When we entered the Salt Lake Valley, Mother found herself in a difficult position. Neither she, Uncle Dan nor Mary could speak English, and I only a little. And we no longer had Father to help us. How to live was a problem. Aunt Susette went to work for a family, I no longer remember the name. Aunt Mary, who was eleven, was taken by Mrs. Alfred Randall to take care of her sick daughter, who was seventeen. She was treated by Mrs. Randall, who desire to adopt her, as one of the family. And though Mother wouldn’t consent to the adoption, she remained with Mrs. Randall until she got married. Paul Cardon came from Bingham’s Fort to meet us, and Mother, Dan and I went back to Bingham’s Fort to Ogden with him.
Mother went to gleaning wheat, and gleaned all the wheat and more, that we could use.
The Cardon’s had a high funny house with a stable by it. I can still remember it (it was build, no doubt, side by side like the houses and stables in the valleys of the Piedmont, and in other parts of Europe.)Read more →