Chicken Thieves & Movie stars by Owena
Colaborador: SydneyW Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Our chicken coop had chicks in it at one time. We had to keep it warm so that they wouldn't freeze. A fire was always in there. To keep the fire going, one of the boys could sleep on a cleaned part, with fresh gravel laid down. The chicks were kept in a separate part, away from him.
One night we saw the door was open on our mature chickens. Mom sent Arden to close the door. Emil had gone to town on his bike and wasn't available. Arden went in his shirt and briefs. When he arrived, out jumped two men who ran for their car. They spun their tires getting away, leaving a hole in the ground. Arden came back screaming all of the way from the chicken coop. His face was as white as his briefs and all he could say was "Chicken Thieves! Chicken Thieves!" He acted as though all strength was scared right out of him, as he slipped with his back to the wall, down to the floor. It turned out to be Jeppy Sorenson and someone else. They roared past Emil on his way home.
When I could go to the show, I would ride to town on the horse. Sometimes I stayed with my Aunt Tirza, other times I rode home. One time Arden and I were on a horse. There was a pool hall at the time, across the street from Tirza's house, which was in the middle of the block. The pool hall was to the south, across the street from the Co-op on the corner. A Family Dollar Store is there now, on the corner of Main and 100 South. Some men came out yelling and fighting. It really scared us and we got out of there. They probably were drunks. The building was being used as a barn for awhile between Loa and Lyman, but is gone now.
Because my dad was from Denmark and had an accent, people weren't always accepting of him and took advantage of his generous nature. He was helping Wayne Blackburn harvest potatoes and a dog killed Wayne's chickens. He blamed our dog. Dad was so angry that he went home and hung it up in the trees. Later we found out that it wasn't our dog, but Wayne still made dad work off the chickens.
I also rode a horse to 4-H in Loa. One time we were making Taffy, and Juanita Ernstsen was sitting next to me. As they were pouring the candy into her bowl, I could see that it would hit her hands and burn her. I said, "Juanita! Watch out for your fingers!" Too late for her. I was so interested in what was happening to her that my own fingers got burned. Our fingers were so sore, that we couldn't steer the horse. We turned him loose and he took us home, anyway.
My dad, Emil and Arden all had ice skates. They would go down to the ditch in the pasture or across the street, at Ernsten's (now Oylers') where there was more ice and skate. Dad was a good skater. I tried to put on Emil's skates and they were too big!
Aunt Inga lived over by Mount Ponikee, on 576 W, 300 S, in Loa. Grandma Taylor was just off the hill from there. I would play with Ivan and Almina and have a great time. Once we decided to play house, and I was the baby. Aunt Inga had made Jello for us. They went off somewhere and left me. I got hungry and ate the Jello. Babies need to be fed! When they came back, there were angry with me.
One time we got into Jerlean's clothes. We all put on her dresses and pretended to do the Can-Can, saying "Ta ra Boom-de-aye" as we went. Even Ivan put on a dress. We were movie stars.