the tabernacle last evening. Pres. J. Reuben Clark and Joseph L. Wirthlin were visitors. The Stake Ladies Chorus furnished the music. It was a very fine meeting.
I went to Relief Society and Primary.
This evening we went to a Party given by the Aaronic priesthood boys and their Leaders. They were entertaining the girls of the same age and the wives of the leaders. It was a lawn party at the Garret Hutchinsons.
The Trail Builder Boys entertained the Home Builder Girls at a lawn party. Nyle and I went.
Leland went to Elba to a dance. He saw most of the folks and dad was dancing as lively as anyone.
Leland went to a dance at Naf. The dance closed at midnight but it was quite late when he got home as it is quite a distance and Afton drove slowly.
We went to Sunday School and Meeting. Leland went Ward teaching in the afternoon. The men went to Priesthood Meeting in the evening and I went to Teachers Trainer Meeting.
I felt punk today and didn’t do much.
The kids and I went to Primary and we all went to the show at night.
I washed and sewed and did Red Cross work in the evening.
La Dell, Nyle and I went to Elba and visited all day. Don and Wells pulled in with the combine just before dark. They hadn’t eaten supper and I didn’t have anything ready but I fed them the best I could.
We are so thankful to have the grain combined now. It is all ready and everybody is so busy. Some braces were broken on the combine when they stopped at night.
Wells came and took the combine to Malta at 6:30 this morning and he couldn’t get service so it was 12:30 when they got back. They were broken down for about an hour in the afternoon so they will have to come back again Monday to finish.
Joe had a sinus headache last night and couldn’t sleep so he didn’t feel able to go to church today. He felt better this evening and has gone to priesthood meeting. A connection came loose on the gas tank and spilled out most of the gas last night which is quite a tragedy now while gas is rationed. The battery was dead in the car this morning and we have had to push it to start it. We went to Sunday School and Meeting and I went to a Primary convention after church.
Zelma came to visit this morning while Eldon and Wells finished the grain. They got done before noon.
Joe and Leland went to work at Cottles. I took the kids to Primary in the afternoon.
Joe, Leland and Nyle helped Cottles thresh.
Leland mowed all day, Joe raked part of the day, and we went to Burley in the afternoon and took the kids to a circus. There is a forest fire in the Sublett country. It started just after noon today. We can see it plainly from here. Here has been a wind and it has traveled a long way.
The pump lost it prime and Joe and Leland worked nearly all afternoon getting it started. The Primary had their Harvest Festival this evening. It was quite nice but the audience was small as so many men are fighting fire.
The forest fire seemed to be out this morning but the wind started it again this afternoon. Leland went to help fight it tonight.
We went to Sunday School and meeting. This afternoon there was a hard wind and dust storm. We were worried for fear the forest fire would start up again and the dust was so thick we couldn’t see the hills. Leland came home at 10 in the evening. The fire was all out before the wind started he said.
Joe and the boys hauled what hay there was left after the wind. It blew some off the stacks too. A number of people lost their hay and grain that was in the field.
Marion Nye, Joe and I went to Willard and brought back a load of peaches and tomatoes. I took four bushels of peaches up to Mother and Lovina. We all went to the show.
Wed. Sept. 1.
Joe and Nyle worked at Cottles. Leland mowed here and I bottled 19 quarts of tomatoes.
Joe and Leland went to Nye’s to haul hay. The wind stopped them at noon. I washed and couldn’t hang all of the clothes out because they blew away. Nyle raked hay here.
It wasn’t windy and I got my clothes all dry. I bottled 38 quarts of peaches. Leland went to a dance at the church house.
I canned peaches and tomatoes today. Leland went to another dance at the Grange hall.
It was Ward Officers Meeting and the Mutual gave a Sunday evening meeting so we attended a lot of meetings today.
We took Leland up to Leonard Hall’s early this morning to help him put up hay. It is 18 ½ miles from here. Joe and Nyle hauled the last of our hay but had to leave the last load on the wagon until Leland comes to help put it on top of the stack. Joe went down to Nye’s to butcher a mutton this evening and we went along.
Joe went to help Neddo’s today. I went to Primary this afternoon and visited at Neddo’s until the men came from the fields then we came home.
I finished bottling the tomatoes. Joe was late getting home and I helped him milk. I had to meet Ross and Maurine Sanders to make out a program for a Sunday School Social. After that I helped make Red Cross dressings. There were only two other women besides me.
