A STORY OF PILGRIMS 16


Elizabeth Esther (Lizzie) Fuller

Elizabeth Esther (Lizzie) Fuller

The four Fuller children all attended the Newlan Creek School. The school was located in the southeast corner of section 31 just a mile and a quarter south of where Marshall Hanson now lives. This made it just about two miles from the Fuller home. Many of the others going to school there rode horses or drove horse and buggy but the Fuller children nearly always walked to and from school. However, at times Phoebe would haul them in a two-wheeled cart pulled by one horse. The kids all carried lunches to school but, during cold weather, the teacher made hot soup for them with ingredients furnished by the parents. Ida and Ned both finished eight grades of school and Ida was doing ninth grade work in her eighth year. Frank finished the seventh grade and then went out and went to work. Lizzie was the only one to go on to High school but got in only two years of it before her untimely death. She died of pneumonia in 1924, just a month before her twenty-first birthday.
These four children did not live in isolation by any means. Just over the hill to the west lived William and Martha Buckingham who had two daughters and four sons. And only a couple of miles down the river from the Buckinghams there was the Walter family. Calvin and Sarah Walter  had eight sons and two daughters. Just a little farther down the river, Jim and Anna Bair lived with their two boys and one girl. A friendship grew  between the Fullers and these other three families that carried down through the succeeding generations and still thrives today. Another Walter family lived a few miles up Newlan Creek. Clint and Daisy had two boys and a girl. The time would come when a descendant of this family would marry a descendant of the Fuller family.
On the fifteenth of November in 1916, just about a month after her eighteenth birthday, Ida married John Short. John was the son of a hard-rock miner and had grown up in Castle, a mining town in the Castle Mountains east of White Sulphur Springs. He had taken a homestead on Copper Creek near  the foot of Sheep Mountain north of White Sulphur Springs. He had built there a sturdy log house and this  was where the wedding and celebration took place. Over the next sixteen years, three girls and two boys were born to John and Ida.
John and Ida’s fourth child was just nine months old when Ida’s brother, Frank, married John’s nineteen year old sister, Ida. Frank had been working on ranches for several years by this time and was an experienced ranch hand. His bride had graduated from high school and also had some experience as housekeeper and ranch cook. The wedding took place at the ranch home of Ida’s older sister and brother-in-law, Bertha and Alonzo Hanson. Frank and Ida had three children, two boys and a girl.
It was only two and a half months after Frank and Ida’s wedding that the Fuller family was badly shaken by the untimely death of Frank’s sister, Lizzie, as previously mentioned.
Ned stayed on the ranch, inheriting it after his father’s death in 1926. He added to the ranch in the early 1940’s by buying a section of grazing land on Hussey Creek, several miles south of the ranch. Ned never  married and the ranch was his life. He operated it diligently and successfully up into his eighties.

Excerpted from WOOL TROMPERS  by J. L. Fuller

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About authorjim

I grew up in the country near a small Montana town, I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical an electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 82, I have recently published my fourth noveland it is available from me or from the pulisher or book distributor.
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2 Responses to A STORY OF PILGRIMS 16

  1. authorjim says:

    Yes, many changes that we don’t notice while they are happening but then comes a day when we look back and wonder, “Hey, when did all this happen?”
    In my early childhood, there were very few automobiles, most people were still using horses for transportation. Now they are traveling in space! Just like you said, Bruce, “Wow”

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  2. bldodson says:

    Interesting. Wow, Jim, we just barely missed those horse and buggy days. Already I look back at the 30’s and wow! So many changes!

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