Gay PRICE McLaughlin
Betty Lou Price-
was born in
Buchanan Co, St. Joseph, MO.
Betty Lou Price
was the last child born to Clyde Delmar Price
and Daisy Jane McGrew Price. Betty was born in St.
Missouri as were her four brothers and seven sisters. Needless to say, Betty was never
neglected as a child. She had many brothers and sisters to entertain and care for her.
was a blonde with natural curly hair and brown eyes.
St. Joseph, Missouri, milk
was delivered every day to the door. One morning when Betty
was age five; she hurried to the door and beat her mother. She wanted to help mother,
to bring in a bottle of milk. The milk bottles were very wet on the outside and
Betty picked up a glass milk bottle and the bottle slipped out of her hand. Glass
into her right eye, the cornea was punctured, and Betty lost the sight of that eye
An ambulance was called and she was rushed to the hospital. The muscles of
eye was still in tact. The family doctor convinced Clyde and Daisy that it was better to
the eye, then to remove it. A bad cut was also over the other eye. Fortunate for this
five years old, that she did not lose both of her eyes. Her face was severely cut and
twenty seven stitches.
Jane and Clyde were devastated. The entire event was so traumatic for Betty, that
carried emotional scars throughout her life. Betty made up for her loss of eye sight in
eye, by working harder then most students in school. In grammar school in California
also at Bell High School,
the teachers were not aware she could not see out of the one
Betty never told anyone.
the age of nine, Betty Lou Price migrated to Southern California with her mother,
along with six other Price children. Daisy had been alone since February of 1935
for her children while her husband, Clyde, established a job and a home in Southern
California. Nina Price Bettis, Frank Bettis, John Price, Robert Price, Kenneth Price and
Dum, had been in California for ten months already. In the
month of December, 1935,
boarded a train headed for California.
recalls that she, as well as her mother and father, lived at her sister, Nina Letha
home in Los Angeles, near the Griffith Park Zoo. But shortly
thereafter, Clyde and
found a home on Live Oak Street, in Cudahy. Betty's brother, John Price, lived only
blocks away on Olive Street. Betty baby sat six children
on Olive Street. Her sister,
Price, her husband, True Hemry and their son Price Hemry would come visiting.
Swinney Price, John Price, Freida and True Hemry would all go dancing. The little
Gay, Delpha, and Lynne were no trouble. Delmar Price was in a crib yet. Warren
Price Hemry would hide from their Aunt Betty. She had a terrible time coping with
and four other youngsters.
Betty Lou Price has memories of Vinevale Street, Bell,
at home were Kenneth Price, Doris Price and Vincene Price. Betty attended Corona
School on Bell Avenue. This was actually quite a walk
for a young girl. At this
Warren Price was living with his grandparents too. John Price and Lorene, had
Warren attended Woodlawn grammar school, a short walk from
attended Bell High School
on Bell Avenue. When she was a senior, Warren was a
She and Warren were very close. Betty took Warren to all the
dances with her.
her girl friends thought he was so cute. She was an active teenager. She caught the
to Huntington Park where she worked for Curry Ice Cream Shop.
She worked part time
went to high school part time in her junior and senior year.
Betty's high school days she had rather a short temper, at times taking her temper
on her mother and brothers and sisters. However, some temperament may have been
Betty has memories of always giving her room up to others. At various times her
and brothers would return home with their families to live at Vinevale Street. Betty
herself cleaning up after large meals, with dishes stacked high. She was a teenager,
wanted to be out having fun. The baby sitting became a full time job too.
