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Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Letters from Dorothy Ellen Rainey (married name Gage & then Hockett) to a half-sister Verna Rainey Daines. Both are daughters of David William Rainey.

In Jan. 2004, among his mother Verna’s papers, my cousin David Daines found these letters from Dorothy Ellen Rainey (the half sister to my mother Fern, and his mother Verna, and their siblings). Dorothy was born to David William Rainey and his third wife Margaret Burton Barlow Rainey. Our mothers were born to David's second wife, Janet Hanson Rainey. After Dorothy’s mother died in childbirth, when Dorothy was less than two years old, Dorothy was raised by her mother’s people – mostly by her oldest half sister Rae who married a Barker. Apparently Verna and Dorothy made contact for the first time when a Daines relative married a Barker. For a couple of years Dorothy and Verna corresponded, but no later letters or other evidence of contact between the two since then has been found.
In January 2004, I (JoAn Dewey Criddle) scanned a copy of these handwritten letters into a computer file – also I am typing this version of these letters and putting them in my word document files under the file name: Letters from Dorothy Ellen Rainey to Verna.

Punctuation and spelling will be kept as in the original letters.

22 July, 1977
Dear Verna,
What a joyful surprise to hear from a sister I have never known!! This surprise equalled the one I had many years ago when I registered for school in Logan in the 8th grade. In my art class, to my utter amazement, there was a Fern Rainey. When the class was completed, she vanished into the unknown as quickly as she had appeared. I have often wondered about her, but upon checking the family group sheet, Fern appears to be your sister. I guess that makes us all sisters. I have come to feel that relationships are extemely important; in fact, one of life’s eternal blessings.
I can’t be at the ‘Rainey Revival’ today, but I will send belated greetings. I do hope that it is a tremendous success.
I would love to be there & meet my unknown relatives. I would very much like to see the pictures of Dorothy Jane on her favorite horse (was named after my paternal & maternal grandmothers), as well as of David Pinkney & wife entering Nauvoo. Is there any possibility of getting copies of these? I’ll be happy to pay whatever they cost, as well as a copy of the life story of Dorothy Jane Dennis Rainey.
I am looking forward eagerly to meeting you as well as Margy, for Bryce and his entire family individually & collectively are very precious to me.
Again may I wish you all success & happiness in the ‘Rainey Revival.’
Warmest wishes,
Dorothy R. Hockett
_________________________




