Thursday, June 14, 2012
John William Green and Annie Ellen Crist History
John William Green and Annie Ellen Crist
John William Green was born to Charles L. and Charlotte Green, July 16, 1892 at Ririe, Idaho. At the age of two years the family moved to Hagerman where he grew up. June 29, 1912 he was married to his childhood sweetheart, Annie Ellen Crist. Ellen as she was called, was born January 26, 1995 in Hagerman, to Edmond Lee Crist and Elizabeth Ann Trescott. Jack and Ellen lived in Hagerman after they were married.
During the flu epidemic of 1917-18 Ellen’s sister Laura and brother Dow died. Laura left three children, Bill, Frank and Mattie Kinman, who came to live with Jack and Ellen. Between Ellen and her Dad, they raised the children.
Jack and Ellen raised a family of 6 children. Leland Leroy was born April 6, 1913 one half mile east of Hagerman on the old Secar place in a two roomed shack. Dr. Greene delivered him. He traveled those days in a one-horse buggy. Ellen would put a horse collar on the floor and pt Leland in it where he would be content for hours. Charles Edward (Charlie) was the second child born April 30, 1917, followed by William Leo (Bill) born January 12, 1920. Next Ellen lost a baby at birth, Theodore born November 19, 1923. He was too long in the birth canal and had the cord wrapped around his neck. He never drew a breath. Flossie Marsh was helping Ellen, she took the baby over to her place. She kept him until he was buried in the Hagerman cemetery. Then their only daughter, Jacqueline Burdella(Jackie) was born April 7, 1926; followed by Marion Lee(Bud) on June 24, 1928 and Donald Leroy (Dude) on July 10, 1931.
Jack and Ellen loved to go to the old time dances at Gridley Hall on the south end of Hagerman. They would load up Leland and away they’d go. When Leland got sleepy, they would spread a quilt out on the stage by the music stand and there he slept until the wee hours of the morning.
Jack and Ellen and Bruce Boyer and his girl friend drove the horse and buggy over to Clover Creek, about ten miles north of Bliss. They would dance all night and come home the next day.
When a young man, Jack helped his Dad in the family butcher shop in Hagerman. His dad also had a slaughterhouse out on the ranch. They had an outside vat that they scalded hogs in one at a time. It had wooden platforms on each side for a man to stand on. They would roll the hogs into the hot water by means of ropes. They would roll the hog back and forth until the hair would start to slip. Then Jack and Dutch (they did it most of the time) would roll the hog out on to the platform where they would put the hog into a wheelbarrow and haul it up to the slaughterhouse. One would pull on the front while the other pushed on the handlebars. Then they gutted the hogs and split them and then put them in a cooler. They processed the beef right at the slaughterhouse. They killed the beef by knocking them in the back of head with a sledgehammer. They delivered meat to several places around town that were just starting to operate.
One time Grandpa Green (Charles) saw Leland playing with a pigtail that was on a dead pig. He walked over to where Leland was and said, “I’ll bet your finger is longer than that pig’s tail.” I said, “Oh no it isn’t,: so he said let’s see. So Grandpa took Leland’s hand and put it along side the pigs tail, then he rammed it (the finger) into the pig’s bottom. Boy did Grandpa laugh. He was always cutting up with someone. Grandpa was full of fun and always willing to help someone out. Leland didn’t think it was much of a laughing matter, so to make him feel better, he gave Leland the pig bladder. I took the bladder and blew it up like a balloon and used it for a football for a long time.
After his father died they began a farming operation. They made many trips to the Camas Pairie, Shoshone and Hailey areas peddling watermelons. These trips were made with team and wagon. Although there was not much money made, his joy came from working the soil and watching his crops grow.
