Saturday, December 28, 2013

Issues with aging parents

[Because of their age, Leona and Elmer left Salt Lake City and went to live with Perry and Gene in Claremont, California]

Craig & Harriet Lewis, (top left)
the newest married couple in the family
February 3, 1977

Dear Perry, Gene & Family, also Elmer & Leona

Was so good to get your nice newsy Christmas letter. Thanks so very much. I started to get cards and letters off for Christmas, but I got so sick with the cough and flu I had that Dee just told me to go to bed. So the only thing that got done was the tree decorated. If the neighbors hadn't been so good, we wouldn't have had much of a Christmas.

We got Harriet's announcement for her wedding. It was late coming--must have been delayed somewhere. We are so happy for her and hope they will have a happy marriage. Saw in the BYU paper where Colleen Peppers, who was queen for the 'Y' when Harriet was her attendant, got married. Her picture was in the 'Y' paper.

We are so glad that Elmer and Leona are doing so well. Just hope they can continue to enjoy good health and strength.

We had a granddaughter married on December 22. Venice, Elvyn and Kent came to the temple for the wedding. That was so nice of them. Then Elaine had her son come home from Chili off his mission to be home and go thru the temple.

Did your sons move home from Provo? Dee has tried to call and they keep saying the phones are disconnected. Sorry we didn't get to see them. We wanted to go and visit with them. May the Lord keep all of you well and performing the Lord's work. Surely do love all of you. Have a nice new year. Love Dee & Mary

[In the summer of 1977, Gene discovered a lump in her breast. It turned out to be cancerous. While Perry was helping Gene recover from the operation to remove the cancer, Leona and Elmer went to live with Hope and Grant in Spanish Fork for a short time.]

Perry with his mother, Leona,
Memorial Day in San Diego
August 12, 1977

Dear Perry, Gene and family,

Mother decided she needed to write to you herself this morning, so I decided I'd send a line along myself. We are getting along just fine so far. Dad is surely enjoying our vibrator chair. You might inquire into the Niagra Company down there if they have one. I know the chair helps my back and hips, so I don't think he just has a crush on it nor that he's praising it unduly. If he can find something that helps--why not? Maybe you folks or someone in the family can enjoy it after they're gone.

Mother is getting a vacation. Grant and I do for Dad. The only thing she still has to do that she doesn't want to always do is go to bed at 5:30 or 6:00 pm with Dad. He even likes it if we can go to bed then too, so we just try to read and not come into the kitchen or bathroom. All the relatives have been warned not to ring the doorbell after 5:30 so he won't wonder who's here.

He really is trying really hard to be a good sport and help himself as much as possible. I've been helping Mother--possibly more than she needs--but I think she can stand a little spoiling without expecting it from here on.

I made a mistake one day and complained about how tired I was and what a rough night I'd had. When Venice and Elvyn came that evening, Dad asked her to take them out to her place so we wouldn't have all the burden. I'd seen him looking morose and feeling grumpy all day and had wondered what caused it. So then I had to assure Dad that I often have sleepless nights and that I often have leg-ache and that it had nothing to do with him. I know how it is to have to be waited on and how sensitive one can be, so I shouldn't have been so thoughtless and am more careful now.

We've been having lots of company so that in itself is more excitement than is good for sleep--much as they are enjoying it and them. Uncle Ashel will come later as he's in the hay. One day of Thelma was about all I could handle as she orders me around for her. I don't think she does that with Hazel.

I hope you and Gene are able to rest and enjoy each other and that you, Gene, aren't too sore and miserable. I've had enough operations to know that none are easy and that when they happen to you it's the worst there is. So if it helps any to say that, then I can offer that much comfort. Although no one can really say, "I know what you're going through," we should have enough compassion in ourselves to show mercy and love and to give hope if we can.

We've been talking, singing, playing guitar, organ and piano and remembering words to more songs. It's been fun. Love to all, Grant & Hope

August 12, 1977

Dear Perry & Gene,

It is about time I gave a report of ourselves. We have been here about two weeks, and the time has gone by fast. We are both feeling well. Grant takes care of Dad, takes care of his exercises, etc.

We were sorry to hear about Gene. I was aware that she wasn't feeling too well but didn't know the seriousness of her ailment.

We have had quite a few visitors. I told Hope that most of them had been to see her and Grant, but she said not, and she wrote a list, which I am sending. The weather is nice, and we still can eat "three meals a day." One day Grant took us up in the canyon to what they call "the ranch." That was a nice experience. One time when we stopped, I counted the train cars that were going by on the hillside and there were seventy-one. I don't know how many engines it took, but that was quite a sight. Love, and best wishes, Mother & Dad

Gene, Perry & Renee
August 13, 1977

Dear Mother & Dad,

We miss you here--no busy activity from your end of the house, and when we walk through the door back there we feel a "pang" of lonesomeness. It was good to hear your pleasant voices on the phone this morning and to know you are having such a good time there with Hope and Grant.

With Perry and Renee taking such good care of me, I am getting well really fast and waking up so happy every morning. Best wishes to you both and love always, Gene

Saturday, December 21, 2013

We are going to be grandparents four more times!

Gene with birthday flowers
February 5, 1976

Dear Mother & Dad,

I have your letter before me, Mother, and I am so glad you can still see to read, and of course to write too. I have noticed when we are there that you still can sit and read from some of your old books. And you enjoy it so much. I am sure that helps to keep your mind active and alive. Gene always comments on what a good letter you write.

We are having a good rain now after the longest period of drouth in the history of Southern California. I'm wondering if this means you are getting a lot of snow there now. I am glad the people like Mrs. Sperry can come and help you get the snow off your walks. And I am surely glad that Hazel and Walter can come in and help you. How are both of you feeling? I hope you can avoid the flu this winter.

Renee and Harriet are hoping to get up to see you soon. Perhaps they have already. We expect to be up there to see you in April for spring vacation. That will be during the week of April 11-17. Please take care of yourselves and be careful. Love, Perry

March 7, 1976

Dear Aunt Minnie,

I'm so slow with my writing. Please forgive me. We think of you often and Mother talks about when all of you were small, nearly every day. She is remarkably well this winter. No colds or flu and she eats and sleeps well, helps with the dishes every day and sweeps the porches and walks.

Gene with granddaughter Charlotte, Spring 1976
Dale and his wife Carolyn and their three children have moved to Utah. They are buying a home in a small town just north of Provo where he works and tries to continue his education at BYU. Jan and Cara Lee have been married almost a year and a half now and are both planning to graduate from BYU this spring. They are such hard workers.

Renee graduated last August in the field of Health Science and is working now in a medical lab there in Provo. Harriet has finished her classes and will graduate this summer. She's working part-time in a bank close to the campus. She and Renee are still together living with their roommates.

I miss them so much. Perry and I are planning to drive up there at Easter vacation and see all of them--also his parents in Salt Lake City. Of course we will plan to see Dick and Betty at that time too. Do you ever hear from them. Their girl Jewel is a college student now. She attends Ricks Junior College in Idaho. We heard from them at christmas time.

Linda and Eric have a little home of their own in Upland. We see them often. They have 5 children now. Marian and Warren have moved to Riverside--that's about 25 miles southeast of us. It's so nice to have them living closer to us. They have two girls and two boys. Warren works for the health department there.

We've had a dry winter this year until last month when we finally got some rain. It's spring here now, and we are doing a lot of yard work. I am attending some art classes in a junior college close by. This is my 2nd semester. I am enjoying it so much.

Surely hope you folks are all well this winter and staying away from that awful flu. Please write us and I promise I'll answer immediately. Am so anxious to know that all is well with you. Love from your "slow" niece, Gene

Springtime trip to Provo
March 30, 1976

Dear Mother and Dad,

It has been some time since I heard from you, but I assume everything is all right. I heard from Hazel last week, and she said you were fine. If you have missed the flu or any bad colds this winter, you are really blessed.

I have been trying to get our property in a little better shape--get it looking better. I have neglected it for some time. I went out and bought a little garden tiller like we used to have. That helps. I even planted a garden last Saturday. I have planted vegetables along with my flowers. I hope we have something edible as well as something good to look at. But we are always plagued with so many pests. We have innumerable gophers here and little birds fly down and eat the tender shoots just at they are startng to emerge from the ground. But we are going to give it a real try.

