This is my Great-grandmother, Grace. My mother and grandmother are named after her.
Biography by Elsie Gladys Lundquist McNabb Saye, daughter. (Written in 1998)
My mother was very beautiful, intelligent and a truly gifted woman. As I remember her when I was 7 years old and younger, she had brown eyes and an abundance of brown hair which she often wore in braids wound around her head like a crown. I cherish the memory of her warm and loving spirit. Some of the family say I am very much like her in nature.
She was skilled with her hands in dressmaking, knitting, crocheting, embroidering and tatting. I have a dainty handkerchief that has at least an inch of tatting using fine thread on the border, which she made.
I remember some of the meals we had such as on Sundays with a beef roast, brown gravy over Yorkshire pudding and always a nice cake or pie. I was brought up with a taste for fruitcake at Christmas and plum pudding. Having a store to draw from, my mother did a lot of canning, everything from fruit to jam and chile sauce.
My father and mother met in Thistle, Utah. They were married in Thistle in 1892, and in 1897 they were sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. We lived in a home on Fifth Avenue which my father had built. It was a two-story home with a grocery store attached on the right side. There they raised eight children, working together to teach and guide them in school and at Church and through all the trials of life.
Mother wanted to have a little income of her own, so she raised chickens. She incubated the eggs in the house, and we had little chicks popping out of the eggs and being kept warm on the oven range. With some of this money she bought an upright piano, and everyone had a chance to learn to play the piano. This was a great incentive for me when I got married: to have a piano for our children.
My mother was subject to asthma, and when she had bronchial pneumonia, they did not have the drugs to fight is as we do today. As a result she died when she was 38 years old and I was only seven. I remember as we drove to the cemetery that May seeing lilacs everywhere in bloom.
Description of Their Home by Daughter Elsie
The store was on one side of the house with the grocery storeroom immediately behind it, and beyond that, the dining room. On the other side of the house was the parlor. Clear across the back of the home, behind both the storeroom and the living part of the home was the large kitchen with a pantry at one end and a big, black screen-in porch. Dad could lean back in his chair at the end of the table in the kitchen and see through the dining room and storeroom and tell who was coming into the store.
Above is the home as it looked when we visited in the 1970s and below is a copy of a photo from the early 1900s when the family lived there.
Upstairs over the store was an attic where Dad hung lines for clothes when it rained. It was in the attic that the boys worked on the new invention, the crystal set, which was the forerunner of the radio. Also upstairs was a large dorm for the boys. Carl, the artist, built himself a little studio beyond the dorm under the slanting of the roof. The girls and the parents had two nice bedrooms on the other side.”
Elsie remembers their home as a happy place to be. Emanuel built a little cottage behind the house which they rented out. To the side of the cottage was a garden, lawn, fruit trees, berry bushes and the clothes lines. There was also a stable for the horse and buggy and chicken coops. Grace wanted her children to have a piano, so she raised chickens to save money. She loved her chickens and she had lots of them. The homemade incubators sat in the front of the big stove on the oven door in the dining room. With her egg earnings she was able to buy a beautiful upright player piano. (At the time of her death she had seven incubators of baby chicks in the house and 500 chickens in pens outside.
The cellar held treasures for the store and for the family: big hams, round cheeses, bologna, salted cod fish, kippered herring, smoked salmon, small kegs of dill pickles, gunny sacks of potatoes, carrots, turnips, parsnips, onions, apples, oranges, and bottles of canned fruit from the garden. Milk and butter were kept in a large ice box. The ice man brought ice regularly in his horse-drawn truck. The kids always gathered around when he came, hoping to find chipped pieces of ice that would fall off. But perhaps the biggest treat was the penny candy in the store, a real temptation for the children!
The children enjoyed sledding in the winter, especially as they lived on a hill that ran all the way down to South Temple. The girls played with paper dolls and jacks, the boys made forts and played marbles. In the summer, there were ball games and camp fires in nearby vacant lots.Here is the back of the original family photo above, now kept in the LDS Church Archives.