Howard Betts is the father of Denyse Betts Geddes, Kent Colin Betts, Roderick Galen Betts
, and Randal Bartly Betts (this site's webmaster).
was about five when we went to Rosemary, and Bartly was three the following May.
One time Colin and Rod
made a fire under the bed on the farm in Raymond.
One time in Raymond (town), Rod
was on the shed roof and for some reason had an axe.
I can't remember how Rod
got a cut on his
cheek, which his
mother carefully taped together so it would not leave a scar.
It was healing well when he
had a fight with Colin in the barn and opened up the cut again, and it healed with a scar.
One time when we did leave them, Rod
was kneeling on the kitchen table watching us drive away, when Bartly gave him a shove from behind.
Rod's head went through the kitchen window.
was not cut.
and Bartly joined the family before we moved.
Wanda taught until the term was over, and had Rod
in grade 1.
One day Rod
threw the old army saddle over her
back and the iron stirrup flipped up and broke off one of his
One spring, I was hauling grain to the elevator, and took Rod
I had taken in two loads, and was going to take another, but before I got to the bin I could see a storm coming.
I was about a mile from home, and I kept on going toward home as fast as I could.
We were about a quarter mile from home when the storm hit.
The hail was only about pea size, but a very heavy wind was driving the hail.
I was on the tractor and Rod
was in the wagon, and there was nothing we could do but keep on going.
We were both covered with welts from the hail, and soaking wet and very cold.
We gave Rod
a good rubdown, a hot bath, and put him to bed.
milked the cows and got half the cream money, but it was a miserable job for him because of his
milked them as early as possible to get the job over with.
After school in Rosemary, Rod went and worked as an apprentice mechanic for Murray Gordon Motors.
Bartly went to the Central Atlantic States mission before Rod
We met Rod
in Calgary when he
came home from his
came by air from new York, I believe it was.
had crossed the ocean by boat.
If I remember correctly, Colin arrived in Brooks by train when he
came home, and we met him there.
when back to work for Ressler, first living on the farm, then moving to Brooks for the winter.
After working for Jack Ressler all that time, Rod
used his name as a character reference.
did not work for him anymore.
When Bartly came home from his
did not tell us when he
was coming, which was quite typical of Bartly.
came home by way of BYU
and visited his
came home by bus and arrived in Bassano.
By luck, he
happened to meet the Dunbars there, and they gave him a ride home.
We heard someone come into the house after we had gone to bed, we got up to greet Bartly. (I suppose he
did not know in advance when he
We bought a lot and a half in Rosemary, and the next year, with the help of Rod
and Bartly during their summer holidays, we built the house.
We were able to give Rod
and Bartly something for working on the house, but we wished it could have been more.
Our money was about gone by then, and we had to get to work to finish paying for the house.
When Rod finished at BYU, he went to work for Macys in San Francisco.
worked out his
time and then he
came back to Canada and worked for various companies, before going into business with a partner.
Colin, all the time since his
mission, had been looking around to find the nicest, pretty girl he
So, it took him quite awhile, and he
did not get married until after the other two boys.
and Maureen had room for all of us, and we had a very comfortable time.
made all the arrangements, and all the family members were present except Loren, who was visiting his
Christensen grandparents in Reno.
One of the first long trips was when we went to see Colin in Reno, Nevada, and first visited Bartly and Rod
We watched General Conference on the TV at the place where Rod
When Colin saw some of the pictures, showing him and Rod
in the same picture, he
"large economy size" because he
looked smaller than usual beside Rod
, which gave us a good laugh.
took us back with him to San Rafael, and after a visit, Colin came and picked us up and took up back to Reno.
Colin had his
and Bartly both saw my predicament about the same time.
climbed on the machine to stop the engine, and Bartly came to my assistance, and I told him to pull the clutch.
In the meantime Rod
had sold out his
business in Edmonton and Red Deer.
This was almost more than he
partner could hope for.
told us it was accomplished by fasting and prayer.
His partner was a good member of another church, and they could not get him interested in our church, but he too fasted and prayed, and it worked.
So Rod thought he
would like to live in Utah, and moved there.
We had talked of moving first so, after Rod
moved, we wanted to move more than ever.
Also, a few years ago Colin had moved to Two Hills, and went into a greenhouse with Rod
After a lot of work, they decided it just did not make enough for all the hard work, so Colin had it on his
own for a bit.
too turned to something else.
I stayed to help in the store until Rod
came and picked me up when they were moving to Mapleton, and Bartly was left on his
First one child got sick, and then another, and he
had a terrible time.
We met some people who know Rod
when Stake members came here to change the branch presidency.
We are leaving July 2, and returning July 16, when the family will meet us at the airport and we will ride to Rod's