Life Story of
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RACHEL CLARISSA FORMAN GRIFFETH
On the 24th day of October 1908 in a log house with a dirt roof on the banks of Bear River at Perry, Franklin County, Idaho a little baby girl was born to Clarissa Rebecca Ames and Aaron Maudishaw Forman. They named me Rachel Clarissa. I was the oldest child of a family of eight children. But I had three paternal brothers, three paternal sisters, and one maternal sister to welcome me into the world. I know they really loved me because they played with me and took me with them many places.
I can remember when they were building our new house, I was 4 years old. We used to run around the partitions and play. We moved into our new home in the Spring of 1913 and in the later part of June 1913, my mother got her foot broken. We used to raise early potatoes and Dad used to take some of them out to some people who lived on the Divide. On this particular day, Mother and we three little girls, me being the oldest at 4 years of age, went with him. On the way, we met Mother's two sisters with their little kids in a white top buggy. They were coming over to our place. So Mother and us kids got in with them to go back home. On our way back home, we had to go down a hill. My cousin was driving the team and the neck yoke came down and he jumped out with one line. That made the horses go around in a circle. Mother was thrown out on a rock and broke her foot.
I can remember seeing the white bone of Mother's foot go down into the dirt as Mother tried to get out of the way of the horses. They finally got the horses stopped. We three little girls sat down by Mother's head and waited for someone to come and get us. Father's brother, Uncle Hyrum Forman, came and took us home where our older sisters took care of us. They took Mother to Preston and she was there 2 months.
The next I remember is when my baby brother, Heber, got sick and died the 30th of May 1914. He was just 6 months old.
I can remember when I was baptized the 3rd of November 1916. There were 3 or 4 girls baptized that day. It was quite cold and the roads were really muddy. Jim McGreagor baptized us in a pond of water that came from their spring. Henry Perry Jr. confirmed me.
I started to school when I was eight years old and just went part of the year as we had to go 2 1/2 miles. We walked when the weather was good and the roads were dry. That was mostly in the fall of the year. We rode horses in the winter time and when it was very cold we didn't get to go. The year that I was ten, they started to build a school house and didn't get it finished until after my 11th birthday. My birthday was on the 24th of October and the school house wasn't ready until some time in February. That same month, my baby sister Verna died and Mother just about died too. They took Mother to Grace, Idaho where she would be nearer to a Doctor.
They made a bed in the white top buggy for Mother because she was so sick. Mother's two sisters were there and the one told us kids that our Mother would come back alive. I really cried. Me being the oldest, I took care of my 2 little sisters and 2 brothers until we could get word to my sister Emily. Then she and her husband came and stayed with us. When Mother got to feeling a little better, I went and stayed with her and helped to take care of her. So I didn't go to school that year. The next fall I went to Tremonton and stayed with my sister, Hannah, and went to school. I got so homesick that one day Hannah made me pack my things and when I had them all packed and was happy because I was going home, she spanked me and made me unpack and hang my things up. I got over being homesick. We lived in a Hotel and my brother's-in-law father ran the Hotel and Cafe. I made a lot of friends and one of my girl friends now lives in Logan, Utah. Her name is Angie Christensen Adams. In the spring I went home and there at Perry, Idaho I finished my education. I never went to High School and I had an appendix operation just a few days before I was to take County exams in the 8th grade. I was sick about all summer. Then in the fall I went to help my sister Martha cook for potato pickers. From then on I worked for different people doing housework for $1.00 a day. Between jobs, I would go home and I was always glad to go because I loved my parents and our home.
Dad liked to fish and we would go with him and take our dinner. In the winter time when we would go to dances, Dad would get up out of bed and come fix the fire and keep it going all night to keep Mother's beautiful flowers from freezing. We would talk and Mother would always have some things for us to eat. I never ate before I went to a dance and I really liked to dance. I was working for Lettie Smith when I first saw Thurman. He brought a Maytag washer up for us to try. That was in the spring of 1925. In June 1926, I was working at the Country Store and they were having a dance in Cleveland. Georgia Bennett, my best girl friend, called and said her mother's cousin's boy was there and asked me if she should bring him to the dance. I said sure and she said he's got red hair and I said I don't care. So that was the night I met my most wonderful husband for the second time but I didn't know it at that time. I was to the dance with another guy. Then the next time I met Thurman was in Preston, Idaho at a 4th of July celebration and we started keeping company. We were married 2 years and 2 months later on my 20th birthday, October 24, 1928, in the Logan Temple by President Shepherd. This was on Wednesday and on Friday night in the Perry meeting house they gave us a shower and we got a lot of gifts. We still have some of them left and we have been married for 33 years in 1961. In February 1931, my father passed away. He would have been 62 years old in July 1931. Mother lived in the old home until June 1933 when the house burned down. My mother passed away on the 11th of December 1947 at the age of 68.
In June 1948, I was sustained as 2nd counselor in the Primary in the Dayton Ward. Hazel Robbins was President and Helena Page was 1st counselor. Beth Buttars was Secretary. I worked as 2nd counselor for about 5 years. Before this I worked as teacher under Margaret Nelson, President, Hazel Housley, 1st counselor, and Martha Atkinson, 2nd counselor. I also worked in the Relief Society as magazine agent and visiting teacher. I am visiting teacher at the present time with Norma Bodrero. I have worked in the Sunday School and Mutual as teachers and I have enjoyed it very much because I know the Gospel is true. I pray that I can live it and understand it better every day of my life.
We have had a lot of hardships in trying to earn a living for our family, especially during the Depression in 1932 and 1933. We have been a family that have worked together and played together. Our sports have been: boating, water skiing, camping, fishing, hunting, swimming and other kinds of out door sports. The girls like to play softball. We love our children and try to treat them all alike. I feel like we have an outstanding family.
The 25th of July 1952, Grandpa and Grandma Griffeth came to live with us. Grandma was bed fast. Grandpa had been very sick. He had an operation so he was just getting up and around. My girls helped me take care of Grandma. They were very sweet about it. I don't know how I could have taken care of her if it hadn't been for the girls. We had to wash every day. Grandma died the 7th of May 1955. Grandpa passed away 30th of November 1962 at the age of 87. He was a wonderful man.
We have 25 Grandchildren and love them very much. Nine
Grandsons and 16 Granddaughters. We have 38 members in our family
now and I hope and pray that we will love one another and have joy
. and happiness in our homes while we so live on this earth.
I would like to say to each one of my children; Be humble and prayerful, seek the spirit of our Heavenly Father in whatever you are doing. God hears and answers prayers, this I do know. As ever your mother, Rachel Clarissa Forman Griffeth.