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Gerwin and Bertha Bailey Family Album

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S: Gerwin & Bertha Bailey Family album revised

BC: Donna Bailey Kaswan May 11, 1924 July 26, 1991

FC: Gerwin & Bertha Bailey Family Album | 1850 to 1962

1: Dianne Gerry Bob | 2012

3: Bailey Home 1612 E 33rd S SLC, Ut 12 children were born here. 4 boys & 8 girls | George Smith & Victoria Caroline Bailey Grandmothers 67 birthday | Grandmother Bailey had extremely thick hair and wore it in a braid that reached to her waist. She trimmed the hair on the crown of her head very short then wrapped the braid around her head to cover the hair that had been trimmed. By doing this her hair wasn't so heavy.

4: Bailey Family 1910

5: Charlotte, Bertha, Rosanna, William, Lavina, George, Mary Ellen, Lavinia (Lotty) (Rose) Oliver, Grandmother, (Nellie), (Letty) | Bennett Family 1913 together again | Final three: Grandmother, George & Nellie arrived in America 7/01/1913 | Bertha was the first of her family to leave England 3/25/1905

6: Gerwin Pratt Bailey Granite High School graduation picture | Bertha Elizabeth Bennett BYU High School graduation picture

7: Ger's little red bug 1918 He tried to teach his father to drive it. His father couldn't get the hang of shifting and said he'd stick with the horses they were smarter and easier to drive. | Bertha Received her nursing degree from the L.D.S. Hospital. 1918

8: Gerwin Pratt Bailey 07/05/1894 Salt Lake City, Utah | Bertha Elizabeth Bennett 04/21/1891 Blythe Bridge, Staffordshire England

10: 1st child Margery Bailey January 17, 1921 January 19, 1921 | Their first house. 1514 E 33rd So. Built by Dad's oldest brother George R Bailey

11: Bertha, Gerwin with Bob 1922 | Robert Bennett Bailey

12: Robert Bennett Bailey Born 12/14/1921 1514 E 33rd So Salt Lake City, Utah | Bob's love for music started when he was very young. The neighbors had a gramophone. Bob would run away to their house, say zic zic so they would play music for him, he couldn't say music. The neighbors loved him.

13: Bob & Donna May 11, 1926 | Buddy & Frank Bob Karpowitz Bailey | Karpowitz lived next door on Dearborn Street

14: Donna Bailey born 05/11/1924 1514 E 33rd So. | Bob, Donna & Dick | Donna & Gerry

15: Donna's telling the cow who's boss. | Donna loved to dance. | Donna and Dianne | Dianne & Donna | Donna & Dianne

16: 2624 Dearborn Street

17: On this date, December 28, 2012, I, Robert B. Bailey, am recalling some memories of my childhood home on 2624 Dearborn Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. My earliest memories began when I was four years old during the month of May. I had an Uncle Oliver that owned a motorcycle with a sidecar and I was completely fascinated with this machine. And, my mother told me one day that I was going to stay with my Uncle Oliver and his wife because she was going to go to the hospital for a new baby. My sister, Donna, was born May 11, 1924. Shortly after, we changed residence to a home on Chadwick Street south of 27th South and the reason for this move was because my father was building us a new home on Dearborn Street which was one block away. The owner of the Chadwick home was a woman by the name of Ina Johnson and for some reason I seemed to annoy her because I was always playing the piano. My father said the house is very close to being able to move in. I've got about six weeks more of work and then we can move in. And mother said, “I will take the two children and go stay with my sister Letty who lives in Wendover.” From then on I remember very well what happened in my life. I particularly remember the train ride to Wendover because I became very fascinated by the lady that had the seat in back of us. She had the most beautiful red hair and I could not take my eyes off of it. My mother tried several times to get me to sit down and stop staring at this woman. Her husband picked up on it and could see that my mother thought that I was annoying the lady by my starring at her and offered me a handful of bright shiny pennies if I would turn around and sit down. Eventually we got to Wendover and my Uncle Percy and Aunt Letty picked us up and we had a great time for two weeks. We then went back to Salt Lake. My father picked us up and we went to our new home 2624 Dearborn Street. We lived in the basement while the house was being finished and I remember the first morning when we were coming down the stairs my father said “Don't touch the plaster it is still wet.” There were no handrails on the stairways so we had to be very careful. The house was built in 1925. No paved streets except for Stratford Avenue and 27th South. Stratford was paved up to 16th East but no further.

