A Love Story
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
Don Elwell and Bobie Belnap met at her cousin's place one Sunday and Don remarked to himself, "that is going to be my wife." So the courtship started on the day of the celebration of the Daughters of Pioneers monument down to battle creek.
I was working for the quality bakery and had to deliver some rolls down there (at the monument), and Bobie was standing by the counter and love bloomed again. I asked her for a date to the dance and she accepted. Not having a car or any way to get her to the dance was a problem, and she lived five miles north of town. A friend offered to take me out and back on my date so all was well. We enjoyed many dates after that as Bobie moved into town too. Her dad bought the dairy and moved a block from my house so I found a lot of excuses to see her, and we walked to school each day for two years getting more fond of eachother.
One morning in the Oneida Stake Academy, where our high school was at the time, by a radiator in the hall, I asked her if she would accept a ring of engagement, and she said "yes". From then on love bloomed out like a rose, and we started making plans for the future. Since I was graduating that year and Bobie had one more year, we decided to wait until she out of school to get married. I worked for Safeway, and in the summer we both worked for Mrs. Nelson's root beer stand until September when Safeway hired me to work in Tremonton. Boy that started the romance at once. Her folks drove me to Tremonton the next day, and it was a long week, no car, not knowing anyone. Saturday night the manager of the store took me over to Deweyville to catch the train to Dayton, and my sister and her friend came over and got me. I told Bobie we had to get married now as I could not go over there alone. so Sunday morning we got a license andhad Bishop Jensen, our bishop at the time, marry us at 1 p.m. We called U&I to buy come furniture, and Reed accommodated js. He said if we bought the furniture, he had a truck going to Ogden that afternoon, and he would take it over to Tremonton. We were very happy as he took the rest of our belongings along. After running out of gas twice and a blowout, we finally arrived at dark to a home that I rented. There were no lights in the house, so we just had to put the belongings in. We went to the hotel and asked if we could get a room for two dollars, and he asked what we were doing, and we told him that we had just got married and moved over to Tremonton. He said the room was on the house. Therefore we could buy an alarm clock so we could wake up in the morning for work.
We started our married life on 13$, a week's wages, and Bobie was very conservative. We lived on a balanced budget and have all of our lives thanks to her thinking and being a good house keeper.
We worked for Safeway in Tremonton, Ogden, and Preston, later buying her dad out in the dairy buisness. This started our working side by side the rest of our working days, washing and bottling milk for many years.
We raised three boys and one girl.
We worked side by side selling bar supplies and candy out of a truck from Logan to Pocatello and all throufh the Soda Springs area. I worked in the Bensen Park making it look nice with Bobie at my side. We worked as custodians at the Ireland Bank for seventeen years keeping the building clean and the frounds and parking area clean, retiring when we were over 80, still in good health.
We helped our children get families of their own. We have 23 great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren-all fine and healthy.
All in all our love strengthened each day. We had problems but none we could not settle with a kiss and a love and a smile and kind words. All in all it has been 68 years of very happy life for both of us.
Many great things have happened, but it would be a long book to relate them, so these are a few highlights of two persons so in love.
Bobie also loved her sewing and made 62 quilts for her grandchildren, and many afghans. her latest fancy has been kap robes. She has made over 300 of these and has given them to her griend's families, hospitals, and who ever needed one to keep warm. Her life was lived to "love one another".
This was written by Don Elwell in Febuary 2004. This story was in the Preston Citizen.