Col. & Mrs. C.A.Hockett, USAF (Ret.)
620 East Birch Street
Oak Harbor, Washington 98277
15 Sept. 1977
Dear Verna,
By now you have probably given me up as a lost cause and rightfully so. In spite of my tardy response, I want to assure you of my deep appreciation for your letters, particularly your thoughtfulness in sending the biography of Doritha Jane Dennis Rainey, It is precious. It will be a choice addition to my Rainey Book of Remembrance. It will be included along with the pictures of her & her husband & of her parents, which were given to me one time by our father.
I gather that you probably know him far better than I, since I have the impression that he stayed with you at least a few months at on time.
I also was so very happy to see your picture, along with that of the beautiful horse that you were riding – both thoroughbreds, each in his own right.
I understand more clearly now than ever before some of my own characteristics & preferences.
In the past few months I have been ______________ and being occupied in an area completely new to me – semi political. As an outgrowth of an international Women’s year convention held in Wash. (the same radical groups & pressures that mad such an impact in Utah), Chet & I have been active in working to defend the principles that our Church teaches & the ideal upon which our country is found. It has been a strenuous, difficult time – hence the delay answering your letters.
In a day or two we will have to say goodbye to one of our military sons & his family. They are being transferred to Guam for a few years. While we are in Calif., we will also see our daughter & her family, as well as my own son, Rick & his family. He is presently living in Corona & is Educational Psychologist in the Consolidated Corona Schools. He likes his work very much but he doesn’t like the area. Too smogy, he says.
Chet is anxious to get on the way, so I must stop.
Again, thank you so very much.
With love, your newly found sister,
Dorothy
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April 1978
Dear Verna,
Ever since returning home from our Christmas trip, you have been much in my thoughts. I am still riding high on cloud nine – meeting you & your family, truly a revelation! It all still seems somewhat unreal, a happy dream perhaps.
The silence between us has been far too long, but the daily routines & demands of living frequently come between me & my desires. Our efforts to combat the women’s lib movement has several times taken us to Ellensburg, which is East of the Cascade Mountains. A week ago we went to Portland to meet our daughter, Becci & her husband & to see for the first time our newest grandbaby Shaun Jensen. It looks as if David will be transferred from the Thousand Oaks area, where they are presently living, to Portland. So they came to look for a house.
I received the genealogical sketches which Lynn sent to me. They were fascinating!!! But in reading them & learning more about my progenitors, I find it difficult to equate or to understand some of our father’s reactions. I never experienced nor did I ever hear anything about him which would suggest that he had any real interest in formal education & the cultural things of life. These things have always been of paramount importance to me. He seemed pleased enough when I first graduated from the university, but I had to supply all the drive and motive to do it. Will once told me that it was my mother, Margaret, who made it possible for him to get started in dentistry. She did the same for Ruby who wanted to go to a design and dressmaking school in Ogden. Two weeks before Ruby was to graduate, my mother died and our father forced Ruby to quit. She never did graduate & Ruby ended in telling me this by saying, ‘For that, I’ll never forgive him.’ But the sketches that I read all seemed to indicate that our forebears were well educated, cultured people.
I also found another amazing thing: if I can read between the lines, there is a heart-break story contained in the later years of Talitha Bankhead Dennis since she ‘was with her daughter until her death,’ & was buried in the ‘Rainey’ plot in Richmond, while her husband, Wm. Taylor Dennis, died & is buried in Marysvale along with his 2nd wife Ann Adelaide Fullmer.
Strange as it may be, the 3rd wife of Wm. Taylor Dennis, Sarah Zabriskie, is in the line of Chet’s sister’s son-in-law, Walton (spelling??) Zabriskie. I had heard that some of Walt’s ancestors had been ‘Mormons,’ but I had no idea that I would find them linked with mine!
Hope 1978 is proving to be an interesting, happy year for you & yours. Love, Dorothy
__________________________


18 Sept. 1978
Dear Verna,
The summer is over – and what a full one! I would surmise that you were on the run too, for it seems ever so long since we last spoke. Frankly, you have been on my mind so continuously that I decided that I would simply have to make contact.
I don’t know how it happens, but it seems that each retired year gets busier. This year the garden has simply run me ragged, it has produced so bounteously. I am so thankful for the food that it so lavishly gives us, but the crops overlap one another, without a breathing spell, and at times I get practically buried.
We’ve had house guests now & again, have taken a few short jaunts ourselves, and added to the daily demands I have been on the jump.
I hesitate mentioning this because our plans don’t always work out, but we are hoping to get to Utah sometime this fall. We want to do some more work at the genealogical library in SLC. Also Rae is really not very well & I’m anxious to see her again. If we get as far as Utah, Logan will also be on our list. Don’t be too shocked if I give you a ring one of these fine Fall days.
I do hope that you have been well and that silence only suggests that you have been busy.
Please remember us to the family.
Love, Dorothy & Chet
______________________________



Friday 8 Mar. 1979
Dear Verna,
I think that we have been on the same ESP wave length again. You have in my thoughts so often the last number of days. This morning the mail brought your letter.
I was little prepared, however, for the news that it carried. Since Fern suffered a series of strokes, it is probably just as well for her & for her loved ones that she didn’t survive. It seems that she went in much the same way as did Edyth. Loved and missed as they both are, we would not have them continue to suffer. I will send Fern’s obituary notice on to Rae so that she will have the word, too.
The reason that you were not able to reach me when you called is that we have been away for a month: Arizona, Salt Lake & northern California where Rick lives. The general occasion was a reunion with two dear friends that I met while I was living in Germany. They are both Americans but were working in Europe as I was. We had loads of fun as is always the case when we’re together. We were in LSC only a few days & left a bit earlier for Calif. than we had planned because of the bad weather forecast. We met it as we were ready to start over Donner Pass. I have never seen more snow or higher drifts! It was blowing & snowing so hard that we couldn’t see 50 feet ahead of us. We were two hours going about 12-15 miles! But once we were on the other side of the Sierras, all was sunshine & light again.
We got home about three days too late for my well being. My back caved in – too many riding miles in the bucket seats! I have been in bed, principally, for about a week. The last two days it has been better, but I still have to move like a cracked china doll.
Thank you so much for letting me know about Fern. How blessed we are that we have the assurance of life eternal & of family relationships! Bu for me – even that has a sharp pain of sadness – unless Chet eventually chooses to come with me.
Again, thank you so much.
I love you very dearly, Dorothy

