Front row, L-R: Beryl, Margaret, Ag, and Edna (married to Irvin). Back row, Sid Park (married to Margaret), James Burt (father), Mel (holding son Bill), Irvin (holding son Merrill).
Pete and Beryl lived with her father James while they built their own home. Beryl cooked for her father and cared for his home. James was a plasterer by trade, and did the plastering in Pete and Beryl’s home, as he did in each of his children’s homes. He did most of the plastering, crown moldings, and decorative cornices in the Mill Creek Ward they all attended on 6th East and 3900 South. James wasn’t one to attend church, and his son-in-law, Pete, wasn’t either.
After Beryl moved into her own home, she and her brother Mel’s wife, Pauline, took care of James’ needs for the following six years. They took turns seeing that he had meals, his clothes were washed, and that his home was clean. He soon learned to play one against the other for additional food and goodies. On the week that Beryl cooked, her dad would go to Pauline and say, “My girl, I haven’t had a bit to eat today.” Pauline would immediately prepare something special for him. The same thing would happen when it was Pauline’s week. James was happy to spend his later years right with his family.
Beryl said she worked for a time during World War II at a small arms ammunition plant on Redwood Road. That was presumably the Remington Arms Company, that operated from about 1941 to 1945. They made 30- and 50- caliber ammunition and created 10,000 jobs.
During this time Beryl gave birth to her youngest son, Richard, on June 1, 1941, and gave him her given name for his middle name, Richard Beryl.
Beryl is the woman in the middle of the front row looking forward.
The workers are all wearing corsages. I wonder why.
“Another smaller cannery in the state was the Twin Peaks Canning Company in Murray in Salt Lake County. The factory was burned twice. After the second fire, the factory was rebuilt and reorganized as the Rocky Mountain Packing Company. The cannery was later owned by the Hunt Company.”
Beryl was a hard working woman. She kept her home neat and tidy, and prepared delicious, nourishing meals for her family. There was a half wall dividing her kitchen from her dining room. The upper portion was an open knick knack-shelf unit. The light passing through the rooms shown off the white high gloss painted shelves that displayed her treasures.
Her daughter, Marlene, wrote of her mother that "during the 2nd World War nylons were hard to get. She had me stay out of school and go to town early in the morning to stand in line to get her a pair. When the store doors were open it was a mad stampede to get in. She did it the first time and that was enough for her. I was glad to get out of school and she always gave me money to have lunch in Kresses or Grants."