Jack’s Uncle Jack and Aunt Joe came from Salt Lake quite often. Uncle Jack looked so much like Jack’s father it was just like Charles was back with them. Uncle Jack was a cut up, always happy and nothing went wrong. His wife was more quiet and sophisticated, wasn’t happy with the outside privy, but was real nice. About every time they came up, a bunch would get together and go up to Upper Salmon Falls fishing. Each family would take lots of food and homemade ice cream and make a day of it, generally on Sunday. Part of the time the three Green brothers would come up, Fred and Lou, Jack and Joe, Ted and Carneal. When this bun was together, look out! There were water fights that were never over until everyone was wet, young and old. Then there was watermelon fights. You would have watermelon all over your face and clothes. A terrible mess. Everyone always had a good time.
Ted and Fred were butchers and Uncle Ted was an inspector for the city. They always had better cars than the poor Green’s at Hagerman, they still had the horse and wagon.
Fishing was one of their favorite pastimes. The men would go fishing early in the afternoon and come back about dinnertime and then clean the fish (trout). Some would weigh 4 to 6 pounds. Then the women would cook them. It was a meal that was clear out of this world. Jack generally caught the most and the biggest. Bill Kinman generally gave him the most competition. The family got together a lot and wonderful times were had.
Jack bought an 80-acre farm. It was about 5 or 6 miles east and south of Hagerman on the top of the hill. Howard and Flossie Marsh lived just across the road. The farm was in sagebrush and unfenced when Jack bought it. Everyone grubbed sagebrush and cleared the ground. Popular trees were cut down and split up into fence post links. They were hauled by team and wagon t the farm.
A house had to be built. Several guys helped build it. Fred Thompson helped a lot. He was one of the best carpenters at that time. Fred was a cheese maker for the Nelson Rick’s Creamery, located on the south end of town (the old rock house Roy Jolley lived in).
Finally the house was built, a kitchen, two bedrooms and a large dining and front room combined. It had no electricity, no well and an outside out house. They carried water from Marshes across the street. They had a well—112 feet deep and it had lots of water. They had to pump it up by hand for a long time. Then Howard and Jack bought a small engine and hooked it up to the well.
One year the rabbits came in by the hundreds from the desert and were about to destroy crops. Especially on the Owsley brothers farm. The Owsley’s organized rabbit drives. Most of the Hagerman valley residents turned out. The people would go out on the desert and spread out. Then they started back to the ranch. They all carried clubs. They would yell a hoop and holler and scare the rabbits in front of them. They would kill lots of rabbits on the way that would turn and run back through the group. They would herd these rabbits into large netting pens, then close the gates and let the kids go in and club them to death. There was a time that the highway would be coated with dead rabbits (they were on their way to the river for water). About the biggest kill was 800 rabbits in one drive. They held these drives about every Sunday during the summer. A disease finally hit the desert and for several years rabbits were pretty scarce.
The rabbits were quite thick on the rim rock East of Hagerman up by Jack’s farm. One night during the winter, Howard and Jack decided to kill some rabbits. They got some poison from the government and then got several gunnysacks of nice hay leaves. Then they mixed the poison in some water and added the hay leaves and stirred it all together. There were a few inches of snow on the ground and the rabbits had already made their trails from all angles coming into the hayfield. They scattered the poison on the trails out of the sagebrush. The next two days, they counted 1200 dear rabbits.
Even with this, Jack liked raising rabbits. One day he was talking to Willis Carlton. They got talking about rabbits. Willis told Jack to come over and he would give him some. He lived over by Tuttle. Dad took the wagon with a big pen in it and went to get them. There were more rabbits than they had ever seen, that is tame ones of all sizes and breeds. Jack and Leland ended up taking 72 rabbits home with them. Jack just laughed about the deal. They took the rabbits home and put them all in one big pen. They had to build more smaller ones to put the does in that were going to have little ones (so the other ones wouldn’t kill the little ones). They buried ten-gallon milk cans in the ground. Then put a stovepipe on a slant down into the opening of the milk can so the little ones could come out when they ere big enough. The old doe would pull her hair from her stomach and mix it with hay and straw and fill the stovepipe with it. When the little ones were big enough, she would unplug it. Each time she went down to nurse them, she unplugged the hole then would cover it back up.
