USGenweb Linn County IAGenweb IAGenweb

Alice Marian Parr Kinley Irish

Autobiography
Page 2

The following is a sketch of Alice Marian Parr, written in 1932 for her family. The text presented below has been copied as written (spelling and format), with page numbers noted in parenthesis.  It was submitted to the Linn County GenWeb by Pam Duimstra 
 

     THEY LIVED A SHORT DISTANCE FROM THE NOYES PLACE THE 1ST YEAR.  ANOTHER BOY WAS BORN TO THEM WHILE IN IOWA.  THEY DECIDED TO GO WEST AGAIN THEY GOT AS FAR AS OMAHA.  WERE LIVING THERE WHEN A MAN TOLD HENRY WHERE HE COULD TAKE UP QUITE A LOT OF HOMESTEAD LAND NEAR RIVERTON, NEBR.  THEY WENT THERE LIKED THE LOCATION.  THOT IT A GOOD CHANCE TO GET A GOOD HOME FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CHILDREN.  TOOK UP SEVERAL HUNDRED ACRES.  BUILT A GOOD HOUSE,  ONE ROOM AT FIRST, BUT BUILT 2 OR 3 MORE ROOMS ON TO THAT ONE LATER. BUILT SHEDS AND SHELTERS FOR THEIR STOCK.  HAD GOOD LUCK WITH ALL OF THEIR CROPS (11) THEIR STOCK, DUG A LARGE CAVE, WALLED & ROOFED IT.  IT WAS A FINE PLACE TO STORE EATABLES.  THEY SET OUT ORCHARDS AND GRAPE VINES, EVERGREEN GROVE, PLANTS, SHRUBS & VINES AND BUILT A NICE LARGE FRAME HOUSE LATER ON.

     THEY ADOPTED A LITTLE GIRL MARGUETITE 8 YRS OLD AND RAISED HER TO YOUNG WOMAN HOOD.  SHE CALLED HENRY UNCLE & ELLA AUNT.  THEY TAUGHT HER TO WORK AND GAVE HER AN EDUCATION AND SHE MARRIED A WELL-TO-DO YOUNG MINISTER.  HIS FATHER IS ALSO A MINISTER.  THEY FARM AND HE ALSO PREACHES.  THEY HAVE 3 BOYS.  2 OF WHICH ARE TWINS.

     FLOYD-HENRYS OLDEST SON MARRIED AND LIVES ON PART OF THE LAND THEY TOOK UP AS A CLAIM.  IS AN UP TO DATE FARMER, WITH GOOD BUILDINGS OF ALL KINDS NEEDED ON A FARM.  THE FARM IS WELL STOCKED AND MOST OF IT UNDER CULTIVATION. FLOYD HAS TWO SONS & ONE DAUGHTER MATTIE.  THEY ARE ALL 3 MARRIED.  THE DAUGHTER TEACHES SCHOOL MOST OF HER TIME.  I CANNOT THINK WHAT HER HUSBANDS OCCUPATION IS BUT HE GETS GOOD (12) MONEY OUT OF IT AND THEY OWN A MODERN HOME AT FRANKLIN, NEBR. THE BOYS HAVE GOOD EDUCATION AND ARE PROSPEROUS.  DELLS WIFES NAME IS SALLIE.

     FAY-HENRYS 2ND SON WIFES NAME IS ANNA.  THEY HAVE 3 GIRLS.  THEY LIVE ON A FARM NEAR RINGGOLD, NEBR.  THEY WERE PRETTY WELL FIXED FINANCIALLY UNTIL HERE OF LATE THE DEPRESSION AFFECTED THEM SOME WHAT.  FRED OR BUD (AS HE IS NICKNAMED) HIS WIFES NAME IS BERTHA.  THEY HAVE ONE DAUGHTER (LUCILLE).  SHE IS MARRIED.  BUDS LIVE OUT NEAR RINGOLD TOO ON A FARM.  ARE QUITE COMFORTABLY SITUATED BUT NOT WEALTHY.    THE BOYS ALL OWN THEIR HOMES AND SO DOES MARGUERITES HUSBAND.  UNCLE HENRY'S GAVE MARGUERITE A GREAT

MANY NICE PRESENTS WHEN SHE WAS MARRIED AND 2 OR 3 HUNDRED DOLLARS, BECAUSE THEY SAID SHE HAD WORKED HARD WHILE AT HOME AND DESERVED IT.

     EARL-HENRY'S YOUNGEST SONS WIFES NAME IS LURA.  THEY HAVE A DAUGHTER CLARA, WHO IS MARRIED TO A MR MARTIN HAY, HAVE A SON MONTIE.  EARL'S HAVE A (13) SON HENRY JUNIOR.  A YOUNG BOY ABOUT I SUPPOSE 12 YRS OLD. EARLS HAVE A RESTAURANT AT RIVERTON.  THEY MAKE A FAIR LIVING THERE, AND THEY CERTAINLY HAVE AN UP-TO-DATE PLACE IN EVERY RESPECT, GIVE SUCH PERFECT SERVICE.

