Price "boys" background


(l-r) Adam, Archie, and Bert

June 1961


Some of the sons of Adam and Ruth Price never left home and married while others married, divorced and returned home. Adam, Ed, Archie, and Bert were known as the "Price boys" throughout the county. They had a reputation for being a little "different." I would like to share here some of the stories I've been told of the "boys." If you have more stories, please send them to me!


The biggest story is the gypsy story which I tell on another page.

After the banks crashed, the boys kept their money hidden at home. When the nieces and nephews would come over, though, they would take them aside when the other "boys" weren't around and show them where they had hidden their money. Ed kept his in the chandelier in the dining room (which was never used), Archie hid his in the newel post, and Bert kept his in a wagon outside.


The "boys" had a refrigerator in the kitchen and if they came in hot they would simply open the door and stand in front of it to cool off.

They ate off tin plates and when they were done eating they would put the plate on the floor for the dog to lick clean. Then they would stick the plate back on the table ready for the next meal.

Adam -

Lorene and Mary say the others treated Adam like he was stupid. They think he simply moved at a slower pace, and wasn't concerned about amassing material goods. They say he was the neatest housekeeper they have ever seen. He could cook chicken and noodles, too.

Archie -

Dorothy Muselman said Archie loved to dance. She and her sister Ruby would beg him to take them along, so he would stop on his way to a dance and take them with him.

Nellie Gilbert claimed Arch as a favorite uncle. "He was quite a tease. He told me that the roosters laid the little eggs. He and Harold and others put me on a pony and made it trot-- fun but bumpy! He let us kids target practice with his 22 rifle. I asked him if I could drive his Model T Ford. He said, 'If you can start it, you can drive me to town.' I used my foot to turn the crank and drove to the edge of town. Was insulted that he wouldn't let me drive in the 'big city'."

Bert -
Ed -

The state wouldn't allow Ed to drive across the road in front of the house even though the family had given the land for the road. It seems the State of Iowa thought he should have a driver's license.









Adam Clark

Adam Jr.



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