The following winter was so cold and with very little money, they ate most of the rabbits. It was said that every time the dog barked, the kids would run under the house to get away from the dogs. The hole under the house was for our female dog to go under and have her pups. Jack and Ellen always had pups or dogs around for the kids to play with.
Allen (Ellen’s brother) gave Leland his favorite dog named Laddie. Laddie was part Shepard and Alaskan husky. Leland would ride his horse to the show house in Hagerman (about 5 miles). He would tie his horse to the hitching rack, take his chaps off and the dog would lay on them till he came out of the show and was ready to go home.
One spring morning, Jack and Leland were cleaning ditch and they noticed Laddie coming from the sagebrush acting odd. When he got to the, he was frothing at the mouth. Jack said, “Son, he has been poisoned.” They headed for the house, but he died before they got there. They later learned that a government trapper by the name of Sam Malcot had set out poison and Laddie had gotten hold of it. Sam heard about the problem and came to their house to apologize. Leland told him that didn’t bring his dog back. He never offered to get another one though. Jack got Leland another Shepard dog. They called him Ship. He turned out to be a better sheepdog than a cow dog. Jack sold him to a sheepherder, Ben Painter, for $25. He took him out on the Bruneau Desert with him. About three days later, the Ship came home. He had taken off and swam the river, there were no bridges at that time. The herder came and got him again, Ship did the same thing again. On the third time, Jack would let the herder take him again.
One winter when they lived up on the hill, there was a lot of snow. The wind came up and drifted all the north and south roads full, some of them up to the top of the fence posts. The county commissioners called in the WPA workers to shovel out the snow. The WPA were guys that were on relief and didn’t have jobs, so the government paid them and gave them commodities. They really worked. There were no snowplows then. Schools were closed several times each winter on account of drifted roads. The WPA would shovel the roads just wide enough for the busses to get through. They made turn outs about every ½ mile. If you saw a car or wagon coming, you stopped at the first turn out. Just a while after they had shoveled the road out, another strong wind came and blew it full again. This time Jack and Howard took their teams and would pull cars, milk trucks and busses through by cutting holes in the fences and going out into the fields to get around. It was about a week before they got the road opened this time. They called the WPA out again. Some of the farmers from Hagerman that had caterpillars with blades on them came and helped this time.
During this winter Jack was helping Johnny Jones feed sheep. They used teams and hayracks. They hauled about a ton and a half to a load. They hauled hay clear from Wendell and Tuttle to Hagerman to feed the sheep. Several times they would have to put four head of horses on a load and pull it a long ways, then go back for the other loads of hay. Jack did this to try and may ends meet.
He would leave home about six in the morning. Sometimes he would ride a horse, sometimes walk. It was about a three-mile trip. He came home several times about froze. When he got home, he and Ellen did the chores until the kids got up big enough to help.
They had kerosene lamps and iceboxes for refrigeration. Jack would bring home bum lambs. One time they had over a hundred that they were feeding. A disease hit them and in a period of about 24 hours, they ended up with about 30 lambs. They had some in the house and fed them on bottles, (all times of the night, Ellen did most of this) until they were about six weeks old. They got between $10-$16 when they were big enough.
During these winter months they tried to keep the house warm by burning sagebrush and a little coal. There wasn’t enough money to buy coal, so they hauled in an average of about twelve loads of sagebrush a year. Every fall the neighbors would all get together and go out east of their place and get wood. Some would rail while the others would load the wagons. Their rail was a railroad iron about twenty feet long with a bend at each end. They would hook a team of horses on each end. The rail weighed several hundred pounds, it really knocked down the sagebrush. Guys would ride the rail to help. It was a dirty rough all day job. They would take their lunches.
The wood supply by the farm finally ran out. Then they had to go down through the valley and haul the sagebrush from the Bruneau desert. The Owsley Bridge was built by now. Son Thompson and Nin Green were in a group of high school kids that were on the bridge when it was finished.