I bottled 15 quarts of peaches and that’s the last of them. Leland came home and he and Joe have gone to a M.I.A. convention.
This afternoon I went to Elba and called on Lovina and Mother. Then I went over and got Flossie and Fred and their children and we took them with us to the fair and rodeo at Burley. After taking them home we got back here at 2:30.
Joe and Leland worked for Neddo’s.
We all went to church. They men are to Priesthood meeting this evening.
The kids were thrilled because school started this morning. Leland went to Neddos to work. I washed and baked bread. Joe, Leland and I went to the M.I.A. opening social this evening.
Joe and I went to Albion and got a load of wheat. When we got back I went to Primary and Relief Society.
Leland was away working so I went with Joe after wood. We went to town in the evening and Leland went to choir practice and I helped do Red Cross dressings.
Joe got another load of wood. I did the ironing, baking and scrubbing.
We took 100 chickens to Burley and smothered two of them unloading. I bought a fall suit and hat.
We took a load of hogs to market for Bert Cottle and took the kids along to buy clothes.
We all went to church and Leland went Ward teaching after. When Joe and I went to get the cows in the evening we had a cow down with milk fever. We treated her and she got up. Leland went to Priesthood meeting and Joe stayed to watch the cow.
The cow was alright this morning so Joe and I took two loads of pigs to Burley. We brought home a little brood sow for Nyle.
Nyles new sow had 9 little pigs this morning. When the mail came at noon there was a telegram from Mahala saying Ethel is to be married tomorrow and there is to be a shower at evening. They want us to come as Ethel is marrying a soldier and expects to go back to camp with him.
We arose early and set out for Jerome taking Nyle and La Dell with us. We saw all of the folks at the shower which was held at the De Pew home. The guests were relatives of the bride and groom. Ethel’s husband is Joe De Pew.
We stayed with Mahala and Jim last night and called on grandpa, Wills, Lydia and went to see Emily. We had dinner with Emily and Bob and visited there until we left to come home. They gave us some peaches and pears and took us out to the grape vines to have a fill of them. We crossed the rim to rim and Hansen bridges to show them to the kids. When we got home Leland was sick with a cold and sore throat.
Leland’s throat was so bad that I took him to Albion to see the doctor.
Leland felt better. We took my Guide boys and set out to go gathering Pine Nuts. When we got to Elba we took Lovina and her girls and Mother and Dad with us. We found a few Pine Nuts near the City of Rocks and picked them. We swam at the Durfee hot springs at Almo.
It was quarterly conference and Joe and I had to got to a special meeting at 9 this morning. Apostle Harold B. Lee visited. Joe had to speak at the afternoon session.
We spent the day working and went to Mutual in the evening.
Thera, Myrtle and I gave the Trail Builders a party at Primary. The Relied Society gave their opening Social immediately after. I had the program in charge. In the evening the Stake and Ward Primary officers gave a handkerchief show honoring Ora Merrill who is moving away.
Joe and Bishop Harper went gathering the Aaronic Priesthood welfare lambs and Joe took them to Burley and I went along. Leland road a horse to Elba.
Joe and I arose at 4 this morning, milked the cows and got the kids up and started for the hills to hunt deer. We took Mother with us. We drove the car up in Clyde canyon as far as we could and left the kids at the car. We were up on the mountain at daylight. We saw deer as soon as it was light but we wanted to shoot bucks in the head. Joe shot at one and missed. Then we saw two bucks and two does together. Joe was a little ahead of me climbing the hill and he shot twice at the biggest buck before I got where I could see good and it was running. The smaller one stopped so he took aim at it. The one stopped just before it went over the ridge and looked back. I shot him and he went down without a struggle. Joe missed the smaller one. We went up to the one I shot and it had one bullet hole in the neck near the head. Joe took out the entrails and put it in the shade and went on hunting. I gave Mother my rifle to give her a chance to shoot. Joe shot at some more and missed them and we started back to camp and Joe shot a buck near the car. Leland and Eldon had left the horse there. After lunch they went with Joe and brought my deer off the mountain and we came home except Eldon and Leland and the horse.
Fri. Oct. 1.
It was a cool night last night and our meat was very nice this morning. Joe took a quarter to Gambles, a quarter to Nye’s and a piece to Wheelers. I bottled prunes. I hoped Leland would be home and have his deer tonight. I expected him as he and Eldon were planning to go to the dance tonight.
