|Outside the house on Matney Way, circa 1924|
Uncle David Keyes, Gail Sigford, Ruth Sigford
The house on Matney Road burned to the ground in about 1923; my mother was just 4 years old at the time. Nearly seventy years later, she shared her memories of that old house :
"The house on Matney Way burned to the ground, probably in late summer or early autmn of 1923, when Gail [her younger sister] was a baby, well perhaps more of a toddler. I remember my mother carrying a baby out of the house in her arms while the house was burning. We lost almost everything in this fire. My mother saved her round topped trunk where she kept all of her treasures. No one was died in the fire and we still had our cows, car, buggy and Nell [the horse]. That was the only house that my parents ever owned."
Even though I never saw this house, it looms large in my memory for many of the treasured family pictures of my mother's family were taken when they lived there.
|Ruth Sigford, 1 year old|
late summer, 1920
|Sigford twins, Loise and Joyce with brother Clemmon|
in the buggy behind beloved Nell, circa 1922
Lone Pine School in the background
|1920, Sigford children at the Matney Way property|
Clemmon, Joyce holding baby Ruth, and Loise