From My Mother's Notes

 Phyllis Fricker's Memory Book


My Mother's Paternal Grandmother


 Mary Faulkner- Cameo Grandma always had home-made cookies on hand.
  Grandma Faulkner suffered greatly from arthritis in her back in her latter years. She would come to Aunt Clara's in St. Thomas occasionally for a visit and would stay only a couple of days - then she would want to go home. Also, if any of her relatives came to visit her they could never surprise her. She would say "I knew you were coming." How she knew I never could figure out. Perhaps she had E.S.P. - or perhaps it was just hope.   Also, I can remember grandma telling me about a little boy in Dover who got into the raisins and he swallowed quite a few without chewing them first. Needless to say the child's stomach began to swell out of proportion and he was screaming with pain. His mother, who was English - ran around holding her hands to her head and yelling, "Oh, I ‘ope he don't bust, I ‘ope he don't bust." What the consequences of this episode were I never head - but I'll wager that the child learned a good lesson!
  Grandma always had home-made cookies on hand. If a child came in for a visit she would say "Do you want a cookie?" and she would give them one. They soon learned to say, "Yes, please" and Thank you".   Sometimes the Jersey Cow would start to moo and moor and raise an awful ruckus. She would bawl all day and I would ask Grandma what she was making all the fuss about. Grandma would smile to herself and say, "Oh, she's only ‘bulling'". I never did understand what she meant until later years.

Percy Kenneth Brock | Valparaiso, Indiana | Cadillac, Grand Rapids & the Stock Market Crash | 
Mabel Evelyn House
 | Family jokes | Mabel passes | Mary Faulkner | Farm Life | 
The well-equiped kitchen
 | An old-fashioned wash day | Goose feather beds | "I 'ope he don't bust!" | 
In the good old Summertime
 | A daring escape | Black Diphtheria | Frank Faulkner | 
Aunt Clara & Uncle Bill
 | Aunt Hilda |