When Elseth and Jeane
were little everyone referred to them as 'The Gold Dust Twins'. Mom
said it was because
Jeane's birthday was April
19th and Elseth's was April 21st. Since they were born one year apart,
on the 20th of every
was always good at thinking up things to do and I usually carried them
out! Once we went into the basement
Lois was at the Blacksmith Shop one morning waiting for the school janitor to walk the children to school, as was the custom in those days. Dad drove up in his truck on his way to work and stopped at the stop sign. Lois yelled at him, asking where he was taking the kids..... (referring to Elseth and Jeane, who were just toddlers at the time.) Dad looked back into the truck bed and didn't see anything. Lois yelled that they were sitting on the running board!
He was badly shaken up realizing how tragic this little "trip" could have been had Lois not spotted the girls. He took them home, dropped them off by the garage and told them to go tell their mother what they had done. Of course they didn't tell her anything. When he came home, he told Mom that he had spanked them. Jeane says, "Of course, he didn't, but Elseth and I kept mum on that one!"