The next story we have of Edith is when she was fourteen years old and living in Eureka. Her mother ran a boarding house and Edith worked very hard helping her. With her earnings, she had bought a pretty umbrella, a new hat, shoes, stockings and a pretty white dress that she pressed before going to bed. It was the evening of July 3, 1910. She placed her clothing neatly on the ironing board but she had forgotten to blow out the candle. My Mother, now six years old tells of the fire and how Edith woke her up and drug her outside while her father put out the fire, her clothes were burned.
Margaret tells about her mother, and Signe were going to a dance. They were dressed in their prettiest dresses. With their hair and everything else fixed just so. To get there they had to ride on the back of their horse, instead of going up the road, Edith headed across the field. Signe asked "Where are you going?" Edith replied "We're late and I know a short-cut. "We better not", replied Signe. About that time the two girls were knocked off the horse by a clothesline. They were a mess and there was no dancing that night.
The 1912 strike forced the family to leave Eureka and return to Frisco. This is where Edith met Eric Swenson and married him the following year. She was eighteen at the time. They were married 20 May 1914 in Beaver, Utah. Edith's father had worked with Eric and knew him long before the couple met. Eric was born in Rejpelt, Vora, Vasa, Finland, he was the second child of Greta Andersdotter Gammal and Johan Gustav Eriksson Svens, he had an older sister, Beata Lovisa Gustavsdotter Bergsten who married Johan Bjons and emigrated to America. Erik's step-brother Johannes Bergsten was killed in the war in 1940.
Very little is known of Eric's early life. None of his children knew who his parents were or what part of Scandinavia he came from. It was in April, 1996 that Rolf Ronquist from Finland was able to find the Svens family in Finland. Eriks Grandparents were Erik Johan Gustavsson Jafs and Beata Isaksdotter Ollus. Erik emigrated to America in 1903, returned to Finland and emigrated here again in 1908.
|Margaret, Virginia holding Eugene, Edith, Walt|
Helen, born 6 March 1915
Edith, born 14 November 1916
Margaret, born 6 December 1918
Virginia, born 2 January 1920
Walter born 29 January 1911
Arnold born 12 July 1931
Edith loved to dance and every Saturday night the whole family would go down to the Swedish Hall. Eric didn't like to dance so he would watch the children while Edith danced. Margaret didn't understand why because he was so musically inclined. He could play many instruments. Little Edith said, "I have always wondered what happened to his violin and Harmonica".
|Grandma A. Homes, Edith, Signe|
Edith & Margaret in Eureka