Dad was born in Eden, but because his Father had three wives, to avoid problems, he moved to Grover in Star Valley Wyoming where Dad was raised. Besides farming Dad got several other jobs. One was taking the mail from Idaho over Teton Pass into Jackson. He also worked on the Hoback road into Jackson. There were several people Homesteading and creating a road that became Mormon Row. It was over a ridge by Moose Junction. In 1896 the Government granted homesteads on that road. I have Dad’s Homestead deed signed by President Wilson. Dad’s Uncle Jacob Johnson Homesteaded next door to him. His uncle’s twin brother Ephraim built a saw mill in Wilson Wyoming and provided lumber for them to build. Dad started to build before he got the Homestead papers. He built a barn and started a house. Mother’s family had settled in South Park in Jackson Hole and Dad and Mother got together there. They went either by buggy or horse back to get married in the Salt Lake Temple. That was quite a trip.
On Mormon Row they were active in the Church. Dad was president of the Sunday School and Mother played the piano and was Relief Society President. Dad and his Uncle dug a well and built a canal to get water on their farms. In addition to farming Dad did construction work and also fed the Elk on the Jackson Elk Farm. The first four children of our family were born there on Mormon Row. Alice made friends with the Moultons and corresponded with them for many years. Moulton’s barn is the famous barn in pictures of Jackson Hole.
In 1919 Dad sold the farm to Chambers and moved back to Eden where he bought the farm where the other children were born. His Grandmother Johnson was still living in Eden. Her house was right behind the Church house, the farm was down an alley almost half a mile east of the house. He dug a well and built a basement in the house. He also got, in the late 1930’s, the milk route for Eden and later Liberty. So we ended up with two trucks. Dad’s first car was a Maxwell. I never saw it running but we played in it in the barn. I was brought home from the hospital in it when I was born, but I do not remember riding in it. Dad was a good man and a hard worker but he had one problem, He believed in Proverbs where it said “Spare the rod and you spoil the child”. This created problems between the kids and his wife.