One time Jack took Leland out to help him get some sagebrush. They took a long pole and a chain to pull it with. They unhitched the horses and hooked the double trees to the chain that had the pole fastened to it. Then they would hook the pole around the sagebrush and pull. They always looked for the big ones. Jack hooked on to this big one and Leland said, “Dad that is too big a brush for me to hold on to that pole and pull it.” Jack said, “Oh, you can do it son.” Jack started the horses up real slow, they had to pull pretty hard. The pole slipped out of Leland’s hands and the end of it hit Jack right behind the ears and he went down like a dead beef (Leland’s description!) Leland let out a yell and started bawling, and then he rolled him over and started shaking him. Jack’s eyes started blinking, and then Leland knew he was going to make it. Jack finally sat up, then got up. He wanted to pull some more and Leland told him no way! By the time we got loaded what we had pulled, Jack’s head was aching and he could hardly see. He was mighty glad to get back home. When they got back home, Leland told Ellen what had happened, she cried and said, “Maybe Dad will learn.” They did pull sagebrush again though.
One morning Jack and Ellen went to Hagerman with the team and wagon, that meant that they would be gone most of the day. It was about dark when they got home. The kids were doing the chores. They got out of the wagon and went into the house with two packages. Pretty soon, Jack came out with a gas lantern. It about blinded everyone, they weren’t use to having such a bright light. It sure made their old kerosene lantern look dim.
Jack and Ellen did almost all of their shopping at Morris and Roberts store. They had hardware, clothing, coal and groceries. It was a general all round good store. They would charge all summer and straighten up their bill when they sold their hay in the fall.
Johnny Jones bought their hay most of the time. The highest price ever paid was twelve dollars a ton. Jack and Johnny would argue for hours sometimes for a dollar a ton.
One day when Jackie was just big enough to walk around good, Ellen heard her crying outside. She looked out the door. Jackie had gone down toward the barn and stopped at their beehive and knocked the lid off. The bees were getting all over her. Ellen ran down to get her and the bees attached her. They got all over in her hair and really stung her. Ellen got so sick they had to get the doctor for her. Jackie got a few stings but it didn’t have too much affect on her.
One day a salesman came to the home peddling Home Comfort ranges. He had a model of the big stove with him. It was really pretty. Some how he talked Jack into getting it, setting up payments. He said it would come from the factory in about six weeks. It came in about two weeks. It came while Ellen was home alone. When Jack and Leland got there, Ellen had been crying. Jack asked he what the matter was, she said, “That darn stove came today.” Jack about cried too. They didn’t have a dime in the house. The next day he got some money from Jess Ruddles, he had been sorting some spuds and he and Leland collected some cow herding money and they got it paid for. It cost $150. Ellen always said where there is a will there is a way.
One afternoon Howard Marsh came over to the house and wanted Jack to pull a tooth. Jack had a pair of faucets that had been handed down through the Green generations. Jack didn’t want to pull it, but Howard insisted. He showed Jack the tooth. Jack fastened the faucets on a tooth and started to pull. Howard said NO, NO Jack, not that tooth, it’s the other one. That was the last time he ever came over to have a tooth pulled. Jack didn’t mind pulling kids baby teeth. When he pulled Leland’s first tooth, he tied a string onto the tooth, then tied the other end onto the doorknob and shut the door. It worked really well.
One day Jack and Leland were driving the cows down to Parks Pond to water them. They got down to the pond and were watching them drink and Jack just fell over on the ground and stiffened out. Leland was really scared. He finally poured water from the pond on his head and face. Finally Jack started wiggling, he laid there for twenty or thirty minutes. Finally he got up and staggered around a while, then made it back up to the house. Leland told Ellen what happened and she said it had happened twice before. The doctor had checked him and couldn’t find anything wrong with his heart.
Jack was the first one of the family to be operated on. He complained of severe stomach pains. He ended up having his appendix out. The operation cost $175.
