Autobiography of Pearl Hayes Doxey
20 Oct 1964
....We had some nice girl friends living in our
neighborhood. Zina and Ethel MONREY, May
PAPWORTH, Rose and Lillian LOWREY, May NEWTON,
Hattie WALLACE and Anne PRIATT. Anne played the
piano by ear, she could play all the popular
songs and dance music. Oscar PETERSON a dear
friend ? went with Hattie, tey were married
soon after we were. I meet your father on New
Years Eve, he sang in a quartet and they came to
serenade us girls. We were known as the HAYES sisters.
My sister went to dances? in the 21st Ward,
she met Tom Quiere? and danced with him Harry Brain was
tenor in the quartet and he knew Ivey. It wasn't
long after New Year that Ian asked me to go to a
dance with him. I had turned 15 in October and he
would be 21 in March. Ben BREWSTER played in a
String quartet and used to serenade girls. My sister
Myrtle married Ben. Of course I thought your father was
very nice, he had beautiful red curley hair, a lovely
voice, and a prize dancer. He had wonmany waltz
prizes before I knew him. In those days when we had
a date with a boy we most always would go to a dance.
We got so we could dance very well together and
won some prizes. I remember dancing a prize waltz
at salt Air after we were married and winning the
Salt Lake Tribune for one year. We went together
four years and during that time ? as to my?
home a great deal. His mother died when she
was 24, she had had four children, two of his
brothers died when they were babies. After his
mother died his father left him and his sister
Nellie with his mother, he came to the United States.
His grandmother was very strict but of course
did a lot for them, they were always well taken
care of. He loved his sister very dearly, she was
five years older than he and did so much for him
He told me when she died at 16 he felt as if he
had lost the whole world. He couldn't remember
anything about his mother, "he was only three when
she died",but he always thought he could see her with
her two beautiful red braids. Tom and his grand
mother joined the church in England, he was 15 years
old when they came to this country. Her youngest
son and his wife Rose and their four children Lillie,
Edith, Gertrude and Will came with them.
I think she stayed in New York for a while and
Tom came to Salt Lake with his uncle and family.
She had another son Uncle Bill Doxey that lived
here. He met them at the train and took them
to his home. When his grandmother came she
merited? a little olace in the 16th Ward. I don't know
how long they lived there before she moved in the 11th Ward
where she was living when I first met her.
Tom was boarding with Mrs DAVIS who lived on
the Street. Shw was a widow with three daughters and
a son. She had several boarders and Tom likes
living there, she would invite me to dnner quite often
Tom's Aunt Rose died and grandmother SCHOFIELD
had the four children living with her most of the time.
She had 19 children of her own, 16 by Tom's grand
father. She married Mr SCHOFIELD and had three
more children. She didn't raise many of them
most of them died when they were babies. I never
heard her speak of leaving 9 daughters, she had two sons
that I have heard Tom speak of, besides his father
that settled in New York, they were all stone cutters.
She had a son who Tom was named after that
died at sea, he was a captain, Tom Uncle Bill
DOXEY who lived in Salt Lake worked as a stone
cutter on the Cathedral for many years. I think
Graham would remember him. Tom's grandmother
was quite well to do where she lived in England,
I have heard Tom speak about the store she had.
I don't think she could of had much
happiness with her children they were all wonders?
and she had lost so many of them when they were babies.
She was a wonderful person to raise Tom and
his sister and then four more children, a few years
after they came to Salt Lake when their mother died.
I have always been grateful she brought Tom
to America. She died not long before Mary was
born, I think she was 84 years old. I have a very
nice picture of her and one of Tom and his sister
taken in England. When I first knew Tom he was
corresponding with his father who was living in New
York and had married a Mrs BLAKE she had 5 or 6
children and one son by Tom's father, they married ?
I don't know how long they lived together, she
told me he would leave months at a time
and wouldn't know where he was. They wanted
a picture of Tom, so he sent them one he had
taken before we were married. They were always
anxious for Tom to come to New York, so when
Helen was one year old, he was working for the rail
road and was able to get a pass. I stayed at
mothers with Graham and Helen. They were at
the train to meet him but she didn't know where
his father was. Tom had a wonderful time there,
they were lovely to him.