18: So the whole area east of 16th East became our playground. To the north of us where the freeway is now located was a golf course with railroad tracks. It went from Park City to Sugar House. Every afternoon around 4:00 the train from Park City would return to the depot in downtown Salt Lake City. In 1926 I started school at Highland Park School located on 27th South and Dearborn Street. It was on the corner. I was prepared to start in Kindergarten, but because of my height the teachers said he is too big for Kindergarten, so I began school in the first grade with no Kindergarten and I hated it. The school day was from 9 until noon and I did not care for school; and so at the beginning of the day, around 10 o'clock or so, I would ask the teacher if I could go to the bathroom; at which point I would simply go home. I got away with it the first time but my mother caught me the second time and marched me right back. One day during recess I was in the hall and saw my first grade teacher and the Kindergarten teacher conversing outside the door to the Kindergarten room. And I asked them if they would like to hear me play the piano. They said yes, so I did and they applauded. From then on school seemed to be a little better. Our Ward house was within walking distance. And at that time the organ was a small foot- pedaled powered instrument that was later replaced by a beautiful pipe organ which I never played because my legs were too short and I couldn't reach the pedals. My mother decided I needed piano lessons and found a teacher, a 13-year-old girl by the name of Merle Fisher (more about her later). (Hugh B. Brown lived right across the street from Merle on Stratford Avenue. His was the only house on the block at that time. In the summer it was covered with dandelions.) She was also taking lessons and she was one week ahead of me. That means that I got her lesson for mine. Years later when l ran into her she told me that when I sat down at the piano and played for her she knew she was in trouble. That lasted for about six weeks when mother found another teacher that was really very good by the name of Mrs. Owens. Good teacher! when she wanted me to learn a new piece I would ask her to play it for me. She would and I had it half learned. I knew how it was supposed to go. Or, if it had a passage I liked, I would learn it just to learn that particular section. Case in point "Minuet

19: in G” by Paderewski and I played it on a recital. My first recital I looked at the program and saw my name next to the bottom of the list. I asked my mother Why is my name at the bottom? I should be first, I'm the best.” Mother said “They put the best at the bottom of the program.” I studied with her three years and then began my studies with J Spencer Cornwall who was not only our organist but director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Back to Dearborn street. Our driveway went through from Dearborn Street to Chadwick, so several of our neighbors used the same driveway. It was not paved at that time. One morning after a heavy rainstorm a neighbor by the name of Port got his 1925 Packard stuck in the driveway and could not go either way. I thought this was very exciting. The next morning two guys in a bright orange tow truck came and pulled the car out and I watched every movement they made. When they had the car out, I said to them “Well, did you get the car out?” They replied, “No, kid, it is still in there.” My mother heard the whole thing and was so embarrassed. Our main means of transportation was a 1921 Model T Touring Car. Finally, in 1928 my dad decided we needed a new car. So we drove to Murray to the Chevrolet dealer on 48th South and State Street. I was so excited I could hardly stand it and played in every car on the showroom floor. Dad purchased a 4-door sedan and I remember the day he went to get it like it was yesterday! He hated to ride the street car but had to get to Murray to get the car. When my mother told me where he had gone, I ran to the corner of Stratford Avenue and Chadwick Street and sat on the curb waiting for him. He was driving very slowly as the car was new and had a gear shift that he had to learn how to use as the Model T only had three pedals on the floor. After a few months he was so disgusted with the car because it was a lemon. He could never depend on it to start when he wanted it to. So, in 1929, he bought another Chevrolet that turned out to be a good car. My job was to keep the lawn trimmed. And I had to cut it twice a week, front and back. The mower had no ball-bearings in it and was awfully hard to push. One week I let the lawn grow too