The following short biographys were written by some of us attending the November 2003 gathering at Criddles to be included in a book about Cache County folk to be published by the Chamber of Commerce. Originally the deadline for submissions of these (no more than 400 words) bios was Dec. 31, 2003, however they want more submissions and have extended the deadline to June 2004, so if you have additional stories about relatives in Cache County history - old or recent - write it up and send it to them - one submission per household.

Here is how to make such a submission: Write an article of no more than 400 words about an ancestor, one submission per household. Send it to: Bobbie Coray at this email address: bcoray@cachechamber.com

Or you can drop it off or mail it to the
Cache Chamber of Commerce
160 North Main St.
Logan UT 74321

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES WE'VE ALREADY SUBMITTED:

Janet Hanson Rainey – A Legacy Left in Cache County
December 19, 1870 – June 25, 1945
By Kristin Sisson Strong, a great granddaughter


Janet Hanson, youngest daughter of Ole Hanson and Julia Teoa Johansen, was born in St. Charles, Idaho. In her teens, Janet, her mother and two siblings, moved to Star Valley, Wyoming. She was a rather tall, thin woman with angular features, black hair and gray-blue eyes who first came to Logan in 1889 to go through the Logan Temple in preparation to enter into a polygamous marriage to David William Rainey, who grew up in Richmond. The next fall, she and David traveled from Wyoming to the LDS General Conference in Salt Lake City, to be married in the Endowment House. At that conference, President Wilford Woodruff read the 1890 Manifesto, which put an end to plural marriages performed in Utah. He advised David and Janet to go to Canada to marry, which they did the summer of 1892. The following year they returned to Star Valley.

In 1903, Janet left David, taking their five children, Teola, Laurence, Alta, Gladys, and Verna to her mother’s home in Freedom, Wyoming where her sixth child, Fern Sophronia Rainey was born. For two years, Janet and her children lived with her mother and brother Heber Hanson and his wife (Julia Sophronia Goaslind). In 1906, Janet bought a small ranch near Freedom. In 1910, Heber’s wife died and he married Pricilla Allen from Cache Valley. When Pricilla’s cousin, May McCarrey came for a visit, she met Janet’s family. This meeting brought opportunities Janet had only dreamed of.

May McCarrey, a well-known educator at Brigham Young College (BYC) in Logan, invited Janet’s 18 year-old daughter Teola to live with her and attend BYC. From these beginnings, all of Janet’s children had the chance to attend school in Logan. In 1919, when her youngest daughters left for Logan, she rented her farm and moved with them. Her five daughters finished school in Logan; four became teachers.

Two daughters Verna (m. Newel Daines) and Fern (m. Arlen Dewey). reared their families in Logan. Teola (m. Charles Brown) spent winters here and summers in Star Valley. Within a few years of each other, Janet’s other three children died, leaving young children and grieving spouses.

Janet was an accomplished seamstress, and a nurse, trained by Dr. Shipp. After her children married, she attended their families in times of illness and death. She died in Logan at her daughter, Verna’s home, and is buried in the Logan Cemetery.


Doritha (Dorothy) Jane Dennis Rainey
June 16, 1840 to July 18, 1920
By Dale S Dewey, a great great grandson

Doritha Jane Dennis Rainey, daughter of William Taylor Dennis and Talitha Cumi Bankhead, was born in Pontotoc County, Mississippi on June 16, 1840. Both the Dennis and Bankhead families were large plantation owners. When Doritha was nine, the Dennis family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Due to community and extended family persecutions, William Dennis was the only one baptized at that time. Talitha and their children were baptized after the family reached Salt Lake on August 22, 1855.

Doritha Jane married Franklin McGee, but soon after the birth of their daughter he deserted them. She was hired to assist the invalid wife of David Pinkney Rainey. Shortly before she died, this childless woman suggested that her husband and Doritha Jane marry. They were married on Feb. 9, 1857, and her child was sealed to him.

