Mabel Boorem


Right: Mabel and Allen D. Price

Mabel Elizabeth Boorem was the first child of John Boorem and his 2nd wife Emma Bond. She was born and grew up on her father's farm in Mountainhome. She married Allen D. Price circa 1900, and had four boys. Sons David, Norman and Brice all raised families in the area, while son John died in his late twenties. The Price family owned and operated a large and successful dairy farm in nearby Canadensis, valued at an impressive $25,000 by the 1930 census. Their 30-40 milking cows supplied fresh milk to both local residents and to area hotels and their summer visitors - raw milk to the locals, pasteurized milk to the hotels. Son David ran the wholesale route, while Bruce handled the retail delivery business. The boys would milk the cows in the morning and deliver the fresh milk to customers that same afternoon. Other members of the family occasionally helped out on the farm during their summer visits, including Robert Boorem, son of Mabel's brother Ord.

Harvest time in the fall usually meant that about ten extra workers were employed on the Price farm to help with the harvest of fruit. Mabel's sons remember their mother spending all day in the kitchen preparing a big meal for the family, which was then eaten around the large dining room table.

Mabel's mother Emma lived with the Price family for a short time following John Boorem's death, and in later years she stayed with them again (less than two years) during the construction of her small house located across the road from the far end of the Boorem farm. In Emma's later years Mabel usually visited her mother once a week to check on her, and help with the housework. Mabel Boorem Price died in 1962 and is buried with her mother and father in the large Boorem family plot at Oakland cemetery in Mountainhome.


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