My uncle Omer
Contributor: finnsh Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months ago
Uncle Omer was my mother's brother. He lived in Elko, Nevada for a time, I think they were next door to my mom & dad. I don't know when they moved to Spanish Fork, Utah, and worked a farm there. My parents moved to Salt Lake City, Utah because my brother had rheumatic fever and needed to be closer to a hospital. Perhaps uncle Omer & aunt Madge moved near that time.
I loved going to Spanish Fork to visit them. They had chickens, sheep, horses, as well as their farm. I gave myself a pet chicken and named her "Henrietta".
I loved going to fields and eating fresh tomatoes, & peas. Uncle Omer said he wouldn't have enough left to live on (teasing).
Aunt Madge made the best fried chicken, and for desert a humungus chocolate layer cake.
I had a crush on my cousin Ronald, but he thought girls could be lived without. My cousins Jack and Elmo would flirt and tease me, but of course they were old. Barbara was lots of fun.
For a few years Uncle Omer had some fruit trees in an orchard across the street from his house. It was fun to pick the fruit, and of course eat it.
There was a monument on Canyon Drive. I think it was a tribute to a Spanish Priest that found the area, I'm not sure, but we would pass it going down the hill to Ronald's school.
Sometimes I could ride a horse, but the funniest thing was when my grandmother Boren, who was 89 years old at that time, got up and rode the horse. We took a picture of that sight, and I think I still have it somewhere.
Sadly my Aunt Madge died, and after a time Uncle Omer married a lady named Ida from England. She didn't make chocolate cakes or fried chicken, but she made a wonderful trifle (which I had never had before).
I loved my family in Spanish Fork. The farm burned down and Uncle Omer lost all his animals, buildings & crops. He blamed God for letting that happen to them. I tried to tell him God wasn't punishing him, we all are supposed to suffer through all kinds of trials to make us strong and prove our faith in him. I don't think he listened.
They moved to Washington county for awhile when I was married the second time. We went to visit, but our daughter (who was little) turned scarlet in the heat, so we didn't stay very long.
His daughter Barbra moved to Phoenix, Arizona and married a man named Riddle. They had two little dogs that she adored, so they were her children.
Eventually, Uncle Omer moved in with Barbara, I believe died there, but they brought him back to Utah and he was buried here.
Jack and Elmo married the cutest little southern girls. I loved listening to them talk. They were young, and fun to be around. I'm not sure but I think both couples moved to Georgia, I could be wrong, but it was to the south. I think Ronald married a southern girl as well, because he moved to the Carolinas, but didn't communicate.
Well those are the kind of people that make life worth living.