We went to Elba to see if Leland was thru hunting. He hadn’t got his deer and he and Eldon were out in the hills hunting. Zelma and Wells, Don and Berniece, George Hepworth and George Darrington were just ready to go. We took mother and dad with us and went along. Eldon got his buck today and they got 5 together but Leland didn’t get any.
We all went to church. After meeting we tried to listen to conference but there was too much static. We drove over to Lee's and returned the rifle I had used to hunt with and took them some meat. Joe and Leland went to Priesthood meeting.
I did the washing, baked bread, and canned 6 quarts of meat. Joe and Leland tore down some more of the building they are moving. We went to M.I.A. at evening.
I sorted and sprinkled the clothes but didn’t get any ironed for studying Primary and Relief Society lessons. I have been asked to teach the theology class in Relief Society this winter. I spent the afternoon at meetings. We all went to the show in the evening.
Joe and Leland left before daylight to go hunting again. I did the ironing and Nyle and I did nearly all of the chores before Joe and Leland got home. They took dad and mother with them and Eula and Wenzel and some other folks were in the same party. The crew got 2 deer but Leland got none.
Joe and Leland went hunting again and got a deer this time. We went to a Sunday School party this evening and took part in a crazy musical stunt. It was a lively party.
Joe helped grind hamburger to can. Leland has gone to Elba to a Stake dance this evening.
We went to Burley to do some shopping. Joe visited the livestock sale in the afternoon so the kids and I went to a show.
We went to meetings all day and again tonight.
The weather has been chilly and blustery today. Joe and Leland went to the ranch to bring the horse home and I went up and visited Mother until they came back. I made La Dell a school dress this afternoon. Joe and Leland have gone to M.I.A.
I went to Relief Society work meeting and Primary this afternoon.
I washed, baked bread and made 18 quarts of pickles. The garden froze last night so we picked all of the tomatoes and cucumbers.
I made preserves and ironed.
I went with Joe to watch them tear down the old house.
Eldon stayed last night to go to a dance with Leland. He helped Joe and Leland tear down and haul the buildings down.
We all went to church and I went to Teachers Trainer Meeting at evening while Joe and Leland went to Priesthood Meeting.
I visited Mrs. Nye while Joe and Leland chopped some grain. Then we went out to Charlies place to build a trailer hitch on the car.
After Mutual last evening we took some other boys with us and went to Elba to a party for Kent Darrington. Today I went to Relief Society and Primary.
I washed and it rained so it couldn’t dry. I started making La Dell a two piece dress.
The clothes were nearly dry this morning so I got them ironed. It rained hard again this forenoon. I got La Dell’s dress finished. Eula and Wenzel and Charlie Hall had dinner with us. Charlie came over again this evening to get some pullets I sold him.
Joe and Leland worked at Nyes and I read and rested part of the day.
We went to Burley to sell chickens, a cow and a steer. La Dell didn’t feel very good when we came home. She has a cold.
I stayed home with La Dell. Joe and Leland and Nyle went to church. Leland and Golden G. came here Ward Teaching after church. La Mont Beyler came to have me help him with his Guide Book. Joe and Leland are to Priesthood Meeting this evening.
I kept La Dell home again today. Joe and Leland finished their job at Nyes.
This forenoon I went with Joe up to the old mill. I went to Relief Society and Primary after noon.
We went to a banquet at Elba this evening. The party was in honor of Bishop Rasmussen and Reuben Hurd who resigned from their positions as Bishop and Ward Clerk late this summer.
I went with Joe on the wagon to get a load of junk from the mill this forenoon. We took the kids to a Halloween party given by the Primary this evening.
Joe and I went to Cottles this morning to get a sack of potatoes. We shot a pheasant and saw a coyote. Joe sneaked down and shot it and knocked it down. Then a pheasant came by and he shot at it and the shell didn’t explode. He lay it across his knee and was just going to open the gun when it exploded and the gun kicked back so hard it drove the hammer into his hand.
It was so cold and windy that the men couldn’t work out doors.
We went to church today. Leland and Joe went to Priesthood Meeting and another meeting in the evening. I sat up and kept the fire until they came home at midnight.
Mon. Nov. 1.
Joe and I went to Burley to get a tire vulcanized but couldn’t get it done. We did some shopping and came home.
I went to Relief Society and it was so cold in the church house we dismissed meeting early. It was my lesson day and I felt like it was a failure. The house got warm so it was comfortable for Primary.
Joe and Mr. Gamble built a bridge across the creek.
I made La Dell a dress. Joe and Mr. Gamble hauled chips to fill up a hole by their bridge.
