Friday, June 28, 2013

Ancestors in Heaven Vol. 4 - Edmund Newlove ATKINSON and Lula Marie HOCKETT

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Edmund Newlove ATKINSON and Marie Hockett ATKINSON

My Autobiography
Lula Marie Hockett Atkinson
(Original spelling retained. My sincerest apologies to any who might be offended by my Grandmother’s version of her life story and history. – Hollie C. Bevan )

I was born 17 May 1909 at Chester, Fremont County, Idaho.

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Log Cabin of Henry SMITH and Lydia Eliza Kershaw SMITH
My birth was on the Fall River in my mother’s parent’s home which was a small two room log cabin with a sod floor.

This small homestead of my grandparents was located near the Fall River between the towns of St. Anthony an Ashton, about fifty miles west of Yellowstone National Park.

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Fall River near SMITH Home

Lula Marie HOCKET birth cert 1909

Lula Marie HOCKETT blessing cert 1909

I was baptized on October 5, 1918 and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 6, 1918.
Lula Marie HOCKETT Baptism and Confirmation cert

I was baptized October 5, 1918 by Royal M. Jeppson and confirmed a member of the Church by Osmond Buchanan in the Blackfoot 1st Ward, Blackfoot Stake, Blackfoot, Idaho.

Virginia August Hawley HOCKETT portrait
Virginia Augusta Hawley HOCKETT

My father, Louis Norman Hockett was born 23 Jun 1866 at Tonesville, Miami County, Kansas.
He came with his mother [Viriginia Augusta HAWLEY HOCKETT] from Illinois to Pullman Washington when he was about nineteen years old.

He attended Pullman State College and worked at various jobs all through Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California. He drove a horse and buggy or rode horseback throughout all of these Western States.

Louis Norman Hockett portrait
Louis Norman HOCKETT
Ellen Louise "Nellie" SMITH

My mother, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah 25 December 1884. She was blessed with the name Ellen Louise Smith, but throughout her life she was called “Nellie”. She went with her parents, four brothers and nine sisters to eastern Idaho, where she went to school and grew up. She was only 4’11” tall. She was popular and very beautiful. At 22 years of age, she met my father who was 6’2” tall. Although he was nineteen years older than she was, and not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, they fell in love and were married 17 August, 1908 in Chester Idaho at the home of her married sister, Hattie S. Blanchard.
Only known photo of Harriet Lillian Smith
in 1884. Hattie married Alma Moroni Blanchard Jr
in 1897.

Henry Jr Smith
My mother’s father was Henry Smith Jr., born 31 March 1841 at Hanky, Humansdorp, South Africa.

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Lydia Eliza KERSHAW
Her mother was Lydia Eliza Kershaw, born 13 September 1857 at Utenhage, South Africa.

They came to America from South Africa aboard the same ship, but Lydia was only ten years old and Henry was twenty-six.

Henry married Lydia on 3 August 1874 when she was sixteen and he was thirty three.  They had four sons and nine daughters. 

I was a happy, healthy child.

Louis Norman HOCKETT family in 1912: Lula Marie,
Leah Marjorie, Louis Norman and Nellie HOCKETT
 When I was 27 months old, my sister Leah Marjorie was born on 15 August 1911 at Idaho Falls, Bonneville County, Idaho.

My Father was a piano technician and worked for Friedenstien Music Company.

In 1912 he had a job offered to him with the Mason and Rich Piano Co. in Lethbridge, Alberta, Cananda.

We went by train to live there.

While living in Lethbridge, another sister was born, Florence Evelyn Hockett on 3 June 1914. The weather was very cold and severe in the winter.

Mason and Risch Piano Fortes

At one time the temperature went to 62 degrees below zero. Papa had to walk one block to catch a street car to work.

During that six week period, mama and we girls never left the house.

Papa and mama had a friend, Mr. Martin, whose wife left him with four children. He had a very large two story house and prevailed upon us to move into his home to help care for his family. We lived there for four months until he could get a housekeeper. During that time, all seven children came down with the measles and mama had to care for all of us. It was the fashion for friends to call on each other in the afternoon for tea. Nearly every afternoon Mama served tea to two or more friends and always included us children. We were taught very proper manners.

While we lived in Lethbridge, Papa made many business trips to British Columbia, Calgary, Edmonton, Medicine Hat and other places. We always went on these trips with him. We traveled by train, stayed in the best hotels, and ate in the finest restaurants. During these trips, we saw and heard many of the worlds greatest performers. Among them were Madam Shumann-Heink and Tanbouger, Gali-Kertchi in El Trovatore, Caruso and others. We went to the world famous Calgary Stampede at which we saw President Theodore Roosevelt and Charlie Chaplin.

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Louis Norman HOCKETT in coat
Papa bought a large bearskin coat and hat (which was very fashionable at the time) in Lethbridge. He had it until about 1920. One day when he was taking a street car to work, he stepped off the car alone and on the edge of the street he found a ladies gold bracelet. He could find no owner so he took it home to Mama.

Mama made all our clothes and our dresses were always beautifully starched and ironed. Our long dark brown hair was put up in rags every night and every day we had beautiful ringlets. I always wore a pink ribbon in my hair and Marjorie always wore a blue one.

Papa and mama disliked the extremely cold winters in Canada, so they decided to come back to Idaho. In 1914, when I was five years old and Evelyn was just a few months old, we came back by train, stopping off in Butte, Montana for two or three days. We could see the Teton Peaks from our hotel window and it was a beautiful sight. The purpose of our layover was to buy new clothes for our family. Butte was a fairly large city at that time and had a very large store called B.B. Lyons Department Store. Our clothes were the best that could be had and were most beautiful. My dress was brown velvet with brown satin trim. Marjorie’s was blue serge with glass buttons down the front. Our coats were dark green wool fur collars. Our shoes were high button, black patent leather. We had dark brown fur hats and muffs. 

We again went to visit Grandpa and Grandma Smith in their log house where I was born. We stayed there a few days and then went to visit other relatives. As soon as we got to Chester, Papa rented a team of horses and a bobsled, and we went everywhere in it. We always had hot rocks at our feet and were covered up with huge bear skin robes.

