Lyle’s 5th Grade Notebook

One of the few artifacts from Lyle’s Lincoln School days is a lined paper notebook.  Interestingly, the only evidence that it was Lyle’s is his name on front and back.  Based on Lyle’s stories of his school years, he was a fairly well-behaved student but, like a lot of boys, was more interested in hunting and fishing than school.

Lyle's 5th grade school notebook (front).

Lyle’s 5th grade school notebook (front).

Lyle's 5th grade school notebook, listing Mr. Walker as his teacher.

Lyle’s 5th grade school notebook, listing Mr. Walker as his teacher.

The notebook does, however, contain some entries by Lucille Miller, Lyle’s mother.  Most interesting is the detailed cost of construction for the family home at 255 North 200 West in Hyrum.  That house was built in the late 1930’s (as a young boy, Lyle helped haul large rocks for the foundation). The total cost of construction was less than $4,500 – a paltry sum today but probably a huge investment at the time.  Those of the family who remember that home will enjoy seeing the cost detail.  Can you believe that all of the beautiful exterior brick costed $481 ($258 for the brick paid to Smithfield Brick and Tile and $223 paid to Lavon Nielsen for the labor and lime)?

Lucille Miller's detail of home construction costs.  Note the third line down showing $20.00 to dig the basement (Alton $12, Grant $2, Ross P. $6).  Apparently, Marvin paid his brothers to do the work.

Lucille Miller’s detail of home construction costs. Note the third line down showing $20.00 to dig the basement (Alton $12, Grant $2, Ross P. $6). Apparently, Marvin paid his brothers to do the work.

Lucille Miller's detail of the construction costs for the family home at 255 N 200 W.  Total cost was $4437.86!  The home was built in the late 1930's.

Lucille Miller’s detail of the construction costs for the family home at 255 N 200 W. Total cost was $4437.86! The home was built in the late 1930’s.

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