Coral Rose Behle Life History
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LIFE HISTORY OF CORAL ROSE BEHLE
as Dictated to her grand-daughter, Jean Tanner
on October 5, 1994
in Preston, Idaho
My father was Frederick Charles Rose. He was dark, wore glasses. I think he had blue eyes. He wore overalls. When he first came over, he smoked. He bought him some cigarettes and mice got in them and chewed them. He bought a farm there by the West Cache Canal over there in Weston. When us kids got old enough, he bought him another place. We had two places. One was a dry farm and the other was an irrigated farm below the West Cache Canal by the flume. We had ponies. And he worked on the beet dump and took tares on the beets. He gave all the farmers the good tare and they always called for dad to work on that beet dump to give them good tare. Saturdays he worked on the dry farm. Had an irrigated farm too along with it. Dad didn't know a thing about farming but he sure learned how. When he met mother, Zerella Whittle and they got married. They moved to Starr Valley. They had 30 acres out there. In 6 months, Leonard was born. He took pictures of Leonard. Dad had a little box camera. He took pictures of us and took pictures of us on the cow. I was on the Heiffer and Douglas was on the Heiffer and Leonard was holding the little Hostein calf. Then Dad was baptized into the church. He had to be baptized before mother would marry him. So I think Leonard was 6 months old when they went through the temple, the Logan I believe. Dad was smart in music. He could tell notes and he could play. He could play any kind of instrument. He played the mouth organ and guitar together. He started me out on the violin. I got tired of it. And dad, he found him a header and I drove the header box. A header goes along and picks up the grain and puts it in the box. You have a derick and you pull the derick up on the hill there. And we had about 6 big stacks of grain. Billy Campbell, he always wanted to thrash Dad out because he had a big crop. He always pulled to Treasureton, but he thrashed us out. I hauled grain to the elevaters in the wagon and horses. We didn't have tractors. I married William, he was on the farm and I was on the farm.
Dad, he got hay fever. Said Oregon was the only place for him to live. Mother passed away and slipped on some ice and broke a tumor. That was when William and I was married. We got horses, cows, and sheep and pigs. He has just these common sheep. He did his own shearing. He took some of the wool to Brigham. They had a place down there that would take wool for blankets.
I went to Silver Star school, down past the tracks, then when we moved up there to Weston, we went to Weston. There's a grade school in Weston. Everytime, we had to march out. They had two classes in the same room. They had about 40 kids. Our teacher was a dark lady. And the principal was Mr. Howell. They had a big bell up in the top of the old school house and he'd ring that. We all had to fall in line and march. The small kids went first. Most kids would ride horses. We rode horses, cold weather and all, we carried a little hay with us. When it started to rain and bad weather, dad and mother would take us to school and come and get us.
I learned how to drive a car when I was 12 years old. It was an old truck, solid tires. They used to haul milk on it. Then we moved all our stuff out of Weston Canal by the flume and moved over to the other place. Billy Toller bought it. He didn't like our neighbors there. They planted watermelons and cantaloupe and they'd run inside of the fence. We'd pick them. We had watermelon and cantaloupe. It was good cantaloupe too. Mother and dad had a garden. Mother had raspberries. She let the people come around and pick all the carrots and they'd buy hers if they wanted to. Mother put up raspberries. We used quite a few quarts and 2-quarts. For supper, why we'd sooner have a dish of fruit and out we'd go, riding or go sleigh-riding.
We'd roller skate. One of our neighbor's girls, she wore spotted pants with suspenders and I'd take Leonard's shirt and we'd dress up. One night we met some boys from Hyde Park. Boy they sure learned me how to roller skate. It took two of them on each side and two on front and back. We rode our ponies up there. He said your ponies will go back by themselves, we told him we wouldn't dare let them because they had to pass the track. So they said you ride your ponies back and we'll come and tag you up with the car and bring you back. So I took my pony, put her through the gate, mother and dad said you're back early and I said yeah and we're going back. We met some boys. Dad says haven't we got something to say. And I said no, we've promised them. So Clarence Kofoed and Grace, they didn't know what to say. Mother and dad didn't know what to say. Dad took care of the pony. We went up and roller skate. Boy, we sure went around and around. We had a great big round rink. We was just going around. I said, boy this is really fun. I went ice skating too, in the West Cache Canal.
