Anna Eliza Winter
Written By Eliza Halls
Edited by Kristine Halls Smith
Grandma wrote interesting stories of her life, but she only got as far as 1925 in her writings.
—Kristine Halls Smith
I was born October 31, 1893 to Jens Niels Christensen Winter, son of Jens Peder Christensen Winter and Anne Petersen Winter of Trige, Aarhus, Denmark, and Mary Margaret Petersen Winter, daughter of Lars Petersen and Anne Larsen Jensen Petersen of Systoff, Gundsley, Denmark. I was named Anna Eliza Winter. My aunt, Mary Petersen told me that I was two months premature at birth, brought on under the stress of a Halloween prankster. At this time, Mother and Father were living in Grandfather Winter’s house which he had helped to build at the age of ten. They built it by mixing the adobes by hand. The adobes were made of red sand and lime mixed together and dried in the summer sun. The house was built on the top of a hill at the south edge of Huntsville.
Grandfather Winter lived at the homestead on Hawkins Southwest Creek. In those days, they would go out and file on what they called a homestead. They had to live on it three months each year for three years, and then it belonged to them. I remember being told that Aunt Sine (Jensine Christensen Winter), my father’s younger and only surviving sister, stayed with them in the winter to go to school. My father was the second child. My grandparents lost six children at birth or shortly after. Some lived to be two and one half years.
Somewhere between 1893 and 1898 we moved down the road to the house that Dad built. He had cleared the ground of willows and built a two-room adobe house. Dad and Mother planted trees, and until the advent of the Pine View Dam, it was known as Winter’s Grove.