The wind blew so hard that Leland couldn’t work today. He had a cold and needed a day off so we went calling. I went soliciting funds for the National Ward fund. Then we got Joe and went to Elba. I had to take J. Roy a shoe stamp for some shoes I got for La Dell the last time we were up there. We visited Lovina and Mother awhile.
Joe laid the bottom logs for the chicken coop. It was a nice day and the hay chopper got started on the hay we sold so Leland will be working here for a few days.
We went to church today and Relief Society conference in the evening.
Today is Leland’s birthday and he had to register for the draft. Joe went over to Charlie’s to get him to help put the heater in the car. They worked until dark and didn’t get everything fixed. I washed nearly all day. This evening Merritt and Lillith called in. they had come to Malta with Owen Aldphin to bury Owen’s baby for burial.
The generator on the car wouldn’t work this morning. Joe couldn’t find out what was wrong with it. He went up to Nyes to help brand cattle. Charlie stopped and looked at the generator but couldn’t find what was wrong with it. I went to Relief Society and Primary.
Joe and I took the car to Burley and got it fixed. We took some chickens for Gambles and Wheelers.
It has been a lovely day. Joe hauled gravel.
The hay chopper finished the hay here today.
Eldon came home with Leland after the dance last night and they have been hunting pheasants and ducks. Joe helped Cottles move to town.
We all went to church but Nyle and he was coughing quite hard so he stayed at home.
Leland caught two muskrats while he was setting his traps. They got most of the cement spread for the chicken coop floor.
I got word today that Ray Chandler had died. I went to Relief Society and Primary.
I ironed this forenoon and made Red Cross dressings all afternoon. I felt sick all day and really got down this evening.
Gee, I was sick again this morning. I felt like staying in bed but wanted to go to the funeral. Joe went to Elba and got Mother, dad, Eula, Lovina, Flossie, Eldon and Janis and we all went to Sterling. There was a big funeral and we saw a lot of the folks. The burial was at Springfield so I saw a lot of country I hadn’t seen before. It was military funeral as Ray was honorably discharged from the army in August because his health was broken. He died of internal hemorrhages from the wound in his abdomen. He had been thru some terrible battles and had malaria while in the army.
La Dell coughed so much last night that I let her stay home today. I didn’t get much done but Joe did quite a bit on the coop.
I did some sewing and Joe made a good showing on the coop.
We went to church by day and meetings at night.
We went to Burley to buy roofing and glass cloth for the coop. Joe and Leland went to Mutual at night.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. It has been raining all day.
It was rainy again. I helped make Red Cross dressings in the afternoon.
Leland drove the car down to Gardiners last evening and left it there while he went to the dance with Larence. When he got back he couldn’t unlock the door and had to leave it there. This morning he and Joe had to go for it before we could go to Mothers. We stopped by for Lovina then Joe went after Flossie and her family. Zelma and Wells had dinner at Mothers too.
I have been sewing. Besides working on the coop Joe and the boys butchered two hogs. Leland has gone to a dance at Elba tonight. He and Joe both went to one at Malta last night.
Golda, Charles and family came along in time to have dinner with us then went on to Elba.
We all went to church then went to Elba to visit as Golda and Charles have to go home in the morning.
I washed and Joe worked on the chicken coop.
Being fifth Tuesday we made surgical dressings at Relief Society. We had all of the Trail Builder boys meet together in Primary to make Christmas presents.
Wed. Dec. 1
This morning I went calling to get addresses of boys in the service so we could sent their Era subscriptions in. Also turned the Relief Society annual dues to the Stake Sec. Joe and Leland completed the chicken house and moved the chickens in. They went to Elba to Jack Hurds farewell social. It was cold and windy so I stayed home with the kids.
Joe made some more hen nests and I ironed. We all went to a Lycium number at night. It was a magician show and we all enjoyed it.
Joe went to Malta to have his worn out tire condemned and to get an application for a new one. I took some eggs to Sanders and did some trading. The eggs were 55¢ a dozen.
This morning we heard on the news that the ship Nathaniel has been on had been sunk. It had been missing several days and was given up for lost but there was no report on the crew. Joe, Nyle and Leland got a load of wood today.
We went to many meetings today and at night the Sunday School gave a pageant with Joe and Leland taking part.
I washed and baked bread. Also made some candy for Leland to take to Mutual social tonight. Joe and Leland got a load of wood.