20: long in the back and my mother came out and gave me "what for” - really chewed me out for not cutting the lawn and she had to cut it as dad would be very upset to find the yard not taken care of. And I remember her threatening me with death if I ever let that happen again as she wiped off her brow. And I never let it happen. I didn't want to die. I was very proud of that home and to this day when I drive by the place I have a renewal of many memories. Many things have changed . . . trees too big, for one thing, and every lot that was vacant that we used to play on, now has a home. In October of 1929 there was a great depression - the Stock Market fell and dad lost $1500.00 which seemed like a fortune. The fall of 1930 we moved back to “the chicken coop” and rented out the Dearborn Street home for $65.00 a month. Mother became pregnant with my brother Gerald and in the summer of 1932 we moved back to Dearborn Street where Gerry was born in the kitchen on September 27, 1932. Mother gave birth to three children in that house, Richard in 1927, Gerry in 1932, and Dianne in 1935. In 1933 I attended Irving Junior High School on 21th South in Sugar House. I was excited to learn that they had an orchestra that I auditioned for but did not make it. The teacher said they already had the position filled. Try again next year which I did, and then I made it. In the meantime the streets had been paved and gutter installed and the neighborhood really looked beautiful. One day in 1935 they took me up town to the Summerhays Piano Store. There was a beautiful 9-foot Baldwin Concert Grand ($1500) that I played. It had me mesmerized, but I thought no more about it after we walked out. Then a few days later I came home from school and here was this piano sitting in the front room. I FLIPPED! From then on any piano I played sounded terrible and was too short. Then I came home from school a month later and the piano was gone, I was crushed/heartbroken. Mother told me that dad had decided to purchase his family property on 33th South which included several acres and he needed the money for that.

21: Then not too long after that catastrophe, we moved into his parents’ old home. BIG DRAG! That year my Uncle Frank, dad's brother, was called to be Mission President of the Hawaiian Mission and he let us use his piano while he was gone. Compared to the Baldwin, his piano sounded like you'd dropped a pan full of dishes and broken them all. We later sold Dearborn Street and I never returned. About Merle Fisher, she married a man by the name of Richard Milner, we lived in the same Ward for years (1949-1989) and I never knew who she was. One day at church she said to me, Bob, do you remember Merle Fisher? And I said, of course, she was my first piano teacher. And she said well, I'm Merle Fisher. We had always been good friends. (Dick did my income taxes.) Why she kept it a secret for so long I'll never understand. At this point that's all I can think of, but more will come later, I'm sure. But those where wonderful days. RBB

22: Richard Chappell Bailey March 15, 1927 2624 So. Dearborn Street | Donna, Bob, Dick & Mother

23: Dick | Dick & Buttercup | Dick & Bob

24: Mother Donna, Dick & Bob

25: Mother Donna, Gerry, Dick & Bob Winter 1932

27: Dad & Gerry | Dianne & Gerry The good old days when boots were made of leather, by the time we got home our feet were soaking wet and frozen. | Dad & Gerry | Elder Gerald H. Bailey Oct 24, 1954

28: Donna & Dianne Dianne Born Nov 24, 1935 2624 So. Dearborn St. Moved to Grandparents house 1612 E 33rd So June 1936.

29: Dianne | Bob & Dianne

30: When Dads parents died he purchased their 15 acres of land from his brothers & sisters, moved us into his parent old house and subdivided the property into building lots. The street starts at Highland drive & 3350 S and continues East to 17th East. While we lived in the old house he built us a new house at 1628 E 3350 S.

31: Dianne & Jerry

32: Bertha and Gerwin at the new house on 3350 So. | Mother was furious when they came home in less than two hours she was looking forward to them being gone as least two days.

33: The Bailey Family 1942/43 | Dick | Dianne | Gerry | Bob | Donna | Dick & Dad

34: Bob, Dad, Dick, Donna, Gerry, Mother and Dianne 1943

35: Bob Bailey and Margaret Timmins Married January 8,1943 | Bob & Margaret were married 69 years 4 children 16 grandchildren 42 great-grandchildren Margaret passed away July 4, 2012, age 90

36: 1926/1936 | 1936/1939 | 1939/1945 | 1612 E 33rd So | 2624 Dearborn Street | House's we lived in | 1920/1926 | 1514 E 33rd S | 1628 E 3350 So

37: After we moved into the new house on 3350 So. Dad remodeled his parents house on 33rd So. into a duplex with the intention of renting it. His plans changed when he got a chance to buy 365 acres of land about a mile East of Parleys Summit. Land he'd always dreamed of owning. So the family moved into the remodeled house, he sold the property on 3350 So. for $16,000, $8,000 more than it cost him to build and bought the summit for $12,500. Mother convinced him to build two duplexes on the East side of the 33rd So. property and he built 2 more houses so they'd have a steady income while he worked (played) at the summit. He was a very happy man! | 1945/1962 | Remodeled 1612 E 33rd So | After Dad bought the Summit he continued to sand bowling allies, do remodeling job and sand floors. The Summit was his first love.

