On Nov. 15, 1919 our first boy was born. He had red hair. We named him William Hashton after Grandfather Wardle. We called him Willie. He was a very sweet boy. We almost lost him when he was born as he had a hemorrhage. He bled from eyes, nose, mouth and bowels. The doctor gave him several blood transfusions. He took two blood from me. That checked it. He lost so much blood that he was so cold, almost like death. They wrapped him in blankets and put him in the oven to try and keep him warm. The doctor gave him a sedative to keep him quiet when he wasn’t 24 hours old. He lived to be two years and four months. He was sick most of his life. When he passed away his hair was white. We had moved to Pocatello and were living there when Willie passed away. Just before he died we had another little daughter born on Dec. 10, 1921. She looked like the other girls with long dark hair. We named her Myrtle Mary. She was just a little doll, but the Lord saw fit to take her. We were only permitted to keep her three months. We had four children. All of them, Wilford, and I were all sick at the same time with the flu. There was a bad flu epidemic. Wilford and three of the children had flu and pneumonia. Two children were taken. Willie died March 1 and Myrtle March 4, 1922. That was terrible. We were all too sick to leave the house so we had a little service for both of them at home. It took a long time to get over the loss of my children.
On March 29, 1923 we had another little girl born. We named her Wanda Helen. She also had dark hair and blue eyes. She was a beautiful child. She lived to be eleven months old. We enjoyed her very much. She and the other girls got whooping cough. Wanda got pneumonia with it. She passed away Feb. 10, 1924. It was a very sad blow to all of us.
|Little Willie who was born with red hair; but it went white due to health issues.|