Jack always looked for ways to earn a little more money for the family. He and Howard Marsh worked the county roads for years. They each had a team of horses on a grader. In the fall after the summer work was done, several of the farmers would haul gravel to put on the roads. They hauled a yard and a half at a time. They hauled the gravel from six to fifteen miles. Sometimes they would only make 2 trips a day from the gravel pit. They used what they called dump boards. They would pry up the big sideboard, then they would pull the bottom boards over one at a time and the gravel would fall to the ground in a pile. Then they would have to scatter it out with the graders. They generally worked for a month to six weeks every fall. At times the guys would have to leave home at five o’clock in the morning to make their required trips for the day. They often raced with either the wagons loaded or unloaded to see who could finish first. They were always trying to get ahead of each other. When they got their required trips in for the day, they could go home. Jack’s brother Dutch helped with this.
One summer the Chattertons, the Thompsons and the Greens went on a fishing and hunting trip to Magic Dam. They all had Model T’s. There wasn’t much of a road, it was narrow, dusty and dirty all the way. The fished all day the first day and caught 3-4 pound trout. Fish were plentiful because the access to the dam was so hard. They camped at an old shack a little ways from the dam. During the night they would hear all kinds of noises. The kids asked the folks what they were. They found out, it was pack rats running all over the shack. Finally they got to sleep. The next morning when the women started getting breakfast, they noticed that almost all of the silverware was gone. They started looking and the rats had carried it up into the rafters to their nest.
They left Magic and traveled up to Carey to go hunting. Fred Thompson almost got shot. A sage hen got up between him and another guy, the other guy shot and it scattered shot all around Fred. He really told the guy off. Fred wasn’t very big, he weighed around 130 pounds and was short but he wasn’t afraid of anyone.
One day Bill was driving the cows home from watering hole and one of the heifers kept running back. Bill picked up a rock and threw it at her and hit her in the eye. It blinded her I both eyes. Jack called the cow Audrey because he had bought her from Art Dennis (the postmaster). Art had a daughter Leland’s age and her name was Audrey, a cute little dark headed girl. Jack gave the cow to Leland after he was married.
Sometime later this heifer came up missing. When they found her, she had fallen into the cistern. The cistern was dry at the time. A WPA worker had built it and they hadn’t put a top on it. It was about 14 feet wide and twelve feet deep. They had to build a chute out of heavy planks, tied a heavy rope around her, then they hooked a big block and tackle onto her and pulled her out. She ended up being their best mile cow. They had one old milk cow that weighed about 1500 pounds. She kicked like a mule. She acted like she would like to kill anyone around, her name was Boxcar. Whenever Jack was gone, Ellen would have to mile her. She milked her by reaching over a two by four. She told Jack he had to sell her. Jack decided to put calves on her and send her out on the Bruneau Desert with the rest of the dry heifers and steers. She came up missing then one day Elmer Cook told Jack that she had gotten into the quicksand at Bells Rapids on the west side of the river. She was so heavy they couldn’t pull her out. The more she floundered the deeper she sank and finally went out of sight.
In the spring they took their cattle to the Bruneau desert, west of Hagerman. They would use the Gridley crossing making it necessary for the cattle to swim across the Snake River. Occasionally an animal would be lost in the quicksand bogs in the river. Taking them across at this crossing was a lot closer than taking them to the Owsley Bridge or way down to the Bliss Bridge. Most of the “rim rockers” (farmers that farmed the Rim Rock area) had their cattle out on the desert and checked them about every two weeks during the summer.
At the Gridley crossing they would take their saddle horses down to the river and swim them across. They would lead one horse behind the boat the men were in and the rest of the horses would follow. One time one of the horses they were leading behind the boat got his front feet in the back of the boat and just about capsized it. The horse swam so high with his front feet that they never used him as a lead horse again.
When it came time to bring the cattle back to the ranches in the fall, they packed up their lunches, which consisted of a can of sardines, made the trip again across the river, swimming the cattle back across hoping to miss the quicksand.
