My dad, Matthew C. Thompson
Contributor: Conyngham Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago
My dad was a farmer in Wallsburg, Utah long before I was born. He cared for his elderly mother, Eliza Wiley Thompson. She was blind and he devoted much time to her. She passed away in 1926, just two years after he and my mom were married. He later farmed in Orem, Utah, but it was called East Bench back in those days. Later, during the war years, he worked at Geneva Steel. A Geneva Steel bus would come to the neighborhood and pick up a bunch of men to go to work. I don't recall dad ever having a car while I was growing up. He probably had one before we came along.
My dad had a step brother, but I don't remember him or any of my dad's family.
My dad would work in the garden in his free time. It was a large garden and he would frequently share his crops with neighbors and family. He was a very generous man.
During the war years there were shortages on many household groceries, so people had large gardens to supplement their food for the year. Sugar, meat and butter were rationed. My parents had ration books and were allotted so much each month. The amounts you were allotted were determined by the number of people in your home.
My dad was close to family and friends and would spend time with them, when he could. My dad didn't have to go to the war, because by then, he was too old. He married later in life. He and my mom were really good friends and got along well. I never remember my dad getting angry or upset about anything. He was a very easy going, congenial guy. My brother Grant was a lot like him.
My dad talked to us kids and would come to my basketball games at Provo High. I played guard. He would also come watch me play soft ball. My dad was pretty quiet and didn't say a whole lot, but we all enjoyed each others company.
There's about 11 years between my oldest sibling, Viola, and myself, so we weren't in the house together for very long. Vi married and moved to Salt Lake City. Her husband, Charles Briggs, was a barber. My brother Joe worked for Pacific States Cast Iron and Pipes. He also co owned an Ice Cream Shop next to our house. It was called the Tasty Freeze and later the name was changed to Tasty Treat. They owned it for about 12 years. I was in High School then. Grant served a mission in the Midwest and New York area. I used to send him money for his mission. He served for two years. He later worked in Real Estate and he never married. Grant liked to ride his bike all over Provo and Orem.
My siblings and I all liked to spend time together. When Joe was in a nursing home and also in a wheelchair, Grant and I used to go up and spend the afternoon with him. We would go for walks and sometimes stop and get a treat. We enjoyed each others company. After Joe passed away Grant and I continued to get together on a regular basis.
I had good parents and a happy childhood.
Mel Thompson, 4th child of Matthew C. Thompson
August 24, 2017