Grandma Egbert's Love by Venna Egbert Pitcher
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Grandma’s love. Written October 8, 1986
To Arch and Mary Ann, (Archie Osborne Egbert and his wife Mary Ann Shanks Egbert)
It has been a couple of years since I used this computer. Bear with me and I will try to send you a readable letter.
I enjoyed all the information in your last letter. It looks as if we all had our turn at feeding and taking care of the foxes. Did you know Shirley and Tennie helped with the foxes when we lived in McCammon? That's when Tennie cut off the tip of one on her fingers in the grinder. Uncle Del stayed with us for a few years to help with the foxes. Then he and Uncle Ivan moved them to Orco, Idaho. From there they disappeared except a few Dad kept for breeding. When we moved to Smithfield he started a fox farm down at Shirley’s and Parley’s farm west of town. That's when I got involved in taking care of foxes. Do you remember the old ice house across from the first ward? I used to have to go there and get the meat to grind , then I took it down to the farm and mixed it with mash to feed the foxes. I did this for several years.
Next came the chinchillas. Did you ever take care of them? They were fun. I used to sit inside their pen on their nesting boxes and they would crawl on my shoulders and my lap. They were the cutest little animals .
Then came the mink. I was married by then but Susan spent a summer with the folks and help feed and take care of them. It looks like we all had our share of animals
You mentioned your cow and selling milk. Dad brought a new calf home one day and said I could have it if I could get it to drink. Well, that turned out to be the prettiest little Guernsey. I raised it and took care of it for a number of years. Sold milk to Mrs. Larson for 5 cents a quart. The cream was half way down the bottle. You could pour it off and whip it if you needed whipped cream. In the end Dad gave me two fox pelts for the cow.
Now I’ll have to tell you what happened to the fox scarves. Shirley, Tennie and I went to Logan one day , All of with our twin fox scarves on. We were dressed to the hilt. We paraded down Main street in Logan and caught a few eyes you might say. Well that is the only time I ever wore my fox scarves. I didn’t enjoy being the center of showing off, you could say. Well, Hal and I got married and then decided to buy a home. We needed the money for the initial payment. I advertised the fox scarves and can you believe I got $100.00 for them. That was just what we needed to get the house to begin with. So the foxes came in handy.
How many marriages did Dad perform in the Temple, do you have any idea?
I learned more about you also. I didn’t know you had rabbits, or shined shoes , or delivered papers. You were always a busy guy. Mom worked at the Logan knitting factory just over the hill on main street. It is now an eating place that seems to be very good When we were there Christie and her daughter Kristen and family went there. She said there is a picture on the wall of the former workers of Logan Knit. She said she could pick Mom out of the picture