We keep counting the days until our spring vacation. It will surely be good to see all of you again. With Easter coming a little later this year, perhaps we won't have a snow storm such as we have had the last two years when we came. But then it could still happen.

We are going to be grandparents four more times this year. All of our married children are expecting. That will be sixteen for us. Wow! We will be arriving in Provo probably on the 10th, so we will likely see you on Sunday or so. Anyway, we will call you when we get there. We are surely looking forward to it. I must go now. Love to both of you, Perry

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Grateful for Family Near & Far

Leona & Elmer Manwaring
January 5, 1976

Dear Perry & All,

The mail has come and gone but this can go tomorrow I hope. I have just been reading your letter over again and thinking of Christmases past and thinking of what it still means to us. Although it is really not our Savior's birthday, it is still a wonderful time.

We received a lot of Christmas cards and Hazel took care of most of them for me. We have had a visit from Grant and Hope recently (a short one) and he is still suffering from that hernia operation of long ago. Nelson called one day and played our organ a short time.

We get a lot of satisfaction from our nice carpet and compliments too, and I still like to play a few tunes on the organ. June sent us the "New Era" and the "Ideals" Christmas issue, and they are so interesting. I am glad I can still see to read with glasses. There is a lot to read about and to think about since this is the Bi-Centennial. On the last issue is the Goddess of Liberty with her raised arm, holding the lighted lamp. I am thankful for having had the privilege of seeing that statue in the New York Harbor when Grant and Hope took us back to get Nelson on his return home from his mission.

We have quite a bit of snow, but the roads are kept clear. I shoveled and swept a path to the gate. Mrs. Sperry came once with her snow blower and cleared the path to the garage. Looking out at the snow, I am reminded that your grandchildren don't see a "field of white."

Dad often laughs at the time you rode on the merry-go-round and got so dizzy and sick and wanted to "go home to Momma." Being sick and dizzy is not so funny either. I am very thankful for my health, and Dad feels ok most of the time, but he is so nearly blind it makes him rather helpless and dependent on me or somebody. Ruth and Arvel Stone came recently. We are glad they come once in a while. Ruth and I are the last ones living of the thirty-two children of our father.

Well there is a lot to think about and read about. We were glad to see Linda and Eric and children, and I enjoy seeing the picture of Marian's children on our organ. It brings a smile and wish we could all see each other more often. Well tell everybody hello, and I will get this in the mail. We hope you are all well and can have a good and happy new year. Love and best wishes to all, Mother & Dad

Bryan & Wilma Young
Fairview Park, Ohio
January 8, 1976

My Dear Sister Leora,

We have been separated (all of us) all our lives (almost) but so close in loving thoughts. God has kept us close together in love. I hope you are well and healthy. Wilma and I are fairly well--I can't hear any too well even with an aid. Wilma has had one eye operation (cataract) and now has another one on other eye. My eyes are not what they used to be, but thank the good Lord, with glasses, I can read and get around pretty well.

Minnie called me a week ago and talked to both Wilma and me for several minutes. We were in bed but sure glad to hear her voice. Arthur and she are just fair but up and around. I was so pleased to get your Christmas card and above all your nice picture. That was the nicest present of all. I am enclosing a picture to you of Wilma and me taken recently.

Try to stay well and may the good Lord bless you and keep you is our wish and prayer for you. We are always glad to hear from you. Love to all, Bryan

Perry Manwaring family all together
January 17, 1976

Dear Mother & Dad,

It was good to get your letter, Mother, and to know that all is well with you--your health and all. I wrote you two letters for Christmas. You didn't mention if you received them, but I suppose you did. They may have been a little late in arriving as we had so much company here for the holidays that it was hard to get any letters written. I surely hope you can keep in good health. And I am glad Hazel is there to help look after you. She is certainly competent.

The weather here has been so warm it is just like summer. But I know the rains will have to start soon, and I will get very weary of that because when it starts, it just rains and rains for weeks and weeks. Is it snowing there?

This letter is brief, but I wanted to let you know we are all well and also how much we love and appreciate you. At our high priests' fireside Sunday night, I was asked to speak a few minutes, and I could only talk about my parents and grandparents. I am certainly grateful for you. Much love, Perry

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Leona & Elmer Celebrate 65 Years Together

Leona & Elmer celebrate one of many special occasions
August 27, 1975

Dear Mother,

Your birthday is coming this Sunday. Happy birthday! I hope I can be as well as you when I am 87. I wish I could be there but with this distance, all I can do is wish. I shall certainly be thinking of you.

We surely had a lovely time up there this last visit. It was brief but certainly pleasant. And I'm glad I was able to attend the Goodrich reunion. Keep staying well and maintaining that spirit with your little touch of humor. I'm glad Hazel can help you. Love, Perry

August 31, 1975

Dear Perry & All,

I guess I am one year older now, but things go on about the same. We eat three times a day, sleep plenty, try to read the daily paper so we will partially know what goes on in the world. A wind is blowing, and the big trees across the street are swaying back and forth, making one feel that fall is on the way.

Floyd and Sharon came Saturday bringing a beautiful cake. She said, "How old are you, Grandma?" And Floyd said "twenty-one." June came in and handed me a book by Carol Lynn Pearson, "Daughters of Light." Then Walter and Hazel came Sunday and took us out to Sandy where David and Barbara live. They have a real nice home. It was good to have a little get-together when we met on our back lawn and had some fried chicken, etc. The BYU boys and girls were here (that was a week ago.)

Well, I better get this out for the mailman. We hope you are all feeling "fit & fine" and let us hear from you once in a while. Love, Mother & Dad

September 10, 1975

Dear Mother and Dad,

Congratulations on your 65th anniversary! Sunday the 14th. I remember well the story you have told about the long trip by wagon from Vernal to Springville. Then from Springville to Salt Lake by train. On this day I want you to know how much I appreciate all the sacrifices you have made for me and your constant demonstration of love. You have been superb examples. May this day be filled with pleasant memories. Love, Perry

Perry, Gene, Renee & Harriet
October 12, 1975

Dear Mother,

I am certainly glad you had such a good remembrance by so many of your children and grand-children on your sixty-fifth anniversary. It must be a joy to know that so many of your descendants honor you and have such a deep love for you. Truly, I hope you can get some idea of what it means to have "joy in your posterity." They truly do all love you and Dad. I pray that I may have that kind of respect.

We listened to Conference on the radio. It always makes me think a lot of you and Dad. I knew you would be listening too, and it made me feel "at one" with you. The weather here was particularly beautiful at the time, but it has turned real cold the last few days--truly fall weather.

Jan & Cara Lee, Provo, Utah
Gene is up in Provo this weekend to go through some of the homecoming activities with Harriet. Renee is here with me, and we are doing just fine, but it does seem rather empty without Gene. I don't know if she will be able to come and see you--probably not--as her time is so limited and her transportation is limited too. But maybe she can write you about it when she comes back. She is coming back tomorrow.

I am certainly glad to know that you and Dad are both well. I have a prayer for you constantly. I am grateful that Hazel can be there to give you so much assistance. Please let her help you all she can. She wants to, and it is reassuring to us who are so far away to know that somebody so capable as Hazel can come and give you some help.

Yes, Sister Fast is still with us. She is quite well but is failing. We have to give her a lot of assistance.

Best wishes to both of you. Be careful. I hope you won't take any falls. I am grateful every day for parents who have given me such good days of remembering. Love, Perry

December 27, 1975

Dear Mother & Dad,

I recall how Christmas greetings and letters kept arriving all through the holidays when I was a child. I quite liked it, and besides as I view it now, it gives me a good excuse to delay my Christmas letter to you. But then one should not require either deadlines or special occasions to write a letter. That should be dictated by the heart.

I cannot help but recall with thanks the beautiful Christmases you gave me. As we were driving in to Los Angeles last night, the children, those who were riding in my car, started asking questions and I spent most of the time telling about Christmas and life on the farm. We went in to see an opera, which has been made into a movie, "The Magic Flute" by Mozart. It was very good and we all enjoyed it.

