Note: By Ruth Elaine Griffitts Bone as told to me by my mother-Alice Mae Gr
I (Alice) was born April 10,1904 in the old log house that I grew up in. Mommie always said that I represented to her, a spring a new begining. Mommie had gone through alot of heartache and I represented a new start for her. She had two children to die, her mother had died, it was very evident that Ida's eyes were going to be bad, and Dad was hurt and bitter over the accident. Immediately she felt very close to me and two years later when William was born she was even happier. She and Dad were both so proud that they had a boy. Dad's parents died about the time that William was born so I never knew any of my Grandparents. Dad,William And I had typhoid fever when William was three and I was five. Mommie thought she was going to lose all three of but we pulled through. Dad's fever was so high that he felt the effects the rest of his life. William and I had curly hair, and it all came out. When it came back we had straight fine hair. After this Dad was never able to do much work. William and I began to work in the garden with Mommie as soon as we were big enough to hold a hoe. William was awful bad to sneak off and go down to Bridges or Charlie Chilton's. The Bridges were woodchoppers and kinda on the lazy side so they had plenty of time to play or hunt. I played there some also with a girl named Tiny. William and I did chores together such as milking,feeding hay and fodder, slopping the hogs ("usually the meat hogs"). We made butter to sell in an old dasher churn, sold a few eggs, a few chicken fryers, a few culled chicken hens, calves from the cows, we milked (usually 5 or 6) and what pigs we never wanted to make meat out of. Since Dad couldn't farm the land it was rented out for a third of the crops. The crops were corn, oats and milo. After the corn was picked, the corn and milo were cut and shocked for fodder to feed the stock during the winter.
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