The Seven Wonders of the
When Wilmer was born (June 6, 1936), a nurse
and doctor came to the
house. I had been out planting potatoes on a Thursday
morning and was to do tomatoes in the afternoon, but my
back was so sore that I had to lie down. Of course, I
was in labour, but didnít know it. I did not think the
baby was going to be born yet, as it was too early.
Wilmer was not born until late Friday. I did not see a
doctor for the pregnancy, but the doctor had given Bob
some iron pills. I did not know what was going to happen
or how, as it was not talked about in those days.
doctor in Douglas was to come, but we could not get him
when the time came, so we waited until the last minute
and then phoned Dr. Maloney in Eganville. He brought the
nurse with him. The nurse stayed for a week after Wilmer
was born. Dr. Maloney was our doctor for all the other
kids and he was also Mother and Dadís doctor. Wilmer was
3 weeks early, as were all the others, except Lois
(April 28, 1938), who was on time, and Ken (March 15,
1953), who was 3 weeks over.
All the kids were born at home except for Ken. Dr.
Reeves thought my blood was low and I might need a blood
transfusion. So I went to Clarence and Violaís in
Pembroke 3 weeks early, to be near the hospital. And
then Ken was 3 weeks late. So I stayed there for 6
weeks, off and on. Clarence would take me home on
weekends and then Iíd go back to Pembroke.
(born Dec. 7th, 1949) arrived in a snow
storm, and we were not sure if the doctor would arrive
in time, but he made it. Bobby (June 11, 1944) arrived
in a thunderstorm.
Back row: Lorraine, Bob, Annie, Bobby Front
row: Don, Ken, Keith
When I was 8 months pregnant with Don, we were
getting in the hay. Bob wanted me to get up on the load.
He thought it was too much work for me to throw up the
coils of hay. I didnít want to, but I got up anyway. A
snake came up in a forkload, so I threw my fork and
jumped down off the wagon into a hay coil. When Don was
born (Aug. 23rd, 1948), I phoned Dr. Maloney,
and waited and waited. Just as the baby popped out the
doctor arrived. He felt bad about being late and said,
"The Grants always phone me in lots of time, so when
another woman needed a cast on her arm, I thought I
would have lots of time." But guess what!!
I was pregnant with Lorraine (born May 3rd,
1946), Bobís brother in-law died in Kitchener in
February. While he was away for the funeral, I had to
take the cows down to the lower well every day to pump
them water. One day, I slipped and fell and slid on the
ice in amongst the cows. I was scared for a while - did
not know what I would do if I had been hurt. But
everything was okay.
Wilmer in back holding Ken
Middle Row: Lois, Bobby
Front row: Lorraine, Keith, Don