We caught old Bess. I don't know what she had more sense than a box of monkeys. We were cutting the hay. I went up and dad told me, asked me if I'd go up and turn over some hay. So I went up there and started turning hay and I was leading her and a boy was across the fence. He come across and threw a rock at me and hit me on the head. He come across through the fence and I told old Bess to turn and kick him. She looked at him and kicked him. He says I'm gonna swipe that pony and I said you won't swipe her. And then he ran for it. Dad got a colt. Dad couldn't chase her. Her a bronco. I don't know why but the horses always done what I told them to. During this time we decided to work the beets. We worked and we hoed beets and we topped beets. And we made $75. And we saved it up to have three horses. And we picked out her and he warned us and said, "Why did you pick out her for?" And I said, "Because I thought she was pretty." She was halter broke but she wasn't supposed to ride. We took her and we followed her and led her home. And they said somebody else has their eye on that horse too. I says we better wait until mother and dad goes off before we jump on her. So we decided to name her Letha. Oh, we never worked so hard. So we waited until mother and dad went off and Leonard went off and we got on the pony. I got on the pony bareback. Dad and mother went off and Leonard went off and we got on her and went out through the plowed land. She didn't know how to buck. I told her, "Don't you throw me off." She kind of looked at me and Douglas said I'll stop her. We went off through the plowed land. Before we started out riding her, the owner came up with his wife and their kids and their mouths went up in their throats. They couldn't talk. They just watched her. We rode her and come back and he watched her and then his wife said, "Mr. Rose isn't there I bet." No he wasn't there. They went out. We rode her around. She got kind of sweaty so we come back and rubbed her with a sack. Her hair was so pretty. She had black curly hair and her mane was way down. She had pretty hair. She was beautiful. Her tail was wavy just like you put a curling iron in it. So when she got cooled off. Douglas said, "Let's get on her again." I said okay. So he boosted me on her. And boy we rode. Rode up again and back.We taught her to winner at us. All we had to do is to call her by name and she'd winner. Another guy said, "I had my eyes on her before they did but I didn't have the money to buy her." We worked the beets to buy her.
One night, he wanted her so damn bad, he came over in the middle of the night and swiped her and took her over and put her in his corral. I went out there and said, "Letha's not out here in her corral without her halter on." Boy we got up and we looked around and she was over in that damn mister's corral. When he went to work, I grabbed her chain and I said, "Letha, what are you doing over there?" She whinnied. Douglas and I went over and got her. We taught her how to gait and took her to the road and someone took a shot at us. He said, "I want that pony!" I said, "You're not going to get her. You take her again and I'll go get the Sheriff." I told that to Warren Seamons. He said I'll get the Sheriff after him too. He says, "Douglas and you sure did a good job breaking that pony."
The rodeo guy, he looked at her and said, "She's a pretty pony. If you want to put her in the parade I'll have two guys ride alongside of her." He says it's up to me. He said he wouldn't because he knew what she was. She was just full of life. Anyway, she would hide when the band started to play a tune. That scared her. Hell of a lot of cars and horses driving up alongside her. They thought the other horses would kind of hold her in. I told the pony, "You be good, if you don't, I'll get a willow and spank you." She didn't like that, to be spanked. So we got on the pony and went in the parade.
I went ice skating. I had them ice skates on. I wore boy's shoes when I wore ice skates. I didn't even fall down. They say if you can roller skate, you can ice skate. We decided we'd go skiing and we did and sleigh riding. We taught the ponies to pull the sleigh up to the top of the hill. Boy, we went a long ways on sleighs. Dad told us you better go up yourself. It's slick up there and the horses might fall. Dad never did have horse shoes. When dad was up there plowing, it was a two-way plow. Dad harnessed the horses. I says, I'd like to go up. He says it's too late. I says I'd like to go up and see what's the matter. When he got throught the gate, dad said, "Don't you ride this other horse. Dad got through the gate and got on the pony and I got on this other horse that dad told me not to get on. Boy we sure went up the hills.
