Biography of Minnie Rose Lovgreen
The following article first appeared in Volume 1, Issue 11 of the Magazine, published in Autumn 1991 from an article supplied by Minnie Rose’s grand daughter Jennifer Lovgreen
My Great-grandmother, Minnie Rose Enefer was born Nov. 7th 1888 in Hockwold, England. She was the 9th child born in the Luke Enefer Family. There were 22 children born in all but 5 or 6 babies died. Since she was one of the older ones, part of the caring of the house and the younger children was Minnie Rose’s job. She was very young when her own mother died while giving birth to- twins. After that Minnie Rose did all the work until a lady came to help. That lady, .Anne Richardson later married Luke when Minnie was 7 years old. Anne was the same age as Luke’s oldest son by his first Wife (Minnie’s Mother). Luke’s 3rd son also married Anne’s sister.
They lived “Down on the Fen”, the Fen was like a river in front of their house used for many things. They got their water from it, washed their clothes in it and also used as a cooler for their food and milk. Butter was also kept there. The butter making was one of Minnie Rose’s chores that she remembered well. She could do that while she watched the younger children.
When Minnie Rose was 11 she was one of the older ones that could then go out to work. She went and lived with a family and was the mother’s helper for that family. Before she got that job she told the story of being an upstairs maid for a family. She quit because the children were cruel to her and teased her because she walked to their house barefoot so her shoes would be clean when she did the work. Another story she told was about one of the babies her stepmother had. It had the “thrush” and the stepmother scraped the baby’s tongue until all the white crust was gone. It made the mouth and tongue raw and got infected and the baby died a few days later.
Minnie Rose’s older brother had gone to Canada and settled in Vancouver. He wrote about how good it was there and so Minnie Rose and another one of her brothers decided to go to Canada too. It was then that sire almost left on the fatal Titanic, but because of no money to get a place to stay until the Titanic was ready to sail they traded their tickets in for ones on its sister ship the Magentic When they were entering the Harbour at Portland Maine they learned of the Titanic sinking. Minnie always said she couldn’t believe how things could happen that way and that she wasn’t on the Titanic. Years later when she was 80 she wrote to a lady that had been on the Titanic only because someone had cancelled their tickets. She survived and Minnie Rose always said after that it must have been her ticket that the lady had gotten.
At first Minnie Rose said Seattle seemed like a hard city with board walks, lots of taverns, and rough people but she found a nice place to stay with an older lady who could care for John while Minnie Rose went out to work. The family she worked for had a vacation house at the country Club on Bainbridge Island so when they went on vacation she went with them. At the Country Club she met and married Leo Lovgreen, her 2nd husband, who was a milker at the Dairy Farm at the Country Clun. After Minnie Rose got married she gave up her nanny job with the family but then became the general waitress for all the families at the Country Club when they gave big parties or dinners. Her 2nd son Leo Jr was born in 1924 (Uncle Jr) but she continued to help at the Country Club.
The Dairy at the Country Club closed down because of hard times, so Leo went to work at the Carnation Dairy Farms near Duvall; Minnie Rose took on more and more jobs as a Nanny. When John was 13, Minnie Rose and Leo took the boys on and started a Dairy on a rented farm at New Brooklyn on Bainbridge Island. Minnie Rose said they only started with 6 cows and a bull. They did not have any customers to sell the milk to but Minnie Rose was such an outgoing person she just went out, house to house, to see if people wanted to but delivered milk and. cream. By the time they bought their own place, Bainbridge Dairy they had lots of customers. At first Minnie Rose said they delivered out of the back seat of an old car. They later had trucks and John and Leo would deliver milk over the whole Island. Minnie Rose told the story of how she remembered putting barrels on sleds pulled by horses and going down to the neighbours to haul water to keep the milk cool and to run the dairy, until they got a good water system of their own.
When their delivery route became large, they were able to build a new milk barn and a pasteurizing plant. In Vancouver she found work and it was such a wonderful country. The brothers and Minnie Rose loved it there; one of the brothers went back to England to bring back his wife and family to Canada. When he left England again there were 33 Enefers with him. Minnie said she could remember going to the railroad station and meeting all of them, and they just kept coming off the train. One sad thing that happened on the voyage was the brother that went to get them brought back his wife and baby, but the baby died because the trip was so long and the mother didn’t have enough milk for him.
In Canada Minnie met a lady from wales and they became very good friends. Celine and Minnie Rose worked together in fish restaurant on the waterfront. Each of them met young men there, but Minnie Rise’s boyfriend was in the service and there was the war, he went overseas and she never saw him again. Later both met young men from the city. Celine married the owner of the fish restaurant, Mr. Clayton, who was a widower and Minnie Rose married Mr. Steele, a gardener who lived in Kamloops Canada. In Kamloops, Minnie Rose was a cook for a railroad gang and also helped with the greenhouse. Eventually her first son was born John, my grandfather. Later her and her son went back to Vancouver; there she worked at an ammunition factory and also at a government experimental station raising chickens of different breeds to help establish an occupation for disabled veterans until she came to Seattle Washington.
Minnie Rose took care of most of the bills etc.; she did not have any formal education. She was self-taught and learned to read in Sunday School, She was really good at doing business and would buy more land and if it was not needed she would resell it for a profit. She was the one who took care of the bookkeeping and business matters. When World War II came there were many hardships because of rationing but Minnie rose had kept supplies on hand for her men-folk to work the farm. Minnie rose and Leo lo took in foster children mostly boys who could help out at the farm. She kept in touch with a lot of them until her death.
During the war their neighbours were sent to a relocation center and Minnie rose and Leo took care of their house and property for them, Finally the Bainbridge Dairy Farm was sold after John and Leo Jr were grown up and moved away, (Both went on to have dairy farms of their own). Minnie Rose and Leo retired to a small house they had moved from Seattle by barge and was put on a corner of the farm. They continued to have a few animals. Leo died in 1965, but Minnie rose always had the gate open for visitors. She was always welcoming to school children or groups come to the old farm letting them milk a cow, or get eggs from the chickens or pet the animals. The road that leads to the original farm is named Lovegreen Road though it is misspelled with the extra ‘E’ that she had asked to be changed, she was very proud of it.
Minnie Rose was always keeping busy on her little farm. She sold eggs for many years. With the help of some friends Minnie Rose wrote a book “Minnie Rose Lovgreen Recipe for Raising Chickens”, She dedicated it to a friend on a cassette and then 5 or 6 friends got together and wrote, illustrated and published it for her. Minnie Rose had cancer at this time but was able to see her book all finished before she died. She was even invited to be on TV on the Seattle Today with Cliff Lentz and Shirley Hudson. She took a box full of baby chicks onto the set.
Her book sold over 20,000 copies and is in its 3rd edition. The 1st edition was written by hand from the tapes then on the copying machine at the ladies got together and stapled it. The 1st edition had only 1,000 copies so are collectors’ items today. Our family has many of the original signed copies. Minnie Rose also had a poem written about her farm. It was written by Mr. Konsak; he also composed music to go with it and played it on the zither that he had made himself. On the 18th July 1975 Minnie Rose Enefer Lovgreen died. She would have been 100 years old on the 7th November 1988.
The Waddelow Society is a non profit Family History Group, established in 1988, interested in reasearching the Waddelow/Wadlow name.
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