Mary Ann Chapman's Story    Part 1   6

Aunt Catherine's 2nd son, his name is Elizure after his grandfather,
he stayed
with us several months, maybe all summer.

They were Lillies, they had a bulb that was eatable.

about this time I learned Mary at the Garden Gate. Later our stepmother taught us girls, Lizzie, Aggie & I, to sing together. I liked to sing alto. Aggie & I were often taken for twins, her mother dressed us alike. Aggie was jealous of us girls & made it very unpleasant for us but her mother was very just & kind to us. It was always easy for me to mind, I loved to do what ever she asked me to & anything I could for her. Often the others would try to get out of the things she wanted them to do but I was willing & she often told me "the willing horse does all the trotting." Our father loved flowers & often brought home rare & beautiful bunches & drew our attention to lovely scenery. He came in one day at Silver Creek with a bunch of cowslips he called them, afterwards I heard them called dogtooth violets. They were dainty lilly-like, pale yellow. I have heard since that my Grandfather Chapman dug the bulbs of this flower & brought them to the hungry Pioneers for food in the early days of Utah when food was scarce. We are told that the Pioneers dug roots, this is one of them. The house my stepmother owned in S.L. City in the 13 ward was left to her by her first husband John McDonald (he was the grandfather of the man who made the McDonald candy of Salt Lake

When we were about 9 or 10 years old Grandma McDonald married a Bro. Colman who had a big farm at Big Cottonwood. It was fun to drop potatoes & have the horses follow us & cover them with the plow. I gathered big dandelion leaves for greens where they grew so thrifty. There were buttercups we called them. They were like narcissus, only one blossom to a stem, pale yellow & so sweet. Also white Violets, I have not seen either flower since they were growing along the fence rows.

City) & had a first wife, then married Aggies grandmother & mother. She & sister Clara each had 6 children, Aggie being the only one to live long. So her grandmother & Aunt kept her much of the time, she being the only child left in the family. Her grandmother & Aunt lived in a large brick house with 3 apartments with fruit trees & garden spot & a well. Our stepmother had the shop that had been his carpenter shop of 2 good sized rooms & a 3rd of the lot. We followed father around the City in different wards to be near him at his work. Sometimes Aggie went to live with us, often she stayed with them. We lived in the 2nd, 14th, 21st & 22nd wards but mostly in the 13 ward. The street car barns were on the same block with us, I used to like to watch them come in for fresh mules. We were often given the privilege of walking around the block, they are big blocks. We always had to come home at the time our playtime was up, we never stayed over time & were never allowed to go without permission, which is very good training for children. The lot we lived on was the place in the 13 ward, was between Joseph E. Taylor sexton & President of the Stake we lived in, 13 ward, his two wives. The younger had a little boy 2 years old