While we were living here I started to school again in the fall of 1910 at the Thatcher School. The teacher was still Miss Watt. Horrace Miller drove the school wagon and used to really tease. I remember trying to get back at him by sticking my tongue out at him. Later on in the fall we moved on to the Miller place in the Penrose Ward and I changed schools and attended Penrose. We had one room downstairs and one room upstairs in this house.
The Christmas of 1910 I remember we got nuts and candy in our stockings. Leonard got a pocket knife and I got some material for a dress. Shortly after Christmas we moved to Perry, Box Elder, Utah, which was first known as three-mile creek. It is three miles south of Brigham City. We lived in the north room of the old Mathew’s place kitty-cornered from the LDS Chapel. Uncle Albert and Aunt Dollie Cook Weaver lived in the south room. It was while we lived there that my brother Joseph Lorenzo Alcorn was born. He was born 27 March 1911. I attended school in Perry while we lived there.
Shortly after Lorenzo was born dad took my brothers Leonard and Marvin and myself out to Thatcher and left us with Aunt Fannie Nelson. We all came down with chicken pox while we were there so mother, who was to follow us, stayed in Perry with the baby until we were all over them. Then we moved back in the Vance house and I again started school in Thatcher. It was while on this place that dad filed a homestead on 160 acres of land on the bench west of Penrose.
We always looked forward to the times when we would go into Brigham City where our Grandparents lived. Dad had a very spirited little team of horses, Dick and Bess. We had a one-seated buggy without a top but with a large umbrella fastened to the back of the seat. Mother would dress us up in our Sunday best and off we would go. Usually by the time we get to out Grandparents’ home, we were dusty and dirty and looked as if we hadn’t been cleaned up at all. Mother would hold the baby and maybe a smaller child would sit in the seat between Mother and Dad and on our feet, because Leonard and I would sit on the top of the seat with our feet on the seat.
Dad was always singing. The horses were really a snappy little team and fast trotters. Some of the songs Dad would sing were ‘Lay My Little Shoes Away,’ ‘My Old Kentucky Hills,’ ‘My Mother’s Dear Hands,’ and many others. It was about twenty-five miles into Perry and we lived west and north of there.
While we were living on the Vance place in Penrose another brother was born. Harold Archie Alcorn was born 2 Sept 1914. We were always happy when another baby arrived safely and healthy, but I was getting a little impatient to get a little sister. Well, maybe next time!
I helped Mother quite a bit around the house and enjoyed doing it. Mother was a very good housekeeper and had a place for everything which was to be put in its proper place. Mother was quite determined about this and we learned young to comply with her wishes. I remember one time, though when she broke this hard-fast rule herself. Upon looking out of the window one morning she noticed the Relief Society Visiting Teachers leaving the neighbor’s house. They were walking but Mother still didn’t have time to do the dishes, so she piled them all in the dishpan and shoved them in the oven. I was flabbergasted! Mother had never done anything like that before and as far as I can remember didn’t do it again. But that one time well, it has really stuck in my mind.
I graduated from the eighth grade in school and that was all I was allowed to go as Dad was from the old school of thought that girls didn’t need any more education than that just to run a home and family. We were quite active in the activities of the Church and as we were growing up my brother, Leonard and I went a lot of places together. During the summer months we used to walk to and from the church doings. I remember well this one particular time when several girlfriends and myself were walking home late at night, about ten o’clock. We all walked in the same direction for a ways then we parted and went towards our own homes. We were determined that we wouldn’t run, but I was the only one who had to walk past the cemetery on my way home. It was pretty spooky as we had been telling ghost stories and the like, but I just wasn’t going to run. About the time I was passing the cemetery I noticed a rustling sound behind me. I slowed down to listen and the rustling slowed down. I speeded up and the rustling speeded up. I didn’t dare look back and I was determined not to run. Well, about the time I arrived home I discovered that the “rustling” was just my heavily starched petticoat!
Mother used to buy most of my clothes and shoes for me. Once she saw some really cute shoes on sale and bought them for me. I liked them too, but they were just too small for me. Mother had gotten them on sale and she insisted that I wear them. I suffered through it. I don’t know if this is the reason, but all my life I have suffered with my feet hurting and they have always been quite wide.
I remember another time I had worked and earned some money for myself. I gave the folks some and then went to town and bought a beautiful brown satin dress. It was tiered with about three tiers. I had had my eye on it for a long time and when I took it home my Mother didn’t like it. She almost made me take it back. Then still another time I bought a hat, but this time I pleased Mother with it. Mother was hard to please and that is why she bought most of my clothes for me.
My one and only sister, Melva Alcorn was born 24 November 1918 in Penrose, Box Elder, Utah. Soon after her birth, in my sixteenth year, it was discovered that my Mother had cancer of the breast. She wasn’t too ill at first and was able to carry on most of her responsibilities. During this time, on 22 June 1920 she gave birth to her eighth and last child. Another boy who was named Jesse Verl Alcorn. He was also born in Penrose, Utah.
It soon became apparent that Mother must undergo surgery. She was operated on and had the right breast removed, but it did not stop the cancer. I have always felt that if the surgery had taken place during this time of medical knowledge they would have been able to stop the cancer, but it wasn’t. Mother suffered with cancer for three years and on 9 November 1922 she passed away. I was with her at the time and was holding her hand. I was almost 19 years old then.
This is one of the most difficult times of my entire life. I never realized the full extent of it at the time, however, we had always had Mother with us whenever we needed her even though for the last year before she died she had been an invalid and suffered far more than any of us know. I took care of her and was constantly at her side except the time needed to take care of the necessary housework and family. Dad and Mother had six boys and one girl younger than me, although only five of the boys were living at this time. Jesse Verl was only a small boy, so they took a lot of care and attention.
To be continued…
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