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Millie started milking at the age of 7, practicing on those cows that were drying up. She and her sisters did most of the milking as her brothers were not old enough. This was by hand, before the day of automatic milkers.

Mother Birch separated the milk and fed some of it to the many pigs her husband raised. The cream she took to town once a week and sold to pay for the family groceries. The milk and cream was kept sweet and cold in underground cellars.

Ruby, Millie's oldest sister left home before she was very old so her childhood memories of Ruby are few. She did stay with her off and on, however.

Zella was a very likeable sister. She had natural curly hair. One of her favorite pastimes was horseback riding. She was also an expert seamstress and made hats. She had poor health, however, and was not well a lot of the time. She was married briefly to Henry N. Sorenson on 16 December 1944. It did not work out and they were separated and divorced 26 November 1918. She went to Salt Lake City, Utah where she took a course of some kind and came back to St. Anthony and set up a store. At age 28 she took ill and passed away.

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Fern went to Boise, Idaho, when Governor Moore was elected and stayed there. He was a lawyer near St. Anthony and she was his secretary. When she was young she had a boyfiend who went on a mission. He died while in the mission field and she has not married.

Ernest was a good helper for his father. He understood and enjoyed the farm work... When he got married in 1921 Nancy moved to the home in St. Anthony and he lived in the farm home.

Lois and Millie played house together with their dolls most of the time until they were about eleven. The dolls had cloth bodies and china heads. One day a lady came to their house and said girls their age should be learning to crochet instead of
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of spending their time with dolls. So that stopped their pleasant pastime.

Lois became a teacher. She taught one year then married Lloyd's cousin, Seth Bean. They along with Lloyd and Millie later bought a dry farm from father, David Birch.

Eva went to Albion Teacher's College and learned to be a teacher. She was home alone with mother Birch quite awhile. She taught at Hagerman, Idaho where she met her husband to be.

Jesse was a very good guy and a good farmer. He got his start with his father, also.

Thomas Reed was also a farmer. He, too, came to be their neighbors in Idaho when Lois and Seth left.

As the Birch children grew up they went to Sunday School on Sunday and in the summer were permitted to go to or have other neighbor children to play with.

Millie started school in the Franklin school. Her teacher was an elderly lady by the name of Miss Boston. She was very strict. Millie attended this school for the first and second grades.

When she was about seven her parents bought the house in ST. Anthony and each winter the family moved to town. Millie received the rest of schooling there. She graduated from the eighth grade the year America entered World War I. They were taught to be very patriotic, then. Millie recalls there were meetings often and dances to send the boys off to the war right.

Millie was a good student. She loved books and enjoyed whatever she could get her hands on. She has continued this pastime all her life. Because of this she has become a very knowledgeable lady on many subjects. She graduated from high school in three years. She loved to play basketball (see Lloyd's History for picture) and had to work hard at it. She remembers always being tired. She had a good teacher in business and felt she learned much. She was 17 when she graduated.

Two good friends of these days were Ida Osgothorpe and Melvina Williams. She also had a close relationship with her cousins, particularly Vard Meadows whom she greatly admired all her life.

She was baptized 1 September 1912 at Wilford in a large canal in front of Eric Johnson's home. She was very frightened.