History of Fannie Goodman Boam


Esther Wilcock Lythgoe
Fannie Goodman Boam Sorensen

By Herself

My name is Fannie Goodman Boam Sorensen. I am the 5th child and the fourth daughter of William McGhie and Mary Lovenia Moss Boam. I was born in Millcreek, Salt Lake County, Utah, the 23rd of January 1898. My mother told me they had decided to name me Ruth, then just before leaving for the church the day I was christened, someone suggested I be named Fannie Goodman after my wonderful grandmother, Fannie Elizabeth Goodman Moss. I was only about 13 when she died, but I can well remember how much I loved her and what a sweet lady she was. I am very proud to be named after her, even though the name Fannie has become a hiss and a byword to modern youth. I loved to visit my grandmother and can remember of walking about a mile to her home each Saturday morning to scrub her floor and help with her Saturday work and then walk home again. She gave me 25 cents and I thought that was great.

I started my schooling at the age of six at the Irving School in Big Cottonwood, it is now known as Holladay. We had to walk about two miles to school and 2 miles home again through all kinds of weather. Sometimes we would almost perish walking to school in those long severe winters. We could always expect good sleigh riding for Thanksgiving and it would always last through February. We were made to put on our long winter underwear about the last of October and had to wear it until about the last of March or the middle of April, all depending on the weather. What a grand and glorious feeling that was to get those wooley itchy things off.