Leland had to be at Burley at 6 this evening to have a blood test. He and Joe left me at the church house on the way so I could go to Relief Society. It was my lesson today. After Primary the kids and I started to walk home and Lorenzo Tracy came along in a truck and brought us home. It was almost dark when we got here. Joe and Leland came at 8. They had talked to some of the draft board members and they gave them a paper to fill out to have Leland deferred another season for farm work.
Mother came this morning to tell us that Nathaniel had been reported missing in action. I took her home toward evening and called on Lovina. She feels that Nathaniel is living and will yet be found. I don’t feel like giving up hope and pray that we will be justified in hoping.
Joe and Leland went after wood today. La Dell was upset at the stomach last night so I let her stay home today. It is a very cold day.
The fellows went after wood again. We had zero weather early this morning but it was clear and sunshiny after the sun came up. Leland has gone skating this eve.
We took the last cockerels to Burley and tried to do some Xmas shopping. There is scarcely anything one would want and everything is terribly expensive. And clerks are so scarce too.
We had a very splendid Stake conference. The presiding Bishop was the main speaker. Leland spoke in the afternoon. Mother and Eldon came to dinner with us.
Joe and Leland went for wood. I washed and scrubbed then went to see Lovina. She is still calm and hopefully waiting to hear from Nathaniel.
We quilted at Relief Society and I went to Primary.
I went to help make surgical dressings this afternoon. Sister Neddo and I were the only ones there.
Joe and Leland went after wood again and I was home alone all day.
Leland went to help chop hay at Pierces so I went with Joe after wood so he wouldn’t have to go alone.
The kids and I went with Joe to get wood.
We all attended church and I have been addressing Christmas cards and writing letters since Leland went ward teaching and he and Joe are at priesthood meeting tonight.
Joe took Lovina a load of wood and chopped it up. I went along to visit. Eula and Zelma were helping Lovina make dolls and we all had a good time together.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. At 7 oclock the Trail Builder and Home Builder teachers took the boys and girls caroling and gave them a party after.
I gave the house a thorough cleaning and set the Christmas tree up so the kids could help decorate it after school. We went to a basketball game in the evening and Eldon stayed the night with us.
Joe and I went to town early to send some Era subscriptions in. When we came back we went with Leland to look at his rat traps. The Primary program and pageant was in the evening. There was a Santa Claus to give out presents to all and pop corn balls and apples.
Today I did the washing. In the evening the High and grade schools combined gave a lovely sacred pageant at the church house. Leland went to a dance at Naf after.
The kids were very thrilled with their presents. We spent a quiet day at home and had a very simple dinner. Leland went to a dance in the evening at Malta.
The Sunday School gave a program this morning and La Dell gave a retold story titled “The Boy Jesus.” She did very well. Leland spoke at meeting. It is bed time and Leland and Joe are just returning from priesthood meeting.
The snow that fell Christmas eve is still on the ground and the kids coast nearly all day. Leland has gone to a house party this evening.
There was a Ward party at the church this evening but it was so cold and we are so short of gas that we didn’t go.
This afternoon we went to town to take the eggs and make surgical dressings.
We were all ready to go to Elba this morning when mother came on the mail. We took her home and called for Lovina and took her and the girls up to Mothers. We saw all of the folks but Flossie’s family. Eldon came home with us and he and Leland went with some other fellows to Burley to a show.
Joe and the boys went hunting ducks. They got 16.
Sat. Jan. 1, 1944.
We had a nice New Years dinner and Joe and the boys went skating afterwards. Joe hurt his knee.
We all went to church today except Joe and he can’t bend his knee. After dinner Leland and Eldon went up the creek to look at the traps and brought back a big Bob Cat.
Leland went coyote hunting with a group of boys but they had no luck. We all went to tithing settlement.
It was a very cold night last night. Our thermometer registered 11 below zero at daylight this morning. It was 14 below at Malta. Joe and Leland went to Burley to see if we could get some gasoline coupons so we could buy gas for the car and didn’t get any. Leland got permission from the draft board to try to join the air cadets. I went to Relief Society and Primary.
We have had a week of severely cold weather. Joe and I have had a mild attack of the flue. Leland left this morning to go to Salt Lake to try out for the air cadets. Ivan went thru on a bus to be inducted in the air cadets. He has passed his tests. Joe went down and saw him just a second. I did my stint on the surgical dressings today.
Tues. Jan 18, 1944.
