SYLVIA ELIZABETH FLINT
Daughter of John Frederick Flint and Eliza Webster. Born 1 October 1898 in South Hooper Utah. Married 6 March 1918 to Hazen Forbes Adams, son of Andy Wright Adams and Harriet Ellen Forbes. Married in Salt Lake temple by Joseph Fielding Smith.
The house where I was born had two rooms, a kitchen, one bedroom, and a pantry.
My father and mother had eleven children seven girls and four boys. Us girls would help father on the farm and help mother with the housework when we could. We had one pair of shoes we would wear all week and for Sunday. I would black them with the soot off the stove Lid. I would go to Sunday School come home, have dinner, then a bunch of the neighbors children would come to my house. We would play games: hopscotch, drop the hanky, run sheep run, and hide and seek. We would play until dark, then we would have to get the wood and coal packed in the house ready to make the fire in the morning. We had blessing on the food.
Mother put up fruit and made pickles. We would plant potatoes, carrots. Father would make a pit in the ground. We would put the potatoes and carrots in the pit, and cover them with straw and dirt.
Father would kill pigs too, and sheep so we could have meat to eat. In the wintertime Father and some of the neighbors would go hunting rabbits. Father would clean them, then hang them out to freeze. Mother would cook them and make dressing.
When children would get sick, Mother would make us some dip to eat. We sure did like it.
In the Fall of the year, Father would take some grain to the mill and trade it for flour.
We didn't have but two dresses at one time.
I went to school at South Hooper, Utah. We would walk most of the time. When the weather was bad, Father would let us take the horse and buggy. Mrs. Pearl Nalder was one of my teachers. Mrs. Rhilda William, of West Layton, too. I liked school. I would stay out of school in the Fall of the year to help Father plow. Then I would get back of the class. It would be hard to catch up with the rest of the class. Mrs. Pearl Nalder would have school shows. I enjoyed being in the shows. I went to religion class. At Christmas time the teachers would give a dance for the children.
When I was 19 years old I married Hazen Forbes Adams. We had five children: three girls, Nora "F" Adams, Rhea "H" Adams, and Faye Adams, and two boys: Lynn "H" Adams and Kenneth "H" Adams. We lived in the house my husbands father built. We have now (Oct. 1959), 16 grandchildren.
We travel and go on trips to see our daughter Rhea living in California. We go and visit with them. They have six children. They have family prayer where each child takes part in praying. We enjoy seeing them.
I was a Primary teacher, Secretary of Relief Society for one year, and a Sunday School teacher. I am now a visiting teacher. I cook at Layton School.
SYLVIA ELIZABETH FLINT ADAMS
(Known by friends and relatives as Sylvie)
Sylvia Elizabeth Flint Adams was born October 1, 1898 in South Hooper, Utah, to Fredrick Flint and Eliza Webster Flint. She had six sisters and four brothers. She worked on the farm with her brothers and sisters planting wheat and other crops. They worked in the fields with their horses for many hours each day. When working in the fields the new colts would want to nurse and would knock the straps off the mares. They would have to stop and put the straps back on. When Sylvie and her sisters would get to the end of the furrow, they would have to throw the plow out of the dirt and then turn the horse around in order to start another furrow. They walked behind the plow. They also had to feed chickens, cows, and pigs, and milk the cows twice a day.
Sylvia liked to go to church on Saturday where they had an oyster dinner. After dinner they would clear the floor and dance to the music of an orchestra. The children would sit and watch their parents dance.
Sylvia attended school in West Point, which was previously called South Hooper. She had to walk about a mile to school each way. When planting or harvesting was needed, she would have to miss school to work on the farm.
When she was ten years old she went to stay with her Grandpa and Grandma Flint in Kaysville so she could help Grandma Flint cook meals for the boys and the hired men. She went to school in West Kaysville in a little red brick schoolhouse. They had to go to the neighbors to get a bucket of water to have drinking water. They always used the same ladle to drink out of.
She had to go home from school each night and help her Grandma get supper and straighten up the house. It was said Grandma Flint liked shiny windows so she could see the horse and buggy coming up the driveway to the house.
