Mom Friddle (Sophie Dollar Friddle), Aunty Jones (Glenthora Stranahan Jones) and Granny (Nettie Moody Shearer) used to sit on the couch and visit. I can remember sitting on the floor listening to them tell stories. One that sticks out in my mind was about them taking the stagecoach. Mom Friddle didn't move to the area until a bit later, but Aunty Jones and Granny lived in the region since the 1890's. There first stop out of Lewiston was the 21 Ranch which is about 22 miles south of town, then they would stay the next night at Winchester and by the third night they would make it to Grangeville. This is a trip that takes about an hour now...but back then it was three days.
These three ladies helped inspire my love of history and they have been topics for me for my blog. Today on Thanksgiving - I would like to remember these three grand dames of my childhood.
|My sister, Gwenda and Aunty Jones.|
Aunty Jones was my mother's godmother...at least that was what she claimed. She had a long history here in the Lewiston - Clark Valley and lived to be probably the oldest person that I knew when she died at 99 years old. Every years she would give each of us kids a $5 and a bag of oranges. She was a fascinating woman to talk to...I only wish I would have been a little older so I could have asked her more questions and could remember the answers.