When I was growing up I enjoyed many a jawbreaker. They were big round pieces of candy. And they were very hard. In fact, I believed that if you tried to bite through one, you would break your jaw. Hence the name.
Two days ago I got a new, old book in the mail. New to me and old in that it was written in 1985. I guess that's not so old. The book was entitled Some Days of My Life, written by Rendell Noel Mabey, a nephew to my Grandfather Cash (Charles Cash Rampton.) Actually they were a generation apart but were born within a couple of years of each other. Rendell Noel Mabey's father, Charles Rendell Mabey was governor of the state of Utah from 1920-1925. His mother was the older half sister of Grandfather Cash. The two young boys grew up in Bountiful, Utah, their houses less than a stone throws apart.
Grandfather Cash's father, Charles Hyrum Rampton (who was affectionately known as Pa) owned a three story building in town many referred to as the Opera House. Actually the first floor of the building was a store while one of the upper ones was a large recreational hall where dances, musical performances and plays were performed. I believe there was even a mortuary in the building. Below is a drawing of the building.
A beautiful buiding indeed. The following is from Rendell Charles Mabey's book, Some Days of My Life:
This is a picture of Grandfather Cash about the time this story happened. His younger sister Wilda is with him.