Walter and Flora Underwood had
left their family behind in England when they came to America, and then left
their Hawkes cousins behind when they left Idaho Falls, Idaho. Only their son
Walter had ever met any of his extended family, and he had been a baby at the
time. But in this installment of Elsie Crocker’s manuscript, things are about
was surprised when his youngest sister showed up. She arrived from England, was
the first relative we had ever seen. We were excited, we had a lot of relatives
in England, but England was a long way off. One thing we missed, by Dad and Mom
coming to America, was not knowing our cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
It seemed all friends had some relatives near by. That’s why Dad always wanted
six children, he got his wish. He didn’t want us to be left alone, when he and
Mom were gone.
Thanksgiving, Aunt Sadie invited our family, for dinner. Dad gave us strict
orders, to eat everything on our plate. Aunt Sadie was very much English. Very
proud very stylish and spoke with an accent. We were young, and been raised
Americans, we thougkt her quite different.
wanted to impress her with his children, mind your manners, eat everything on
your plate. Like it or not
I ate every thing but a huge big green olive. I put my tongue on it and it
tasted awful. No, way was I going to eat that olive. I put it back on my plate,
it even larger than ever. I didn’t know what to do I had to get rid of that
olive, but how? I waited until all people were busy talking. I wasn’t very old
about four and a half. I wore these black sateen bloomers, that had elastic
around the legs just above the knees. I waited until no one was watching, I
slipped that olive safely in one of my pant legs. When I thought everyone was
thru their dinner, I excused myself. I hurried outside with that olive dangling
in my pant leg. Being sure no one was watching, I let that olive out. I had
never see a olive that big before. Our family never could aford olives no
matter ripe ones or green ones.
sister Olive was born, May fourth, in Burley Idaho She was named after “Olive
Fremstead”, who was Doctor Fremstead’s daughter. Olive Mabel Fremstead, became
a well known opera singer. My sisters name was Olive Mabel Underwood.
Sadie sang too I don’t know where it was opera or not. I do remember sometimes
when she was going to sing she would, ask Mother if she had a lemon. She told
us it would clear her throat so she could sing better.
moved to Boise, we had a next door neighbor. Who had a big pear tree. Under the
tree next to our house was a cellar door. (Basement doors were outside those
days.) If a ripe pear would fall on that door or on our side. the neighbor told
us we could have them. So you can guess who got the pear or pears. Dad would
say “The early bird gets the worm”. I was all ways a early riser. Mother loved
pears so much, she usually got my pears I picked up. She would share, with the
rest of us.
Our neighbor, whose name was Alvy Mason, became our
uncle. We were all surprised to see them together, we never even knew they knew
each other. We were all happy because we had known him before.