38: Dad and his chickens | 25th Wedding Anniversary | Donna | 1612 E 33rd S 1945 to 1962

39: Dad didn't care much for dogs with the exception of Tippy. When she died of distemper was the only time I saw my Dad cry. | Dad brought home a pair of Mallard Ducks. She laid 20 eggs and 17 of them hatched. Tippy our Irish Setter would stand on point until she was exhausted, the ducks soon learned to ignore her. | Gerry & Dianne 1952 Dianne's checking Gerry's beard for the beard growing contest at the University. | Dianne

40: Elaine & Courtney 1946 | Dick 1945 | Dick & Elaine Married February 17, 1945

41: Margaret and Elaine lived with us on 33rd So. while Bob and Dick were in the army stationed in Germany. Robin (Rob) born Aug.11, 1944, Courtney (Court) born Jan 25, 1946. Bob came home form Germany in April 1946. They moved to Los Angeles where Bob soon found work playing the piano. Dick came home in Sept.1946 and they moved into their own apartment. | Bob & Margaret lived in Rodger Young Village, in Riverside California. Emergency housing set up by the government. Bob bought a Fraser car. | Mother & Corky | Robin, Gerry & Dianne

42: Lunch break Corky, Elaine, Dick, Gerry and Dad laying down. | The Summit | Gerry shoveling snow off the cabin roof

43: cabin | lodge | 1952/53 The lodge was going to be a reception center with living quarters upstairs.

44: gate | Road to the cabin

45: Dads health began to fail him in the fall of 1953 the doctor advised him to have his few remaining teeth pulled because they were infected. Dad resisted for several weeks by the time he had them pulled the infection had gotten into his blood stream. He thought the penicillin the doctor prescribed was a waste of good money and wouldn't refill the prescription. In October 1954 mother changed doctors and Dad was diagnosed with endocarditis which is treatable if caught soon enough, unfortunately for Dad it was to late. He passed away December 30, 1954. | Last pictures of Dad at the Summit

46: Fred S. Kaswan and Donna Bailey Married September 1955 Las Vegas, Nevada

47: Mark Douglas Glanville and Dianne Bailey Married March 3, 1956 at the residence of Bob & Margaret Bailey No. Hollywood, CA. | Doug was a student at Northrup Institute of Technology Dianne was a teller at First Security National Bank Los Angeles, CA

49: Gerald Harrison Bailey and Joan Deal February 28, 1959 | Front row David Bailey Candy Bailey David Kaswan Mother Joan & Gerry Bailey Dick & Elaine Bailey Back row Fred & Donna Kaswan Margaret Bailey Rob Bailey Bob Bailey

50: Bob hated Granite High School so much that mother took him out of school and enrolled him at the McCune School of Music where he excelled. "The best thing she could have done" Bob | Bob's first job was at Coon Chicken Inn at 2900 S Highland Drive, SLC UT. The 1937 DeSoto in the middle was Dad's car, Bob kept it all dolled up.

51: Bob's cabin, September 1989 | Dianne, Gerry, Dick, Donna & Bob

52: 1628 E 3350 So. | Cabin & Lodge at the Summit | 1612 East 33rd South remodeled | Two duplexes | 2624 Dearborn Street | 1932 | Remodel finished

53: 15 acre's subdivided by Gerwin Bailey 1937 | 1515 E 3350 S Dad built this house for his sister Iris in exchange for her share of their parents estate. | 2320 So 18th E | 1648 E 33rd S Last house he built to sell, after this he spent most of his time at the Summit | 1454 E 3350 S | House's built to sell

54: In 1950 Dad bought a new DeSoto and we drove to North Hollywood, Calif. to spend Christmas with Bob and his family on the way home we drove through the Painted Desert where the Vermillian Cliffs are located. Dad took this picture and later painted a picture for Bobs' new home. | Owner Rob Bailey (Bob's son)

55: Photo he used for a reference. | Owner Gerry Bailey

56: Gerry Bailey, Sept. 2012 | Owner of both pictures Gerry Bailey

57: Gerry Bailey, Sept. 2012

58: GPB 1948 | Owner, Court Bailey | Owner, Dianne B Glanville | Owner, Cindee Beard, Pam Bailey's daughter

59: GBP 1938 | 3rd ship by GPB Owner, Dianne B Glanville 1935 | Owner, Bob Bailey | 1st ship by GPB approx 1927 Owner, Court Bailey | 2nd ship given to Bob's music teacher in exchange for music lesson's

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  • Title: Gerwin and Bertha Bailey Family Album
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