All of our children are here this Christmas. This is the first time we have had them all together for Christmas for a long time. We don't know when it will happen again--I'm sure such times will become less frequent as time goes on, so we are enjoying it to the fullest.

We have certainly thought a lot about you this Christmas. Mother, please write and tell us about your Christmas this year even if it was very quiet and all by yourselves. We certainly love you. Please keep yourselves well. We hope you can get through the winter without colds. I am glad that Hazel can be as close as she is and gives you so much help. Love, Perry

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Letters between Perry & his Mother

One of Perry's many school pictures
May 5, 1975

Dear Mother & Dad,

Since tomorrow is my birthday, I thought it appropriate to write and thank you for my birthday. Truly I am grateful to you, and as Elder Ballard said, "I'm thankful my parents didn't forget me." This is a beautiful time of the year and I was always glad that my birthday was in May.

Our visiting time was brief last Easter, but I hope we will get to see you again this summer. I hope you are well. We all love you. Perry

May 16, 1975

Dear Perry & Family,

If I hurry, maybe I can write a few lines before the mailman comes. First, the weather is nice, and we are both feeling pretty well in spite of being a little "lazy" I call it. Of course, your father can't see to get around much so he has an excuse.

Uncle Arthur Goodrich died, and his funeral was held yesterday. His daughter, Gay Bronson, asked Dad to offer the opening prayer and told him afterward, "that was the best prayer I have ever heard at a funeral." Arvil Stone, Ruth Goodrich's husband, gave the closing prayer. Ruth Stone and I are the only two left of the family. Seems a bit lonesome. Walter and Hazel took us. Hope came from Spanish Fork and went with us. Walter stopped at a hamburger stand and bought us sandwiches at noon. Dad and I are both tired today.

Did I tell you that I was honored at a Relief Society birthday for being the oldest lady present? And I was given a beautiful coconut cake, so I must be quite old!

The neighbor's dandelions are all out in bloom, and I am trying to keep them from our lawn, which is trying. Our fruit trees are all in bloom, and we are hoping the frost won't come and kill the blossoms. We are having strawberries and cream for dinner--come and join us. Love Mother & Dad

May 19, 1975

Dear Perry,

Most of the birthdays are past, and I wrote a short letter recently, but I feel like writing a bit more anyway. It is not very satisfactory to try to talk on the phone, only in cases of emergency.

It is cloudy and cold with a little wind, and our early fruit trees are in bloom. We hope there will be no frost. Saturday we went with Grant and Hope to their home in Spanish Fork. They have the old William's home. It is all repainted and furnished and is very comfortable. Grant is doing as well as can be expected, but he still needs rest.

One thing has been on my mind lately and that is about antiques. I have two old readers that belonged to my older brother--at least they have Albert's name in them. Perhaps Ruth Goodrich would lay claim to them, but since I have them in my possession, I can give them to whom I will. (Is that right?) They have very interesting articles in them. I would just as soon give them to you as anybody.

It is about mail time and there is not much of interest to write about. Arthur Goodrich's funeral left me feeling a bit lonely to think that there is only two of us left of that big family. Ruth and Arvil Stone have called on us quite frequently in the past, but now that Arthur is gone--I wonder.

The condition of the world is such that Ashel Manwaring thinks the time is short--it will soon be the beginning of the Seventh Thousand Years. Love to all, Mother

Gene, Leona & Perry at Disneyland, 1976
May 23, 1975

Dear Mother and Dad,

I have a little time this morning, so I will try to get a short letter written. I surely did enjoy the two letters so close together Mother. Gene always comments about what a good letter you write and I agree.

I am glad that you are both feeling as well as you are, and I understand that Dad is feeling better than he has felt for some time. That is good news. I hope you can maintain this way.

I am glad you both were able to make a trip to Spanish Fork and have a visit with Hope and Grant. I am often envious of the geographical closeness that some of the other members of the family have to you. I wish I could be there to see you, visit you, and give you some of the help you need. But I have to be content with just occasional visits. But then I did have the privilege of living real close to you for a number of years.

Gene and I are making tentative plans to see you again next month, about June 22 or so. We have a few details to work out like the care of Gene's mother and getting our car in proper operating condition, but this is our present plan.

Mother, you mentioned that you are thinking more about antiques. I am too, but not just because things are old or rare. Rather for me it is for their history sake and because they represent my roots. Example: The other day I was browsing through an old shop and began looking through some old records. Suddenly, before my eyes was that old song, "The Utah Trail." On the other side was "Springtime in the Rockies." I could hardly believe it--to find that old song in an old antique shop clear down here. Of course I bought it at once, and it cost me only one dollar. So if you have some old books or anything like that, be sure to save it. Any of your children or grandchildren would treasure it. And the books which you mentioned I would certainly be delighted to have.

We had a nice visit with David and family. I am glad that a few people make their way down here once in a while. They surely did enjoy it and so did we. Then again, we had them all come for dinner on Sunday for Marian's birthday.

I must go now. Please keep writing. Gene and I certainly enjoy your letters. Love, Perry

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Baby Karl is Born

February 25, 1975

Dear Mother and Dad,

It was good to hear your voices on the telephone and then to get a nice letter from you a few days later. Mother, I am surely glad that you are getting along as well as you are and that Hazel and neighbors can give you some help. It seems like you have been able to get through this winter quite well without any bad colds or flu. I am thankful for that. Gene and I have both had the flu. With Gene it developed into bronchitis and she has really been down. She is just now recovering.

It is such beautiful spring weather here now. It is hard to realize that they are having snow and blizzards in the midwest. I have some Iceland poppies and some daisies that are in full bloom and they really brighten things up. Everything needs watering, and I have been trying to get the lawn watered over.

Yes, Mother, I am still getting the Church News, and I appreciate the gift that you have been sending for so many years that I have forgotten just how many. Gene and I both enjoy it and it keeps us posted on what is happening.

Little Karl Albert Hartman--about one year old
We are planning to come up there on spring vacation again. That will be the last week in March this year--about one month from now. However, Linda is expecting her baby about that time, so it is just possible that the new arrival might interfere. But we are all planning for it (he or she) to arrive when we get back. I'm not sure if the baby has the same plans or not.

Please go on being careful. We pray for you continually. I hope that arthritis will not be too much to deal with. I know it can be quite painful. Also Mother, be careful of that nose that keeps wanting to bleed. I am so thankful that you have both been able to live these many years and in such reasonably good health. I want you to continue on for a long time yet.

We are all well down here and all send our love to you. Did you know that Marian and Warren live in Riverside now--about an hour's drive from us, so we get to see all the grandchildren quite often now. I must go to bed now "so I can get up." Love, Perry

April 2, 1975

Dear Mother and Dad,

It was surely good to see you and be able to spend a little time with you. I hope you are still both as well as when we left. As for me, I had to bring a good cold back, but I am about recovered now. We surely had a good vacation--brief as it was--visiting with you and the rest of the family. It was one of the best vacations I have had for such a short time.

I know it was a bit of an ordeal for you, but I am glad we were able to get you through the doctor's examination while I was there. You were both really grand. Now we can do a few more things to keep you in good health and enjoying life just as long as possible.

Linda is doing just fine after giving birth to little Karl Albert. He is doing just fine and tonight she is away to a primary preparation meeting. That gives you an idea of her kind of spirit.

This is a short note, but I wanted to let you know that we arrived here safely and to wish you well. We surely did enjoy our visit with you and are looking forward to another this summer, so take care of yourselves. Love, Perry

April 9, 1975

Dear Perry & All,

I have one sheet of paper, so this will be brief, but there isn't much news. Dad and I went to the doctor with Walter and Hazel. Dr. Davis said he wished that he was "as good and clean a man" as Dad. Then Walter took him to another doctor in Sugar House who said about the same thing. I was surprised to see Dr. Davis sit down and talk to Dad like he had all of the time in the world. Then I was surprised to get four different kinds of pills for me, which I take every day. Both doctors told Dad to "take plenty of water and plenty of good food."