We settled in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Papa went back to work for Mr. Morden at the Friedenstien Music Co. We stayed there only about a year, as he was sent by Mr. Morden to Rigby to tune pianos around there. In three days, he tuned twenty-one pianos at the Institute of Rigby. During the year that we lived in Rigby, our little brother, Louis Edwin was born on January 12, 1916. Papa had a quarrel with Mr. Morden and quit working for him. He decided he’d like to try some other kind of work, so he went to work for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. 

Papa owned a horse and buggy, which he drove everywhere he went. One day he stopped to pick up a large piece of coal at the side of the road. As he was getting down from the wagon he got his foot caught in the wheel and stumbled or fell which frightened the horse which bolted and drug Papa for some distance. When he finally got home mama nearly fainted at the sight of him. He was bruised and skinned all over, his clothes were nearly torn off and he had several broken ribs. He was in bed for three weeks.

Our mother almost lost her life giving birth to our brother Louis. She was confined to bed for several weeks. Neighbors and friends helped out and Papa hired a girl named Rhoda to come and do some work each day. She was very shiftless and irresponsible and would run to the neighbors to chat whenever she thought Mama was napping. Once she left Mamas best butcher knife soaking in the dishwater and went over to the neighbors. The handle came off so papa fired her and made a new handle out a base ball bat. We used that knife for 25 or 30 years after that.

In the fall of 1917, we moved to Blackfoot where papa had been transferred by the Singer Sewing Machine Company. He still tuned some piano on the side. We had a lot of sickness that winter. Marjorie and Evelyn had the chicken pox, and we each had the measles four times.

The great, horrible “Flu” epidemic broke out in November. We all had it, but our baby brother died of it on the 9th of December, 1918 in Rigby, Idaho.

He was two years and 9 months old. Mama and Papa tried to hide their grief from us by giving us a good Christmas. Santa Claus never treated us better. We each received a beautiful jointed doll with doll clothes, a lovely set of white china dishes, a little girl sized washboard, clothes for ourselves and candy and oranges. We had our dolls dishes and washboards for many years.

I was seven years old when I started to school in the first grade. I always like art, music reading, writing and geography. Arithmetic was my downfall. I remember crying over problems many times, with Papa trying to help me. One morning before school started, when I was in the second grade, the large bell in the belfry came crashing down through the second and first floor. The school was closed for three weeks. I was swinging too high one day and fell onto the ground. When I regained consciousness I went home, but it never cured me of doing anything that was daring or foolish. I was always a tomboy, and the first to try anything new or exciting.

Grandma Smith came to visit us at the time of our brothers death. One night, a great fire broke out in a large store across the street and a half block away from our house. It was about 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. Papa woke up suddenly and panicked, thinking it was our house that was on fire.

He grabbed Marjorie and Evelyn and ran outside, with Mama and Grandma running after them to get them back inside. We were wrapped in quits and all of us sat by the front window and watched the stable burn down. Our horse and buggy and a new quilt which Grandma had brought with her and twentyone other horses burned up. The stench of the horrible fire was all over town for weeks afterward.

After our little brother died, our parents decided to move to the Western part of Idaho where Papa’s oldest sister, Mollie Hawks lived. He had not seen her for over twenty years.

Papa had an acquaintance who owned a truck. He was going to haul a lot of heavy machinery across the mountains and agreed to take us and our belonging with him. So Mama and we three girls, all in starched white dresses, rode in the back of this open truck.

The first night we camped out in the sage brush and lava rocks of a large area called the Craters of The Moon. Mama made a stew of bacon, potatoes, onions and carrots. She made baking powder biscuits and cooked them on a flat piece of iron. 
Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Idaho.
Photo by Philip Hyde, used with permission

When we reached the big mountains of South Central Idaho, the roads became narrower and steeper. We started to climb to the 3000 foot summit on treacherous hairpin curves with lots of large rocks and boulders on the road. As Papa could not drive the truck at all, he had to walk in front of the truck to remove these obstacles, and on the steep turns, to chock the back wheel with a large rock to keep the overloaded truck from rolling backward. Soon after starting up, it became apparent that some of the machinery would have to be taken off. It was put on the side of the road, to be picked up at a later time when the truck could come back empty.

Mama and we girls decided to walk to the summit. To shorten the walking distance, she walked where possible through the forest almost straight up, crossing the road several times, but not following it. I was almost eight years old, Marjorie seven Evelyn almost five. Mama carried her piggyback most of the time. We learned later, that those mountains had many cougars and bear and other wild animals in them. Mama had faith that the Lord would watch over and protect us, so she didn’t worry.

About half way up the mountain, Papa was putting a large rock down to chock the rear wheel of the truck when it stopped. The truck rolled back and mashed Papa’s right forefinger very badly. It made him very ill. They bandaged it as best they could and then took a lot more of the machinery off so the truck could go the rest of the way without stopping. When they reached the summit they waited until Mama and we girls caught up. It was early light when we started up this mountain and dark when we got to the top. Going down the mountain on the other side was fast and frightening for us.

We arrived at the base of the mountain where they made a quick camp and we ate some cold food and went to sleep. The next morning, they found we were in a beautiful meadow with an old abandoned cabin and an old barn near a small stream.

We camped there for about ten days. The men had to make trips back over the mountain to retrieve the equipment. They also had to make some repairs. Mama did lots of washing and drying clothes and cooking while Papa fished and hunted for food. We girls just played and waded in the stream. 

At night Papa kept a gun by his bed, because there were bears around every night. He could hear them sniffing and grunting near the tent. He shot a porcupine one night as it was entering the tent, but they never bothered us in the day time. I had my 9th birthday while in the camp, May 17, 1918.
We resumed our journey, still on narrow winding roads, looking down on the Salmon river. The salmon in the river were large and beautiful.

