James Page was a Marvelous Man
Contributor: BarbaraLeishman Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
This story is taken from some writings of my father, H.L. Jensen.
(Recorded by Lorraine Jensen Brown)
"I think Grandpa Page (James Page, father of Ivie Page) was a marvelous man. I feel I should give and record why Grandpa was a great man."
This was written when H.L. was very old and his writing was so shaky that it is hard to read the exact words. He goes on to tell that Grandpa James Page was left an orphan as a child and was treated very poorly by the people taking care of him. When he got old enough to work he would send his wages back to these people. He married and was able to obtain a farm in Dayton, Idaho.
“Yes, a dry farm covered with sage brush. How he ever cleared that land and raised a family, I’ll never know. (Of his children), two were school teachers, one took an advanced dressmaking course and one son went on a mission. They got some land down in the valley and there they built an eight-room house. They bought new furniture and put carpets on the floors.
One night I went out to see lvie, and I had just sat down to eat when all at once a big piece of plaster fell out of the ceiling hitting me on the head and covering me and everything in the house with dirt. Grandpa didn't swear, he just laughed but his face went red and I mean red...as he said,'Ivie, get the clothes brush and brush that boy's clothes'.
The next summer they got a big tent and lived in that while they took the lath and plaster off and had it all done over. I never heard him say anything bad about the man that built the house. If Grandma ever complained I never heard her."