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Murray Gordon Motors
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Howard Betts is the father of Denyse Betts Geddes, Kent Colin Betts, Roderick Galen Betts, and Randal Bartly Betts (this site's webmaster).
Rod 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. Fortunately he was not cut. Rod 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 front teeth. One spring, I was hauling grain to the elevator, and took Rod with me. 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. Rod milked the cows and got half the cream money, but it was a miserable job for him because of his hay fever. He 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 returned. We met Rod in Calgary when he came home from his mission. He came by air from new York, I believe it was. He 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. Rod 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. so Rod did not work for him anymore. When Bartly came home from his mission, he did not tell us when he was coming, which was quite typical of Bartly. He came home by way of BYU and visited his brothers there. He 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 was coming.) 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. Rod 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 could find. So, it took him quite awhile, and he did not get married until after the other two boys. Rod and Maureen had room for all of us, and we had a very comfortable time. Rod 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 in Provo. We watched General Conference on the TV at the place where Rod was living. When Colin saw some of the pictures, showing him and Rod in the same picture, he called Rod "large economy size" because he looked smaller than usual beside Rod, which gave us a good laugh. Rod 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 birthday there. Rod and Bartly both saw my predicament about the same time. Rod 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 and his partner could hope for. He 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 and his partner. 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. Then, he 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 own. 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 with them.
Doris Betts is the mother of Denyse Betts Geddes, Kent Colin Betts, Roderick Galen Betts, and Randal Bartly Betts (this site's webmaster).
One day Colin and Rod made a fire under our bed. Why under our bed? Denyse and Colin started in Raymond, and Rod started in Rosemary. Rod went to Brooks and apprenticed as mechanic. Later he quit to go on a mission, before Colin came home from his mission. One interesting thing, Colin had a suit made for him in Taiwan from a tailor there, and later Rod had a suit made by the same tailor in France. When Rod returned from his mission he worked in Brooks for a while, and then went to the BYU. Bartley went on a mission before Rod returned, and then we were alone on the farm. After Bartley returned he worked for a while until the next semester and went to the BYU, and got married in his first year. They came back to Alberta and were married in the Cardston Temple, the same place we had been married. I rather think Colin persuaded them to do that, and he drove them back for the wedding. Rod came home most summers and worked until school started again. One summer Rod and Bartly came home and helped us build the house in Rosemary. That was more a labor of love than a source of great income for them. We really appreciated it. We lived in that house until 1984, when we decided to go to the states with Bartly and family. Rod got married at the end of his last summer vacation from the BYU, finished the last year there and went to work for a while at Macy's in California. I think he liked it there, but before long the high cost of Medicare for them there forced them back to Alberta. Rod and Maureen were there too.