We arrived in the small town of Mackay, Idaho on the 27th of May. There was no hotel nor any house to rent, so Papa bought a tent and put a floor in it. We lived in it by a beautiful stream for about two months. While there, I jumped in the water and learned to swim all by myself. Papa also taught me how to fish. I caught trout almost every day and we had lots of good trout dinners. Papa got enough work around the area to buy a Model-T Ford. He had never driven a car before but soon we left Mackay and headed for the dry hills north of Weiser.
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Mollie Hockett HAWKS seated and daughters
We found the poor dry farm where his sister Mollie and her husband Martin Hawks lived near Cambridge. They had three or four unmarried adult sons and daughters still living at home. It was a terrible shock to Papa when he saw his sister. She had rheumatoid arthritis and her knees were locked in a sitting position. Her hands looked in terrible shape and arms bent and stiff. She had been in bed in the condition for 17 years. Papa fell at the side of her bed and sobbed for a long time. She had raised her family from her bed. This of course, was the first contact Mama had ever had with any of Papas relatives.

They didn’t have room to put us up so we went to Papas niece and her family, Janie and Dan Warfield who lived on another dry farm near Midvale, a few miles from there. They had a son LaVern, a daughter, Emma and two younger girls just our age. Janie had had a stroke just after their last child was born, so Emma took over raising the two youngest and did most of the other work.
After we moved to Weiser, Marjorie and I spent two or three weeks at least once each summer at our cousin’s in Cambridge. The had cattle and horses and dogs and cats non of which we had ever been around before. I learned to ride a horse, and would ride over the hills with my cousin. I would go with them to drive the cows home to milk at night. I’d never heard coyotes howl before, nor seen them, which we did quite often. Sage hens, pheasants and grouse were plentiful also.

During the summer and early fall, we would all drive up there from Weiser to Dan and Janie’s farm and stay with them for two or three weeks. Papa and Dan would drive a wagon and go south to Payette to get twenty or thirty bushels of peaches. Then the women would spend days with the hot cook stove, canning the fruit. We girls would eat our fill of the fresh fruit. They did this for three summers until Mama’s health got too bad. We were living in Weiser at this time of fruit canning. I made lots of friends and I read lots of books. My favorite place to read was up in a tree.

Mama made all of our clothes. We had one Sunday dress and two school dresses. Our underwear (panties, a camisole and a petticoat) were made out of bleached (boiling and sunshine) flower sacks. Our shoes were black Mary Janes in summer, black high button shoes in winter, long cotton stockings all the time. In winter we had to wear long underwear, coats, caps, and mittens. Our hair was long and braided, always tied with hair ribbons.

The winters were very cold. One winter, Papa’s niece LaVern and her husband and about eight or ten children moved down to Weiser from Cambridge. They stayed with us for awhile and since they could not find a house to live in, they put up tents. The husband and older sons drove their cattle down and their fingers and toes got frozen.

Several of the family got very sick with typhoid fever and pneumonia, so the Red Cross came out and put up large Army tents for them and helped them with their fuel and food. The fathers and two daughters died. It was over 40 degrees below zero that winter in Weiser Idaho. 

Our winter evenings were spent around a hot heating stove. We would eat apples, pop corn and listen to Papa read stories. He taught me how to read music and the value of musical time and to beat time. I always sang the alto part and Mama and the two younger girls sang the soprano or melody and Papa would sing bass. We sang lots of hymns and popular and older music.

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Marie HOCKETT in middle of Gleaner Girls
We always had a phonograph and lots of rolls, mostly of classical music which Papa loved and taught us to appreciate.

The grade school, from first through eight grade, was about eight blocks west of where we lived. It was a square two story brick building. I was in third grade when I started school in Weiser.

All the children had to line up each morning outside the front of the building. They played John Phillips Sousa’s marches on the phonograph. With the Principal and the teachers standing on the steps as we children marched into the building until all were inside our classrooms. My report cards had high grades in reading, writing, phonetics, and art, medium grades in history and geography, and low grades in arithmetic. Papa would try to help me, but not much could sink in. I had a teacher named Miss Grey who was mean to me and the other kids. Looking back, I’m sure shewas the reason why I hated arithmetic. She would yell and slap the back of our hands if we didn’t get something right. Of course, I always cried which made things worse.

When I was in the 7th grade I fell down one flight of stairs. I could hardly stand or walk, but the principal told me to go on home. I thought I would never make it. I had to stay home for several days in bed. Later in my life when I was 20 years old, I had X-rays taken which showed there were three cracked vertebras which had grown together crooked.

I took piano lessons for about two years when I was 12 and 13 years old. We were never able to own a piano of our own so I had to take lessons and practice at a friends house or the teacher’s house.
Mama and we three girls went to church quite regularly, mama as often as her health would permit. Papa always encouraged us to attend and he would attend any musical or special event but didn’t go to church. My friend Marion and I were asked to sing duets and to be in the choir. When I was thirteen, the Weiser Ward produced a Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta. They ordered all the costumes from San Francisco. Marion and I sang in the chorus. They gave performances for three nights for Weiser and towns around.

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Marion Yancey and Marie HOCKET
When we first came to Weiser, I met Marion Yancey, who was four months younger that I was. Her family were all good member of the Mormon Church. They had a large home just across the railroad tracks from us. Brother Yancey owned a grocery store in town and Sister Yancey had a corner in the store where she did hemstitching. There were two brothers on missions. The oldest was named Elvie. They both came home and then left to go to college so I never knew them. One brother was home working for awhile. His name was Hugh. The oldest daughter was Rose Marie. The youngest was Ruth. Mrion and I became inseparable, together day and most nights at her home. We remained close friends for all of our lives, even though apart most of our adult lives. Marion and I would go to a farm and do work such as thinning beets, or picking apples for 20 cents an hour. We were never asked or made to do much work, but we could earn a little spending money for ourselves that way. One day, we picked some cherries and the farmer gave us two buckets of cherries to take home. We went to Marion’s home and washed, bottled and sealed them by ourselves.

During the five years we lived in Weiser, papa turned pianos and repaired sewing machines. He worked very hard but never made more than a meager living.

