Baby Eliza May was born to the Green family on October 5, 1914. About two weeks later 16-year-old Lucile caught typhoid fever during an epidemic. She was hospitalized until just before Thanksgiving. Before she was hospitalized the family could not go in the house. They had to sleep in a tent in the back yard. Her illness was so bad she lost all her thick dark hair. For a long time after she wore a dust cap while her hair grew back in. While Lucile was so ill, Leone’s boyfriend Harold Peck sent Lucile a dozen red roses. Leone seemed jealous of Lucile getting the red roses. Lucile always felt her life was spared to fulfill her purpose which was to have and rear her family.
In 1916 Harry bought a big ranch. The railroad was going to run a line to Bryce Canyon and Harry expected the value of the property to go up. However, the railroad never materialized. The family also moved to a nice home on 127 F Street while Lucile was at Bear Lake vacationing. They lost the ranch and the F Street home during the Depression.
May Green Hinckley
Fifth grade through ninth grade was at Jefferson School on West Temple. In the ninth grade she hurried home to teach religion class on Thursdays at Salt Lake 30th Ward. Aunt May Green (Hinckley) held a special class once a month for her teenage nieces. She wanted them to excel and use their time wisely. She instructed them in etiquette and manners and how to set a table properly. They had ukulele lessons. It was May’s idea to have a church-wide Gleaner program in MIA. She began the Golden Gleaner program in the Granite Stake.
We still have Lucile’s domestic arts workbook. She was meticulous about sewing, housework, everything including the way she looked and dressed always.
Left to right: Leone, Lucile, Mildred. Front: Harry.
I graduated from the 9th Grade at [Jefferson] school. The exercises were held in the Presbyterian Church on First West and Fifth South. After graduating from ninth grade she went to the LDS Business College for a short while. She never did get to finish. Her brother Harry was in college at Utah State University in Logan and Leone was going to high school and that was all their finances would allow.
When Grandma brought baby May home from the hospital, Lucile cared for her. In fact Lucile bathed and cared for each of Eliza’s babies before Eliza did.
Now as this is being typed while Lucile tells it to Beverly we can see that Lucile took the responsibility and learned to care for others early in life. When her father Harry lay ill in the hospital near death he said to Lucile, “The faithful one!” When his sister May Green Hinckley lay near death in the hospital she especially wanted Lucile to be with her. Her husband Bryant Hinckley said to Lucile he could never repay the debt of gratitude he felt to Lucile for all she did for Aunt May as she was ill until she died. Eliza wanted Lucile near her as she was in the hospital suffering from a tumor which precipitated her death at age 70 on July 24, 1949.
Eliza Turner Green.
The Green home always had extra people in it. Harry was very generous and always looking out for other people. Converts from England were welcomed and cared for such as Hattie and Louise Breedon and Jennie Griggs. Harry’s brothers and sisters all lived there except Uncle Will and Aunt Annie. Harry sent the money for his mother and brothers and sisters to come to America and provided a home in Salt Lake until they got situated. May, Will, and Al all worked for Harry in the plumbing and heating business. May, Flory, and Flory’s son lived with them for a while. Eliza’s sisters Sophia and Leah stayed there when they came from Morgan to go to business college. Soph also worked for Harry. There was always lots of work and cooking to do. Lucile says now she doesn’t know how Eliza ever put up with it. At 18 years of age Lucile said there were so many people in their home she would often call to say she wouldn’t be home from work till later. She and a friend would eat downtown and then go to a show.
To be continued...