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20 December 2003

Heather: Tell me about some of the people there at Alpine?

Milton Earl MacDonald and Audrey Mae Spencer

Audrey: An old friend of mine, when I was young, is here (at Alpine). Milton and her husband were close friends. Theo is here now. She’s very nice. I knew her way back then. Her husband, Bill (Wilfred), and Milton were good friends and Theo and I were good friends. We all went to dances together at Shrub Hill (country barn). This was before we married. At first, I went with Jeannie to the Apponaugh Grange Hall. I remember I always had my favorite coat on. I went with Jeannie who went all the time. There was a man standing in front. I remember that he had pimples on his face. He said I am Wilfred Grove’s friend, Milton, and he asked me to dance. Dad was such a good dancer! I danced with him. Whenever he was there, I always danced with him ever after. Then he would pick me up. His sister Gladys would let Dad take her car every Saturday night. Gladys had a beautiful little roaster. The top could go down and the car would be open. Dad was nineteen years. I was twenty-one. Then he got a junky car. I never had many boyfriends. I just had him. Beatrice Shippee’s cousin wanted to date me, but I did not want to date him. I felt bad, as he was Beatrice’s cousin.

21 February 2004

Heather: How has the weather been?

Wedding picture of Milton and Audrey MacDonald

Audrey: It has been raining and snowing so now it is muddy. The snow is piled up about five or six feet high. I’m happy and contented here. Everybody in the family is doing well. I’ve got on my white pants and red shirt. They (Alpine Nursing Home staff) are very good here.They take good care of us. Someone helps me get dressed each morning. They are very good nurses. We know them all. They are all pretty young and they wear pretty colors. We cannot find fault with these young women. They are kind and take good care of us.

I love this chair! (light weight “Companion chair” with four small wheels) I get around just like I’m walking.

Theo, she comes out and we have big and long talks in the hall. She’s in Room 10. I’m in Room 4. My room is nice. Everybody likes it here. I have three meals a day and the food is good. Theo plays Solitaire but I haven’t played cards lately.

She lived in West Greenwich and I lived in Anthony when we (Audrey and Milton and Theo and Bill) went to the dances. All the dances were (held) in West Greenwich. In the old days when we went dancing, all the dances were held in an old barn. After Theo and Bill married, they stayed in West Greenwich, and after we (Milton and Audrey) married, we didn’t see each other again. We didn’t get out then. Oh, Dear, my hand is tired!

Heather: I’ll call next Saturday, same time, same station!

16 March 2004

Heather: (Theo came in the room to chat) Theo, tell me about the double dating?

Theo: Milton and my late husband Bill grew up in Hope and they were childhood chums. They pooled their money and got a Ford Roadster Convertible. Every Wednesday and Saturday night, Theo, Bill, Audrey and Milton would go dancing. One night was square dancing and the other night would be round dancing. Bill and Milton would take turns driving and the couple that was not in the driving seat would sit in the rumble seat.

3 April 2004

Heather: Do you like to tend flowers also?

Dad (Milton) was great with flowers. He was great with rose bushes. He would study about them and knew most of them (different species) and planted most of them. It takes a lot of work to get roses to come back each year.

17 April 2004

Heather: Did Grandpa (Wm J.B. Spencer) and Grandma play cards?

Audrey: Yes, they would play at my house. Every Sunday night for a long while, Milton and Grandpa (W.J.B. Spencer) and Grandma (Mary Jane Vaughn Spencer) and I would play High-Low-Jack. We would play partners.

17 April 2004

Heather: Remember the pony shed with Spencer’s horse, Playboy? Remember the pig pen? Did Dad (Milton) raise those pigs so we would eat them?

Audrey: Yes.

4 September 2004

Heather: What did they think about Dad?

Audrey: Dad, he was so quiet that he passed (the in-law test). He always helped Grandpa. One time Dad almost got heat stroke helping Grandpa with the hay. We had a barn in the back yard and the barn needed to be filled with hay. Dad always helped (Grandpa).

Dad always had his job. He worked at the mill and then at the submarine place. My father liked Milton. He was quiet, he didn’t have much to say. Dad said that my mother was “as near to an angel as anyone could be” or “as near to an angel as anything on earth”. That’s something to say about a mother-in-law! Grandma was good to him. She smiled and was such a good woman.

13 November 2004

Heather: (visiting Audrey at Alpine Nursing Home as family thought it best to not have Audrey Mae at her grandson’s funeral) Mother, why did you save this page, Good King Wenceslas (Ancient English Carol) from a hymnal?

Dad saw this on TV. He said, “I know that. I learned it in first grade” and he recited it.