Person:Ella Wood (1)

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Ella May Wood
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Name Ella May Wood
Gender Female
Birth[1] 1 May 1903 Cedar Hill, San Juan, New Mexico
Marriage 1 Apr 1920 Aztec, San Juan, New Mexicoto Carl LeRoy Smith
Death? 28 Jan 1990 McMinville, Yamhill, Oregon
Burial? Ogden, Weber, Utah


Crocheted beautifully. Ella May said they always had fun. She didn't care much for cooking Grandpa Wood fell and broke his hip and grandma had to work. Ella had to learn to cook. Grandma Wood did housekeeping and cared for people. They probably met at a dance. She was about 16 when you are married. They always bathed in wash tubs. She dropped her belt in the bath water and her belt turned ivory. The older girls were ready to go on dates. One of the girls heated the curling iron too hot and burned a sisters ear. They never had a car so she was stuck at home all the time. She never got out because she had so many kids until Friday nights when the school bus would come and get them. It was a dime a piece.

Bob would buy her a rough candy bar with a cherry in the middle. She would put them in a little bucket at the head of the bed and the kids didn't know they were there.

She wanted white things white. Bob would carry water from the irrigation canal. Bob would put it on the fire and fill it would get hot. They would put lye in it and skim it off . She would put the white things in and boil it then put them in the washing machine.

The winter was so cold that the diapers would be washed that way. In the summer she would bring everything out to boil. Whe would use the hems of the skirt for colored dishtowels to dry pots and pans. She didn't want to use the white ones.

They would drape the clothes over everything to dry. She tried so hard to grow flowers that she used the rinse water to water the flowers. She had day lillies and some purple flowers.

Crocheted beautifully. Ella may said they always had fun. She didn't care much for cooking Grandpa Wood fell and broke his hip and grandma had to work. Ella had to learn to cook. Grandma Wood did housekeeping and cared for people. They probably met at a dance. She was about 16 when you are married. They always bathed in wash tubs. She dropped her belt in the bath water and her belt turned ivory. The older girls were ready to go on dates. One of the girls heated the curling iron too hot and burned a sisters ear. They never had a car so she was stuck at home all the time. She never got out because she had so many kids until Friday nights when the school bus would come and get them. It was a dime a piece.

References
  1. Census: USA Federal Census records.

    1910 Cedar Hill New Mexico Census, Henry Woods Head of House The census states that the mother Mary J. Woods had 8 children born t o her at that time with only 7 living.[The 1900 census said that she had two children who died before 1900]

  2.   Census: 1920 Cedar Hill New Mexico Census.