We went on dates. We went out in corrals and went horseback riding. He put me on the front of his damn old horse and him in back. I had my bathing suit on. It was pretty. He had his bathing suit on too. We went in that damn canal. Mother and dad they sure laughed. He jumped in there and said, "I'm going to drown her yet." I said, "Oh, no you don't." And then we went on a date and I had the prettiest dress. Mother and dad bought it. And they bought me shoes. We went around and they started dancing what they call that hop dance. The boy said "You let me guide you." I said, "I can't dance to that." He said, "You've got to let me guide you." And I did. And you know me. He had his arms clear around on me and we went around and around. And that's how I learned how to dance. And a year by then, he kissed me. I did my hair all by myself. I had a flare, oh, boy it was cute. It was blue. That was that. I met William on a blind date. I never seen him for a couple months after. Boy was I scared. You know what we used to do. We used to wear anklets over our nylons. I liked that hop. We all knew that hop.
I knew William for probably a year, maybe two years. Then we decided we get married. When we got married, and Leona Perks said, "Do you care if I kiss him." And I said, "Go ahead." And Orson Perks said, "Do you care if I kiss Coral." He said, "Go ahead." And he kissed me. We sold the dry farm in Riverdale to Elliot Smith, down below us was sand. We wouldn't sell the bottom of it. We was at the top. We sold all the other. Then we moved up to Mound Valley, took our horses and our cows, and pigs.
I was married two years when I had Zerella. If I'd have known mother was going to go like she did, I would have had her sooner. She went up to hang up some milk buckets. Slipped down and broke her hip. Myrtle was born in 1935. They were six years apart to the month. Myrtle was born on Thanksgiving Day. She was born out there in Riverdale. Aunt Laura come out. She said, "I can keep the house and do the washing and that." Orvid Cutler delivered her. Myrtle came feet first. Marilyn come head first. She comes the fastest. Doctor Orvid was delivering nine babies that same night. He had me go to the hospital, because he says he was afraid I'd have it too fast. William took me down and Orvid said "She won't be able to go back." Doctor Cutler says "She's not going back, because she has too far to come." William went back and done his chores and come right back down again. William's mother took care of Myrtle. The nurse says, "We better get her up there, bed and all, to the delivery, place."
She says, "That baby's coming through."
William's parents used to live out there in Riverdale. Then when they decided to sell it, we moved up there. William had horse, sheep, cars and machinery, catepillars and D4's. William bought us a Refrigerator and Freezer. We had all our meat put in the freezer and had it cut up. And then William he went out and got those small hens and he'd clean them and I'd wash them and make dressing. The kids would come home and have dinner.
When Darwin and the other guy came at the same time for Myrtle, they were going to have a fist fight. William wouldn't allow it. Marilyn and Dallas got married. Marilyn was working up at Pocatello in that place up there that.
William thought being a father was great! When she got a little older, he used to take Myrtle along with him when he was hauling milk in Preston. He used to bring her in and haul milk. And then he'd go get her an ice cream cone. He'd get her in the truck and bring her in. When mother died, William just couldn't bear it every time he heard Zerella's name, why he just sit down and cried. And that's why we named her Myrtle instead of Zerella. We named her. We named Marilyn Kaye. He always liked the name Marilyn. He liked the name Myrtle too. Before we got married, William was operated on for an ulcer. And then after we was married and that, he was operated on for cancer, and they had to saw through his rib. He lived another year, maybe six months.
William went to church. He taught boy scouts. William won a scholarship to Moscow. I think we still got his diploma.
We got a second hand dodge. And we made a trip and when we come back, we had to trade it in for another car. I got the milk check and William got the hog check, the hay check, and barley. I bought me clothes. I had to save some and went to the show. William liked to go to shows.
Elbert and Gladys was after William and I to go bowling. He wouldn't go bowling. He didn't like to bowl. I said, I believe I would. He says I'd rather go to the show and I'll take the girls and go to the show and you can go bowling. And I says, nope. I guess I won. Sometimes I buy the baker's bread. Get that cheaper. I can get four or five loaves for so much. Haul it home and took out what I need and put the rest in the freezer. If I wasn't there, if I went somewhere and never got back, he'd get his own dinner. Kids had their dinner at school. I paid hot lunch money. Of course, when we worked there at the school, I always come down to the cannery and canned some stuff for school. That was what I did. So they didn't have to pay for lunch. The kids take turns working in the kitchen.
