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Great Grandparents' Story

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This past Christmas, I took all of my Grandma's memoirs and put them into a printed book for her. The words on this layout are actually taken from two pages of her book (which ended up being 24 pages!!). But this is her version of the story of her parents' (my great grandparents') early years. I LOVE that my grandma can remember all of this and took the time to pass the family history down to me. (And I'm currently working on Grandpa's book for this Christmas!)



Conrad Hovie (Papa) and Grace Lillie Guilford (Mama)

were married July 21, 1915. Papa thought he had to have

a house and $1,000 in the bank before he should get

married. He had both, and the house even had an indoor

bathroom, which was a rarity in Comstock in those days.

They went to Lincoln to get married. While there, they

bought furnishings for the home and silverware and dishes.

They had things sent by train, and the story goes that when

they arrived home, the things had been delivered and were

in the front yard. The house was a block north and two

houses down to the east of the main intersection of town.

All five of us children were born in that house. It is still

standing (2007), but is in bad shape. We have been through

it a few times in the last few years, and Wendell and my

sisters have told me how it used to be. I don’t remember

living there.


I don’t have much information on those early years. Papa

and his cousin, Theodore, had a machine shop on Main

Street. In 1917, they moved to a big brick building on the

corner - a block and a half west of our house. I don’t know

how long Theodore was with him, but in 1924, Papa moved

his shop to the corner a block east.


Mama and Papa were very active socially. They had many friends, mostly from the country, so their home was a

gathering place. Mama was a very good cook and always had baked goods on hand. It was common for friends

to drop by after they had come to town Saturday night for groceries. Farmers came in to the creamery and

co-op to exchange their cream and eggs for money to buy groceries. Mama also cooked a big Sunday dinner,

and there was always company for that, too.


Comstock was a very active town in those days. Saturday night dances were common. Mama and Papa loved

to dance. When there was square dancing, Papa would do the calling and Mama would chord on the piano.

In such a bustling town, there was an occasional ruckus. Although there was a town marshal, Papa was

frequently called to settle the matter. It is said that he would tower over them and say in his stern Norwegian

voice, “Now, now boys... Enough of that!” and it would end the matter. Several stories are even told of his

being called to settle marital disputes.


It must have been Good Times... I wasn’t born yet, so I don’t remember... but I have heard many stories from

Wendell and sisters and Sherman, too.

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I love how you did the journaling on this page. I have to do a bunch of pages with a lot of writing coming up and you've given me some great ideas for them. Beautifully done!

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Gorgeous page and a super story. What a wonderful thing you have done to get these stories down with photos accompanying them. Thanks for sharing this page.

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