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  • ID: I0737
  • Name: Elma Irene Jones
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 31 JUL 1907 in Grand River, IA area
  • Death: 15 NOV 1986 in Red Oak, IA Mont. Co.
  • Change Date: 7 JUN 2006
  • Burial: Red Oak IA: Montgomery Co.
  • Reference Number: 84
  • Note: BIOGRAPHY Grandma was one of 11 children. She had 4 sisters and 6 brothers, Zeta, Opal, James, Gareld, John, Hazel, Hershel, Paul, Lyle, and Darlene. Elma was a gardener and loved to do home canning. She also was in Girl Scouting for 20 plus years and even took her troop to Denmark. Notes from Sandy. Grandma was pretty even tempered. She rarely got mad at us grand children no matter what bad thing we did. And we did plenty. I remember one time when I was 5 or 6 years old Grandma and Aunt Judy and her son Tim came to our house for a visit. Tim took one of my new toys and hid it and wouldn't give it back. So after a lot of crying I told him we should play hide and seek. I was to hide first. As he began to count I began to run away. Just up to the shop where my dad worked, because I knew dad would make Tim give back my toy. I had to cross a four lane highway and a busy main street. When mom found out where I went she was livid. She and grandma came to the shop to pick me up. I guess grandma took pity on me. She took Tim and I to the Dairy Queen for ice cream. Grandma worked with the Girl Scouts when I was young. They had a camp near by and grandma would take me with her. She used to store all of the tents and supplies in her chicken coop. They took them back in the spring and set them up to air out. There were gooseberries along the path to one of the sites and I picked a huge bowl full to make a pie with. They were so bitter I threw them away instead. I didn't know you should add sugar to pie. I remember many family get together in Grand River Iowa. That is where she was from. We often went to camp there on Memorial day weekend. It never failed to rain, but we always had a good time. Grandma took all of her laundry to town and washed it then she brought it home wet and hung it on the line to dry. Summer and Winter, (in the winter it would "freeze dry") Then she would bring it in and iron it all. Not just wrinkly things and cotton shirts, but sheets, dish towels, pillow cases and bras. I mean every thing, and she used spray starch. Her house was modest but always clean. She rarely bought new knick knacks, or un-needed things. There were just a few toys for us kids to play with. About 6 little golden books, 3 or so color books, and a coffee can of crayons. But the thing I remember most of all was a Smokey-The-Bear stuffed bear. He survived all of us grand kids and some great grand kids. He now sits proudly on the top shelf of my closet. We were told to go outside and play, so we didn't need any toys. We used to play out in the pasture. We used to mash down the tall grass like crop circles, and connected them to make "rooms". When they called for us we wouldn't come. We also used to sneak down in the basement and play with the minnows grandpa used to keep for fishing. We would get a bucket and put some water and minnows in and take them out behind the Catalpa tree and play with them till they died. We also found snakes and kept them in jars. One time when we couldn't find a jar we put the snake on the front seat of grandma's station wagon. We went back to get it after we found a jar, but it was no longer on the seat. Grandma found the snake on her way to town later. We were evil, but inventive kids, always thinking up something to do that would anger our parents, but grandma never let on that she minded. She saved buttons. I spent many, many hours going through that tin box of buttons. Counting, matching, and seeing which ones had the most kinds, and always putting the pretty ones to one side. Always in the middle of her bed. She taught me to pick beans and strawberries, and how to shell peas from her lap. I remember all the canned vegetables in the basement in canning jars and all the ones in the freezer in the wash house. She used to make tomato juice with an old fashioned and worn strainer. It had a worn wooden pestle to mash out the juice and kept in the pulp and seeds. It always took all day. It also took days to put up the sweet corn. We both froze and canned it. Grandma would bring it out at Christmas, just as good as fresh on the cob. I also remember the large chunk of lard that was always in the fridge. Grandma shaved off a big chunk of it for the bottom of the skillet every time she fried any thing. When I think now how unhealthy it was. But they didn't know then. Grandma developed Alzheimer and for the last several years she lived her memories slipped away and became distorted. One day before she was moved to the home mom went to see her. Grandma was sitting at the end of the kitchen table trying to fold dishtowels. She was just wadding and twisting them around her hands and putting them back in the basket as balls. Often Grandpa would have to haul her back in the house because she was "going home". Her thoughts would go back and forth in time and she was getting worse. Grandpa took over the cooking and house keeping, and did every thing he could to keep her at home. One day she fell and broke her hip. She then had to go to a nursing home. I didn't go to see her as often as I should have. It got more sad every time I went. She would hold your hand like she would never let go. She would cry and say things like where is my husband, he doesn't love me, he hasn't been to see me for weeks. (He went every day breakfast, lunch and dinner.) He took her to the cafeteria and helped her eat. She just couldn't remember he had been there, even if he had just left. I wanted to remember her the way she was before, but I think I will never forget the way she was near the end.

    Father: Paul Denham Jones b: 6 SEP 1884 in Decatur Co. IA
    Mother: Ethel Mamie Metts b: 4 JUL 1888 in Grand River, Decatur County, Iowa

    Marriage 1 Wayne Paul Boelling b: 10 NOV 1908 in Corbug , IA 8 miles S. Red Oak
    • Married: 6 OCT 1930
    1. Has No Children Living Boelling
    2. Has No Children Living Boelling
    3. Has No Children Living Boelling
    4. Has No Children Living Boelling
    5. Has Children Living Boelling
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