In April 1857, David left his young wife in Provo while he served a mission to San Francisco to assist Pres. George Q. Cannon in editing a short-lived newspaper, the Western Standard. While he was gone, Doritha’s fifteen-month-old daughter died. In December of 1857, David returned from his mission, and on January 6, 1858 their first child, David William Rainey, was born. In the spring of 1860, they moved to Richmond, and were among its first settlers. Their home that first spring was a tent and later in the summer they moved to a dugout. For several years Doritha and David were busy establishing a home for their children. With five children at home David P. Rainey was once again called to serve an LDS mission to the Southern states. Within a year, however, David was obliged to return home due to illness. The family then moved to a farm three miles south of Richmond where they remained until November 9, 1888 when David P. Rainey died. In all, Doritha Jane bore 16 children; 15 were David’s.

Doritha remained on the farm caring for her children until they were raised and had homes of their own. She then sold the farm and moved to a comfortable home in Richmond. While on a trip to see her daughter in Los Angeles in her 80th year, she died of a stroke on July 18, 1920. She was buried in Richmond next to her husband, mother and three of her children.



Donald V Sisson & Dorothy Jean Dewey Sisson
By: Trisha Sisson Brimhall (daughter)

Little did the 19 year-old secretary in the Ag Science building suspect
that the Minnesota-born Iowa State doctoral student walking into the
office would be the man of her dreams. Donald Victor Sisson, son of
Margaret Soma and Victor Sisson from Pleasant Prairie Township, MN
threw caution and everyone's advice to the wind, and took the
statistician position at Utah State University vacated by the
department head's sabbatical. Dorothy Jean Dewey, a Cache-valley
native, immediately caught his eye. Undeterred by her
waiting-for-a-missionary status, he proceeded to court and woo her
while investigating the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He
joined the Church on February 6, 1960. On June 6th, 1960 he married
Jean, daughter of Fern Sophronia Rainey and Arlen G Dewey. Returning
to finish his doctorate, they spent 18 months in Ames, Iowa, where
their eldest daughter, Diane, was born three months prematurely on Nov.
25th, 1961. She lived only a few hours, and is buried in the Logan
Cemetery. That December, they returned to Logan where they settled,
moving temporarily only a few times, including a year sabbatical to
Raleigh, North Carolina. In Logan, they bore and raised four more
daughters (now married): Sandra (Briscoe) March 20, 1963, Kristin
(Strong) April 11, 1965, Angela (Thompson) June 17, 1969, and Trisha
(Brimhall) July 24, 1973. After Don retired after 40 years as a
professor of statistics at USU, they served two missions for the LDS
Church: one to the New York, NY North mission and one to the Tennessee
Knoxville mission.

Dewey The Bread Man
July 17, 1905 – March 3, 1987
By JoAn Dewey Criddle, a daughter


One of thirteen children, Arlen G Dewey, known as ‘Dewey The Bread Man’ to old-timers of Cache Valley, was born just over the hill in Deweyville, Box Elder County. His early ties to Logan were few but memorable. There were occasional trips to the big city to shop and fun-filled trips to Bear Lake with stops in Logan en-route.

Arlen’s grandfather, John C Dewey, founded Deweyville, and his father Joseph Ira figured prominently in politics, church and community. Typical of boys growing up in early-day Utah, schooling ended for Arlen in 8th grade, but he valued education highly and later encouraged his children to secure the best schooling possible and to be active in church.

On the eve of the Great Depression, Arlen married the new schoolteacher in Deweyville, Fern S. Rainey. Those were difficult years for the young couple with three small boys to rear and three more children who followed not long thereafter. Arlen took any jobs that put food on the table and a roof over their heads. The family moved wherever he found work. He sold insurance in Preston, repaired cars in Brigham City, Tremonton, Ogden and Salt Lake, worked in construction, sold hardware, was a long-haul truck driver and helped his father farm.

In 1941, economic stability finally came to the family when Arlen found work at Eliason’s meat packing plant in Logan. The Deweys bought their first and only house at 491 North 5th East, kitty-corner from Adams Elementary School, known in its better days as the ‘Old King Mansion.’