Did you get the Conference? We listened here, and it was good. Jan and his wife gave us a short Sunday afternoon visit. Grant is doing fine after his recent operation. The weather is nice here at present. Love, Mother & Dad

April 14, 1975

Dear Mother and Dad,

I am at school on my lunch period, and I have this typewriter in my room, so I will use it to get a letter written to you. This size type should make it a little easier on your eyes anyway--that is if I can avoid making too many mistakes!

I keep thinking about the good visit I had with you while I was up there this last time. It was good to see you feeling so well and hear you laugh and chuckle, so I know you are in good spirits. I am also glad that we were able to get you to the doctor for an examination although I know that part was not very pleasant to you. But now we know more what to do to make things more pleasant for you. Mother, be sure to take those pills as directed.

Leora enjoying Perry's kerosene lamp and a warm fire
Do you remember the two lamps we had with the round wicks and the mantle that fit over the wicks? They were kerosene lamps. We had them up until we got electricity. I have been looking for one like those we had. Well, yesterday I found one in a little antique shop here in Claremont, so I bought it. Now I show it off to everybody and they are all amazed at it and the amount of light it gives. Dale said, "I used to feel sorry for you, but if you had a light that good, I don't feel sorry for you anymore." It really does give a good, bright, soft light. I had to pay $100 for it, but I consider it worth it. Gene really loves it too and is glad that I bought it.

Isn't it strange the things one values with the passing of time. I guess I wanted it because it reminds me of the home I lived in that was filled with the warmth and glow of love even though we had so very little of the material things. When I told Marian about it, she was shocked that I would pay that much because my children know me as one who does not go much for frivolities. She said, "That's a lot of money to pay for nostalgia." But after she saw it, she thought I got a good deal. Particularly was this so when I explained that although the lamp cost about 15 to 20 dollars back when you bought it, that represented a lot of days of labor for Dad. He worked for about two dollars a day when he could get work. And at that price, he had to work about two weeks to pay for one lamp. So in terms of hours of labor, I really got a bargain compared to that.

We are all well. It stays quite cold here, but warm weather will break through soon. Even though it is cold, we still have a lot of nice spring flowers in bloom. We are expecting Renee and Harriet down for the semester break this weekend. They are bringing some of their friends with them. I hope we have good weather as they are hoping to spend some time at the beach.

I must go now as my time is gone. I surely love you. Take care of yourselves and God bless you. Love, Perry

PS. I wish you could see my lamp.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Little Gwen is Born, but Marian Almost Dies

July 26, 1974

Dear Perry,

It just dawned on me today that I didn't tell you we must return Iretta Vetterlein's cake pan. It's the one that I loaned to Marie Ohman. Will you please see that she gets it back right away honey?!

How did everything go for you this week? How is everything at home? Have you been alone much? Marian is continuing to heal and mend very well and the baby is so good--takes her bottles without complaining though she would much rather nurse Marian. And Marian is trying to get her milk back by eating and drinking lots and nursing little Gwen every 4 hours.

[After reading this letter, I realized that I needed to talk to some of the people involved and get more of the back story. I first called Gwen who was pleased to report of her birth that, true to her mother's prediction to disbelieving hospital staff, her arrival happened sooner rather than later, which meant that she was born on the gurney in the hallway as frantic nurses attempted to rush her mother to the delivery room.]

The doctors are all amazed at Marian--not only is she healing so fast but because of her amazing attitude to be such a conscientious mother. She cannot lift or work yet but gets up and dressed and moving around every day. Her open wound (a long one) is healing rapidly without stitches.

[I next talked to Marian who told me some more of the story. Not many days after Gwen's birth,  she suffered a ruptured appendix, which required hospitalization and a difficult recovery. Marian had not been feeling well ever since Gwen's birth, but her fever, abdominal pain and lack of strength were attributed to the birth of her little girl. The medical staff did not detect the real problem until Marian's appendix became a medical crisis and she almost lost her life.]

The boys are a real handful and Cherylen is a dear, patient little girl. I am usually warn to a frazzle by the end of each day keeping them from killing each other. Getting the meals and dishes done and clothes washed is only minor details. I manage to nap each afternoon with the boys though the weather is over 100 degrees each afternoon and there is no air conditioner in this little house with a "hot tin roof"--no kidding! It's pretty bad. Surely wish we had Grandma Fast's little window fan!

[I then talked to Cherylen who, although only a child of five years, had vivid memories of this whole drama. While the adults were trying to deal with all the difficulties occasioned by Marian's medical crisis, Cherylen could only understand two things: her mother was gone and so was her baby sister. It turns out that Warren's secretary had stepped up to take care of baby Gwen while Marian was in the hospital with her ruptured appendix. But no one had consulted big sister Cherylen about these arrangements, and in her mind she worried that her little sister had been kidnapped. So after kindergarten, Cherylen walked a mile and a half to the secretary's house and demanded the return of her baby. The secretary was unsympathetic, gave Cherylen a spanking and ordered her to walk home, which she did--crying--whereupon she got another lecture for not coming straight home from school.]

Warren is playing golf with some of his buddies this afternoon. It's 6 PM now and he isn't home yet. Sometimes I feel like my good, generous disposition is being taken advantage of! Wow, I guess it's this awful heat that's getting me down today. When will it let up? Is it this bad in Claremont?

[I'm sure Warren's brother-in-law, Dale, could totally understand and sympathize with a man's need to relieve his stress on the golf course with his buddies.  After all, if your wife almost dies and you have four little children--one of them a newborn--what could be a better and more natural activity?]

Have you heard from the kids yet? Any interesting mail? Please write. Love, Gene

PS. Marian's doctor says she will not be able to take over her house and family for at least a month. Can you spare me that long?

Chris, David, Gwen and Cherylen Bodily with their
great-grandparents, Leona and Elmer Manwaring
August 12, 1974

Dear Perry and all,

It was so good to hear your voice yesterday that it is almost disappointing to think how long it takes to carry on a word or two by mail. When you called yesterday, Mrs. Campbell was here talking about her two boys. Bruce is going on a mission, and they don't know where Chris is. He just left home and has never written them. I could feel the sorrow and disappointment in her voice. Some of the neighbors say that Campbells always favored Bruce and that is why Chris left. I can't think of anyone who would try harder then Elwood and his wife to treat them both fairly.

Your father isn't feeling too well and spends most of his time on the bed. He eats fairly well but just doesn't take any interest in anything much. He says he will live until just about my birthday. Yesterday I said, "Well, are you getting better or worse?" And he said, "Worse!" The bishop came to see us Saturday and Dad had me make out our tithing check. The neighbors bring us food--that is some of them, especially on Sunday.

It was nice to see Jan and the girls two weeks ago, and we thought perhaps we would see them again last Saturday, but they didn't come. Perhaps they went home.

We surely do enjoy our nice carpet. Every time I put my bare foot on it, I have a special feeling of pleasure. The organ isn't fixed yet, but it looks good on the outside. They brought it back varnished and all of the keys in place but no bellows.

We have a fall wind today. Fall is surely coming and "Sweet Summer's going away" and "the cricket now his chirp begins" and they seem to sadly say. I must seal this letter as the mailman comes early now-a-days, so give our love to all of the folks. Love from Mother & Dad

September 24, 1974

Dear Perry & All,

This letter was to have been written earlier so that it could have gone to the postoffice today, but my usual procrastinating habits prevailed. So here I am with quite a few things on my mind that I hope I can remember to write.

We can walk on the nice, new carpet, and the organ is in place. I try to remember what I once knew, but I need to start all over again. June brought some of her music for me to work on, but I am slow. Mrs. Brunson came over and played some songs from the hymn book, and Hope and Grant came yesterday. Hope said, "Well, Mother, you taught us" (Meaning June and her how to play the organ.)

It is a beautiful day. Autumn comes slowly this year. I think I told you that Chris Campbell had left home. He came back and was at church yesterday. Bruce talked. He goes soon to Brazil. They came here after church. Bruce played the organ and Chris played the guitar. They are surely nice boys.

Every time I go out of doors, I hear a cricket chirping, and I think of the song-- "And the cricket new his chirp begins and the quail is whistling gay, 'Sweet summer, sweet summer, sweet summer's gone away.'"

