As told on January 30, 1961
Having graduated from the BYU, Father had been called to establish the
9th and 10th grades in the new school building at Kanab, Utah. Afterwards,
Father and Mother went back to Ann Arbor, Michigan to attend and graduate
from the University in the school of Literature preparatory to filling
a chair at BYU.
On the date of April, 22nd of a Sunday in the year 1900, I was born. It
was toward evening that they went for a doctor, someone that Sister Tanner
had recommended. Her husband too, was at the University, but in the school
of law. A woman had been engaged to come in to nurse, fix meals and keep
house while mother was confined. She was a tall, efficient, nice person.
My brother, Adelbert, was just three years of age. Adelbert was a quiet,
meditative sort of little boy with large brown eyes and straight brown
hair. He seemed very happy with the new baby. However, he like to run
away to the university seeking his father. They didnt have any neighborhood
children. Father built a fence six feet high of chicken wire, but in no
time flat Adelbert could scale that and be gone. The daughter of the landlady
went after him part of the time, but it took a constant watch to keep
tract of the little tyker. In as far as mother was able, she took him
for walks, but of course this occupied a small part of the day.
The house was tiny, a small living room, kitchen, and two small bedrooms.
The kitchen was a sort of leant-to with a lovely large tree at the back.
There was running water, but mother cant recall a bathroom. The
stove was coal burning and no refrigeration. It was fixed up in a cozy
I was a very healthy baby, not colicky. Mother nursed me.
Mother says I was a doll and that my little brother, Adelbert, was very
proud. Mother did not have to get up in the night. We went to bed to sleep.
Ann Arbor did not have an organized branch of the Church at the time,
however Henry S. Tanner presided. Meeting was held at a different home
each Sunday. For this reason no authentic Church record appears of my
birth. According to Mothers little record book, I was named and
blessed by my father, no doubt at one of these services in a home.
Ann Arbor was situated on a group of rolling, wooded hills. It was very
beautiful, cool and lovely in the summer, bitter cold from the lake breezes
in the winter, and a picture of scarlet, yellow and gold in the autumn.
There were nuts and squirrels galore. Nutting trips for the
low growing hazel nuts were a variation and delight. Sometimes a family
would go nutting alone, sometimes a group would gather the nuts together.
The hazel nuts grew in clusters. These were separated and then dried laying
them out for a time.
The side walks were boarded, the steeper parts bridged by a scaffolding
and walkway. Lumber of course, was no problem, being plentiful. Houses
were build mostly of lumber, many of them painted white.
For a time preceding my birth, the folks took a rather roomy white frame
house with the intention of keeping boarders to augment the limited funds.
Among these boarders were Tracy Y. Cannonmusic, Barnard Stewartlaw,
and Thomas Fellowalso from law. It didnt pay, since mother
fed them too well. The boarders liked it, of course.