Pearl Ellen Thurman was born on September 23, 1909, near Hollister, Missouri.  She would have been 100 years this year.  She bore 11 children all at home except the youngest, and all of us did quite well.

Pearl Ellen Thurman was born on September 23, 1909, near Hollister, Missouri.  She would have been 100 years this year.  She bore 11 children all at home except the youngest, and all of us did quite well.


My mother brought her first three children to California during the 1930's from Branson, Missouri; then she had seven more children in Oroville.  After a few years, we moved to a five-acre farm in East Biggs.


The farm was an Old English home built in the late 1880's.  We subsisted on that farm raising cows, pigs, and chickens.  As a youngster, I swore that I would never pluck another chicken in my life and I have not.  We had every fruit and nut tree possible; we made our own butter and we also grew most of the vegetables that we needed.


Family meant everything to us and still does.  We learned a great deal of work ethic and my mother taught us that if we wanted or needed anything, that we had better work hard for it.


This photo was taken in 1989 on our mom's 80th birthday.  One brother was not in the photo, because he was overseas in the military.  I feel that most of us were very successful in life, because we learned early in life how to work and the true meaning of family.