Letters written by
NOTE FROM COMPILER: Date not on this handwritten letter to her sister Nita. She doesn't use periods just a slash mark between sentences.
and Mona Abraham
Dearest sister Nita. Iím thinking its about time I write to you again. Hope you are OK. This terrible cold weather. I hate to think of you being up there. I think it is warming up a little. And the first thing we know the real heat will be on us. I just dread it.
Oh, it was so nice that you could come down to Vegas for our party. I said to the girls, One thing Iíd like is for you to get some rooms reserved for my sweet sisters. I know how good it is to have a bed waiting for me.
Iím listening to that SL KS79 station FM100 I enjoy it so much. Most generally the music is beautiful - I guess it depends on the person that is in charge. But most every morning they have Frank Sinatra. and heís certainly not my choice. But I love to hear Roger Whitaker. Seems that you said one time that you liked his voice. Heís an Englishman, but I would never have known it just listening to him sing.
This little outfit the girls gave us for Christmas is so nice. Itís a radio & thatís what Iím telling you about. We have never been able to listen to SL that station since we moved here to Logondale. I enjoy it so much.
Don & Karen gave us $100.00 to spend on the Cruise we took- I just held onto it & at Christmas time I told the girls that I wanted some music - Evadean found this radio. she & Naoma put almost that much with the $100.00 dollars and gave it to us.
Do you know how Clawson is coming along, has he sold his home yet. Its so cussed cold up there. Not one bit pleasant to be moving, and separated from his family, and for Gloria too -
Well, Ed is up, has the T.V. on & loud Weíre both deaf as can be. I might as well give up on letter writing Canít get my thoughts together -
What do you know about the big crop of raisins this year? About 2 weeks ago, it was announced on this station that there was a bumper crop. The weather was just right they said. I would love to get some. When Manilla was here with us two years ago, she said that Evelyn had bought 30 lb for her. She just put them in the Seal-A-Meal bags. Fruit here is something else. But our neighbors Dell & Pearl Robison have a lemon tree. Gee! They are delicious. Sheís given us some a couple of times. If you can raise lemons, Iíd think you could have orange trees. Pearl told me that the tree had been frozen a couple of times, but come out of it.
The Disc Jockey this A.M. is Jim Springer- donít think too much for his choice of music. And then another day the music is great.
Well, the good news this A.M. is Dozier thatís wonderful.
Nita Can you remember what Islands you & the girls visited on your cruise? The first Island down in the Virgin Islands was Nassau. Then San Juan, Porto Rico? Then the Island of St Thomas and thatís quite close to Cuba. They were all so beautiful. We met some real nice people. It was so much fun having the girls with us. They really had fun. I was so glad they could go. They both needed the vacation, esp. Evadean. Well, here come the __, Sure looks great.
I got my fridge defrosted and cleaned out. Oh! It seems so good. I washed the kitchen windows & curtains yesterday. Glad that is done. Now, Iím cleaning the stove. Oh! What a job that is. Of all things the pilot light wont work. It is the burner I use most. Ed is working on it.
I guess Leovite & Rula are back in Kanosh. I guess it was in the progress was saying that Jessie & Ezra were there visiting.
Nita, what do you know about Tom Whatcott? Someone was saying that Minnie had cancer on her face. Is that correct? I hear from Tom once in awhile. He never mentions it. He was telling us that Minnieís husband just died. Clair Warner. Thatís too bad. She isnít very old, is she. But, then again I guess sheís getting up there. Wilford was Toms oldest wasnít he? Do you know what happened. How did he die? In the service.
Ed knew Peggyís husband, Mitchel. And he sure didnít like him. They live over around Reno, Nev.
Nita dear, can you tell me where Father and Mother bought the old Rudolph piano from? And do you remember how much they paid for it. I always knew it was a real good piano. But Oh! So heavy.
I just got this Acrosonic tuned Allen Prows was here in Logondale & Overton tuning Pianos. His father tuned it when we were in Parowan. What is Allenísí Fathers name? Allen sure is a nice boy. Never been married. Almost 28 yrs old. Nice looking guy. Lives with his parents in Cedar City. A real outdoors guy. Loves to fish and from what he told us heís been almost everywhere fishing. He love the beauty of the mountains. Allen has a book that tells you all about pianos. And a lot of pictures of the old pianos. Beautiful and also you can find out where a certain piano is made. When it was built. For how much it sells for. It was real interesting. Iíd like to own the book. But too expensive. Allen tuned Evadean & Donís piano. He found a nickel in between some keys. Little Jared loved to hear the piano. He was full of music.