I have been looking over the Book of Mormon and think how terrible are the results of sin and the thousands of people who fell because of it. There is a statement in the Bible "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man." It is rather discouraging to contemplate when it seems there should be more help in helping people to become good now than ever before.

What are all of you doing? I see the mail coming, so I will close. Love to all. Mother & Dad

A Thanksgiving from the past when our father decided
to invite some Native Americans from a local reservation
November 29, 1974

Dear Perry & Gene,

I wanted to call you on the phone, but after all, there isn't much one can say on the phone when you feel hurried. We went to Hazel's yesterday for dinner. She had turkey and everything that goes for a Thanksgiving dinner. Barbara's parents and her grandmother also were there. Hazel asked June, but I guess she felt like it was a good time to relax.

Floyd and Sharon brought us some roast chicken and a lovely cake Wednesday, so we are still eating Thanksgiving food, and I think they took some to June. Kerry Dee was released from the Army service last week, so he came back here to June's. She says he got a job right away here in Salt Lake using big equipment for road work. Julie went up to Idaho to visit her parents.

We still have nice sunshine. We have the old sewing machine out in the garage. It is still intact but needs a sanding and varnish. The next oldest things I have are two Relief Society magazines dated 1933 and 1934. I am trying to practice on the organ and June gave me some beginners music, but it is easier to play something I already know by ear.

We are glad you could visit all of your family on Thanksgiving. Love, Mother & Dad

Sledding on Elgin Avenue, Salt Lake City
Linda, cousin David, Marian & Dale, 1951
December 6, 1974

Dear Grandma & Grandpa,

Do you have any snow yet? Laura and John are always telling me we should live where it snows. They insist on hearing stories of how I slid down our street and built snowmen and snow houses. When I tell them the snow is very cold and lots of people don't like it, they look at me with unbelieving eyes.

We're all very busy but have few complaints. Marian and Warren are moving down here in a couple of weeks. Warren has a new job in Riverside which is about 1/2 hour drive from us. Love, Linda, Eric, Laura, John, Jesse and Elmer

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Elmer is born. Jan & Cara Lee wed.

Two-year-old Elmer on an
Easter egg hunt at Grandma
and Grandpa Manwaring's house
January 18, 1974

Dear Perry,

It was surely good to get your letter yesterday. For several days I had been contemplating phoning you. Hazel and Walter come quite often, and they do some shopping for us. The neighbors are good too. Mrs. Newbold the other day said, "Now Sister Manwaring, if there is anything I can get at the store that you want, just let me know for I go right by there every day." I went to the DUR [Daughters of the Utah Pioneers] meeting yesterday with Mrs. Ballard. She is always obliging.

We have some snow yet, but it is gradually thawing. Are you having trouble getting what gas you need? We still get our Social Security checks and are doing ok. Hazel and Walter saw to it that Dad and I each got a good overcoat--the most I ever paid for a coat, but it is very nice. I was good to see Jan who brought us the oranges and lemons.

Sorry to hear about Gene's mother. You have often said to me "Be careful not to fall." Well the other day I was bringing in Winder's bread and milk and caught my toe on a thick rug that Hope and June bought us and down I went and bumped my head on one of the bottles. It didn't bleed, but it is still sore. Dad can't see too good, so I try to do most of the seeing jobs.

Hope and Grant are in Spanish Fork. I told June that we heard more often from Hope when they lived in Alaska. June is quite tired of her job, but I guess there isn't much she can do to make matters better. She went to Denver for the holidays to be with Kerry and Julie. He came and got her, which I thought was very good of him. When it was time to come back he brought her to the airport to take the plane. She said there was quite a bit of disturbance in the air. June said she had ridden in bumpy cars, jolty wagons, etc. in her life, but she had never before had such a "bumpy" ride and was so relieved to get to the airport. She had to call Floyd to come and get her in the middle of the night as the plane got in late.

The mail just went one way, so I will try and get this out. Love, Dad & Mother

John, Jesse, Laura, baby Elmer visiting Great-grandpa Fast's
grave with Grandma Manwaring, Great-grandma Fast and
her good friend, Flossie
January 31, 1974

Dear Gene and Family,

I doesn't seem possible that January is just about gone. Where does the time go? I was surely saddened about the condition of your mother. I just can't realize that there is a question of her not being able to walk again. How I wish I could see her but that seems to be out of the question now at this distance. You said they keep her quite tranquilized. Does she know you at all times. I do hope she is as comfortable as they can make her.

Also hated to hear of the deal of Walt Fast. If I remember correctly, he was nearing the century mark. What a remarkable life he has led. I suppose Leadelle is still alive, but I understand in a home of some kind.

This is such a beautiful day that I feel like taking off, but I do have things to do. They are tearing up the street in front of my house and what a mess that will be before it is finished. I wonder why they are always working on the streets that seem to be in reasonably good shape.

You say you are going back to school. I think that is wonderful and I am for it if you have the time. The old saying is if you want to do anything bad enough there is always time. Hope you are over your colds. I feel fine and hope it continues. I go almost every afternoon to see my sick neighbor and do believe I am not thankful enough for my blessings.

I see I have a beautiful rose in bloom. Just had everything trimmed around the place and it looks nice. My folks in Oklahoma want me to sell and come back there, but I lived there twenty-five years and that is enough. It was cold while there but not much snow--some sleet I hate as I am not too sure-footed, and I do take it easy so as not to fall.

I have several letters to write so all for now. I hope you can keep me posted as to your mother if only a short note. My love to your family, Flossie

March 5, 1974
[This letter was accidentally posted in the 1973 collection. A shortened version is reposted here.]

Dear Perry,

As I look out, I see a foot of new snow and a huge snow man across the street and little children playing in the snow. This has been quite a storm, and you folks should have had some of it. But the sun is shining now and the day is nice.

That was quite an experience for all of you when Linda's baby was born, and we hope all is well now. [Frederick Elmer Hartman was born in the car in the way to the hospital.] We were so glad to hear that the little boy, [Jesse's,]  heart is perfectly normal now. Your father is quite pleased with the baby's name. You spoke of your descendants and carrying on the name.

Jan and his girlfriend were here some time ago and invited us to be present, if we can, to their forth-coming marriage in the Provo Temple in July, I believe. (Dad says Salt Lake Temple.)

Next day: Well, the world is still white. The roads are clear though, and we are feeling ok. We have had quite a wind. Hazel said it was taking the shingles off from their house. She says the wind has more force at their location where it comes down those mountain slopes.

We have heard that Wilda has a baby girl. Grant came down several days ago to see his doctor and took me to the grocery store. He is not feeling very well. Did you read in the paper of the death of John Goodrich, my brother. Ruth and Arvil came here and told us about the funeral.

Well, I had better get this in the mail. Love, Dad and Mother

April 2, 1974

Dear Mother & Dad,

Perry will be taking his spring vacation next week. We plan to drive up to Provo and Salt Lake leaving here Saturday morning early (April 6th.) We would like to spend the first night (Saturday) with you folks. Jan plans to meet us at your place too. We expect to be arriving at about 6 pm or we hope not much later.

We are planning to meet Cara Lee's parents Sunday perhaps as they are coming to SLC from Burley for this occasion also. We will leave Harriet here to take care of the house and yard for us. She is also working for the local pharmacy here nearby and enjoys her job.

We're all fine and looking forward eagerly to seeing all of you. Love, Gene

April 28, 1974

Dear Mother and Dad,

It was surely great to see you again. That was one of the best visits I have ever had. We had a good visit with you, and I even got to shovel snow off the driveway just for old times sake. I also had a very good visit with Hazel and Hope, a brief visit with June and a telephone conversation with Venice.

Hazel has written me that Dad hasn't been feeling too well lately. Dad, I hope you can recover and get to feeling up to par soon. I am always amazed at how well both you and Mother are doing for your age. Be careful you don't take any falls.

Things are beautiful here right now. Flowers are blooming and it smells so much of spring, particularly early in the morning, that it reminds me that it will soon be my birthday. I always did think spring, May in particular, was a good time for birthdays.