The Deweys achieved greater stability when the Royal Baking Company of Ogden hired Arlen to handle all bread deliveries in Cache Valley. He was up at 5am and in Ogden about two hours later, depending on road conditions through the old, twisting Sardine Canyon. He returned to Logan in time for breakfast, then made a circuitous route to all the small towns and grocery stores throughout the valley.

Arlen loved to fish and after retirement was often found at First Dam or other of his favorite haunts in Logan Canyon. Arlen died, a widower of eight years, in 1987 and is buried in the family plot in Deweyville.

Two sons, Wade (Lorna Nyman) and Doug (Lois Earl) and a daughter, Jean (Don Sisson) settled in Logan. JoAn (Richard Criddle) retired to Logan. Jed (Nina Johnson) lives in Montana, and Spence’s widow (Pauline Packer) lives in Idaho.

David Pinkney Rainey, Richmond Pioneer
Feb. 1, 1817 Maury Co. TENN – Nov. 6, 1888 Richmond, Cache, UT
compiled from 8 biographical sketches
Submitted by Dorothy Jean Dewey Sisson, a great-granddaughter


David Pinkney Rainey, father of fifteen, was born in Maury County, Tennessee, the youngest of ten children born to Nancy Davis and David Rainey.

David is a common name among the Raineys, so he is usually identified as David Pinkney or DPR. His Rainey roots trace back to the mid-1700s in Orange County, North Carolina.

David Pinkney planned to be a minister before he met Mormon missionaries and moved to Nauvoo with his wife, Margaret Minerva Andrews, and her mother in 1843. He served three short missions to the southern states between the time of his baptism on May 15, 1843, and February 1846, when they joined the Mormon exodus to the west. David Pinkney left his wife on the Great Plains when he joined the Mormon Battalion. Discharged as a sergeant (near San Diego) he returned to the mid-west in the winter of 1847 and farmed until he could afford to bring his ailing wife to Provo, Utah in September 1856.

DPR married Dorothy Jane Dennis McGee in polygamy on Feb. 9,1857, at the urging of his first wife, Margaret, who died a few weeks later without having borne children of her own. In April 1857, about two months after his first wife’s death and his marriage to Dorothy Jane, he was called on a mission to San Francisco to assist George Q. Cannon publish The Western Standard. Upon returning to Utah, DPR was called as a bishop in Pondtown (renamed Salem) Utah.

In 1860, David Pinkney, Dorothy Jane, and their two-year-old son David William were asked to settle in Richmond, Utah. Here Dorothy Jane bore their 14 other children. In 1875, DPR served his fifth mission to the southern states, until he contracted malaria about a year later and had to return home. He never completely recovered from the effects of this illness. Richmond continued to be home until their deaths. DPR died of pneumonia on November 6, 1888. He, Dorothy Jane and relatives are buried in the Richmond Cemetery.

On Nov. 21, 1888, the Deseret News ran a tribute to him by Marriner W. Merrill, Jr., entitled ‘The Death of a Veteran,’ mentioning highlights of his remarkable life and steadfast devotion to his religion.

Dorothy Jane died July 18, 1920 while visiting a daughter in California. She bore 16 children, 6 of whom preceded her in death. (One daughter from her prior marriage, died as an infant.)


HISTORY OF DAVID WILLIAM RAINEY
Written by Jodie Dewey McAllister
Great Granddaughter

