Lois Bodily (Martin)
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Written by Lois Bodily
Born 13 September, 1918 at Fairview, Franklin County, Idaho to George Clarence Bodily and Florence Lois Orchard (Bodily).
Due to an epidemic of flu at that time, I was blessed in May 1919 by my father, George Clarence Bodily, Sr.
I got Infantile Paralysis (better known now as Polio) when I was very small. It left its crippling effects on my face and eye. I made many trips with my sister as well as my father, in to Preston, to the Doctor for violate ray treatments on my face but it was all a failure.
I started school in Fairview just a few days after my 6th birthday, Sept. 1924, with Miss Minnie Benson as my teacher. Miss Benson couldn't understand me very good and she called me 'Rose' until my father told her my name was 'Lois.'
I was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the day I had my 8th birthday, in the canal approximately one mile north of our home, by my father. He also confirmed me.
We lived almost two miles from school and I had to walk to and from school most of the time. At times, we could ride in a horse drawn buggy. In winter many times we have walked over fence tops to school. Sometimes we could ride in a sleigh.
The first school transportation for the ward was a covered wagon, sort of like a sheep camp. My father drove the one around the south end of the ward and Edwin Cole gathered the children from the north. Later motor busses were purchased.
I graduated from the 8th grade 8 April 1932. Arthur Wallgren was the teacher. I gave the class prophesy at our exercises and graduated with a 98% average. I was not privileged to attend high school, but it wasn't too important then as now.
I spent my time helping my mother in the house and when needed, in the fields, thinning, weeding, and topping (sugar) beets by hand. We had to load beets onto the wagons by hand.
I did baby sitting and house work for spending money.
In June 1938 I was in a car wreck. We rolled over and over. It was a terrible feeling. One young man was killed, one was scalped and had to have a steel plate in his head. I received a severe cut on my eye. The Doctor said if the cut had turned a very small fraction in the opposite direction it would have been fatal for my eye.
December 1938 I went on a blind date. My date was very bashful, but I enjoyed being with him. In January 1939 he asked me to be his wife and so it was. I married Merwin Adam Martin, 7 June 1939 in the Logan Temple.
We stayed with my parents for a day or so then returned to his home in Clifton, where he was janitor for the Clifton schools. We lived in one room of his mother's house for awhile. Later we moved into a home owned by Jack Choules for a few weeks, then into two rooms of the home then owned by Mrs. Annie C. Viehweg. Merwin built a home for us across from his mother where we had many happy memories. We also lost our small daughter here.
We sold our house in 1954 when the new highway was being built in Clifton. It was located where the road was going through, so we bought the farm belonging to Mrs. Annie Viehweg, where we had lived before. We moved in May before a new daughter was born in July, 1955.
We have been blessed with eleven children: Merwin LaVere; Eugene Bodily; Arlo; Ronald; Linda; Wayne; Susan (Died); Yetive; Sheila; Walter Dennis; Pamela.
I have taught in the Sunday School and Primary, been an assistant to the work director in Relief Society and Secretary to the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association.
We have sent five sons on missions and four into the armed services. (1968). (Ed note: By 1980, the sentence would read: "We have sent six sons on missions and six into the armed services.")