Melba & Paulines memories of Lilly
Contributor: Todd Millett Created: 1 year ago Updated: 1 year ago
September 7, 1918 Magnolia, our mother, John Ezra Baileys wife, died.
Father was very lost and started corresponding with Lilly. She eventually came west and we all went with dad to Grand Junction to pick her up at the DRG Depot. They were married there.
Melba recalls the coming of Lily: My first impression of Lilly was seeing a big woman, with a very large hat with a plume. Lilly was very beautiful.
Pauline recalls: I will never forget the day after she came she wanted to go down town to get some shoes". I was astounded when she paid $13.00 for them, I never remembered mother paying more than $4.00 for her shoes.
Apparently she was very well to do, her ex husband was a lawyer.They had two children, Howard and Bernice. We never met them. Lilly was from the city, she was very beautiful and dressed absolutely gorgeous. We assumed she had lived quite a social life before coming to Monticello.
It must have been difficult for Lilly to come to a small town like Monticello and walk into six children like she did. I never remember her complaining or letting down. Looking back now I realize we all treated her unkindly. We really were rotten to her, and looking back I can see how terribly wrong we were. Lilly later returned back to the Eastern seaboard,