Thanks again for helping us have such a good time. Since I've been home, I've felt like turning around and going back again. And maybe we will before too long, say maybe about June, but July for sure. Love, Perry

Saturday, November 2, 2013

"The Little Kiddies Look so Cute"

Linda, Eric, Laura, John & little Jesse
September 17, 1973

Dear Linda,

Thanks for the picture. Thanks so very much. The little kiddies look so cute and happy. It is good of you too, but I think Eric would look better with some of his hair cut off. But that is just my idea, and Dame Fashion is quite a dictator.

We have a few breezes lately--just a forewarner of fall and winter. Warren called on us, and we were glad to see him. He and Marian are glad, I'll bet, that he has finished that course.

We had quite a lot of fruit in our orchard this year. Floyd and Hazel helped gather it, and Hazel put up some for us. It could be scarce next year. We had another "Labor Day Breakfast" and I kept thinking of the time that you and Marian went down with us. Do you remember? That was quite a long time ago.

I can't remember if you met my brother Arthur Goodrich when you folks lived here. He has cancer, "full of cancer" the doctor says. He is still cheerful and we talk on the phone almost every day.

Linda, I am sending you five dollars for you or the little kiddies (as you please) and wish we could just slip in some and say "Hello." That little boy, Jesse, looks like a perfectly well child now. Is he? We just were able to say hello to Jan when he called to get his books.

Kerry Dee, with his wife and two children, called on us Sunday. It was his birthday Saturday, but I don't know how old he is. June, Grant and Hope were with him. Kerry and wife have two children, and they live somewhere in Colorado.

You all look so happy. Love and best wishes, Grandpa and Grandma

November 26, 1973

Dear Perry & All,

Thanksgiving is over and a new week is here or beginning. Last week I kept thinking of the poem "When the Frost is on the Pumpkin," and thinking too of you as you used to like to read it. Now it is snow and more snow.

We went to Hazel's for Thanksgiving dinner and enjoyed the day very much. David and family were there. When we got home, Floyd and Sharon came with a roast chicken, cranberry jelly and pie, so we really have been eating Thanksgiving dinners.

We got your Thanksgiving card, and Hazel and I could hardly count the "twenty" you mentioned, but we did. Walter told us of his boyhood in Germany when he could hardly remember ever having enough to eat. I can hardly imagine it. Then when the war came, it was worse.

Grant is in the hospital with the chest hernia problem, and Hope has been staying with June. There seems to be some infection I believe. Poor Grant, he has had quite a time. For quite a while he had ear aches in the fall. Dad has been out shoveling snow and now has gone to sleep. Did the BYU folks go home by plane or by car?

After all of this snow, I keep wondering about Ashley Valley and the snow they might be getting and about Thelma shoveling herself out. It would be nice to hear about all of the Perry and Gene Manwaring families, etc., but for the present, I will just hope that everyone is well and happy. Tell us about the Provo group when you can. Love, Mother and Dad

Gene, Perry, Harriet, Jan & Renee
December 17, 1973

Dear Folks,

I have been waiting for Perry to write but won't wait any longer. I'll write today. Poor Perry has been sorely afflicted with poison oak ever since Thanksgiving weekend and another Saturday 2 weeks later when he and Dale went into a lemon grove nearby to cut wood for the winter. We got a nice supply of wood for our fireplace, but Perry is surely suffering for it and has finally gone to a doctor and got a cortisone shot for it. It covered both of his arms but is beginning to heal now.

We enjoyed your letter so much. Have also heard recently from Hope and also Venice. Each of our children at the BYU has written us too about a wonderful Salt Lake visit last weekend to see you all and told how much they enjoyed their weekend up there.

They probably told you about our wonderful Thanksgiving dinner and weekend. Harriet even got to go with Perry and pick out our Christmas tree at a big Christmas tree farm. We haven't cut it down yet!

You've heard about my mother's fall and hospitalization. She is still recovering--won't be able to walk for some time to come. She is in a small hospital here in Claremont now and we go in to visit her everyday. It is so sad to see her so immobilized. My brother Dick with some of his children came down for a few days after Thanksgiving to see Mother and all of us. We were so glad to have him here.

I talk to Linda every day on the phone and she comes over often. We go shopping together and to Relief Society together and I tend her little boys (John and Jesse) when she and Laura go to Primary each week. It is such a joy having her near by.

We miss Marian and family so far away in Northern California and write her often. She and Linda miss each other too and sometimes call one another on the phone. They are planning to come down for Christmas even though Marian is lately suffering morning sickness again. Linda is very "heavy with child" now but never complains. I enjoy her and her family so much.

The children probably told you I am making plans to go back to school again. Starting next semester (about February 1st.) It's a two-year state college not far away. It's an art course. The college is very near Dale and Carolyn's big home in Glendora. Guess you've heard about them too. Dale and Carolyn have a big, lovely home where they take care of 5 county boys. This job pays them very well and Dale now plans to get back into school again full-time. They are both happy with the work and love the boys who are in their charge.

Perry is back at Montview school again this year after so many years as the reading specialist there. He enjoys the working with children so much. He is still researching and writing too whenever he can. We are both in the ward choir and must practice twice a week now. I am also singing with the Relief Society choir and go to practice each Friday morning. I shall hate to give this one up in February.

Our weather is beautiful again--everything so green and Christmas flowers and holly blooming now. I love this time of year here. Linda's lemon and orange trees are heavy with fruit, which she shares with us each Chistmas. Wish you could see California in December.

We especially enjoyed our visit with Marian and family this fall too. Would love to live in Northern California some day. The forests and hills up there are very beautiful. I'll send you Marian's address, also Dales: Mr. & Mrs. Warren Bodily, 1615 S. Dora St., Ukiah, CA 95482 and Mr. & Mrs. Dale E. Manwaring, 160 N. Valley Center, Glendora, CA 91740. Linda's is: Mr. & Mrs. Eric Hartman, 1201 N. Indian Hill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711.

We are expecting all of the children home sometime this week. Must hurry and get everything ready. Perry will be writing you soon. Love, Gene

December 20, 1973

Dear Mother and Dad,

Well it's one more Christmas and I suppose among all the other things Christmas is, it is a time of remembering. I am glad I can say that all my Christmases have happy memories. And among my happiest Christmases were the times we had the least. That ought to tell us something but still we go on year after year looking for happiness in the world's goods.

We are all well. I guess we will have all the children and grandchildren here for the holidays. Marian flew in Tuesday night. Warren will come Saturday, and our three BYU students will come tomorrow.

You probably heard that Gene's mother fell and broke her hip just before Thanksgiving. She had to have an operation and she is now in a convalescent home. Poor thing, she has a hard time understanding why we sometimes have to go through the things we do.

I guess you have had a lot of snow and will probably get a lot more. Please be careful and don't try to get out and do things more than is wise. I must go now. We surely wish you a merry Christmas and thank you for all the merry ones you have given us in the past. Love, Perry

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Family Matters

January 16, 1973

Dear Perry and Gene,

We have been wondering how Linda's baby is. We hope it is gaining and improving in health.

You wanted to know about Mother writing a life story. Shortly after they moved into 1190 Elgin Avenue, they went to Richfield and stayed a few weeks. Hope and June wrote and typed what they told to them. Hope had it printed and she said she thought you and all your children got one of them. However, if you didn't, she has one for you, so let her know.

Sunshine Ranch grove of trees where Elmer prayed for a son
Also Mother wrote a short history when Grant 4th Ward was publishing a few life stories. I believe I have a copy of it which I'll send if you want it. I can have it xeroxed so let me know. That is all I know about. Last summer I wrote down a few things she told me about her parents and grandparents. I can also send those too. They're just short pages of things as she told them. If you want those, I'll be glad to get them in shape.

I've never written so many letters before as I have these last few months trying to get the Goodrichs organized. It's a slow uphill battle. The indifference and procrastination of the people is something indeed. And you know me, how I like to have things move if I am responsible. I'll send two sheets showing some plans and a little progress.

Walter and I had a real good trip at Christmas time. David, Barbie and Michael met us in Norfolk. We spent Christmas Day with them. The next day he took us to Jamestown and Williamsburg. It was wonderful to see and hear the beginnings of our nation. Williamsburg has been restored as it was before the Revolution. We really felt the spirit of the great ones such as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson.