She used to like to walk up to Kaysville and go to the dances. The older girls would walk up and catch the Bamburger to Lagoon and go roller skating. She loved to roller skate. When they came back from Lagoon they would have to walk home in the dark.
When she was 18, she met Hazen F. Adams at the Layton Post Office. After dating for a while, they were married in the Salt Lake LDS temple on March 6, 1918. They made their home in East Layton. They raised five children: Nora F. Burton (Fruit Heights), Rhea H Sedgwick (Folsom, California), Faye A Parker (Washington Terrace), and Lynn H Adams and Kenneth H Adams (both of East Layton).
Sylvia and Hazen raised wheat, alfalfa, cherries, apricots, pigs, cows, and chickens. They always had to hurry home to feed the chickens. She had to cook big meals in the summer for the thrashers.
Sylvia served in several church callings. She was a primary teacher, Sunday School teacher, a visiting teacher for 42 years, and secretary of the Relief Society. She enjoyed her church callings.
Usually on Saturday, they would get together with the neighbors and play cards. Occasionally she would go with Hazen to hear him play with the Adams Orchestra. He played the violin.
Sylvia started working for the School Lunch Program in 1963. She worked at the North Davis Junior High for several years and then transferred to Layton Elementary. She was a lunch supervisor for a few years. She enjoyed the women she worked with, aunt Ila was one of them. They made a lot of crafts. They made aprons, pillowcases, and dish towels. For Halloween they usually dressed up and went trick-or-treating to people they knew.
Sylvia loved to go on vacations in the summer. She would go to California to see Rhea. Often they would drive and occasionally they would fly.
Sylvia liked to go on fishing trips. One time in Montana she was fishing from a bridge and she caught a fish and started yelling for help. She had forgotten about all the fishermen nearby and was embarrassed over her excitement.
On another fishing trip to the Black Hills, she was feeding burros popcorn. When she stopped, one of the burros came up behind her and gave her a push raising her blouse above her shoulders and she proceeded to tell the burro which end was up in not too nice of terms.
On another trip to Tijuana she enjoyed bargaining with the salesmen. She came back with vases, flowers, and just about everything else you could think of. She also went to Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm. While at Disneyland she put her arms around Donald Duck thinking he was a statue. She was real embarrassed when he talked to her.
She and Hazen spent two weeks in Hawaii with Joann. She had a great time and thought Hawaii was special.
Sylvia was always willing to go on trips when someone would ask her to go. She visited many places and still enjoys going on trips.
She has always kept an immaculate house, garden and farm. She can't even stand the golf course allowing the weeds to grow in the rough. She even had her boys go to the fence line of the golf course and spray the weeds so they would not spread to the farm.
She has been blessed with 22 grandchildren, over 50 great grand children, and 1 great-great grandchild.
She said, "We had quite a time. It was hard, but I am glad I was born then, so I could see what we have gone through up until now."
Sylvia was very close to Hazen. They had been married for 65 years, and she misses him very much. He died on October 27th, 1983. She is loved and respected by her friends and relatives. Everyone feels her love and concern for them. She has had a great influence on many peoples lives, especially her family. Her family is especially close to this day, because of her.
Aunt Faye adds: Mother was a good cook. She liked to look nice. She was an honest person and a hard worker. Hazen and Sylvia loved pictures of their grandchildren and would show them to friends who came to visit. They were very proud of them.
Mother would say, "No matter what happens the sun will come up and the moon will go down." "You can not live in a glass house." and "If I was there I'd put my arms around them."
Added by Ora: I used to love to hear grandma tell of this experience. She and Grandpa along with Aunt Faye and Uncle Mike were coming to visit our family in California. When they got to Donner's Pass in the Sierras they hit a terrible snowstorm. Grandpa was wondering if they should stop at a store and get some food. Grandma was worrying about the road conditions and wanted to get over the pass as soon as possible. She looked in her lunch sack and had one slice of bread and one slice of bologna. She told Grandpa, "Oh, we've got bread and meat and everything. Let's just keep on going." She always had a darling sense of humor, which was a delight to all around her.
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