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Author: Shirley Jean Skidmore Farrell Leach undefined Arthur Reierson undefined
Note: ia Gumpert, or perhaps her Father's sister Victoria Alice Barger or perhaps her Grand Aunt Emma Alice, sister to her Grandmother, Mary Ellen Barger. According to Alice, her Mother had a special friend named Fern from whence comes her middle name. Alice was born at home at 7:40am to James and Ida May Gumpert Barger. James was 36 years old then and Ida was 34. This information comes from the original birth certificate which Alice still has. She was the sixth child born to the family of eight. At about a year she had her picture taken and from looking at that picture one can see the determination which she demonstrated the rest of her life. It was told to her that at the time the picture was taken, they wanted her to sit straight in the chair and she didn't want to. She tells many stories about her childhood: *****Alice attended and graduated from Concord High School. There were only 3 boys in her class at school. All the girls got together and gave girl names to the boys. Millard McIntire was named 'Millie'. One was Nelson Judy - they named him Nellie. Another was Emerson Judy who was given the name 'Emmy'. Those boys were good natured about it and those names 'stuck' for all their life (as far as the classmates were concerned). *****After thrashing, a straw pile was left in the field - a big straw pile. After that pile was packed by the first rain, Alice and her brother Laurel and some of the others would get on that straw pile and wait for the cows to come to it. The cows liked it because they would brush against the straw to get the flies off them. Alice said it was great fun to jump on the cow's backs and ride as far as they could. Old Mandy was her favorite because she would let them ride her longer than the others. Alice said they would hang on for dear life until they couldn't stay on any longer, falling to the ground, and laughing 'like fools'. *****Alice had a favorite place to go and be alone. With so many brothers and sisters, it was not easy to find a place like that. She would go out behind the smokehouse and sit on a pile of wood that was used for smoking hams in the smokehouse and there she could think her private thoughts - all alone. *****Aunt Seeny (the oldest girl) and Alice would be in charge of doing dishes after the meals. One would wash and one would dry and put away. One day they were arguing over whose turn it was to wash dishes. The argument got so heated that Aunt Seeny pulled out a butcher knife and Mother took off running down the road and hid in the ditch. Aunt Seeny found her and made a swipe with the knife that caught Mother in the elbow. Not a big cut, but Aunt Seeny felt so bad for doing it. The cut was dressed and Alice has the scar to this day. *****Alice tells about the work horses that her Dad had. One was Goldie and one was Dick. They were treated royally because they were the tractors of that age. They did all the hauling and pulling of the farm implements for plowing and planting. She got on Goldie one day to take water back to the woods where her Dad was cutting wood. Goldie made it to the woods with the water but no Alice. She ended up on the ground in the pasture. She had fallen off but was not hurt. Her Dad found her after Goldie found him and he knew something had happened. ************************ This little piece was found while going through some of Alice Skidmore's books of poems and songs. At one time she had enrolled in a Writing course thru the mail and this was one of the writings that she submitted to complete an assignment.............. "One particular sunny afternoon in Spring, my sister and I (two of a family of eight youth,) decided we were going to the woods alone - a first experience. We started out with a gallon lard bucket full of drinking water, knowing from past experience that when you go to the woods, you get quite thirsty. Picnics with the family in the woods were quite frequent in those days, but never a trip without Dad. It just happened that Dad was plowing corn on the back acres that day so we knew we could get to the woods without his knowledge. Sneaking past the hired girl (our mother had died when we were six and nine years. Dad had hired a long list of girls for whom we had no respect whatsoever) we made our way through the giant barnyard gate, down through the hilly pasture, across the muddy creek - shoes and all - back up the knobby hill. We skittered stones on the lake, and dunked sticks in the hog wallow, chasing the hogs frantically from their cool dip, grunting with displeasure at the interference. Back we went to the long lane that abounded with acorns, hazelnuts, strawberries, wild cherries and many other tasty bits along the way. The lane extended a quarter of a mile and ended at the edge of the woods. Looking at the dark trees seemed very foreboding in comparison to the times we came with the family. We were a bit reluctant to go to some of the familiar haunting places we had been before but curiosity and love of the wild life and nature seemed to be in charge, so we kept venturing farther into the woods. We picked wild flowers by the armload and each one seemed to be bigger and better than the other. We watched squirrels scamper for their homes in the hollow trees with hickory nuts lodged in their mouths. We caught a fleeting glimpse of a young rabbit. Birds of all