One day Jack, Dutch and Leland were out in the field checking the irrigation water. Dutch said to let Leland drive the care in. Leland and Jack weren’t too much in favor of it, it was Grandma Green’s Model T, but Leland got in and headed for the house. He did all right until he wanted to stop. He hit the clutch instead of the brake and ran into the end of the barn. It blew out the front tire and broke out one headlight. Not much was ever said about it.
The family always had something going on with the boys. Leland once stuck a currycomb under a horse’s tail. It kicked two boards out of the back of the barn. The horse clamped down so hard on the comb that they couldn’t get it out. Finally they did, Jack gave Leland a licking for that. Later that day though, Leland tied two old cows’ tails together and the big old holstein pulled the bush part of the other cows tail off.
Another time Ellen caught one of the boys lighting matches and poking them into knotholes in the side of the house. She ran into the house and got the teakettle off the stove and poured water into the knothole to put the fire out.
The boys like to go to the dances down at Jensen’s dance hall. One Saturday night, Charlie, Bill, Bob Tupper, and Lyle Potter’s nephew were driving down the road to the dance. The CCC camp boys (boys mostly from New York there with the Civil Corp of Engineers or Job Corp [there to work on the roads]) were walking, they had no cars, to the dance. The boys decided they were taking up too much of the road walking, so Lyle Potters nephew stuck out his arm, Charlie swerved over, and the Potter kids arm hit one of the CCC boys. The next week it was roller-skating at the Legion Hall in Hagerman. All the boys were there again. One of the CCC boys yelled there’s one of the ___ __ _ _______, and took out after Charlie. Charlie came running out to the pickup, Jackie was standing there. He told her to get him the clubs (they had been out killing rabbits). She told him no and she yelled at the CCC boys to leave him alone and get out of there! Charlie ran to Lade and Fred Thompson’s and jumped the fence and ran into the house. The group of boys got a hold of Bob Tupper and really beat him up. Some of the CCC boys were going to Hagerman High School and knew Bill, one of the CCC boys told Bill what was going to happen. A bunch gathered around Bill and he just sat down in the street. They left him alone. Lade and Fred came out of the house, they had called the Sheriff. The Sheriff came and helped get Bob into their house and clean him up. The CCC boys went back to their camp.
The next day everyone was in court. All the parents had to go. The case was settled with no fines and there were no more battles.
As the boys got older and bigger they helped Jack more with the farm. They would hire out for haying. They would make the trip to town to work by horse and wagon, each night and morning. It was about a five-mile drive and quite a bouncing drive in the old wagon on the gravel roads. They would move the hay derrick from one hay yard to another. They would hook the team onto the derrick to move it.
Ellen would cook for 8-10 men during the haying. They mowed the hay with horses and the mower would take a five-foot cut of hay. They felt like they hayed all summer.
Ellen always raised a few turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and to sell for a little spending money. They would kill the turkeys, cool then out and one time decided to take them to Shoshone to see, the price was better there.
Finally the family bought a Model A. They thought they had the world by the tail. They had two kid goats that the kids played with all the time. They would get down on their hands and knees, about two feet apart, and the goats would jump from one back to another. One afternoon Jack looked out the window and there were both goats on the hood of the car. Before he could get out there they were on top of the roof of the car. They ate the goats a little later
Ellen’s father Edmund Crist died December 21, 1934. That Christmas was a meager one for the family. On Christmas morning the children gathered around the stove and each received one present. Jackie got fingernail polish and remover. The next week, December 29, Leland and Thelma Kirtland were married.
Jack’s hands were callused from the hard work. One time he got infection in one of the calluses. A red streak came and went clear up his arm. They had to call for the CCC Camp doctor in Hagerman to come see him. He told them to take some sheets and place them in boiling water. Take them out with two sticks (like broomsticks) and wring them out. Jack’s mother came and helped Ellen twist the sticks and wrap the sheet around his arm. The sheets were so hot that they couldn’t touch them. Jack’s arm looked like a dried prune after each treatment. It did work and he was fine again.
