Story submitted by Mrs. Marjorie Pride Tennant
Memories of my Grandma Pride
She was short in stature. She was the daughter of a Free Methodist preacher, Oregan and Margaret (Carpenter) Satterfield. She married C. Elza Pride and they lived down in the hollow. Dad born 1900 & Dawson born 1904 was born there. They moved up on the Ridge where Bert was born in 1908.
Grandpa was 10 years older than Grandma, Their house had four rooms and a pantry. A clock that chimed sat on the kitchen mantle. Grandma kept a clean house. Pailing fence was around the yard and she kept her canning jars on the fence. A well was in the yard with a well house built over it. A black leather sofa was in the living room with a Civil War picture that hung over it. A picture that her dad, Oregan Satterfield had painted and a cross-stitched motto that said "Travel East, Travel West, After all Home is Best". There was a big press in the living room, she kept her quilts in it. She had to walk down around the house to the cellar where she kept her canned vegetables, fruits and milking crocks. I can still smell the cellar.
Us kids loved to swing in her swing on the front porch. We would sing, "Swing low, sweet chariot." I remember grandma singing "His eye is on the sparrow." She has two bunches of white pineys in her front yard. I got them, I set them out when we lived on Piney Run. I planted them in our yard when we moved to Meadowdale and when we moved up on the hill, I planted them again in our yard. We lost one but we still have one.
I loved to visit Grandma, she always has a smile on her face. Grandpa was a hard worker. He wore a mustache. Grandpa raised tobacco. Grandpa loved candy, he would keep a bag of chocolate drops behind the bedroom door. Grandpa was bitten by a copperhead when he put his hand down in the manger. He raised cows, sheep, horses, chickens and hogs. He kept his farm clean. He had a nice buggy. They would visit us when we lived at Uncle Blaines house & Page house. I remember pigeons around the corn crib. They had a quince tree, apple and peach trees. A grape arbor was below the house.
I was born in Grandma's house November 26, 1928. Mom and dad moved to Janes Farm on Boothsville in 1929. My sister Dorothy died while we lived there, Feb. 29, 1932. Bill was born there Sep. 28, 1932. We moved back to Grandma's house Nov., 1933. We moved to Uncle Blaine's house. Deloris & doris were born there July 8th, 1935. Bill walked into hot ashes where dad had burnt a brush pile and burnt his feet very bad. Dawson came and took him to the doctor. We moved to Page house Dec., 1935 and Grandpa died April, 1942. The farm was divided up and we moved to the Ridge April, 1946. We lived in shanties 'til our house was built.
Shanties were from the saw mill in the hollow. Grandma was afraid to stay by herself after Grandpa died. Roberta, Cletis, Margaret and I took turns staying with her in 1942. There were very few houses on the Ridge. Grandma got a permanent in 1936 and this was against her church rules. Her hair was wavy and she kept it in a bun. She had false teeth and wore a corset. Uncle Dawson bought Howard Poe house and remodeled Grandma's house.
Grandma had her leg taken off in 1957. She had a sore that turned gangrene. She stayed with Uncle Dawson and Mom and Dad. She died there March 26, 1960. Her dad lived down the hill toward Mudlick. Where did Grandma go to school? What church did she belong to? Roberta said she would walk to McConkey Free Methodist church. She attended Fairview Methodist Church. I went with her to Galilee Free Methodist Church down at White Day where she was baptized. I think it was 1947. I don't remember who we rode with.
Grandpa & Grandma went to town on Saturday with Uncle Dawson and Aunt Pearl (sometimes Cletis and Roberta would stay at our place). In summertime they would take produce to Vincent's grocery store or to Smouse's store. They would exchange it for flour and sugar etc. Deloris said she remembered they bought flour with a man's picture on the front. It was Daniel Webster flour. She bought puffed wheat and drank Postum, canned milk with a picture of a cow on the front of the can (Gerzee).
Grandma stayed with Gus & Allie Carpenter on East Grafton Road during the winters. Grandma had a record player. Roberta, Cletis and I would play records. We would crank it up and listen to "Yes, we have no banana's today" and Marches.
I remember one year Mom baked a cake for Grandma on her birthday September 29th. It was a white cake with almond flavoring white icing. When we visited Grandma & Grandpa in the wintertime us kids would sit in the back seat of our car. Mom would put a lantern at our feet and put a quilt over our laps.
Lester Austin chopped wood for Grandpa. We were there for a meal and Lester ate with us. He was overly mannerly saying please & thank you. Us kids would giggle. Grandma wore shirt waist dresses with a bib apron pinned at the top. She had a wall telephone with crank back in the 1920's. Doris said she a spoon holder on the table. When Mom & Dad stayed there, Mom found a $20 bill that Grandpa had dropped and she gave it back to him. I'm so glad she gave it back to him.
Grandma would set with her ankles crossed and move her legs up and down. She kept pretty scarf's on her table stands. She had a ceramic bird on her mantle. Grandma spoke of the McGuffy reader. How good they were. She spoke of her sister Effie (she died in Weston Hospital). Also her brother William Ormie, he lived in Muncie Indiana and he married Lola Weaver. They had 3 children Goldie Shanneyfelt, Evelyn Lee, Raymond. Orma and Lola came in 1928 (Goldie and Evelyn came again in 1978). Effie married a Michael and had one daughter (Lillian). Lillian married Glenn Hayhurst and they had one daughter, Karen.
About every Halloween, some boys would take Grandpa's buggy and hide it or put it upon the barn. Fences were built across the roads. He made cider and by Halloween it was probably hard, they all wanted a drink. Aunt Martha said one time on Christmas, Grandpa and Grandma passed their house in horse and buggy on the way to our house. Paul saw the tracks and said they were Santa Clause sleigh tracks...
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