|Peter Boel Aunt Hanna|
Niels and Pierre where to young and sickly to go so Little Grandma, Mary, my grandmother had to stay in Denmark a couple of years longer. Even so Niels died a week or so after arriving.
|Little Grandma Peter Boel|
A picture in the Springville Book Little Grandma is listed as the second wife.
Well Aunt Hanna did have her man but still everything began to fall apart. She lived with a family that did not like her. Her first baby died at birth. Then she had a little girl named Ane Melvina. (I have a large picture of her in my house). She a pretty little thing with blond hair and frilly white dress. She looks at me with such a sad expression. A story is told of a group of children who started to talk about what they were going to be when they grew up. After each child told what they were going to be they asked Ane Melvina, what she was going to be? She stated, “I am going to die tomorrow." and that’s what she did.
|Ane Melvina Boel|
Aunt Hanna was a very good cook and housekeeper and managed to "rule the roost" as well as cater to Christian's every whim. Christian and Hanna did get along quite well and they did love each other. Hanna spoke English very well, something that Grandpa and Little Grandma never could accomplish. They did learn the language but had a strong accent and some words were very hard for them to pronounce. Aunt Mary said, “What a rascal he was, between the English and the Danish mixed, he was a scream." Aunt Mary also said, “Grandpa Boel would shear sheep in the spring. He said Hanner could shear as many sheep as he could."
Aunt Hanna resented the way she was shunned and humiliated. They were also afraid of her they had seen some of the spells that Aunt Hanna cast. In America Andrea’s was no longer a servant. He had to be paid wages so he bought a fancy brass bed with a real mattress. Well, he bragged once too often about how wonderful it was. Hanna took her book out and cast a spell on it, he could never sleep on it again. If he tried he always fell out of it, so he slept on the floor next to it. Even the neighbors were afraid of her. A spell on the neighbor’s cow made it go dry and it never gave milk again.
My Aunt Mary Halverson Bowen didn't like her at all. Aunt Hanna died in 1915. Shortly after that, the “four Mary’s searched the house to find and burn her witchcraft book, "Cyprianus", her Devils book. Mary said, "In those days many believed in the supernatural and we were all afraid of her.
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Aunt Hanna Little Grandma at Church
My Father, Harvey said, "I liked Aunt Hannea and got along with her". Peter Boel bought a fancy horseless carriage and my dad was their chauffeur. He took them where ever they went. Christian's sister, Christiana Twede, her children and grandchildren said she was a nice person, active in church and community affairs. Aunt Doris Halverson said, "One day I was talking to Irene Freeman, she said that when she was just a little girl, she loved to visit Aunt Hanna. Hanna was just the sweetest little old lady".
Aunt Mary said, “Grandpa was a rascal, mean and stingy." While living in Denmark he learned to live with poverty. His miserly ways made him rich while many of his neighbors were poor.
But my father said, "He worked and played hard, I couldn't keep up with him during the prime-time of my life and he was old". He was always making and selling things. He repaired clocks, I have the vice he held the little gears and teeth. There were clocks hanging on every wall.
One dark cold night my Grandmother Halverson woke up by a knock on the door. It was Grandpa Boel he may have been two sheets to the wind. On 800 west he was close to his friends and booze. He had a grand old time but when he got home Hanna took one look at him and locked the door. By the time he walked 10 big city blocks in the black night he had sobered up and he was angry. Oh Why! Oh Why! Did I ever marry that woman when I had a better one right here?
Grandpa Boil’s first home was at 980 W 1600 S in Mapleton on 20 acres of ground. Over the years it became better and more productive. Grandpa Boel was getting in his 60’s and was semi-retired. Pierre ran the farm and was doing the blacksmithing. Grandpa had had more free-time to visit and play and life was good. Pierre had worked for his father for 34 years without pay and was promised the house and farm for this service. Pierre had been sick a lot and had lost all his toes on one foot, caused by tuberculosis.
One day Pierre fell in love with a pretty little girl from Georgia who came to Utah to marry a nice Mormon boy. But when Pierre brought Molly McClain home to live things fell apart. The Irish in Molly would not allow her to be bossed by an “Old Country Dane”. She just packed up and went back to the family who brought her to Utah.
To get Molly back Pierre had to get ownership of the farm and eventually he did. Well Grandpa Boel drug his feet in transferring ownership. He hadn’t been working and had to sell a few acres of the farm to build him a new house.
1st 20 acre farm given to Pierre.
2nd Grandpa bought a house and three acres of ground just south of his and gave it to his son, Jens. He had given this house to help his son, Jens (James) who had lost his leg soon after his marriage
3rd Then there was the Arron Johnson home that he bought and deeded to his Daughter Mary Halverson in 1911 to care for his first wife, Little Grandma.
He built this new house next to his son, Jens and Mary Halvorsen Peterson on the 300 block on 8th west in Mapleton.
|my Grandma Mary Peterson Halverson|