Boy!! I wish I could afford to call that SL music station. They keep asking for peoples opinions on the music. Well, if they would play Frank Sinatra less, much less, Iíd like it better. But of course Iím not the only person listening in Ha Ha. Oh, Iíd love to hear some of the better music. I just talked to Geraldine. Everyone is fine she said. Frank is doing real good. Said it was raining pouring down. Just lasted a few minutes. We canít seem to get any rain over here. Well, it rained in the night last night. It is Friday A.M. (5 oíclock). Ed is out taking care of the ewe. That he has been so worried about for at least 3 weeks. I just called to see what he was doing. And he said, ďSheís got one lambĒ. But he expects her to have twins. And she looked like she could have triplets. But thank goodness thatís over with. Or soon will be. Poor things I feel sorry for them. This ewe is really a beautiful animal. We may loose her yet. Iíve never seen anything just like her. She was swollen up at the back. In fact some of her insides seem to come out, then go back in. Poor old thing. Ed goes out there in the middle of the night to see whatís going on. So heíll be relieved. We both love mutton so well. All our kids do too. I believe Don Clark prefers a lamb chop to any kind of meat. But you canít raise them fast enough.
Do you like mutton Nita. I know Monilla sure does. Oh Iíd love to go to Kanosh for a visit. Stay a month. Naoma would love to have Edna Alstroms home if she ever intends to sell it.
Do you know what happened to Manillaís Janice. She remarried Fred and where do they live? The last I heard was she was going to stay right there in Orem until they decided where they were going to live. I sure miss seeing those girls. I wish Bonnie would make me a tape of her Organ music. Bon plays pretty good. So does those girls of yours. I love the accordion.
Well, what about the reunion this summer. I donít have an idea what is going on. When the heat is on down here, your brain doesnít work. Oh! I hate it. This heating and Cooling unit has to be replaced. We can heat this place. But when we need cooling. It will have to be a new unit. It will cost 2000.00 and as soon as we can manage that. This guy here in Logandale will install it for us. When we will really need it, is when the hot weather comes.
I think Manilla will be back in Orem as soon as the weather is warmer. We are all so grief stricken over Ned Day dying. His parents will miss him so very much. They really depended on Ned & Barbara. Heíd call them and say ďGet ready, weíre going to take a trip.Ē He took them so many times. And he was a joy to be around. Well his brother Jack died with a heart attack. Both were just young men. I feel so sorry for Gene & Jenny. Thatís real hard on parents (at their age). And there is Barbara in that big house. All her family are scattered around. One girl in SL. The other (oldest) Debbie & husband live in Redmond Ut. Their only son Roudy lives in Delta Ut. He works for Don. Has 4 children. Seems just like yesterday & he was a young boy. Heís a fine boy. Has a real sweet wife, Carrie.
I guess you knew that Edís sister Cora is in a Rest Home. She has lost her mind. The family would be relieved if she could go.
Well, the ewe finally had her babies twins. But Edís worried about her. She has one large tit & a small one. They donít bother about the large one. Will it go bad, unless we milk it out? Ed canít do it without help. Sheís wild & would run all over him. I canít help him. Iím so clumsy and slow to move out of the way. Another big huge ewe ran over me two years ago. Took all this time for me to get over that. I lit on my right shoulder. I could actually hear the calcium break up in my shoulder. Oh how painful ;that was for 2 weeks. Never did heal up really. I got such a jolt that I could feel it in the left shoulder.
Well, I had better close. Iíll bet you are asleep by now. Well, I started this 2 days ago. Take care sweet sister. All our love Mona & Ed
Wed 3 Nita dear, I started this letter last Thursday. Isnít that something? One thing, I didnít have a stamp. Couldnít buy them on Sat. so couldnít post it. Same as Monillas letter. Both going out today.
Beautiful weather today. Some yesterday. But I was foolish enough to walk out yesterday without a coat. Got chilled through. Had the shakes for a good hour. Was stupid.
Well, I donít know what Iíve told you in this letter. By now its old news. But one thing that makes me sick is they donít maintain this tower above town. And without it I donít play my radio. That SL station I used to get 24 hours a day is no more. Makes me sick. All I can do is get a lot of tapes. Cassette. That SL station the one thing that I missed so much when we first moved out here. I had a real nice little radio & I just loved it. Because I got that SL station. We were living in Las Vegas then. But thatís all changed when we come out here.
Well Nita dear I guess your family are OK. Guess I should call & see. Evodean, Don, David, Jason & Jared all come out Saturday evening. Sure did enjoy having them. But I see the responsibility they have with that baby. Just makes me sick. To see Evodean carrying him, and worse is to see her have to strain & pick him up. Heís getting bigger & so much weight there for her, leaves me feeling sick at the stomach. Sheíd never survive it if she didnít have the nurse Delores. She loves that little precious boy. And we are all so grateful for her.
Well, I finally got my kitchen curtains washed. The fridge defrosted and the stove cleaned up. Sounds like a real task ha ha. Well it is for me. Iím so cussed slow. Iíve never taken down the drapes in the front room since I come home from hospital with my eye. They really need it. Jody was here & she took them down & washed them for me.
Bye, Love ya lots
Sis Mon & Ed