David William Rainey was born January 6, 1858 in Provo, Utah. He was the first child of David Pinkney Rainey and Dorothy Jane Dennis. When David was two years old they moved to Richmond, Utah. David grew up in Richmond on a small farm doing odd jobs. At different times David was a school teacher and a freighter. David married Mary Marie Olsen, April 26,1880 in Richmond. They lived there for many years with their four children before moving to Star Valley, Wyoming. They acquired land in the small town of Glen, Wyoming. David and his family became prosperous in farming and had enlarged their enterprises. This required him to hire extra men and young women to help with the farming. One of these young women was Janet Hanson (My Great Grandmother). Through this acquaintance, a romance developed and David asked Janet to be his second wife. In the meantime, the Church issued the "Manifesto" which did away with plural marriages, but sanctioned marriages, that had been planned before 1890, if the parties went to a country that permitted plural marriages. David and Janet went to Canada where plural marriage was permitted. David and Janet were married August 2, 1892. Soon after their first daughter was born (Julia Teola Rainey), they moved back to Wyoming. David bought another farm, two miles northeast of Afton for his second wife Janet and five children. In 1903 Janet separated from David. Polygamy didn't seem to work out for them. David's first wife Mary died in July 1903. After several failed attempts to reconcile with Janet, David married Margaret Burton Barlow in 1905. Margaret had three children from a previous marriage. May 7, 1906 Margaret gave birth to Dorothy Ellen Rainey. Two years later Margaret died after giving birth to another daughter (who also died). A few years after Margaret died, David married Ruth Comish Larsen, a widow with four children. They lived in Cove, Utah for a short while, then went to Lomita, California. David lived in Lomita until his death Sept. 7, 1934. He was buried Sept. 21, 1934 at Richmond, Utah where several relatives are buried. David William served many Civic positions, including school trustee. While in Star Valley, he was a High Counsilman with two Stake Presidencies. In his later life he spent a lot of time doing Temple work in the Logan Temple.

Letters to Verna Rainey Daines and her husband Newel, from her father David William Rainey plus one from his 4th wife Ruth Comish Larsen and the last of a letter from DWR to his daughter-in-law Iola when her husband and his son Lawrence died. These letters were recently found by David R. Daines among his mother Verna’s genealogy and family history papers. (I have tried to type the letters as written with the unconventional capitalization, punctuation, and spelling and the left out words. – JoAn Dewey Criddle 1/ 2004)


Fall 1932
Dear Newel,
I sure thought the Election had knocked you out but am glad to heare you are still on top & geting plenty to eat. You say you hope the Democratic party will be able to start the ball rolling. If things havent been rolling since Roosevelt took his seat I dont know what you would call it he has done more to start things goings the last month than Hoover did in 4 years.
Now some buisnes. I think Larsons note will be due in June or July 3 years from date he has only paid one years Interest them fellers in the Bank havent answered Ruths letter asking wether they had tried to collect any Int or not that is the reason she wanted to have them turn it over to you the way you write they still have the note have you tried to get them to let you have the note. It looks like she my lose $500.00 on his farm they are talking of foreclosing on it she let her son have it for $2,000.00 he borrowed $1,600 on it & paid her & the three children down here $1,500.00 and she took a second mortgage for the balance due on the farm but I don’t think the place will sell for enough to satisfy the first mortgage & the interest. Due so it looks like she is going to loose all that is coming to her in Utah but I am glad it is no fault of mine I note what you say about Larence did he have to give up his buisnes I wrote to him after I herd he was in Buhl but he never answered. I am glad to hear my old friends enquire about me tell them I am still going strong & still boosting for Calif I prefer earthquakes to snow & heat.
How is King Hillman is he still on top & Alec Harris & Jo Pond do you ever see him & Buck Lewis & Jo & Cars & Bob Allen I hope I will be able to persuade my wife to take a trip out that way this summer she is afraid oure car cant stand such a Long trip But I think it would I cant afford to buy a new one
I sure like to hear the news from Utah & Wyo I hear Heber Hansen & wife are spending the Winter Mesa Arizona Teola told me Ruths girl saw Hebers wife in the Temple they have excursions from this Stake about every week or so they genealogy society have bought one of the grey hound buses that will acomadate 30 & have a round trip rate of $4.00 They are going to Salt Lake next week $12.00 for the round trip. I am sorry to hear of your aunts strok hope she will recouver but pleased to hear of your sister hope she will be happy this time.
Now Newel let us know if you can do anything about that note & start it quick like Roosevelt does
Yours truly
D.W. Rainey