sizes and description were singing in the trees and bunches of banded pheasants were plentiful - young and old. This was the way God intended people to see the wild woods. Now we knew why a hunter enjoyed hunting, why a poet seeks nature for inspiration, why an artist chooses an outdoor spot for his paintings and why a writer likes to be alone when he writes. Memories have a way of lasting and growing more precious as the years go by. Each little detail comes to life more vividly each time we remember and appreciation grows. Going back in time and remembering all the little things that happened is such a very relaxing thing. When we are children we do not realize what a grand thing childhood is." (The story ended here. From the ages given above, these two girls were Alice and Betty. Did they get in trouble with their Dad? Did he ever find out they did that? We will never know. Anyway, this is just an example of the adventurous spirit of our Barger clan.) ***************************** Some notes made while Alice was visiting Shirley and Steve, April 28, 2004: We went to Florida for a visit with brother Bob and Juanita and Mother. Mother is 87 years old. She lives in Lakeland, Florida in a double house with my brother. Dad and Bob remodeled the house just before Dad died in 2002 so Mother would have a nice home to live in and would be taken care of. This way she could be as independent as she wanted to be. Bob and Nita are so good with her. She goes camping with them and accompanies them almost everywhere they go We brought her back to Ohio with us for a while. She has been here for a month and we have had such a good time. We have visited with her sisters, Seeny (Asenath) and Betty; have gone shopping; have visited with all the grandchildren; and are going to her Alumni Banquet at Concord School on Saturday and stay over night with Betty (Barger) Roush. This was Mother's 70th graduation anniversary. Sister, Janet, came from Savannah Lakes, SC and spent a week here before taking Mother back down to visit with them for a while. We three had a very good visit with cousins and friends around St. Paris, OH while Jan was here. It was spring and the weather added to our enjoyment of each other. In 2004, Alice, Seeny and Betty are the only members of the James Isaac Barger Family that are left. Aunt Seeny is in Greenhills Rest Home just outside of Urbana. She will be 94 years old in October. Aunt Betty and Uncle Riley live in a very nice home outside of Urbana on Route 29. Aunt Betty will be 85 years old in November. Alice was 87 years old last January. They all have trouble hearing each other so they are fun to watch when we get them together. Much laughter is heard while they talk about almost anything. Mother has two artificial hips and three artificial knees (one of the knees was replaced twice). She is in very good shape for her age. She exercises every night after going to bed to keep her body in shape. She takes good care of her teeth and her face and looks younger than her age. She always has a smile on her face and makes other's smile too. She has a very keen wit. She is a delight to be around, always ready to go at the drop of a hat. She loves a good joke. She is an EXCELLANT card player. Wins often, no matter what game we play. ************************* It is now December 2007. Alice will be 91 in January and is still living in the double with Bob and Nita living beside her. Her sisters have gone on now. She took a bad fall last month but did not break anything and is recovering well. She looks forward to getting back to her regular routine of attending the Senior Center where she plays cards three times a week. She also has lunch once a month with the 'Red Hat' ladies. She is still ready to go anywhere that Bob and Nita go. She was here for a couple of months last year and we will be bringing her here for another visit (God willing) in April this year. She is an inspiration to all of us. ********************** March 28, 2008: Steve and I travelled to Florida for a couple of weeks visit with friends and then to Mother's and brother Bob's. We attended a couple of Bob's softball games and visited with Jed and Jason - my nephews. We brought Mother back to Ohio with us for a couple of months visit. She was considerably weaker than last year when she came. We didn't do as much running around as before. I arranged for visitors to come to the house instead and we spent many pleasant hours talking the afternoons away. The weather was warm enough for us northerners but Mother had a difficult time staying warm. We put the electric blanket on her bed and she liked that. I had warm clothes for her to add to her own. Sister, Jan, came from South Carolina and visited a week. That was a special time. She then took Mother to stay with her for a while. Mother got sick after a few days there and they took her to the hospital where it was discovered that she was failing rapidly. When Mother felt a bit better, she just wanted to get home so Jan drove her to Florida and stayed about 10 days to get her settled. She saw a doctor in Lakeland and he confirmed a type of blood cancer. It was the first part of June and she died peacefully in August. Brother Bob and wife Nita took care of her, devoting all of their attention and energy to her. Jan and I are so grateful to them.
Note: Alice Fern was probably named after either her Mother's oldest sister, Alice Eugen
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