LDS missionaries came to Hagerman from Carey converting several people. Jack, Ellen, Thelma (Leland’s wife), and Bill were baptized on October 25, 1936. They were baptized in Billingsley Creek, by the Rock Lodge with the water being very cold. They were confirmed November, 1. After a few years there was enough members that they decided to build a chapel. Jack along with other donated time and equipment to haul the gravel with horses and wagons to build the chapel.
In the wintertime the snow filled the roads with drifts. Jack always had his horses ready to hitch to the school bus and pull it through the drifted areas.
Jack’s sister, Eva and husband Bert Wilde moved to Carey. Then Dutch and Amanda’s family moved to Carey.
1940 he moved his family to Carey where he farmed on Fish Creek. Jack and Dutch were bringing a truckload of chickens, pigs and calves. They wrecked south of Richfield on one of the hills. Animals went all over. They rounded up what they could and the farmer that lived close let them put them in the corral that night. The next day Dutch, Jack and their boys came and rounded up the rest and brought them all on up to Carey.
Jack enjoyed his life on Fish Creek, many, many hours spent with his family fishing and picnicking on the creek and picking chokecherries.
Most of the weekends, families would get together and play baseball.
Because there were no telephones, the families had set up the signal that if you saw a mirror flashing, you knew something was wrong. Generally Jack would signal to Nora and Joe Dieterle.
When things happened that would stress Jack out, it was common for him to blackout. Once he had found that there was a hole in the canal north of their place, it was starting to wash bigger. So he came to the house, got on the little red Farmall tractor, went down and had the neighbors call on their telephone, which was party lines, to the ditch rider. Then he returned home and when he came around the yard fence he was slumped over the steering wheel of the tractor. He had passed out. The family ran out, untangled him off the tractor, got him over to the porch. Ellen was always the one to revive him, by this time there were people there to shovel in the hole in the bank.
Many times Jack would pass out while he was irrigating. They would see him from the house and the boys would go get him and bring him back to the house.
Jack worked very hard trying to make a living on Fish Creek. He irrigated day and night. He would sleep down at the haystack so he could change his water day and night. Once after having been in the cold water, he had pneumonia and was very sick. At that time there was no doctors in Carey and they had to take him to Carey. Dr. Fox just sent him home to get better there. His mom came up from Hagerman and helped doctor him with mustard plasters.
In the winter when the lane was drifted full he escorted ladies to Ellen’s quilting bees, up and back, down the lane on a bobsled. He made a smaller sled to haul the kids to and from the bus so they wouldn’t have to walk up and down through the drifts. Anytime there was a birthday party or any family gathering, he would haul them in his sleds. He loved the winter on Fish Creek.
The families passed the winter getting together often and playing pinochle.
Ellen enjoyed their life at Fish Creek. In the spring of the year she would always go down in the gully that ran through the Mint Peterson place and gather up all the turkey eggs. She would come back to the house holding out her apron of eggs. Each day she would do this. She would set the turkey eggs under the setting chickens. She raised the turkeys and then butchered them. They would hang the turkeys out overnight and then take them up to Hailey and sell them to the stores the next day.
Ellen had a large raspberry patch. While picking the raspberries she was very, very careful always watching out for the snakes. She always had a shovel handy to grab in case she saw one. She made jam and canned the berries. There were also some gooseberries in the garden. West of the raspberry patch grew some wild plums. She would make jelly out of them.
Ellen loved making her home beautiful with her flowers. She would carry the water from the ditch that ran through the corral to water her flowers and many rose bushes. She always geraniums and always gave a start to anyone who wanted them. Ellen always loved having her grandkids come and stay. The last thing heard at night was, “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” This was really a warning. Ellen would fill no. 2 cans half way with coal oil and put them under the bed legs. This would make the bugs fall into the coal oil and die. When they got DDT, it was a blessing to all. No more bed bugs after DDT!
On the farm there were three houses. Jack and Ellen lived in one, Jackie and Ellis in one and Charlie and Janet in the other. It made for great family gatherings and times up Fish Creek.