I haven’t written anything for a few days. Leland returned from Salt Lake City Friday. He got some more information about the air cadets but didn’t take any tests. We took some little pigs to market Saturday. They were past weaners and we got a little less than $2 a head after paying the sale commission. We also sold one of the milk cows. Pork is still rationed. Eggs have dropped in price and nearly everything we produce sells for less than production cost. Yet they are asking farmers to produce more food and there are many people starving in the world.
Joe and Bert Cottle went riding for the horse Joe got from Bert. I made surgical dressings in the afternoon.
Leland coaxed me to go rabbit hunting and I went with them. We couldn’t find many rabbits and I didn’t do any shooting. Leland rode the new horse to town this afternoon and went with Orvil Udy to load hay. He has gone to a dance tonight.
We went to Elba to see Lovina. While we were there Mother, Dad and Zelma came in. We all went to the basketball game at the High School in the evening. Zelma and Wells and Lovina, Eula, Wenzel, Don and Berniece were all there. Leland went to Elba to a dance after the game and intends to stay until Sunday.
We did the usual round of chores. Jay Cottle came to play with Nyle.
We went to church and Joe went to Stake quorum meeting in the afternoon. Leland came home in the evening and they went to Priesthood meeting at night.
Leland went to Pocatello to take physical and mental test to try to get in the air cadets.
Leland came home tonight. He passed his mental tests. He went to Elba tonight to attend a party for some of the boys who are leaving for military service soon. I went to Relief Society and Primary today.
I went to make surgical dressings this afternoon. This evening we went to Elba to get Lovina to go to Pocatello with us tomorrow.
This morning Leland, Lovina and I arose at 4 oclock and left at 4:30 for Pocatello. Leland took us to town and went back out to the Air Base to take his physical and psychological tests beginning at 8. Lovina and I had breakfast in town, visited Aunt Gertrude Watson and did some shopping. Leland passed his tests and we were home at 6 in the evening. Joe had supper ready so we ate and Joe and I took Lovina home.
I didn’t accomplish much today. Leland rode the horse to town and visited around to tell the boys he passes his tests. He went to a dance in the evening.
Joe, Leland and Nyle went to Burley. They took hogs for Cottles and chickens for Wheelers.
We all went to church.
I did a two weeks washing and it was a warm breezy day so the clothes dried good.
Tues. Feb. 1.
It was my lesson day at Relief Society. I also went to Primary.
I did my stint of surgical dressing this afternoon. Joe went with Charlie H. to butcher a hog. We went over after him this evening.
We all went to Jerome. We brought back a bull calf. Alvins boys haven’t gone to the army yet and we saw them. We saw most of the folks.
Charlie H. came this morning and he and Joe went to his place to chop some grain. They came back for dinner late in the afternoon. Leland has a sore throat and stayed in the house most of the day.
Joe, La Dell and I went to Albion to buy wheat. We bought La Dell a bond. When we came home Nyle and Leland were just coming from looking at their traps and had caught a racoon.
We all went to church and at evening there was a program by the scouts.
I did the washing and it was a damp cloudy day so the clothes didn’t dry very well.
I went to Relief Society work meeting and Primary. In the evening we all went to a basketball game by the cheese makers and the Outlaws. Leland played with the Outlaws.
The bus didn’t come this morning so we took our children and Halls children to school. The weather wasn’t very bad here but there was a hard wind and blizzard at Malta. Most of the buses failed to get there so the teachers excused our kids and we brought them home. The blizzard grew worse as the day went on.
The weather was clear today but the roads from Elba were blocked so the bus couldn’t come thru. Golden G., Leland and Joe chased coyotes but didn’t get any. Leland and Goldie swiped some honey from the bee hives and Leland got stung on the back of his neck.
Leland’s neck is badly swollen this morning and he has a fever. Mother came on the bus this morning to spend the day. We took her home this evening and I called to see Lovina.
Leland felt better today. I cooked 4 chickens with dressing and furnished 3 quarts of pickles for a Scout banquet. There were 30 people at the banquet and we had a picture show after. It was a very pleasant evening.
We all attended church.
Joe, Leland and I went to Burley. There was a blizzard raging when we were going and we could hardly see at times. Leland talked to the draft board clerk to see if he couldn’t avoid the pre-induction physical exams to be given at Pocatello Thursday. He will have to take them unless his formal Air Cadet approval comes before then.
I went to Relief Society and at evening Joe and I took the kids to the Primary Valentine party.
Joe and Leland went hunting rabbits to set cat traps and didn’t get back with the car in time for me to go help make dressings. Charles H. came over and had supper with us.