Our Mama’s health was very poor while we lived in Weiser. She suffered a great deal with gall stones. Many times I remember Papa and two other friends holding her in bed when she had an attack until the doctor would get there to give her chloroform. She was operated upon in a hospital in Payette, Idaho. As the result of so much chloroform, her heart became damaged and the doctor advised Papa to take her to Florida or California. We left for California in our Model-T Ford on July 4, 1924. We camped out most of the way, or stayed for two and three days in a hotel or rooming home. We brought along a bird cage with Mama’s two canaries. Mama got her finger mashed badly in the door of the car and had to be taken to a doctor. Going along the Columbia River Highway was a beautiful sight. We visited relatives in Vancouver Washington, and then started south through Oregon. When we reached Salem Oregon we stopped for about six or eight weeks while Papa worked in the hop fields picking hops. We left there when the rains started.

Traveling and camping for three nights through Oregon, we crossed into California with the amazing site of Mt. Shasta. This was about the last week in September 1924. We drove through the very center of the town of Shasta. Papa found a hotel room for us to stay overnight.

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Marie, Evelyn and Marjorie HOCKETT
Going further south, we camped out in the manzanita bushes. Papa made a huge fire on which Mama cooked our supper. They put our beds on the ground and Papa stayed up all night with his gun near at hand. He had been warned that there were lots of skunks, bear, coyotes and dear in that area. There were no homes or farms in that part of the state.

We came into the town of Chico, California about the 2nd week of October. We stayed there for one week as papa got work in the almond factory. Almonds were shelled by machinery and then dumped by a flue onto large canvases outside, then picked up by trucks. We girls were allowed to pick up and eat as many as we wanted, which we did, never having had almonds before.

While in Chico, we stayed in a rooming house for two days. Mama discovered that we three girls had head lice. After moving to a camp site, Mama washed our hair in kerosene. Then went to a drug store and got something recommended to kill the nits. Also she bought a fine tooth comb and worked on the nits for two days before finally riding us of them.
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Evelyn and Marjorie HOCKETT

We finally arrived in Modesto, California on October 24, 1924. The only place we could afford was in a couple of rows of two room cabins. It was what was beginning to be called a Motel. We rented one of these. It had indoor water, a cookstove and out door toilets (privies). Papa bought a table, some old chairs and two beds. We lived there until the next spring. In April, we moved to the cannery owned cabins. These had a shower room available to all tenants.
Papa, mama and I (I was 15 years old now) all got jobs in the cannery. All females had to wear white dressed and white caps. Some of the women sorted the peaches as they went onto long moving belts. Some pitted them with a special “pitter”, sort of like a small narrow pointed spoon. That is what I did. Other women packed the skinned peaches into cans.

The men did all the heavy lifting of the 40 pound boxes, working all the machinery and so on.

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Nellie Smith HOCKETT in dark dress - 1926
It was hard work, but it made a living for us. They worked there for four years.

In 1925, Papa found a house to rent which had two bedrooms, electricity and indoor plumbing.
Soon after we moved to Modesto, mam and my two younger sisters, Marjorie, 13 and Evelyn, 10 and I (15), started going to church. The branch met in an upstairs hall in town.

I was in Mutual by then and there were several girls and boys my age. We all became close friends, and palled around together most of the time. Dorothella and Norma Johnson, Willey, Reed and Claud Norton and their sister Ruth were their names. We would go picnics in the hills, and swim in the river. It was all fun and games, nothing naughty or bad. Dorothella and I and several of our friends would put our bathing suits on with our dresses over them and walk the four blocks to the canal which ran through the residential district. This was our daily activity through the hot summer of 1926.

Bob and Ida Norton moved down from the Don Pedro dam area (in the hills east of Modesto) where their house caught on fire. The youngest, a boy was burned to death. Ida had third degree burns on her face, neck and arm. June also had third degree burns on her back. They had six children that survived. They were all members of the Church. Bob’s brother, John Norton and his wife Jennie and their children also lived in Modesto. Papa and mama had known both of these families in south eastern Idaho, so they all became very close friends even though papa was not a church member and Bob was not active in the church.

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Marie HOCKETT in 1926
Mama, along with other members of the Relief Society, helped Ida Norton and her family recover. Ida was pregnant. When her baby was born at home, Mama assisted as midwife. I was also there to help with the younger children. June, two years younger than I, was the oldest girl. There were three older boys.

One day when papa’s Model-T Ford was sitting in the dirt driveway of our house I got in and started it up.

I looked up and saw Papa sitting on the front porch looking at me and grinning. He just nodded and waved, giving me permission to go ahead. So I backed it out and took off.

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Edmund ATKINSON standing and Marie
HOCKETT far right

For the rest of the summer, I’d get Dorothella and we would head for the hills and be gone for hours.

When we could round up others of our gang, we’d take a picnic.

All this was during the wonderful summer of 1926 and ’27 when I learned to drive.

The Atkinson family lived in Stockton, 30 miles north of Modesto. Their oldest son, Edmund was living with A. E. H. Cardwell, who was the Modesto Branch President, and also the manager of the J. C. Penney store.
Edmund Newlove Atkinson 1923
Edmund was then 20 years old, and was the secretary of the M.I.A. He was much too old to pal around with our crowd.

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ATKINSON children: Edmund is standing in the back
Caroline Ann WEBB
Edmund Newlove Atkinson was born August 19, 1904 in Kaysville, Davis County, Utah, the first child born to Oscar Atkinson, Caroline Ann Webb.

He was baptized September 15, 1912 and confirmed a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on September 22, 1912.

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Edmund Newlove ATKINSON in 1918

In 1926, President Cardwell was transferred to Tracy (32 miles west of Modesto) to manage the Penney store there.

Edmund also moved with them and worked at Penney’s.

President Cardwell remained Branch President of the Modesto Branch and of the Tracy Branch also for a time.
Just before they moved from Modesto, Edmund became interested in me. I thought it was great that an older man liked me.

We started dating and when he moved to Tracy, he drove very often back to see me.

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Edmund Newlove ATKINSON

He had bought a new Model A Ford coupe. It could go up to 50 miles per hour, but he never went that fast. Thirty-five was the fastest he ever drove. He always took me to dinner, and to a movie most of the time. Sometimes we just talked.