In the mornings, they would turn the cows out to roam the foothills to feed, then at 5 o’clock, Bill and Bud would be sent out to bring them back, and everyone milked them. They separated the milk and there was a creamery in town that they hauled the milk in to where they made cheese and sold cream. Later Kraft Foods came in and built the factory in town. A truck then came and picked the milk up.
Hazel Peterson felt the need for a Sunday School. Everyone took turns having it at their homes. Wallace Mecham, Don Dilworth came out every Sunday from the Carey Ward and taught. Finally the old Austin schoolhouse was cleaned out and it was used for Sunday School.
On November 12, 1952 Jack and Ellen were sealed for time and eternity in the Idaho Falls Temple.
In 1957 Jack and Ellen moved to Sandy, Utah where Jack worked in a poultry plant owned by Thressia and Lewis Owsley. Thressa and Lou sold their poultry plant and Jack went to work on a mink farm. He retired in 1958 and returned to Carey. On the trip moving back to Carey, in the desert there was a bad dust storm. They were involved in an accident Dude and Mary were taken to the hospital in Pocatello. Leland and Charlie were in a truck bringing the furniture and were not involved in the accident. When Jackie, Ellis and Thelma heard of the accident, they dropped everything and came over to the hospital. Jack and Ellen were released and they took them home. Dude and Mary were in the hospital for a few days.
After returning to Carey they did lots of fishing. Jack enjoyed fishing with his grandsons and especially enjoyed the fishing trips with Alfred Albertson and Jess Peck.
Many family Easter Sundays were spent with the family getting together for dinner. Some years the snow would still be there and some not, but the warmth and love of Jack and Ellen were always felt by the family.
They lived in several homes in Carey but each one was filled with Ellen’s flowers, mostly geraniums. Everyone was always welcomed into their home.
On March 10, 1969 Annie Ellen Crist passed away. The cause of death was listed as coronary occlusion and cardiac arrest. She had been in the hospital for a few days and had felt better that day. She was a member of the Carey Legion Auxiliary and the Friendly Neighbor Club. The services were March 14, and she was buried in Hagerman. The pallbearers for the service were: John Green, Eddy Green, Bruce Green, Curtis Rudd, Jerry Rudd and Randy Rudd, grandsons.
Jack was caretaker of the Carey Cemetery for two years and took much pride in keeping it in good condition.
Jack held the office of Elder in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While in Hagerman he served as a member of the Sunday School Superintendency and as a home teacher. After moving to Carey under the calling of Bishop Eldon (En) Adamson, he with Albert Wilde were called to be stake missionaries. Also he served as a home teacher.
After Ellen passed away, Jack went to live with Jackie and Ellis. She took great care of him.
On July 16th the family had a big birthday party for him at Leland’s daughters in Paul. Eighty-six years young. He enjoyed watching the family participate in a heck of a water fight. This generally happened when the family got together, a Green tradition.
Jack’s health was failing. On October 22nd Jackie took Jack to the hospital in Jerome. On the 23rd Dr. Nehr told Jackie that he was transferring Jack to the convalescent home in Shoshone. It was a heartbreaking time for the family, especially Jackie. Dr. Nehr left no choice. The next day they went to the hospital. Leland had dressed Jack and thought he was ready to go. He had put another mans clothes on him, so they had to change them. Off they went to the center. Jackie and Leland stayed late that night, it was the hardest thing to leave him there. They shed many, many tears that day.
On November 6th, Jack was readmitted into the hospital. His heart was in serious condition, he was in intensive care. On November 11, 1978, with Jackie and Charlie by his side, Jack returned to his Heavenly Father.
His funeral was at 11:00 on November 15, 1978 at the Carey Chapel. His four sons and Peck Bendorf and Ellis Rudd served as pallbearers. The funeral procession went to the Hagerman cemetery. It was quite fitting that it went down the old Bliss grade, down the old road he had traveled since his boyhood. He had driven cattle over it in his younger days. The family had a dinner at the Hagerman Church and there were about 100 attending. Quite a tribute for a great man.