Leland left before 5 this morning to go to Pocatello to take the physical exams. Joe and I went to town this morning to get coal for Wheelers. We were still over to Wheelers when a Jap (sic) came to get Joe to help chop hay.
Leland got home in the night last night and worked on the hay chopper today.
Joe and Orvil Udy took the Aaronic Priesthood boys on a skiing trip above Elba. I went up to visit Lovina. Nyle fell over with his skis and broke his left leg. We took him over to Dr. Sater and he put it in a cast. He didn’t sleep much and Joe sat up with him most of the time. Eldon came home with us and he and La Dell did the chores and go supper while we were going to the doctor.
I stayed with Nyle while the men went to Stake conference this forenoon. All of the folks came to dinner. While we were eating Bros. Miller, Harper and Ross Sanders came. I asked them in and they said they would like me to step outside and talk with them. When I got outside they told me that the Stake was being reorganized that they were the new Presidency and wanted me to be the Relief Society Stake President. I was so stunned I didn’t know what to do but didn’t dare refuse. Leland stayed with Nyle and I went to meeting after dinner. During the meeting Joe was voted in the Stake Sunday School as first assistant to Elma Elison. After meeting we were all set apart under the direction of Harold B. Lee and Bro. Romney did Joe. Harold B. Lee presided at the conference. Bro. Romney presided at Burley then joined Bro. Lee here.
Today Leland got his notice to appear before the Aviation Cadet board next Sat. He is real pleased about it.
Joe stayed with Nyle while I went to Relief Society and Primary. Sister Lee wasn’t to meeting so Sister Neddo had me give the lesson. I wrote Golda a card this morning telling her that I would come with Leland to Pocatello and we would come on to Conda and spend Sunday with her. Also wrote Mother that she could go with us..
Mother came and spent the day with us.
Nyle was very restless last night and today. Flossie and Janis came and visited today. Leland is sick this evening.
Leland is still very sick. He got up to get himself a drink last night and fainted. I wrote Mother and Golda that we can’t make the trip we had planned. I got a card from Golda this afternoon and she was so pleased because we were coming. I hate to disappoint her and ourselves. Leland is so worried because he won’t be able to keep his appointment with the Cadet Board.
Joe went to Malta this morning and called the Air Base and told Major Robison that Leland was sick and couldn’t keep his appointment. The Major said to tell him not to worry and to come as soon as he can.
La Dell and I went to Sunday School. We came home and got Joe at noon so he could go with us to meeting. There was a Stake leadership meeting in the afternoon. Sister Miller and Sister Harper were set apart as my counselors in the Stake Relief Society.
I did the washing and caught my fingers on the right hand in the wringer.
Joe went with Charles H. to butcher a hog and grind grain. I went to Relief Society and Primary.
Wed. March 1.
Joe arose at 6 oclock and went to Elba to get Mother to go with us to Conda. Eldon was sick and she couldn’t go. Leland, La Dell and I left at 7:30. We reached Pocatello at 10 and La Dell and I waited in the car while Leland called on the Aviation Cadet Board. It was 3 p.m. when he finished. I was so worried I told him we’d better start back home. He wanted to go on to Conda so we had a light lunch and went on. Leland was exhausted when we got there.
We spent the day visiting and resting. We went to a show in the afternoon and drove to Hooper in the evening to get a jug of natural mineral water to take home. Leland’s neck stays so stiff he can’t turn his head and he can’t sleep well a nights.
We started home at noon. We stopped in Pocatello to stretch our legs and get a milk shake. We arrived home before 6 in the evening and found Joe and Nyle feeling fine. Leland stood the trip better but still feels miserable.
Joe took the boys to the doctor and Leland to see the draft board. Doc said Nyle’s leg is doing fine and he is to wear the cast three more weeks. He gave Leland a tonic. The next group of soldiers are to leave the county March 16 and another the 25th.
La Dell had a sore throat so we left all of the kids home and went to church. The Relief Society gave the Sunday evening program and I had a talk.
Charles H. came to get Joe to tow a car from Elba so I went with him and visited Mother. Leland’s neck is still so bad he wrote to the Cadet Board to see how much time he could have before reporting for duty.
I went to Relief Society and Primary. We all went to Mother’s to a Birthday dinner honoring Dad. Leland got notice to report for induction the 20th.
I helped make surgical dressings this afternoon. I washed and baked bread in the forenoon.
I ironed and scrubbed so we can go to Burley tomorrow. We all went to a concert at night.