In August, 1927 he asked me to marry him. I was thrilled and by that time, very much in love with him. He gave me a beautiful diamond ring with one baguette blue sapphire on each side of the diamond.

Then we went to tell papa and mama and they were happy with our decision.

We planned to get married the next summer. He drove 30 miles each way to visit me at least once a week.

Sometimes on weekends he would sleep at our house and go to church in Modesto.

We were married in Stockton at Edmund’s parents home by Charles R. Dana, Branch President of Modesto Branch. In attendance were Edmund’s father Oscar Atkinson and his mother, Caroline Ann Webb, his brothers Merlin and George, and sisters Selina, and Mary, my father Louis Norman Hockett, my mother Ellen Louise “Nellie” Smith and my sisters Marjorie, and Evelyn.
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Edmund Newlove ATKINSON and Marie Hockett ATKINSON-
Wedding photo - 2 Sep 1928

I had a new pale blue georgette dress with a tiny pleated collar and cuffs at the long sleeves and black patent leather shoes. The skirt below the waist was also pleated. I had a pink and white carnation bonnet. The Atkinson’s had a very nice waffle breakfast for all.

We left on our honeymoon to the coast about noon. When we got to Monterey, we found no hotel with a vacancy since the next day was Labor Day holiday and everything was full. So we back tracked to Hollister, about 40 miles, and found a nice hotel there, by then it was 11:30 PM.
Edmund had rented an apartment for us three weeks before our wedding in Tracy, just two blocks from Penneys store. The second night in our apartment, we were just getting ready for bed, when there was knock at our door. When we opened it we found about 12 or 13 of our friends from Modesto standing there. I was in my night gown and Edmund was in his pajamas. They only let me put on my Kimono and Edmund put on his pants. They put us on the hood of different cars and drove all over town, making lots of noise with horns and hollering. After about 30 minutes of that, they put me in one of the cars, kidnapped me. They took me to Modesto to my parents home. When they left Edmund at our apartment he of course came to Modesto to bring me back home. It was around 2:00 AM by then. Chivering newly weds was quite common in those days, and our gang did it up to the hilt with paper streamers, bells and horns. It was more fun for them than for us.

A month or so before we were married, Edmund went to a movie at the only theater in Tracy. A women’s organization was selling tickets for 50 cents each. The drawing was to be held that evening after the show. The prize was a beautiful cedar chest full of linens, glassware, dishes, small lamps, a wall mirror, figurines and so much else. Edmund held the lucky ticket! I had been given a bridal shower in Modesto at which I received many useful things.

We couldn’t get to the Temple until the next spring. We went by train from Stockton California to Salt Lake City where we were sealed on June 9, 1929.

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Nellie Smith HOCKETT and Eva Rasmussen family

We stayed at my Aunt Eva and Bert Rasmussen’s home which was located at 9 North, 8th West in Salt Lake City.

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Bert and Eva Rasmussen

They treated us so well. I had uncles and aunts and cousins coming from all over to see us and take us places. These were my mothers folks, some I had not seen since I was a small child, and some for the first time.

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Marie and Edmund ATKINSON returning
from trip to Salt Lake City to be Sealed

I had a new dress, shoes and new hat and coat.

We stayed for a week, returning by train.

Nellie SMITH HOCKETT 1929 Salt Lake City
Ellen Louise "Nellie" Smith HOCKETT
in 1929
During 1929, Mama’s heart became very bad.

A doctor said she had Angina and had her take nitro glycerine tablets for the pain.

She came to Tracy with us for a night or two, but it was evident that she was very sick. She was put in the hospital, I drove over to be with her there. She died on October 14, 1929. She was only 45 years old.

Papa was then 63 years old and left to care and provide for two daughters, Marjorie then 17 and Evelyn 14.

Grandma Lydia Smith came from Salt Lake to be with them. After the funeral, Papa, Grandma and the two girls went to Santa Cruz, rented a cabin and stayed there for a week. During time Papa’s hair turned snow white.

I had very little experience with cooking and didn’t know what to cook or very much about buying food. So I had to learn from scratch.

There were some mistakes that I had to throw out. Housekeeping was no problem because I was by nature (and Mama’s example) neat and clean.

Our apartment consisted of a kitchen, bathroom, and living room with a murphy bed that folded into the wall when not in use. We lived in this apartment for two years.

In the summer of 1930, President Cardwell invited us to their home. President McMurin of the Fresno district mission and his secretary were driving Heber J. Grant, President of the Church all over the mission, which at that time was the northern half of California, from Fresno to the northern border of California, from San Francisco to Nevada.
Pres. Heber J. Grant

The Cardwells were to host all to a midday dinner and Edmund and I were invited. What a thrill!

After the meal, Edmund took pictures of all with his Brownie Box camera.

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Marie and Edmund ATKINSON with Jerry in 1932
When I became pregnant in mid winter 1931, the only doctor in Tracy was a very short man, Dr. Doughty. There was no hospital in Tracy at that time. When it was time for my delivery, he wouldn’t trust Edmund to take me, so he drove me in his car with Edmund following. Dr. Doughty had to stand on a stool to assist with the birth.

Gerald Ralph Atkinson was born on April 14, 1932, a perfect healthy baby boy. I was in the hospital in Stockton for 10 days.

As many other young mothers, I had to learn how to care for a baby day by day since I had no help. Washing diapers, tending to a tiny infant was very hard, but oh, what a joy he was to us! We had been married almost four years by then and during that time I had miscarried three times.

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Edmund and Marie ATKINSON with Jerry in 1934
When “Jerry” was 19 months old, Edmund was transferred south to Norwalk California to manage the J.C.Penney store.

It was a very small store, and run down and not producing a profit.

Edmund had had no management training, just six years working for the company. He had done some ordering and buying however in Tracy. But after being in Norwalk for about two and a half years, they fired him.

In the short time we lived in Norwalk, we had another blessed event added to our family. Norma Marie was born July 22, 1934. Of course she was the most beautiful baby in the world. There was no hospital in Norwalk, so she was born in a hospital in Artesia three miles away. Even though she was turned the wrong way and was a “breach” baby, she was in a great hurry to get here, hardly waiting for the doctor to arrive.

