Dollie Heaton answering 9 year old girls questions
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History of Dollie Heaton
Achievement Day Activity for the 9 year old girls 12 May 1997
This is a history of Dolly compiled by Annie VanLeeuwen, Margo Lunt, and Katlain Smith, for one of their achievement day activities. Their leader was Yvonne Cooper. For this activity we compiled questions, we then interviewed Dolly, we put each question in sections and rewrote in a story form. We appreciate Dolly for letting us do this activity and for her help and support. We hope you enjoy this little history.
I, Dolly Heaton, was born on the 20th of January 1909 in Thomas, Union County, New Mexico. I grew up in Independence, Missouri. My family moved to Independence when I was about 8 years old. My family had been moving around a lot, in fact, I was born in New Mexico, my sister Martha was born in Missouri, and my sister Bessie was born in Arkansas. My family decided to visit my mother's parents in Missouri and there we started going to church. My grandparents had joined the church after my mother was married. My mother told my father that she had found what she wanted and that she was going to stay in Independence. She said “I'm not going to move anymore.” And so the family stayed in Independence and that's where I grew up and started going to the Mormon Church. My mother joined the church and I was baptized when I was 14 years old.
We lived on a section of land that was 4 city lots and that's where we raised our garden, some fruit trees, and a few chickens. My father was a stone mason and he did anything else he could find to do. Our home was not nice, in today's world you would call it a shack, but it was home. It really doesn't make much difference where you live. It's lots better to live in something that's not so nice and know that you're loved than it is to have fancy things. I loved my home even though it was very, very poor. I shared my bedroom with five sisters, in two beds. As each sister grew up and got married we had more room in the bedroom.
I liked to help my mother. We had a stool-bottom chair. It's a chair with a solid wood bottom with no back. Mother would put pans and things on the chair so I could reach the project she was working on. Sometimes we would can fruit and sometimes I would help her make a cake. One of my older brothers said, one tine, that I made the best cakes in the family and I thought I was real smart. I liked to help mother with sewing. My mother taught me to sew and I liked to sew. I guess I was a momma's girl, I liked to be close to her when ever I could be.
When I was a little girl I had little tiny china dolls about 3-4 inches tall. I had a couple of dolls and I would take match boxes and make swings and hang them on the limbs of the trees in the back yard. There my sister and I would take sticks that had fallen from the tree and we would outline rooms in the back yard and make our houses. I would sit out there and swing my dolls and pretend housekeeping and all those things that girls like to do.
I liked to help my mother and I liked to play with my dolls. My father put a swing in the big oak tree in the back yard and I used to swing. In the summertime sometimes we played in the street. We lived on a dead-end street and I liked to play kick-the-can, run-sheep-run and sometimes we played baseball. Anything that children play really.
We didn't have bikes, radios, cameras, we did finally get a radio that you listened to with ear phones, so only one person could listen at a time.
I attended school in Independence, Missouri. I went to elementary school at William McKoy School. We walked about 2 or 3 blocks to school. Blocks in Independence are not long like in Salt Lake. We also walked 2 miles to junior high School and high school.. I don't remember the name of the junior high school I attended, but I attended William Cressnor High School.
We had black boards and chalk and erasers at school. We used paper and pencils to do our assignments. Letters were written on paper and mailed with stamps. Our shoes were much the same as today, sturdy shoes that allowed us to walk, work and play. We didn't have shoes with toes out nor straps and things. We had blankets much the same as today. We played and planted land grew things. We had plants in our home, and this is probably where I grew to like plants so much. We had a big oak tree and also a thorn tree, it had great, long thorns on it. One day I stuck one in my foot. I imagined they were like the thorns that made the crown for Christ, because they were vicious things. We had a big elm tree, but it wasn't like the elms we have here. It never had seeds that went all over everywhere like these do. We had some peach trees and we had a plum tree in our back yard. Mother liked to plant flowers and I had flowers in the front yard that I planted and took care of. We ate mostly vegetables and fruits. We didn't eat very much meat and we didn't have pop and all kinds of foods like that. We raised a garden every summer and that way we had plenty of fresh vegetables. We didn't have any way to can like today, so in the winter time we would buy canned fruits and vegetables. Mother always put up peaches and blackberries. Let me tell you something about picking blackberries. In Independence we had a little tiny red bug. It was real tiny, you could hardly see it. It gets in the blackberries. When you picked the blackberries these bugs get on your clothes. If you don't get them off they get into your skin. You will then get bad sores from them burrowing into your skin. When we picked the blackberries we came in and had to take off all our clothes and change. We hang our clothing out on the line in the sun and that made the bugs go away. We had to take a salt water bath. Mother would was us all over with salt water. When we were a little older we did our own washing. We had to wash with salt water to get rid of them.
I never attended Primary because there was no primary in Independence. I did however attend Young Women. I went camping with the Young Women up the canyon a couple of times.
I had one favorite story book. It is the one I was named from. The story book had a character named named Dolly. My sister wanted to name a little sister Dolly, and when I came along, after three other sisters my parents said she could name me. That's how I got the name of Dolly. Father would never allow any nicknames so I have always been called Dolly. I can't remember the name of the book but my mother told me this story and of how I was named. I still like to read good books of any kind. I like to read the scriptures. I like to read good novels, and history. I just like to read. As you can see, there's a magazine or a book or something always close by.
