Friday, October 24, 2008


Part 2

(This is the end of the part of Mary's story she wrote herself. From here her daughters pick up the story.)Mother did quit school but later went back to nursing school for two years and had to quit again because of her eyes. The nursing training really came in handy in later years. It saved our lives many a day and also helped the neighbors a lot in times of illness.She married Carbon Dewey Donohoo who lived in Lonetree with her and grew up with her. They were married 21 September 1923 in Evanston, Wyo. They lived in Lonetree for awhile. When she was pregnant with her first child she went to Ogden to be with her mother for his birth. That baby was Adelbert Ross born Dec 3, 1924. Dad went down later and brought her and Ross home. That summer they moved to West Yellowstone and lived there for a year. Two an a half years later Ella Mae was born in Mountain View, Wyo. Later they moved to Lapoint where Barbara Ann was born on Oct 15, 1929.In 1930, Dad got into a coal mine accident and lost his eye and damaged one side of his face. He had to go to Denver to the veterans hospital. That left mother with chores to do and three small children. After he recovered from the accident, they moved to Logan, Utah so Dad could go to school. Shortly after, David was born on Dec 15, 1933 in the house on the corner of 1st South and 5th West. Dad was baptized a member of the LDS church on the 2nd of February 1934, the same day David was blessed. They were sealed in the Logan Temple for time and all eternity on July 7, 1936.In 1934, the family moved to North Logan to an old house without a bathroom or running water or any of the conveniences. We had to haul water in from outside to wash with and we had the outhouse that we had to use all the time. While there, mother taught the ten year old boys in Primary for awhile and was also the secretary to the primary for several years. She was very talented in the skills of sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting and rug making.When they started regional storehouses in the church, one was opened in Logan and the Relief Society sisters were asked to work at the storehouse to help the work to get started. Mother went to work and they were making men's overalls with patch pockets as there was no one who knew how to set in pockets. Mom showed them how to set in pockets. They asked her to come back to teach others how to set in the pockets. She worked there for a few weeks. She made all of the family's clothing from clothing that was given to her and she would tear them apart and make clothes for whomever was in the most need.Summers were especially busy for mother. She spent the whole summer collecting food and canning it for the winter.From the time the first berries were ready until the last of the harvest was in, she was out early gathering food to put away. We weren't able to go out and buy our produce so she picked fruits and berries on shares and when the peas were being harvested the fields were mowed and there was always a wide strip around the edges that couldn't be mowed. The farmers would let people in to pick the peas that were left in the fields. Many a year, mother and dad went to the fields at sunrise and picked all the peas they needed and then came home and spent the day shelling them and cooking them in the pressure cooker. Ruth and Lavor Allen would also be there and they would put us kids to bed and they played cards all night while they kept the cookers going.Mother would go out and pick strawberries and make jam. I remember some summers that she would get extras and make jam for Uncle Owen's family. Then when the sheep were sheared in the fall, there would come a nice wool blanket for us. Mom knew exactly how much produce she needed to fill the bottles for winter. She figured 13 peaches in each two quart bottle (when there were only six of us). That left one extra in case of company. The summers were just one canning project after another. All sorts of berries for jam and jellies, also fresh cherries, currants and some summers we went to the canyons and picked choke cherries for jam. All kind of pickles were also made. Most of this was raised or Mom would work hard at gathering it from other sources.Mother being the youngest of the family never had any of the childhood diseases as she was growing up, so she had all of them with her children. She had the measles when David was just a baby. The Allen family came down with scarlet fever just before Christmas one year and Dad went down to help them. A few days later he was down with it and was just getting over it when the other five of us all got it at the same time. They quarantined us for six weeks. Dad got some books from the public library and read to us. The neighbors would bring our food and leave it outside for us and knock on the window and let us know it was there. Because we were quarantined, we couldn't go out to the store. Each of us had a side effect from the illness that was worse than the disease. Ella Mae's was the worst and she missed the whole year of school. David was just a small child at the time. Eldon Lamar joined the family on May 14, 1941. A year later the family moved to Logan. The war had started and Ross enlisted in the Army. Mary Karen completed the family on Aug 27, 1943. Mother really enjoyed babies and when her two little ones came along when we were all older, she really enjoyed them. She especially loved to sew for Karen and she would pick up little remnants when she was shopping to make her little dresses. Karen was a rather sick baby. She seemed to have a lot of kidney infections, but her biggest problem was she didn't like to sleep. When she got to be a year or so old, if we let her nap past three in the afternoon, she would be up until very late in the evening. Mother spent many nights rocking to get her to go to sleep.When Karen was nineteen months old, Mother's gall bladder ruptured. She passed away on April 10, 1945. At the time of her death, there were a dozen wool quilting batts and the tops to go with them. She had been saving wool clothing for years and working on tops so she could make all new bedding for us. The Relief Society came in to help us get the house in order for the viewing. Dad gave all the quilt batts and tops to the R.S. to use as he knew we would never get them made up. Come Christmas the R.S. sisters were at our door on Christmas Eve with the quilts all made up for us and pajamas for all of us plus all kinds of food. She was buried on April 13, 1945 in the Logan Cemetery.She was a good mother and a very good person. She always taught us the right thing to do. She was an active member of the LDS church and was a good example to us. She tried to teach us the things we needed to know to live in the world. We were very poor but we never felt poor. That in itself speaks highly of the way we were raised. We never went to bed hungry. For many years our supper was bread and milk but we loved it so it was not a hardship. Being a farm family we always had our dinner at noon and a good breakfast. We had warmth in the winter (in the living room and kitchen). We dressed next to the kitchen stove most mornings. I'm sure Mother and Dad had many difficult years keeping things going around us but we were relatively happy.

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