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Ed and Elsie SMITH

The nearest church was in Whittier, about nine miles north west.

We went to church there when we could before Norma was born and that is where she was blessed.

My mothers youngest brother and his family, Ed and Elsie Smith and their three children (my cousins) lived in Anaheim.

We visited them quite often. Loyd, LaMar and Juanita were small kids, but they loved our babies.

After Edmund lost his job, we packed up all of our belonging, putting everything in our car, put the children on a bed we had fixed for them in the back and drove all night (about 12 hours) to Stockton where we moved in with his parents.

Their house was very small, just two bedrooms. We managed to squeeze a crib in and put the two children in that.

We could hardly get between the crib and our bed.

While we were there the babies both got the whooping cough. It was a terrible time for us all. Edmund’s parents lived on a quarter of an acre at the edge of town, so they did have a very large garden and some chickens, so we had plenty to eat. We stayed with them two or three months.
Edmund got a job with the large Sears Roebuck store in Stockton. We moved into a real dump only staying there three months. We found a small house we could buy for $1,300.00. It wasn’t much, but it seemed wonderful to us. A kitchen with a large black iron wood stove, a dinning room, a bathroom, a tiny front room, and a fair sized bedroom. This first home was at 29 S. Adelbert Street, Stockton, California. It looked like this:

ATKINSON Jerry 29 S Adelbert Stockton CA
Home on Adelbert showing Jerry ATKINSON in 1934 on the porch, 1935 on the horse
and 1937 under the tree on his first day of school
The first thing we did was get rid of the old wood cook stove and buy a good used gas stove. Then we took out the book shelf partitions between the two front rooms, making one nice big room. We put new linoleum on all floors. We bought bunk beds and put them in the dinning room. There was still room for a nice round oak table and chairs. We had a couch in the living room with side chairs close to the front door. Edmund did a lot of painting, especially in the kitchen. We eventually fixed the place up so to it looked wonderful to us. There was a garage with a tank house on top. The driveway was gravel.

We moved into this house in November, 1934. In the spring, I canned several quarts of fruit.
In fact I was canning cherries on the 7th of Jun 1936, and Merle Lewis Atkinson was born the next day on June 8. He was slow to arrive.

I spent hours walking the halls to hurry things along. When he was ready there was no problem. Merle was perfect in every way. There was the usual ten days in bed to recuperate.

Edmund and Marie Atkinson young family
Edmund and Marie ATKINSON family with
Norma, Merle and Jerry
Jerry was then six and Norma was four years old. Two years later when Jerry became 8 years old, he was baptized. They all started elementary school in Stockton, and finished the eighth grade. Then all went on to finish High School still in Stockton. We lived in our little house on Adelbert Street for 13 years; 1936 – 1949, until it became necessary to have more room.

We found the perfect house for us after much prayer and looking. It was at 1334 San Mateo Street, in Stockton, California. It was close to Oak Park, much closer to schools, Sears and down town. It was if a lovely neighborhood.
We fixed a room for the boys over the garage with a folding stairway for access. Norma had her own room. There was small bathroom between the two bedrooms with a hall, an nice living room and a dinette off the kitchen. The Kitchen had ceramic tile counters. We bought a new stove, refrigerator, washing machine, and a used piano. We had a large back yard with lawn, trees and plenty of room for a vegetable garden.

There was a lawn and driveway and lots of trees in front. We planted lots of shrubs and flowers, and Edmund made a tall flag pole out of pipie that he mounted in the lawn on the side of the yard. It was a very small house, but it was so much nicer than anything we had had before. We made it adequate for our needs and were very thankful for it. We knew the Lord had blessed us so much.

When the 2nd World War started, I went to work at the Stockton Supply Depot. We packed and shipped all supplies for all ships, submarines, planes, tanks, autos and every kind of machine or vehicle used in the war. From nuts and bolts to paint and cement. Everything had to be counted, cataloged, sealed in water proof and rust proof packaging. This paid a good wage and I bought several war bonds which helped us a lot to get a larger home. I worked there until 1947.
In 1951, Jerry was interviewed by the Stake President to serve a full time mission. Before his call came back from Salt Lake City, the Korean War started and the Church Presidency canceled mission calls. So he never did get to go on a full time mission.

At the time we lived on Adelbert Street, Papa lived alone in a very old two room house. We had him over almost every day for meals. We always took him with us where ever we went, except to Church. We would go to all the school functions, sports, music and lots of outing and picnics.

Evelyn Hockett Cobb
Evelyn Hockett COBB
My sister, Evelyn and her husband AJ Cobb and their three children, Alice, Martha and Steven, lived in Oakdale, a small town about 20 miles south east of Stockton.

Leah Marjorie Hockett Eyre
Leah Marjorie Hockett EYRE
We would take Papa and go to their home and then we would go to the rivers or dams and have a full day outing or sometimes just a long summers evening.

The weather was very hot in summer and we needed to escape to a cooler environment.

Also so our children could grow up together and know their grandfather well.

We had wonderful times.

My sister Marjorie married Harold Ayre. They had two daughters, Elaine and Carol. They lived in Oakland California, so we didn’t see them very often.
Oscar and Carolina ATKINSON fam 1930
Oscar and Caroline ATKINSON family in 1930
Edmunds brother Merlin and his wife Alice and their two children, Don and Shirley lived on the coast and we rarely saw them. Selina, Edmunds sister and her husband Chester Dana and their three children, Jeanne, Betty, and Donn, lived in Stockton. We saw them quite often.

About 1940, Selina’s husband left his family for another woman. It was a terrible shock for Selina and all of us. He was a counselor in the Bishopric at that time. He was excommunicated from the Church. About this time when Donn was 5 years old, he was hospitalized with encephalitis. It caused sever physical and mental impairment. Selina kept him at home until he was 11 years old, and then had to put him into an institution. Selina worked to support herself and her two daughters. They moved to Pacific Grove in February, 1949. After Jeanne and Betty married, Selina moved in with her brother and sister-in-law Merlin and Alice Atkinson. Selina died August 23 , 1984.