The next day we spent a very interesting time in Washington D.C. Then David and family went back home and we went on to Milwaukee. One of Walter's friends took us to see Lee Roberts, our cousin. He used to live in Roosevelt, son of Elmer Roberts. He's a very good carpenter and seems quite properous. He is very interested in the Goodrich family. He also gave me a book about Duchesne County which was put out by Mildred Dillman. He showed me where my picture was in it as a teacher, and I didn't know it. His parents were divorced and his mother has been completely crippled for over 20 years. It was quite refreshing to find someone so family conscious and so concerned. Perhaps the tragedy in his own family made him realize the importance of love and unity.

The whole trip was wonderful and it seemed incredible that we could go across the country so fast. Mostly we were flying above the clouds, but sometimes we could see through to mountain, rivers, plains, or city lights.

I read the book you sent to Dad and Mother and it was delightful. I have a nice history of Grandma Goodrich's brother George Henry Taggart. It cost $7.00, but if you want one, I imagine Scott Taggart has some more. Love, Hazel and Walter

Family gathering in Claremont, CA, August 1973
February 11, 1973

Dear Mother and Dad,

It has been quite some time since I wrote to you. I do hope all is well with you still. We are having a lot of rain now so I suppose you are getting more snow and you already had more than enough.

The other night I got out those life stories that you told to Hope while you were visiting with her in Richfield. They were surely interesting and some of them brought back many memories. Of course it made me appreciate you too even more intensely. It is surely good to read about our ancestors and what they did to make the way for us. I became particularly interested in that when Hazel sent me a copy of the Goodrich stories. I was so impressed that I gave all of the children copies for Christmas. We also included some stories Gene has collected on the Fasts. I wish I could get more on the Manwarings. I do recall reading a brief autobiography of Herbert Manwaring. Is that all we have?

We expect to come up for spring vacation again--April 15-21. However, Gene may come up with Linda, Eric and children March 19th. They surely want their children to meet Grandma and Grandpa Manwaring.

We are all well except for minor bouts with flu. It doesn't seem minor when you're having it, but now that we are recovered, we can see loftier things to think about. I hope we can hear from you soon. Love, Perry

March 5, 1974

Dear Perry,

As I look out, I see a foot of new snow and a huge snowman across the street and little children playing in the snow. Do you remember telling us once how Linda and Marian (a long time ago) hurried and gathered the snow from a neighbor's car which had come from a higher elevation and carried to your own yard to make a small snowman? This has been quite a storm, and you folks should have had some of it. But the sun is shining now and the day is nice.

That was quite an experience for all of you when Linda's baby was born, and we hope all is well now, and we were so glad to hear that the little boy's heart is perfectly normal now. Your father is quite pleased with the name. You spoke of your descendants. You know it seemed for awhile that the name "Manwaring" might die out as far as we were concerned. Your father was feeling a little left out because we had five girls and no boys.

Grandma Manwaring was down to our place, and she said "Well, doesn't your patriarchal blessing say you will have a posterity that will hear your name in honor? Your girls will hear some other name." Then after that, you were born. So now Dale and Jan will carry on the name.

Jan and his girlfriend were here some time ago and invited us to be present, if we can, to their forthcoming marriage in the Provo Temple in July, I believe. (Dad says Salt Lake Temple.) I have had quite a time with nose bleeds. I hardly dare to clear my throat. Dr. Davis didn't do anything for me--said my nose had been cauterized several times and to do some other things, etc. etc. such as keep a pan of water boiling on the stove to keep moisture in the room and of course, "don't irritate my nose."

Hazel comes and does things and takes our laundry. Our washer wore out, but I could still do a lot of it by hand. Hazel thinks the young generation is a selfish lot. Anyway "her school children are."

Next day: Well, the world is still white. The roads are clear though, and we are feeling ok. We have had quite a wind. Hazel said it was taking the shingles off from their house. She says the wind has more force at their location where it comes down those mountain slopes.

Grant came down several days ago to see his doctor and took me to the grocery store. He is not feeling very well. Well, I had better get this in the mail. Love, Dad and Mother

P.S. Did you read in the paper of the death of John Goodrich, my brother? Ruth and Arvil came here and told us about the funeral.

Perry's sister, Venice and husband, Arizona Temple
for the wedding of Venice and Alvin's son, Dale
August 29, 1973

Dear Mother,

Just a birthday wish. We surely hope you have a happy day. I suppose Venice told you we went to Mesa for the marriage and reception of Dale [Bascom]. It was a very pleasant trip and visit. Jan enjoyed it too.

We just said goodbye to Jan, Renee and Harriet this morning for BYU. It's rather quiet here now, especially since Marian with her three have gone to stay for a couple of days with a friend. She is here while Warren is finishing up his military assignment and getting them relocated in Ukiah, California. (That is an area somewhat near Sacrament.) He has graduated now and has a job there. We are surely glad for them.

We had a combined birthday party at our home for Harriet, Dale and Tina Hartman. It was pleasant. If you had been here, we could have included you. This was the first time we have had all of our children together in three years. Best of wishes. We surely love you. Perry

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Jan Returns & Baby Jesse is Born

Jan's home from his mission to Bolivia
September 21, 1972

Dear Perry & all,

Writing to you has been on my mind for some time, but I get side-tracked too often. Yesterday we went with Hazel and Walter and Hope to Provo where they held the Goodrich Reunion. It was a good spot in the park, and there we found Renee and Harriet and Marian and children. We had a very good visit with the girls.

I should tell you about my birthday cake. One Saturday they came from Provo and brought a gingerbread house all decorated with white icing, like melting snow, all dripping down the eves and colored dot candies marking the window, doorway and chimney. It was so beautiful and funny, I had to go and call the neighbors in. Part of it is still in existence. I hated to dismantle it, but Floyd and his family called on us, and I had to pick off some of the most inconspicuous candies for the children.

Yesterday at the park, a Brother Johnson who is the husband of Venna Goodrich, and is president of the Granger Stake talked to us--Pa and me--about what a fine man Alan Mangum is. Alan is a bishop and teaches school. He told us that Alan is such a worker and a very good school teacher and a good bishop. I told him that Alan had a good wife too who was able to help him.

I hope we get to see Jan when he gets back. Renee says she thinks he can't get off here in Salt Lake City. Venice's boy, Kent, goes soon on a mission to a Japanese location. Kent has really done things to make his family proud of him. He has saved his own money for this mission, and he was wanted as manager of a Safeway store out there. He sang a good song yesterday at the program.

Well, I will close for now.

Later: So many things come along to take my time and attention. It is still good weather. Has anyone told you about Grant? He had his operation for "chest hernia." He has had quite a time, but Hope told us yesterday he is feeling better. He went to Richfield recently to sell his home there. Everything, he said, was in such bad condition he phoned to Hope for her and Nelson to come and help. They repainted and cleaned everything and finally sold it.

They are planning on buying the old Williams home in Spanish Fork. Nelson doesn't seem to get anyone for a wife yet. He seems content to go along with once in awhile a date with someone. He told us this recently about going to the wedding reception of one of his old "flames." the mother of the bride, when Nelson came along to offer congratulations, threw her arms around Nelson's neck, broke down and cried. She had always favored Nelson, but her daughter was unpredictable and was always playing games. I wish Nelson could find some good, dependable person.

Hazel was voted in as president of the Goodrich Association, much to her dismay. She has so many things already to do and teaches school too.

Uncle Jan brought Cherylen & Laura ponchos from Bolivia
Well, I have told most of the important news items I believe. We hire two neighbor boys to cut and carry away the grass, and they should come today. We told them not to come Saturday as we would be gone. Tell Dale and family hello, and Linda and hers. Thank Linda for the pictures, and I plan to write before I get many years older. It would be good to see them all. I can't quit thinking of Marian's little girl who when she was here was so full of life, and at the reunion the other day was sitting by her mother--just a perfect little lady.

I will close hoping to hear from you again--not too long in the future and hoping we will get to see Jan. Love and best wishes to all, Mother and Dad

October 4, 1972

Dear Mother and Dad,

It seems that my handwriting is getting worse and worse so I try to type as much as I can. It was surely nice to get your nice letter. I had just been thinking how long it had been since I had heard from you. then when we got the letter, it was a nice surprise.

