Hungerford-Aldridge Families



Recollections of Muriel Hungerford Little          (eldest daughter of Berton & Agnes Hungerford; born 1900):

"Dear Folks, you must remember my parents were members of the "old fashioned" Methodist Episcopal Church, somewhere around 1905 or 1906, but it could have been earlier than that. They never drank coffee (used Postem cereal), no alcoholic beverage, no form of tobacco. My father drank green tea at noon and night meal, but we were not allowed to even taste it. We had ice-cream, homemade, at 4th of July and had oranges and ribbon candy at Christmas. Other than that, once in a while my father would buy a pound of crackers. I remember asking him if I could have some butter on mine and he said, "if you can't eat it the way it is, you can't have it!" I do not know if there was such a thing as "pop," probably there wasn't. However, we did have popcorn - of course, it was popped at home and sometimes we made popcorn balls."

"In the fall of 1915 I started my freshman year at the Greigsville Union Free School at Greigsville. I drove a horse and buggy approximately 5 miles every morning and on the way, I stopped for a little girl. Her name was Bertha Henry and her father was janitor at the school. I had to unhitch the horse from the buggy and put it in the stall. Then in the afternoon, I would have to put the harness on the horse again and hitch it to the buggy and travel the 5 miles back home. I left the little girl off at her house on the way."

"I never really knew why my father and mother decided to change me in school, but at the end of the semester in January, they sent me to Dansville to live with my Grandmother {Florence Aldridge} and Uncle {Philo Aldridge} and go to high school there. At the end of school in June 1916, my Aunt {Marie Aldridge}, my cousin {?} and I got a job working in the laundry at the Jackson Health Resort on Dansville Hill. I worked downstairs where all the flat laundry was done {tablecloths, sheets...} and the other two worked upstairs where the hand-ironing was done. We worked 45 hours a week and earned 10 cents an hour, but in those days there was no Social Security or anything else taken out of your pay, so what you earned you got on pay day."



I remember when I was about seven or eight years {1907-1908} old going to Long Point Park {Conesus Lake} to a Sunday School picnic. We lived on a farm on Greigsville Hill. It was owned by a Miss Edwards. We went to church at a Methodist Episcopal Church in Wadsworth. The Weller Family were farmers living near the church and Mrs. Weller taught Sunday School. A black man, named Buck Dup Jones, who I think worked for the Weller Family, took all of us kids from the Sunday School class to Long Point Park on his horse-drawn wagon with a side rack on the box, that we could sit on. He was a good singer and kept us singing along with him most of the way. I was thrilled, because I had never gone anywhere without my parents before that. My father (Berton) gave me five cents so I could ride the Merry-Go-Round. The rest of the time we were there, we slid down the "Helter-Skelter." It was a round, wooden structure, wider at the bottom than at the top, with stairs all the way to the bottom, going around the structure. The sides of the slide part were high, so there was no way we could fall off or get out once we started to go down. I slid down so many times that I had the back of my shoes nearly worn out by the time we went home! My sister, Marion, and my Aunt Marie were with me.