Papa never joined the Church. He was a very good, kind and honest man. He loved everyone, especially children. He loved music and going to concerts. He would never be seen without his white shirt, tie and suit, unless we were somewhere on a picnic, camping or other outing.
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Louis Norman HOCKETT birthday celebration in 1946

Every birthday was always celebrated with a large picnic plus cake and homemade ice cream. Nobody had a house big enough for these kind of events, so it was the ideal way to get together. Everyone had a car and gas was only about 19 cents a gallon. We could travel a long way on a tank full of gas, which held about 10 gallons. Papa was always with us.

In 1949, Edmund and I and our three children along with Papa traveled in our car to Utah and Idaho. We visited relatives and they had wonderful reunions and dinners for us. This was the longest trip hea had made since he brought us to California in 1924.

On February 12, 1947, Edmund and I were called on a Stake Mission in the Sacramento Stake. We were called by Stake President Stephen E. Busch. We were set apart by him at 4:00 PM on Sunday, March 16, 1947. The Sacramento Stake was divided in April 1948. The San Joaquin Stake was organized in April, 1948, and the mission was canceled. I received my formal release on April 25, 1948 by Doyle D. Sellers, Mission President.

Then I was again called on a Stake Mission on June 10, 1952. I was set apart at 8:00 PM on Monday, June 16, 1952 by Stake President Wendell B. Mendenhall. My release from that mission was on May 6, 1953 by Bernard Openshaw, Mission President of the San Joaquin Stake.

Edmund was called on a Stake Mission in the San Joaquin Stake on April 3, 1951 by President Wendel B. Mendenhall. He was released from that mission on May 6, 1953, by Stake Mission President Bernard Openshaw.
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Swimming together: Norma, Merle and Jerry ATKINSON with
cousin Alice COBB in far back
While we lived in Stockton on San Mateo Street, we were all active and busy in the Church.

The boys and Norma’s friends were all active members.

There were always one or more at the house (boys) and lots of time for dinner.

We always had plenty and were glad to have them.

Norma was dating Val Kidd. His parents were Hobson and Elgy Kidd. We had a party for Norma for her 17th birthday. It was a lawn party and six or eight of her friends from church were invited. Val was there also because it was a surprise engagement party for Norma and Val.

Val was 18 on June 12, 1952, Norma 18 on July 22, 1952. They were married on October 6, 1952 in the Salt Lake Temple. We were there with them. The we had a large reception at the Church when we got home in Stockton. They have three children, Michael Andrew, Valerie Jean, and Cynthia.

Jerry married Gloria Clare Kidd (Val and Gloria are first cousins) on May 20 1953 in the Idaho Falls Temple. We were there with them. Then we all went up to Ashton Idaho where Gloria’s parents Henry and Veda Kidd had a large reception for them.

Edmund was first counselor to Bishop Leath Cluff in the Stockton Ward, San Joaquin Stake and his wife Thelma and I became very good friends. Leath’s work was installing hardwood floors. He wanted to start a business of his own, but did not have the money to do so. Edmund decided to take his retirement from Sears early, and with his money invest, and Leath’s knowledge, start a new business.

Lodi was a small town ten miles north of Stockton and was growing fast. It was the ideal place for this new business. They formed a partnership, rented a building, bought supplies, and hired men to work for them. The CLUFF ATKINSON Floor Company was born. They installed hardwood floors, carpet, and linoleum.

Leath was released as Bishop and Edmund as 1st Counselor of the Stockton 1st Ward. We sold our home on San Mateo Street in Stockton and bought a new home at 1406 W. Elm in Lodi.

Before our business was started and our home was finished, Leath and Thelma and Edmund and I planned a three week trip through Mexico. Leath had filled a mission there some years earlier and had always wanted to abt1970return. We left Merle, who was still in High School at our home with Grandpa and Grandma Atkinson. Leath drove his car and we started our trip about the first week in June, 1955. We stopped in or saw all the major cities and most in between. Those we visited were: Mazatlan, Guadalahara, Acapulco, Mexico City (we stayed there four days), Vera Cruz, Cordoba, Oaxaca. We traveled through many other cities so we could see the sights and wonders nearby; pyramids and caves and so on. The largest pyramids were a Teouhaucan, 30 miles east of Mexico City. I bought lots of linens, baskets, jewelry etc. to bring home for me and to give away.
Our home was ready to move into the last part of July, 1955. We bought all new furniture, carpets, drapes, new appliances for the whole house.
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Louis Norman HOCKETT seated, visiting with an LDS Missionary
Papa had to be hospitalized in July. I drove to the hospital, 22 miles south, to be with him every day. He died August 18, 1955 in French Camp, San Joaquin County, California. He was 89 years old.
Louis Norman HOCKETT funeral service 1955
In 1959 our business started to go down. Edmund Newlove ATKINSON april 1958The income from the business was just not enough to support both families, so Edmund got out of the partnership and found another job.
Leath struggled on with a few thousand dollars of Edmund’s money to try to keep it going,

He finally gave up in 1960 and moved to Arizona.

When things got bad in 1959, Edmund suffered a great deal of stress and came down with diabetes.

In 1957, Merle was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Southern States Mission. He was released and came home in March 1959. We rented a hall and had big homecoming for him. He went to Brigham Young University where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Management in May, 1963. He met his wife, Margaret Miller at B.Y.U. and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on Jun 1, 1960. They have three daughters, Annalee, Mary Kristine, and Jan Elizabeth.

In 1962 I enrolled in a Practical Nurses Aid training school in Sacramento. Marie Atkinson nurse 1962I had to drive there for classes five days a week for seven months. Graduation was held in a church with diplomas, pins, caps and a reception for families guests.

I was hired to work in a very small hospital in Lodi. I loved the work there and learned a lot. The head nurse took a dislike for me because I wore my cap and pin. None of the other Practical Nurses wore a cap. Some of them had been there for years. They all treated my very nice, even the L.V.N. (Licensed Vocational Nurse). But the head nurse put me on the most difficult assignment and hardest jobs to do such as lifting and turning very heavy patients and not allowing another aid to help me. My back was very sensitive, and the work was hard for that reason. One morning during 1963, when she gave me a difficult job to do, I told her I couldn’t do it alone. She fired me on the spot. Since I was fired (no matter the reason) I could not get a job at the big hospital in Lodi, so I never went back to nursing again.

