When school opened in 1924, Emerson Adis and Verda May went into Chinook to go to High School. Verda May was in her third year and Emerson Adis was in his first. Walter Ilith went to a country school called North Yantic, which was near their home. Earl and Vera Murphy, and Emerson Adis and Verda May rented a small house and batched. Verda was unable to start at the beginning, as Grace needed her to cook for beet men. She was six weeks late, but made her grade.
On 9 September 1925, Hugh Francis married Erma Thornton. The ceremony was performed by the Justice of the Peace, Mr. Harold Ziebarth and they moved in with the family as Hugh Francis was helping his father on the farm.
In the fall of 1925, Verda May started High School in Chinook, but in the latter part of October she suddenly took ill. After spending a couple of days at home, she was taken to the Sacred Heart Hospital in Havre and spent a day under observation. On 13 October 1925, she was operated on for appendicitis by Dr. J. S. Almas. She was in the hospital for three weeks as stitch abscesses developed. Just before Christmas, Grace, who was so homesick, decided to go to Idaho for a visit. It was decided that Verda May would go with her. They arrived there two days before Christmas, just in time for Grace to attend her Grandfather’s (Reuben Coles) funeral.
Verda May came home in April 1926, in time to help her sister-in-law with the family’s move to the Charles Christensen ranch, Southeast of Zurich. Soon after, however, they found that they could not get along with the landlord, so they packed up again — moving to the Roy Colgrove farm. Grace missed the short time they lived at the Christensen place, as she was still in Idaho. She came home in June to the second new home. They rented this place for two years.
Moving again!! It seemed as though moving was all they every did — but this time Hugh Thompson bought the 160 acres of very good farm land known as the Jake Everett place, and that was the last move for them. They moved there in the spring of 1927, after Hugh Thompson had built another log house.
This home put them in the Harlem Branch and the church house had been placed on the northwest corner of the farm before Hugh Thompson bought it. It was just across the ditch from their orchard and garden. This made it very convenient to attend all services, conferences, and recreational activities which were held. They enjoyed this very much and being that close, they did the janitorial work as well.
Once more Grace had the opportunity of becoming active in the Relief Society. She didn’t spare herself in trying to make a success of bazaars, plays, dinners, singing groups, compassionate services, visiting the sick and needy, taking fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods, and whatever she had to share with those who were in need and less fortunate. She was very handy with her hands and did much knitting, crocheting, and embroidery work. One thing she did love to do was to set quilt blocks together and quilt them. She did many. She was a counselor to the President, Gladys Johnson with Maude Munsee as the second counselor, for about seven years. She was set apart 5 February 1928 and served until her death in 1935.
To be continued…