Oral Histories

Jim & Nellie McPherson

There was some kind of flue bug that year and it hit me after I moved to Grand Junction. About 7:30 a.m., on December 29, I went to the hospital. Bill and Zelpha took me. I was x-rayed and they said, “How would you like twins?” The first was born at 10:20 a.m., a breech baby. They worked with her quite a while. The second was born at 10:40 a.m. The doctor said “Oh, this is another nice girl!” I said, “Jim wanted a boy so bad.” Doc responded with “I guess he will take what he gets, won’t he?” Jim would never talk anything but boy or boy’s names, only “No more James!”

Jim wasn’t in town. Bill, Jerry and Buck Buchanan went to Squaw Park to get him. Coming back up the “Rock,” Jerry asked: “Uncle Jim, how will you get those little girls down this rock?” Jim’s answer: “It won’t be long till they will learn to follow.”

Jim got to the hospital about 4:00 p.m., a broad smile on his face. Ted and Aggie Wareham were with him. The nurse took him to see the girls. When he went back to the house, the family was full of questions. “Who do they look like?” Jim told them, “The skinny one looks like Nellie and the red faced one looks like me,” and they did.    

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