As Nephi of old, I was born of goodly parents and the youngest in a family of nine children. My parents are Charles Andrew and Medora Blanchard Hickenlooper. I was born 18 Feb 1907 in Pleasant View, Weber County, Utah.
My mother told me that Aunt Eliza Reese (the town’s aunt) remarked when she saw me, that I was the prettiest of all of Dora’s babies. Mother told me this to bolster ego or self-image as I considered myself the “ugly duckling” of the family.
I was born at home in an 11-room house. My great-aunt Jane Blanchard Ellis was midwife. Mother never had a doctor at any of the nine births. Mother turned 41 years of age 23 Feb 1907 – while she was still confined to bed with my birth.
The doctor had told Mother not to have any more children after Merl as she had had a bad case of Bright’s Disease and complications. But she had three of us after that counsel.
Mother was a wonderful woman, and she had to endure many hardships and privations. She was in ill health all of my lifetime up to her death 28 June 1936. She had a heart condition, menopause, female trouble, stomach trouble and nerves.Read more →