My Sister, Minnie
I was three years old when my younger
brother Noel was born in our home, The Cross, on
Christmas day 1929. At this time my elder brother John was six and
our sister Minnie was ten. With four children now in the family our
mother Katie had her work cut out for her as homes and families in
these days had none of the labor saving devices, appliances and
conveniences that today we take for granted. Mothers worked from
dawn till dark at a hundred and one tasks. At an early age, older
children pitched in to share the day to day workload and with the
arrival of Noel my sister Minnie took responsibility for the caring
of me which greatly assisted my mother until I was old enough to
take care of myself.
Minnie was a studious
young lady and she did well in school at both the Elie school and the Waid
Minnie left the Waid when she
was seventeen and with good math, language and secretarial skills she went to
work at the Elie branch of the Clydesdale bank. However that didn't last for
long as she married Matthew Mills who with his parents and his
brother Fraser actively farmed the lands of Kincraig.
As a teenager one of Minnie's
passions was playing the piano and she became a member of the Mills
dance band which was composed of Matthew and his brother Fraser,
Minnie and one other musician.
Friday night was the time for
the regular dance that was held in the Earlsferry town hall and the
Mills band were popular with the local dancers. Each and every dance
night was well attended. This was in the days before television and the weekly
dance was the way for the locals to let off steam. In these days
most every one danced.
many years, Matthew, Minnie and family lived in the white house
at Grange Hill which looks on to the Firth of Forth.
In due time Minnie and
Matthew had three children, Irene, Margaret and another Matthew.
Minnie's daughter, Margaret,
with her twins