Lomita
12-26-1932
Dear Verna & family,
I received your most welcome letter a few days ago & was pleased as always to hear from also got a card & a short letter from Teola she writes quite cheerful say they have had a prosperous year its good to hear some one say that. I have felt quite miserable for some time had the flu I guess that what evry body calls it & both my legs are bothering me so I hate to move around so I havent got the Xmas spirit havent even sent any cards & acording to the papers there is the greatest spirit of giving & trying to make it pleasant for those that are in need I have ever seen in my life. Ruth had her children for Dinner yesterd She is not very either & Viola is expecting to be sick any minute in fact she has been draging around for quite a while her mother most all the work Heber hasent had much work all sumer so has very litle money & Owen writes like he will loose the place he cant pay the Int on the $500.00 he owes her so she feels pretty blue. I wish Newel would hurry & find out what he can do about Bishop Lassens not of course she expects to pay him the same as any colector I am sorry to hear about Lawrence especialy if he has lost your Mothers money he is young & strong but she is geting old & will need it more than ever. I am glad to hear the children are geting along in school was pleased to get Beulahs letter & I will cut out some of Xmas pictures of the sceins we see down here & the way they try to make it plesant for the poor children down here I am glad you are interested in Genealogy I have a record back to my grand fathers on both sides & I think my great grand father on fathers side some of the dates are not so good I also have the picture of Father & mother & if you cant get them of Chloe & Kate there I will send them to you in the spring with Kate they may have mothers father & mother my pictures are large & in frames I have a picture of your mother & the 3 oldest children will send that to you the only one I have. I have a few of the thing that have hapend in my life as I remember them but haven’t them in a book a lady took notes as I gave them to her & then typed them some of them don’t suit me when I get me a book I will some changes I will find out if I cant get the small pictures down here as there is lots of these books of remberence being made.


Lomita Calif 3 – 29 – 33
Dear Verna & children
received your letter this morning & will ans it this afternoon as I am alone Ruth has gone to a shower I believe they call it & while I think of it I will tell you we have a ward out here so we don’t have to go to San Pedro so often we can walk to church. tell Bro Hale I cant give him any price on his lots there are so many for sale & so few buyers people that buy & have the money can get lots for less than he paid for them & if I was him I wouldn’t think of selling now
now about the earth quake the extent of our damage was one emty fruit bottle but the old clock had a close call I was alone in the house Ruth was over to Violas I had just got my paper & turned on the floore Lamp & settled down in my big chair to read first I heard a rumbling noise then the light went out & the house began to shake & it shure shook I wasent frightind as I realized what it was & knew I couldent run away from it I had been in them before but not so severe it was Just a step to have gone out the front door but I started for the back doore before I got to the kitchen a vase feel off the bookcase & I turned around to see what it it was it was a vase with wax flowers in it & the clock was dancing a regular jig on the book case I grabd it & laid it flat on the table things were falling in the bed room the wire broke & mothers picture fell & the bottle in the kitchen it was only a little while till the lights came on but we turned the gas off the man who had charge of the water came & told us to fill up some bucket with water as the plant was damaged & he was puting on a gang to repare it one of my neighbors Father lived in Long Beach where it was so bad drove right over & brought his mother & some of her children over here they sure got out of there as many as could the lights & gas was off there for a week or more & you could not get in there without a pass. In Hunting Park where I took you when you left for home it was hit prety hard a large high went down there & caught fire there was no water to put it out so they had use dinamite I went over to L.B. as soon as they would let you drive around it still looked pretty tough. If it had happened while school was in session it would have been terible so many school buildings were wrecked
Well I guess I had better close this letter to you as I want to write some to Newel kiss the children for & write as often as you have time love from Dad



Lomita Calif
1 – 5 1934
Mrs Verna Daines & family
I received your Telegram but it was imposible for me to go to Buhl in my condition & the way the weather was. I think it was the worst storm I have ever seen. I think the damage & loss of life will be as great as the earth quake there was very little damage right here but up north the deaths have been terrible especily around Pasadena & Glendale
But this is not what I want to write to you about.
I supose you and Newel went to the funeral I would like to know what caused the blood poisning & how long Lawrence was sick & if Iola is going to make her home in Buhl & if Lawrence was carrying Insureance & how much is there any more children than they had when I was out there you children don’t alwase send me word when a new baby comes along I hadent herd of yours till Ruth got home. How is your mother standing it was all of his sisters at the funeral. I can Just Hobel around with the help of my cane. [D.W. Rainey and his 4th wife Ruth Comish Larsen had been in an automobile accident.] If I only could have went instead of him it seems it would have been better as I am no good any more but we must acknolage the hand of the Lord in all things Tomorrow is my birth day 76 years I expect the children to come down Sunday I wish could all of you
Love to all
Dad