It is so wonderful to have Jan home with us for a little while. We have surely been doing a lot of talking. We stay up and talk and talk. Of course he has a lot of film slides to show us too, so we have been getting filled in on his two years absence gradually.

He surely wants to see you. He is flying up to Provo with some friends this Friday the 6th. He wants to attend a missionary reunion there that night. He will spend some time with his sisters in Provo, but of course he plans to come up and see you before school starts so you can plan to be seeing him soon.

I have a different job this year. I am supervising all of the reading specialists in the school district. I find it quite exciting up to the present. I am trying to bring a number of new and innovative ideas and have a number of people quite interested in them. Hazel will probably be interested in this. I really hope I can bring them off the way I have planned.

With conference coming up this next week we will especially be thinking of you because we know where you folks will be. We wish we could drop in and see you. How are all of you up there? I haven't heard from Hope or June for quite awhile. I surely hope you, Mother, and Dad can keep well this winter. I surely hope you will write us and let us know how you are. Love, Perry

November 24, 1972

Dear Perry & all,

We were so glad to get your letter telling of your plans for the holiday, so I will tell you what we did. Floyd asked us out there. Lorin was there too. Sharon had a real feast cooked, and we brought some of it home with us for today. They had a real nice turkey with dressing, plus a chicken. So they sent the chicken home with us, plus a pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Floyd has finally got his home finished and furnished. Lorin seems to be doing well.

Hope asked us up there, but we had already promised Floyd. She had June, and Hazel and Walter. Grant has been having a real bad time with an infected ear. He has had to get a doctor's help. Kerry Dee and wife came to see us. They have a nice little girl, and they all seem happy. Lorin seemed well and happy. He has been in Colorado all summer with Gene and family. His children surprised him by fixing up his house during the summer for his return. They even put pretty carpeting on the floor. All in all, we had a real good day and we are both well. Love, Mother & Dad

Jesse at birth
December 4, 1972

Dear Mother & Dad,

It was good to hear from you and to know that you had such a nice Thanksgiving. Last Wednesday Linda gave birth to a baby boy--Jesse Manwaring Hartman. Everything seemed to be just perfect. Linda didn't require any anesthetic and no stitches. The baby seemed to be in excellent condition. Then the next day he began gasping for breath and breathing rapidly.

At first they thought it was a lung infection. Then they discovered it was a heart defect. He has been under oxygen ever since then and is under constant observation. They will be taking some tests within the next few days to determine if they should go in for surgery or not. If they can get it to correct itself enough, they may wait and operate when he is about six or so.

Needless to say, this is all been quite sad for us. We would certainly appreciate your prayers in his behalf and in behalf of Linda and Eric. He has been placed in special care in a hospital in Pasadena and Linda travels out there twice a day just to hold and feed the baby. She certainly shows beautiful strength and courage and so does Eric. Eric was really looking forward for this baby and was really hoping it would be another boy.

I know it would mean a great deal to them if you could drop them a few lines. I am sure you would know what to say. Meanwhile we are fasting and praying as are the others in Provo. That is all we can do right now, but we can do that and although it is the most we can do, it may not be a small thing. "The prayers of a righteous man availeth much," as the scriptures say.

Other than this, we are all well, and we are looking for the return of all of our family for Christmas. But they all had a good time together at Marian's on Thanksgiving. Please call the others in Salt Lake and let them know about little Jesse. Love, Perry

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Babies Scott Manwaring and Christopher Bodily are Born

Dale & Carolyn's little boy, Scott, born February 9, 1972
February 12, 1972

Dear Perry & folks,

The book came yesterday ok, and I wanted to sit down and read it all over again. My artwork in the back is still there!

The ground is still bare and the sun is shining. Everybody is well as usual. We saw Renee a few weeks ago. She looks well and happy. The mail has come early, so this letter will not get sent today.

Later: We were glad to hear about Dale and family and the new one who will perpetuate the name.  Give Dale our best wishes. We were glad to get letters from Linda and Marian too. It surely would be good to see all of them. Dad said, "Didn't it sound good to hear Perry's voice?"

We are anxiously waiting for your article in the Era. [Perry published an article in the Church magazine about the process of learning to read titled, "Black Marks Your Eye Can Pick Off the Page"]

June is having quite a time with bursitis in her shoulder and typing all day at the office doesn't help it. Well, did I tell you that I won a prize for being the oldest woman with the most grandchildren at the stake party? The prize was a little book on "How to Keep Well."

Well it is about mail time, so I will seal this and get it sent. Love to all, Mother

May 11, 1972

Dear Mother & Dad,

I guess it's appropriate that Mother's Day and Dad's birthday come on the same day. I can remember several times of this happening. We surely hope you are both feeling well for the occasion.

We are all well here. thanks for the birthday card you sent me. Also, I think I failed to thank you before for the book by Thoreau that you sent me for Christmas. We surely had a nice visit with you when we were there. Happy "Days" to both of you. Love, Perry

July 13, 1972

Dear Gene and family,

I'm sending Harriet and Renee a small gift. I'd hoped to get something for them before I left, but we left earlier from Pat's and didn't get a chance to do it. How is your mother doing? I hated so bad to leave so soon, but I felt like I just had to on Art's account. I went to Disneyland and to the ocean on Wednesday and Saturday.

Marian with baby Christopher born June 22, 1972,
Sacramento, CA.  Cherylen holds up her brother, David
while cousin Laura takes care of her Bear-Bear
We enjoyed every minute of the time I was with you all and would have liked to have stayed longer. Seemed like you homes were so far away from each other. I thought before I left home that I could get on a bus and go any place I wanted to, but no bus system in New Hall connects us to each town. But we enjoyed everyone so much. You were good, and Perry too, and Pierce to take care of us. I loved you all for it. You have such a nice family. I wish I could have seen Marian and her family. But maybe again sometime before I get too aged and crippled up.

Poor sister Leora. She just couldn't understand it all, but I was glad to see her once again. I haven't been down to see Leola but will as soon as I can get rested up. I didn't tell her I was going to see Leora for she'd been like your mother--she'd have wanted to have gone along and would have worried about it. She is doing fine they say, and I'm so glad about it.

Your Uncle Arthur gets very forgetful anymore but not too bad. He still drives down town and out to the boy's home in the country. He's going on 84 years. It's awful to get old especially not being able to walk very long or be on one's legs. But some others are worse off then we are so we should be thankful that we can get around as well as we do.

Gene, don't forget your promise to visit us now. We'll be waiting for that day to come. It's been a long
Charlotte & Scott
time since you've been with us hasn't it? Thank you so much for your hospitality and your driving us around. It was so nice of you. Pierce and Mona too were so kind and good to us. We enjoyed everyone so very much--even Linda's in-laws--she was so nice. Give my love to your mother and god bless everyone of you and your family. They were so nice and those dear grandchildren--don't we love our grandchildren.

Well, must close and get to bed. Love from Aunt Minnie and Uncle Arthur

August 27, 1972

Dear Mother,

It seems like a long time since we have written each other, doesn't it? But I surely haven't forgotten you. In fact just now I looked at the clock and saw that I had an hour before church. As I thought about what could be the most useful thing I could do in that time, I was struck with the thought that I should write a letter to you and Dad. Then I quickly realized that your birthday was coming this week.

We are going over to Dale's and Carol's after lunch for a birthday supper with Dale. Do you remember how he wanted to celebrate his birthday with you when he was little? I think he would like to again. He has been trying to figure out a way to get up there. He would surely like you to meet his little Charlotte and Scott. But now he has the full responsibility of a family and so I guess it has to be postponed for another summer. He wants to get back into school and had to register on the 30th, which interfered with his planned vacation time.

Renee and Harriet are leaving tomorrow to return to BYU. I hope they will be able to get up to see you sometime this fall. Marian and Warren are already there. Jan will be home in just 3 weeks. It's like looking toward Christmas as a child.

How are you and Dad feeling? It would surely be nice to see you but it doesn't look likely this summer. We'll have to let our children carry our greetings. But for now it's Happy Birthday! Love, Perry