We were nearly ready to leave for Burley when Mother cam on the bus. She went with us. I wanted to get some teeth filled but had to make an appointment for next week. We brought (sic) a chest of drawers for Mother and took her and it home in the evening. We called on Zelma and Wells. Lovina and her girls were there and we took them home.
Joe came down with the flue during the night and has been delirious at times today.
I stayed home with Joe. He feels some better.
I helped Leland milk in the morning. Joe is improving.
We had a Stake Relief Society officers meeting at 2 oclock went to Relief Society work meeting awhile and went to Primary (sic). Nyle went to Primary on his crutches. They gave Leland a farewell party at night. He and I went and left the kids with Joe as he isn’t able to go. Eula and Wenzel, Zelma & Wells, Mother, Eldon and Lovina were to the party. It was a nice party and well attended.
Leland and I went to Burley. Leland took a hog to market and went to see the draft board. He doesn’t feel well yet so they told him to wait until next month to go. I had some teeth filled. Don and Berniece spent the day with Joe and Nyle.
Don and Berniece came visiting again. Leland went to a show with some other kids.
The Relief Society gave a banquet and Joe and I went to it.
La Dell hasn’t felt very well this afternoon. I’m wondering if she’s getting the measles. There has been cases breaking out in school the last few days. Leland has gone to a dance this evening.
La Dell stayed in bed and Joe stayed home with her. I went to church and to a regional welfare meeting at Burley after church.
We had a blizzard today. La Dell has been in bed again. I can’t tell yet whether she has measles or a cold.
I got up with a headache and sore throat and couldn’t go to meeting today. La Dell began to break out with measles.
I still had sore throat and headache but made bread and did a two weeks washing by Joe carrying the water and hanging out clothes.
Today was Eula’s Birthday and Zelma gave a quilting party and cooked her a dinner. Leland and I went up and Joe stayed with the kids. La Dell is a very sorry looking little girl.
I believe La Dell is a little better. Her face looks better but her poor little body is an awful sight. I went to town this afternoon to see about some Relief Society business.
Joe took Nyle to the doctor and had the cast taken off his leg.
I stayed with sis while Joe and the boys went to church. Joe and I went to Stake Leadership meeting.
Joe and I both had a stomach ache today. Eldon came after school to go to a M.I.A. dance with Leland.
Nyle and Leland both act like they are beginning to have the measles. I went to Relief Society and Primary. La Dell sat up some this afternoon.
I did the washing and went to make surgical dressings.
The boys look like they are breaking out. Nyle only has a rash on the face but Leland has it on the body. I went down and helped clean the kitchen at the church house.
The boys are really sick today. Don and Berniece and Dad came to see about buying some hay. Joe stayed with the kids while I went to help serve lunch at the party given in honor of the retiring Stake Officers. The lunch was served by the Relief Society all wards assisting. There was a nice program and dance. I got home at 2:30 and Joe had been up with the kids most of the time.
April 1. Sat.
The boys have had a very sick day. Nyle feels some better this evening but Leland says he was never so sick in his life.
Leland didn’t sleep last night and is very ill Larence and Golden came to see him in the evening. Grandpa H. and Riley and Merritt also called in. They had been up to the mine getting Edgar to work for them. Gambles came to see how the kids were.
Nyle had the croup this morning when he first awoke and choked quite badly. He felt better as the day went on and sat up this afternoon. Mother, dad and Don came for a load of hay and had dinner with us. Leland is very weak but some better.
Leland is still improving and I went to Relief Society this afternoon. The Ward was reorganized Sunday and we have a new Relief Society President. I gave the lesson and took the minutes as usual as Sister Kelsey hasn’t chosen her new officers yet.
It was windy today but I washed and baked bread. LaDell went to school the first time since she had measles. Nyle has been trying his leg a little today and he can’t straighten his knee yet. Leland is getting better but his head still hurts very badly he has had a gathering in it. Earl Hubbard came with his tractor this evening to start plowing tomorrow. Rachel stopped in for awhile.
Earl plowed this forenoon. Most of the ground is awfully dry. Joe and Earl went to Burley after dinner to get new plowshares. Leland sat up a little today. Gambles called in this evening.
Earl plowed all day today. Leland gets along very slowly and coughs so much he doesn’t rest much.
It rained today and Earl stopped plowing after dinner.
Leland had a bad night last night. Joe and LaDell went to church and Joe had to speak. Golden G. and Afton Nye came to see Leland this afternoon. There was snow on the ground this Easter morning.
Leland coughed continually last night and didn’t sleep. Earl finished the plowing.