     HENRY AND ELLA LEFT THE FARM OR HOMESTEAD SEVERAL YEARS AGO, AS HENRY WAS TROUBLED WITH RHEUMATISM.  HE WENT INTO THE FURNITURE AND UNDERTAKING BUSINESS AT FIRST AND BOUGHT 3 RESIDENCES AT RIVERTON. THEY FIRST LIVED DOWN IN THE BUSINESS PART OF THE TOWN BUT IT WAS SO HOT AND DUSTY AND NOT ENUF GROUND FOR SHRUBERY & PLANTS OF DIFFERENT KINDS.  THEY ALSO WANTED A GARDEN, SOME SMALL FRUIT, GRAPE VINES ETC. AND WANTED CHICKENS, A FEW PIGS AND A GOOD COW.  SO THEY MOVED TO THE EDGE OF THE TOWN AND HAVE SEVERAL LOTS.  A PASTURE FOR THEIR COW AND HENRY JUNIORS PONY, A PIECE OF TIMBER LAND AT ONE CORNER, A CREEK RUNNING (14) ACROSS IT AND ARE CONTENTED THERE.

     HENRY MADE A LARGE POOL FOR GOLD FISH IN THE YARD AND A PLACE FOR WATER LILLIES & SOME OTHER WATER PLANTS.  SO AFTER DAYS AND MONTHS AND YEARS OF WORRY TOIL AND TEARS AND NOT NEAR ENUF TO EAT OR WEAR THEY ARE IN PRETTY COMFORTABLE CITCUMSTANCES AT LAST.  THEY ARE BY NO MEANS EXTRAVAGANT OR WASTEFUL THO AT THAT, REMEMBERING HOW AWFUL POOR THEY WERE.  AND NOT KNOWING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO THEM YET FOR THEY HAVE LOST SOME MONEY IN THE BANK AND SO DID HENRY JUNIOR.

     THEY WERE MARRIED 55 YRS A WEEK AGO LAST SATURDAY FEB 20, 1932.  HENRY IS 77 YRS OLD MAR 3, 1932.  THEY OWN A RESIDENCE JUST EAST OF WHERE THEY LIVE-JUST A DRIVE WAY BETWEEN.  THEY BELONG TO THE M.E. CHURCH AT RIVERTON.  HENRY IS SUNDAY SCHOOL SUPT.  HE IS JANITOR AT THE RIVERTON SCHOOL HOSE WHICH IS LOCATED ONLY A FEW STEPS FROM HOME.  (15) THEY ARE VERY KIND TO ME AND OFTEN HELP ME WITH SOMETHING TO EAT OR WEAR AND ONCE IN A WHILE A DOLLAR.

     MY FATHER WAS A RATHER TALL FAIR COMPLEXIONED MAN WITH BLUE EYES AND BROWN HAIR (SO I WAS TOLD).  I CANNOT REMEMBER HIM.  ON HIS WAY BACK FROM CALIF. HE AND HIS COUSIN CHAUNCY COUKLIN WERE ON BOARD A LARGE SHIP AND MY FATHER WAS TAKEN SICK WHILE ON THEIR WAY HOME AND FATHER DIED AND THEY BURRIED HIM IN THE OCEAN.

     I NEVER KNEW THAT UNTIL LAST SUMMER WHEN ONE OF MY COUSINS MRS LOUANNA PENN WAS BURRIED.  ONE OF THE SONS OF CHAUNCY CONKLIN WAS AT THE FUNERAL AND TOLD IT TO ME THERE.  I LIVED TO BE 72 YRS OLD BEFORE I EVER KNEW THAT.  I HAVE A LOT OF RELATIVES LIVING NORTH OF ME BUT I HAVE NEVER HAD A CHANCE TO GET ACQUAINTED WITH THEM.  MY VERY OWN FLESH & BLOOD RELATIVES, O WELL.  I HAVE LIVED.  GOD HAS MADE ME (16) AND HAS ALSO TAKEN CARE OF ME AND WILL UNTIL THE END OF THIS LIFE, WHEN A NEW AND BETTER LIFE SHALL HAVE BEGUN.           WHEN I WAS FIRST TAKEN FROM MY MOTHER I WAS ONLY A FEW WEEKS OLD.  MY MOTHERS FATHER SCHOONOVER AND HER MOTHER TOOK ME HOME WITH THEM A LITTLE WHILE.  THEN A FAMILY BY THE NAME OF HALE HAD ME A SHORT TIME AND THEN TOM WILMOTS FATHER AND MOTHER HAD ME.  TOM WILMOT AFTERWARDS MARRIED MY COUSIN RHODA SCHOONOVER, MY MOTHERS BROTHERS DAUGHTER.

1 | 3 | 4 | 5





If you would like to contribute contact the
Linn County Coordinator

Home | Bios | Cemeteries | Census | Church | Court | Directories | Family Histories | History | Letters/Journals | Maps | Military | Photos | Resources | Schools | What's New

Copyright