In 1965 the big Weinstock department store opened at the mall on Pacific Avenue in Stockton. I applied and was hired. I was there on opening day. All of the women sales people were required to wear black dresses and shoes and pearl necklaces. All of the men wore dark suits, white shirts and ties. It was an eleven mile drive from home to work. The people there were wonderful to work with.

There was small book shop on the second floor and they made me the manager of it from the first day. It was next to the lunch room and counter, so there was a lot of traffic going by this department. I did all the arranging, decorating, ordering and selling. They liked my work and complemented me often. I worked until my 65th birthday on which I had to retire. The store manager and personnel manager took me out to lunch, gave me an orchid corsage, and a book of 50 silver dollars.
Elaine sis Norma Marjorie Evelyn Marie 60s
Seated: Marjorie Hockett EYRE, Evelyn Hockett COBB and Marie Hockett ATKINSON
In 1966 we sold our home on Elm Street that we had lived in for ten years and bought a mobile home. Norma flew with us to Los Angeles to the company that manufactured the home we were buying. We were able to pick out the floor plan, color of all appliances etc. We furnished it with our own furniture. It was located in Lodi’s largest and newest mobile home park. The home was 24 feet by 62 feet.
I landscaped it outside and made it very attractive. I planted many flowers, and had a garden that was wonderful. We grew tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, string beans, turnips, cabbage and radishes. Edmund Newlove and Marie ATKINSON 1976
In 1974 Edmund had a grand mall epileptic seizure. It was very severe. He was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Lodi. Dr. Williams had every test available taken to determine what it was that caused this since he had never had this condition before. They did a CAT scan and many X-Rays, lots of blood tests. He had many little seizures during the ten days he was in the hospital. And of course his blood sugar count was elevated far too high, so they had to work to get that back down and stabilized. Lots of time when I was there with him he would try to talk to me it would be just gibberish.

From that time on he was not allowed to drive a car and that was blow to his independence.
Norma and Merle bought a new Schwinn three wheel bicycle for him which he enjoyed very much.Edmund Newlove ATKINSON Newbike1975bdaygiftJerryMerleVal
He would go out on it and ride a long time each morning.

He would cross the highway and stop at Denney’s restaurant and order coffee and a doughnut.

We never had coffee in our home and of course sweets were not allowed on his strict diet.

I could never figure out why we couldn’t keep his blood sugar count down.

Norma and Val lived in the east Bay Area (east of San Francisco Bay) while Val was training thoroughbred race horses. Their three teenage children were all in high school and conditions were getting wicked in the schools, even in the posh community they lived in. So they decided to move. In December, 1974, they moved to Sandpoint Idaho, a very small town in the panhandle of Idaho. They rented an apartment for 3 or 4 months. Then they bought a beautiful, very large home three miles out of town up in the forest.

Edmund and I went to Sandpoint to visit them. It was over one thousand miles each way and I had to drive it all. We made this trip up there twice to visit them.

Norma and Val’s son Michael left Sandpoint to go on his mission for the Church to the Philippines in 1975. After he left the Mission Training Center in Provo, Utah, he flew to San Francisco. His Grandmother, Elgy Kidd and we were there to see him off.

Norma wanted us to come up to Sandpoint to live. Edmund’s health was not good and after considering many things we decided to do it. The driving in California was heavy and hazardous, and Merle lived an hour away in Pleasanton. If we needed his help, he always responded willingly, but it was hard on him and his family.

First we would have to sell our mobile home, and then wonder how we would have a home to live in when we got there. We had lived in our mobile home for 14 years and it was beautiful and comfortable inside and outside. In January 1978 we began to look for a buyer and to pray for the Lord’s help in finding a home for us in Idaho.

With the help of a real estate agent, we sold the home about the 10th of March, 1978 and began to pack. Evelyn and Jay came from Snowflake Arizona (where they now lived) to help us. They drove a pickup truck and pulled their travel trailer to live in. They helped us pack, in fact Evelyn did most of it. They were a wonderful help. I was sick with a bad sinus infection, and was not much able to do more than provide and cook meals for us.

Jerry and Gloria came from Utah to help us move to Idaho. We left Lodi on March 30th driving our Ford Maverick. Jerry’s car pulling a long U-Haul rental trailer. We had to stop over night at a motel and got a to Sandpoint on March 31, 1978. We all stayed at Norma’s home. Edmund and I stayed there for a week. Val had located a small two bedroom home for us in Sandpoint and for the next week, Norma, Val, Jerry and Gloria cleaned, painted and moved our furniture and dozens of boxes into it. It was located at 322 St. Clare Ave. We moved in on April 1, 1978. Jerry and Gloria went back to Snowville Utah where they lived.
50th Wedding sept21978sandpoint
It took several months to get everything unpacked and put away. I will now go into the miracle of how we acquired our home. Val was then a real estate agent and he and Norma looked every day for a house for us. We were all praying to Heavenly Father constantly, that they would find one soon. Then two weeks before we were to leave Lodi, Val saw this house with a For Sale sign in front. He had been by this house every day since it was just one block from the church. He and Norma looked at it and immediately made a down payment on it. There couldn’t have been a more perfect home for us any place in the world. It has one large bedroom with a half bath, living room, dinning room, bathroom with shower, kitchen, laundry room, and den. A two story garage with two rooms upstairs, a work bench, storage cupboards everywhere, room for one car and a large paved car port. The garage building also had a good sized food storage room, a small room for garden tools, and room for a small upright freezer.

There is one Bartlett pear tree, one delicious apple, a lambert cherry tree, and Italian prune tree and nine raspberry stands with six vines to each pole, a large front yard all lawn, and the whole place, front and back, fenced in the decorative wire.
Edmund Newlove and Marie ATKINSON 1984
60th wedding