The first two pages of this letter to his son Lawrence’s widow Iola are missing. Here is a copy of page 3 that must have been written about the time he wrote the previous letter to his daughter Verna:
He died on Dec. 17th & she was about all in when she got home. Will you pleas write to me as soon as you can & tell the cause of Lawrences death I think it must have been an axident & if he was insured & how you will be left financily I do surely hope he has left you & the children provided for also his Mother. kiss the children for me & axcept my sorrow for you in your affliction & may God help you to stand them will by my prayer for you
your fatherinlaw
D.W. Rainey


Lomita Calif
1 – 18 – 1934
Dear Verna & all
I have received your letter also Juniors he certainly writes a fine letter he comes right to the point & dont use any extra words he seems to be interest in his new Bro he forms his letters so well I can read it right off like it was typewritten. you must look after your little Bros & Sisters Junior see they dont get into trouble & help momah all you can & learn your lessions in school & keep at the head of your class is the wish of your Grand. Pa
Now I will write you a few lines Verna I was glad to hear all of you got to the funeral except Teola & sorry she failed I have received today the letters you and Fern sent Teola she sent them to your Uncle Heber & asked him to forward them to me & you both have went into the details of his sickness & the funeral than you wrote me. I am glad your mother was there before he died & is holding up so well also it was better for him to go than to have him a cripple like Homer Roberts I am inclosing a clipping Griffin sent it mentions of Lawrence being an Eagle dident he get anything out of that or had he let that laps He certainly had a brave little wife and 3 smart boys.
It sounds in one of your letters like the American Legion is takeing an interest in the family. I felt like if I sent the money to Iola that it would them more good than for me to go up there in my condition. I understand some of her folks live in Buhl. I wrote Iola a quite a long letter & enclosed a cashiers check for $20.00 but havent herd from her yet but suppose I will when she feels like writing. Write when you have time
love to all
Dad

Lomita Calif
4 – 3 – 1934
Dear Verna & family
I received your letter some time ago but I was quite sick for about a week I had a hard chill was afraid I was going to have pneumonia. It seemes like I take cold so easy & when I cough it feels like my rupture is going to bursat open. The weather is fine now & evry thing is beautiful I hope the children is all through the measles. Owens wife has been writing Ruth she has had a time with her children with the same thing
I have had a letter from Iola telling me of her condition & wanting me to do something to help her till the boys get older I am going to do what I can but it seems like she thinks I have plenty of money & can give her so much regular but I cant do that I wish I could but I know my financial condition better than anyone else While I pitty her & the children Ive got to look out for my self & Ruth while we live she has to take a boader as she don’t think what I give her for expences is enough to keep up the house & have any thing left for cloths (Over)
I haven’t made a dollar for over 5 years I cant figure out why any one can think I have money in the bank or any wher else. If I had quit work when I came down here & thought I was smart enough to dress up & speculate & talk to make my living I would have been on the county now but I dident but keep on working like I had done all my life as long as I could and if Lawrence would have quit after he saw he was not making a success of his buisness & went to work on the ranche he would still had
a good home but no he goes and sells it for lots less than it was worth throwes that away when only part of the ranch realy belonged to him his insurance evry thing it makes me sick to think of it his wife & children in the condition they are now I have laid awake nights thinking & couldent sleep but cant figure a way out. If he had made good without puting the ranch in it would have been fine but I had my doubts when I was out there with the expences he was having that he could make a go of it. There is no use saying any more as so will quit write when you can
love to all
Dad


Lomita Calif
October 26 – 1934
Mr Newel G. Daines
Dear Newel I receved your letter a few days ago and would have answered before but my Eyes have been quite bad and it has been hard for me to write also my arm is not interley well yet – my leg is swolen quite bad and is quite Painful yet – how ever I hope that it will get better soon in regards to share of that hydrant water will say I think that my Father got it you can see R. L. Allen or his Father about it he got it years before Owen bought the place I receved $349.81 from Hendricks of course my children got there share out of it you speak of me having plenty to live on comfortably I hope there will be enough for me that I will not hafto suffer for I think I have earnd what I will get although it will not be a great lot. I will tell Ralph about the copy of the Will will be pleased to hear from you and Verna
yours very truly
Ruth Rainey

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