Earnest Alva and Esther Mariah Hanks Fowlke

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March 18th, 2003

Dictacted to her nephew, Richard Page


Flora Fowlke Halliday has broken her right hip and is being cared for in a convalescent home that is nearby her daughter Ruth Halliday Finch in Sandy, Utah.  Her family history update is as follows:


"Mother was a very pretty lady, a hard worker and a loyal wife to my Dad, Earnest A. Fowlke. She was an excellent seamstress, making most of all her daughter's clothes.

Flora thinks her mother served in the presidency of the Lindon Ward Young Women's Mutual organization.  She remembers various church meetings being held in their home as well as the young ladies coming by to talk with her.

Flora remembers her mother advising her children to drink from the Sacrament Cup in the area nearest the handle.  Individual cups were not used at the time.  Fewer folks would drink from the area near the handle probably because it was not as convenient or desirable to drink from.  Drinking here resulted in reduced contamination to someone else's illness.


Flora thinks her father married her mother during July in Salt Lake City, Utah.  While the family was young her father made a bobsled for his daughters which was pulled by a horse during the winter for recreation.  Dad had lots of experience with a bobsled since he used one to transport fruits and vegetables for sale in Bingham, Utah.  In our basement storage area he would store apples (1-2 bushels or more) and potatoes in gunny sacks.  This convenience was available in the new red brick home in Lindon, Utah.

Honesty at all times and in all conditions was the way Dad lived.  He was honest to the penny in all of his dealings with people.  Dad was a hard worker, and gave more than the expected time for the wage he received.

Dad often teased Flora and Lucille by telling them he would take them to Lehi flats and let them live in a tent.  At this time Lehi flats was covered with dry sage brush/salt brush vegetation with no streams or springs. A place where a few scraggly jack-rabbits, ticks and even a rattlesnake or two found their home.



As Flora talked about her parents, sisters and brothers there was a fondness, a bit of longing to be with them as she recalled the tender memories of life with them.  She voiced a strong allegiance and support for her family.  She was especially proud of what they did and how they lived under some very trying circumstances.  Occasionally an emotional lump would come in her throat and she would stop talking for a few seconds to collect her emotions and then continue sharing her thoughts.  Flora was upbeat, jovial and quite humorous as she shared her family history feedback.

It was in 1918 when the men were drafted to fight in World War I.  Flora was living in the new red brick home.  Electricity for homes was first available and Dad had a single bulb hanging in the center of our living room.  The living room was the first room to get electricity.

Flora recalls the first automobile, maybe it was a Model T Ford, and the first airplane that was flown in Utah.  May Walker, our neighbor, was the first folks to have a telephone in their home.

To help provide more family income Flora and Lucille would pick dandelion greens for their father to sell in Bingham, Utah when he went to sell his fruit and vegetables.  They picked bushel size containers of dandelion greens to make enough money to buy material for their new party dresses needed for the school dances.

Flora considered herself the big sister or brother to her younger sisters and brothers.  In particular she talked of a fondness or bonding with LeGrand to the point that she became a big brother to him.  She felt close to both LeGrand and DH.  Her memories of DH included tucking him into bed and having him come to bed with her for the companionship and support he needed at bedtime.

When her sisters and brothers would work with Grandpa Fowlke, Lucille was left at home to take care of the younger children.  Lucille was not as strong a youngster as Flora, so her job was to tend the younger children while the rest of the family worked in the fields.  When Lucille would get a chance to "bug out" and get away from tending the kids she would take off her apron, hid it, and then run to Vera Brown's place for a break.

Flora continues to keep trying to live life as full as possible. It isn't easy but yet she keeps trying to do her best always.  When she meets her MAKER she has a few questions for him:  Did he loose or misplace her file?  Or did HE loose her telephone number? Just joking of course, she feels that setting this long life record has it's challenges but she is up for anything that comes along."


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