We didn't have a piano, but we did have an organ. My brother bought an organ, but no one knew how to play, so we learned. I do not play, but our third daughter, Flora May, plays the piano and the organ. She played the organ, for awhile, in the Logan Temple. She also sings, her family is musical but they're the only ones. The reason I have the piano is because Flora May needed something to practice on. We had an organ but it was an old, old one, beautiful though, a very small keyboard, and she couldn't advance in her music without something more up to date to practice on. We bought the piano, second hand, here in Salt Lake, and that's what she learned to play on. Some of my children want me to sell it, but I said no, that’s the last child in the house so it will stay. I pick with one finger, I can read the right hand with one finger and I sometimes do.
I don't like to wear skirts, and still don't. I didn't really have fancy dresses. I had a very pretty formal, but I got it after I was old enough to work. I had some pretty dresses, because mother sewed. I learned to sew and I made my dresses, they weren't fancy but they were pretty. My sister, when she started working bought me a gorgeous green velvet dress that I really loved.
I don't really know why I didn't have any children except Heavenly Father just never did send any. But I have five children that I call my own. My husband had five children when I married him. I helped him raise his children. That's what all these pictures around here are, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren. There's a whole lot of them, and I call them my own. I feel like, well, I know that if I do what I should do that I will be able to be with their father and their mother. I'm going to be a second wife in eternity and it doesn't bother me, it never has. I knew when I married Herald that he and his first wife, the children's mother, were sealed and they would be an eternal family. It didn't bother me because I have enjoyed very much raising his children and helping them to grow up with an appreciation of the gospel. Which, of course, is very dear to my heart. To know that these associations can be eternal and so that's how I feel when I talk about my children I am talking about the five children of my husband. We had the four girls and one boy. We now have 20 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren and 12 great great-grandchildren.
I am terrified of water. I never did learn to swim and still haven't, isn't that awful. I do all kinds of temple work but baptisms for the dead. I like people especially children, I spent a lot of my lifetime taking care of children. I still like them, I guess everyone in church know that I'm the hugging and kissing type. I like to put my arms around you and squeeze you tight.
Do you want to know what I did when I got married? That's when I lived on a farm. I married a farmer. That's when I learned to preserve vegetables for winter. We had a cooker, a pressure cooker. I learned to bottle the beans and peas and things like that. We also had some chickens, we had chickens when I was growing up but we didn't ever preserve them for winter use in bottles like we did when I got married. We used to buy baby chicks that were mixed, they had hens and roosters in them. We would get them to a good size, a fine size, and then we would butcher the roosters, we would save the hens for laying. We used to bottle those. We had meat and we raised our own beef and pig. My husband cured the best hams you ever ate. That was quite an experience for me to have animals to butcher, I stayed just as far away as I could and when they brought the heart and liver in the house I needed a clothes pin but I took care of them. So I learned quite a few things after I got married. Also how to irrigate a garden, in Missouri you don't irrigate, if it doesn't rain things just dry up. So I learned how to irrigate the garden.
Hauling hay was a family project, the girls and I used to go to the fields with Herald and Grant. They would pitch the hay on the wagon and we would tromp it. You have never tromped hay, have you? Well you just get a chance to jump up and down on the springy hay all over and pack it down, so they could load more hay on. Sometimes Grant purposely threw the hay on the girls just to hear them squeal. But is was fun. It was a family project and we enjoyed it. We then brought the hay to the barn, where my husband and son unloaded it and we ladies went into the house and fixed dinner. Everyone was there for dinner.
I never learned to milk. I just decided we had a son, and he could do the milking when his father couldn't. So I never learned to milk. I said, “that's one thing that I;m not going to do because I'm scared to death of cows.” It was interesting.
On the farm we also hauled our coal from the coal mine for the winter and put it into the basement, we had a big coal bin in the basement and a stoker furnace. I never built the fires in the morning, my husband always got up and built the fires, in the cook stove and in the furnace. In the day time and in the summers when they were out I would start the fires.
Herald was used to taking care of his family, he had to do all the cooking for the children. Udodra, was 13 when her mother died and Carma was 18 months. He had to do a lot of the mother work in the home as well as be the father. He always stirred a pot of cereal, we called it mush. He always stirred a pot of mush before he went out to do the chores, so that when we got up all we had to do was the other things that needed to be done.
I learned to make bread before I was married. I was a nanny when I moved to Salt Lake, this was four years before I met Herald. Both the parents worked and every Sunday the mother would make bread and she made cakes and she did this and that, and I had dirty dishes to wash all day Sunday and got so tired of it. One day the mother didn't get her bread made, she left the yeast and I got out her cook book and I made a batch of bread and it turned out good. I made the bread after that and I didn't have to wash the dishes on Sunday. I just couldn't quite fathom that because I wasn't raised that way, even though we weren't Mormons my father always said everything you do on Sunday you will have to take out with your nose on Monday. So we pretty well observed, to the best of our knowledge, what was required on the Sabbath Day. Of course, after we joined the church we went to church. My father didn't join the church when my mother did, In fact, he wasn't baptized until he was 80 years old. The reason he was baptized was, he finally decided that if he wanted to be with my mother in eternity he had to join the church. So he was baptized, he never did anything against the church or discouraged us from going but he just didn't go. He didn't feel any need to be baptized until he finally realized that there was a gulf between him and my mother because she was baptized and she was living as she should. He was a good man but he hadn't been baptized, so he joined the church. After he passed away my mother came to live with me here in this house for a year before she passed away. We went to the temple and she did her own endowments and Herald knelt for my father and they were sealed. My sister and I had been through the temple and we were sealed along with my brothers and sisters who had passed away before that time. They had never joined the church, I have had their work done. Hopefully we will be an eternal family.