Clarence Barrus

by Yvonne Barrus


We were married in the Bonneville County Courthouse with Mother and Dad as witnesses on July 13, 1956. They took us to dinner at the Bonneville Restaurant and then we went on our ten day honeymoon.

When we returned we visited with our friends, Pat and John Hale. They finally asked us what we thought of the car and we didn't know what they were talking about. It so happened that while we were in the courthouse being married they decorated a car that they thought was ours. We had a good laugh over that.

We began our married life in the Belaire House in Idaho Falls, Idaho. I worked at the Sacred Heart Hospital as a practical nurse on the day shift. Clarence owned the Rainbow Cafe and his brother Keith managed it.

Clarence was a short to medium height, stocky man with reddish brown hair and blue eyes. He had a butch hair cut and wore dark rimmed glasses. He had a dry unusual sense of humor. He talked and looked weather worn and rugged.

Clarence owned the house next to the cafe and Keith and Corinne rented it from him and Clarence occupied one of the upstairs rooms before we were married. I worked from 7:00 A. M. to 3:00 P. M. and Clarence worked from 11:30 A. M. to 8:30 P. M. Most of the time he went at 11:00 A. M. and stayed sometimes till 9:00 P. M. He worked as a cook. The only meal we had together was breakfast except on Sunday when the cafe was closed. Sometimes I would go to the cafe early to pick him up. He always liked visiting with Keith. I always wished he could get off earlier so we could do things together. But one adjusts.

The friends we enjoyed were John & Pat Hale who came frequently and we played pinochle. Once we went with them to the Palisades Reservoir and they came with us to Malad when we told Mother and Dad were expecting our first baby.