William's mother and dad had a garden but I never used it. By the time the garden was on, I was in the hay or in the grain. I didn't have time. I bought most of my stuff. The only thing I canned is fruit. I had a pressure cooker. I had to get rubbers for it. I got it up to Grace. It was alright if you kept Vaseline on it. Sometimes if you got it too hot and never watch it, it would turn into mushy. The raspberries, William was very fond of raspberries. I always cooked fruit in the open kettle. Then if I wanted to finish it off, I put it in the pressure because the pressure sealed it. I had a cold packer and I didn't use it very much. Some of my fruit I watched it, some of it started to spoil so I was afraid of the cold pack. I had one and I used the cold pack pan and made carrot pudding and it was good. Then I made angel food cake. William liked Angel Food Cake. William's mother tried to make one but hers fell so she got me to make her one so I made her one and it was right good. Sometimes I put frosting on it. It was kind of fun.
I sat and listened at church. All I teached was Primary but that wasn't very long. William, he said I've got enough church for you and me both. Let it pass over. William couldn't walk too far on account of his health.
I never laughed at old Darwin when Zerella was born. I never laughed at him so hard. They had him dressed up. Darwin carried Zerella out and she was dark headed. A guy carried his baby out and it was red headed. He says: Let's trade babies. Darwin says, Heck with you. He kissed her. And took her in and dried her up. Boy, he had to stay right there and watch his baby. Myrtle was born out here in Riverdale in that old house.
William bought me a new sewing machine. Boy I sure liked it too. He bought me a new singer and I sewed with it.
We had those long nightgowns. We didn't have no pajamas. I got up and nursed her and put her in bed with me. We had a stove in our bedroom where we slept and had a heater going out there in the front room. We had three stoves. It was a hard winter for awhile there. Snow plows were up around there.
I liked sleigh riding, walking in the snow. Tried to ski. We had little short skis.
Whenever we had Easter, she had so many nieces and nephews that come down there, Whitney's did, and we used to get little pet lambs from Berguson's. And we had to take two of them and put them in the house to keep them warm. We kept things cleaned out too and all that. I was sure glad though when summer come, we kept them outside. We had to clean and keep things cleaned up . People come there and say they can't smell lambs. I say you better not. Dad and Mother went off. We went to work. We had a young heifer come in has small teats. We put
them all on that and tied them to it. They come through.
Dad and mother, they went off to California. Oh they had a vacation every Spring. Left us there to milk the cows and feed the damn sheep. They were gone for about a week or two weeks. I was old enough to get up and help. We had to get in there and get ready for school. We had to come home during noon hour and feed the lambs. We were brooding pigs and we had our pigs coming in wintertime too. Had to have our a brooder stove in there. Had an old sow. She thought she run everything but she didn't. Douglas got a hammer and hit her on the nose and it hurt. He says, You back off. If they had any dead pigs we take them away because if the sow sees them, she'll mess up the nest. We took them and dug a hole and buried them.
We had a bull. Every time strange cars came in, he'd get up and start going around in the field. It looks like that bull don't like company, does he? and I said, "No." So they ran. They stayed away from him. William he carried a gun in case he came after him, when we moved him, you know.
I milked the cows. He started on one end and I started in the middle and come towards the door. We had the milk all ready to go by the time the milk haulers came. Mack Hymas was driving the milk truck. He says, boy, he says, Every time I've gone up there, Coral's always milking the cows, and he come in and see the kids ready for school. They had all clean clothes on them. I seen that they went to school clean. Oh I got I seen the prettiest outfit down there in Salt Lake, we got some cute little outfit for both the girls. I seen that they had clothes and that to wear, shoes and socks. There's only one thing I sewed. That time was when Myrtle was in that dance. Beige and white net. They won the dance and went to SL and came in on the TV. We watched that. They had cars take them down. I crocheted. I liked to crochet. Hairpin lace. No more.