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Joseph Charles Stay buys a home

A history from "The Story and Lives of Joseph Charles Stay & Alice Elmina Bailey Stay" compiled by Nina Stay Rokes

Joseph Charles Stay

Joseph Charles Stay was called Charlie. Eight years after Charlie married Alice, his mother tired of working so hard in the fruit orchard and offered Charlie five acres of peach orchard at the west end of her place, without any house, for his little home, which she could rent for more than the fruit would bring on the five acres. Charlie borrowed $300 from his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Bailey, to build a five room house with [an] attic, which was later finished into three additional rooms. The property was on 33rd South just east of Highland Drive. Charlie quit his job at the Pressed Brick Company and went back to raising fruit on shares with his mother. Most of the work on this new home was done by the family, hiring only the carpentering and plastering done. Charlie had a team and wagon by this time so he did all the hauling of material.

The first year was a very cold winter. In the spring, when the fruit trees were all in bloom, a killing frost struck, but a cold east came down out of Parley's Canyon and saved the peach crop. There was only one other orchard in Salt Lake Valley where there were any peaches that year. All the peaches were sold on the place clearing over $300 in three weeks. This enabled Charlie to pay back the money which had been borrowed to build the house.

Sources: 
"The Story and Lives of Joseph Charles Stay & Alice Elmina Bailey Stay" compiled by Nina Stay Rokes


Owner/SourceNina Stay Rokes
Linked toAlice Elmina Bailey; Joseph Charles Stay; Elizabeth Young; Elizabeth Young

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