"Mom was a beautiful penman and at one time her copy book was used as a writing manual."Sometime during 1895, Minnie was introduced to Thomas Fitzgerald. By October of 1896 the couple had eloped to Salt Lake City where they were married by a Justice of the Peace.
Newspaper clippings record many of Mrs. Fitzgeralds activities. Everything from births of new babies, to trips out of town. Mrs. Fitzgerald was also a dedicated hostess. Entire columns are written about the games
played, the home decor, often with a guest list included.
As a civic leader Mrs. Fitzgerald may have been second to none.
"On July 4, 1904, she directed the first sidewalk parade ever to be presented in the state."In her obituary we read the following:
"...being a talented actress and dramatic director. In 1912 she gave the first benefit performance for the L.D.S. tabernacle, which was constructed that year, and the same year directed a similar production for the newly constructed Community church."Her number one joy though was her husband. In a brief family history written by Isabelle she shares,
As romantic as their lives sound Mamma faced challenges, too. Papa was struck with recurring rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes he would be gone for extended periods to seek treatment or take ill on a trip and not be able to return.
Mrs. Fitzgerald was also strong and independent. In 1921 Mrs. Minnie Fitzgerald purchased the families last home for $1000 deed. She is the only purchaser. No mention of Thomas exists. The next time the deed was recorded in 1922 Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald's name are listed. The year before she died the property was deeded to Minnie, Thomas and Thomas H. Fitzgerald. The home still stands today and is happily occupied.
After Minnie's service the Fitzgerald children returned to this home. Here they opened the five trunks that held the mementos that fueled the story outline. That outline eventually became the book series, we all love.