During the sheep problems over grazing rights in 1898, Grandpa was one of the men who helped stake off the range. The boundaries were carefully adhered to until the Forest Range Act was passed by Congress under President Theodore
Roosevelt. This act regulated of the United States.
Grandpa bought more land in Auburn and Grover and
stocked it with cattle first recollections of
this time was my Fairview which was
about eight miles away, and
it was always a big treat to go
the spotless clean around the table.
house with At breakfast
time, the chairs everyone kneeled
turned away from the for family prayer (I
table and was pleased
Ruby gave me one of these chairs). herself that they never sat down to
Grandma always prided breakfast without hot room under the kitchen kept big pans of milk on
the shelve; the pans were ricked with slats between them. After the milk set over night, she skimmed the cream off to make butter and then when the milk soured cottage cheese. Grandma used black handled silverware and insisted it was
polished every morning. If used ashes from the stove.
she didn't have Bon Ami, she Whenever I stayed there, it
mine and Ruby's job to polish the girls have a playhouse in
the the and
silverware. Grandpa let top of the granary and I with other friends spent
We usually spent Christmas wonder how Grandma managed. By in-laws and ten or twelve grand all over the place with kids tuc
in Auburn, and I often this time, there were five- children. Beds were made ked in at the foot of each
The big in there
Christmas tree was until Christmas da
the parlor About noon
and no one Grandpa would
go in and make a getting time for
as Santa only two
and passed out the or three presents,
stove, and we knew it was and Aunt May always dressed ents. Of course there were ly homemade, for each one of
us, just from our parents and Santa. No exchange of gifts
like now. the table
When dinner was served all the grown-ups sat at and every kid disappeared into the other room.
When the adults finished each Mother looked out family, and we had the big table to ourselves.
Grandpa drove a good sorrel team of horses with a flax manes and tails and red tassels attached to the bridles.