Betty was a freshman in high school, she dated a nice looking fellow named Richard
Iseminger. Everyone called him Dick. Betty and Dick went steady from their freshman
through their senior year. Warren Lee, nephew to Betty, loved to spy on Betty and
after their dates. There was a large tree in the front yard at Vinevale Street. Warren
climb this tree and watch his Aunt Betty and Dick kiss good night. Of course he
teased Betty and Dick the next day.
a result of World War II, Dick enlisted in the Navy at the age of seventeen. He was
on the USS Baltimore. Dick was sent to Japan
and performed his tour of duty
Sasebo and Shishima(?).
the year XXXX, on April 20th, Betty Lou Price and Richard Lee Iseminger were married in
Los Angeles, California. When Dick returned from World War II, he and Betty lived in a
housing project called Banning Homes in San Pedro. This was a one room
Betty was six months pregnant with their first child. She gave birth to Douglas
on January 14, XXXX, in Long Beach, California at the navy
now age nineteen and home from military service, went to work for Chet Martin Auto
Dick worked in over the counter sales. Later he worked as an
salesman. During this time he and Betty rented a home in Wilmington, California.
second son, Roger Iseminger, was born to this couple on September 14, XXXX. He too
born at Sea Side Hospital in Long Beach, California.
This happy bliss was interrupted
the Korean War. Dick was in the Naval Reserves, so was called back to service. He
on an ammunition ship anchored off the shores of Korea.
At times the deck of this
became quite icy.
Dick's absence, Betty rented a duplex adjacent to another duplex that her sister
Price Pinzino, husband Victor Pinzino and their children Vickie and Maria lived. A
house in the very rear was the residence of Betty's parents. This was in Maywood,
before Dick was called back into military service, he and Betty had decided to try
a daughter. She found out that she was pregnant when he left for Korea. Betty spent
entire nine months of pregnancy by herself with her two little boys. The Red Cross
Dick and was able to send him home on an emergency leave, as Betty was due to
her daughter. Their daughter, Gail Iseminger, was a week late. Only for that reason
Dick Iseminger able to be home for the birth. As Betty states, "Gail was waiting for
daddy to get home." She was born on March 28, XXXX at Maywood, California.
was an active family. Dick who was himself a Boy Scout, reached an Eagle Scout
Dick became active as a Scout master with his two sons. Betty participated
a den mother for the Cub Scouts. Betty was a den mother for six years. She was
with arts and crafts, plus the many attributes of a conscientious leader. Naturally
and Dick both went on camp-outs with their troops.
Lou Price also became a Brownie Leader and then a Girl Scout leader, becoming
with her daughter, Gail. Contented with a well rounded family, a decision was
to have no more children.
some nine years after Gail Iseminger was born, Betty became pregnant. Betty
Dick were shocked. This just couldn't be happening to them. James "Jim" Iseminger
born on August 25, XXXX at Long Beach, California. There is fifteen years difference
the youngest child and the eldest child, Douglas.
scouting friend to Dick asked him if he would like to go professionally into Scouting.
was making good money and had a nice job. He made the decision to work
for the Boy Scouts of America. He has worked for the Boy Scouts of
for twenty-five years.
the moves by the Isemingers were initiated by and for the benefit of the Boy Scouts of
America. From Wilmington they went to Tucson, Arizona for six years. The son,
years of age now. Here Betty took training in first aid and CPR. She received her
for day care. In Tucson she helped a seventy-five year old
woman teach babies to
From Tucson the family migrated to El Centro,
California. Dick was a scout
while in El Centro. The Isemingers were there three years.
Betty drove to a
home to care for a asthmatic child. Next Dick was sent by the Scouts to San
Diego, California, for five years.
Price Iseminger felt the need to enjoy a more fulfilled life during this time. The older
were all married and had families. Jim had graduated from high school. Betty set
two rooms with cribs and cared for two babies. She took in babies that were not yet
Betty loved and cared for these babies as if they were her own.
in management were occurring within the Boy Scouts organization in San Diego.
men were being laid off . Dick Iseminger decided to take up the offer to move to
Reno, Nevada, on a fund raising job which lasted two years. Jim, the only child at home,
about nineteen years of age. Betty again cared for three babies while their mothers
Betty, Dick and Jim left Reno for Los Angeles
right before Jim's twenty first
They purchased a home at Walnut, California. Here Betty
cared for two babies.
sold the home in late 1986 and rented in West Covina.
1987, Dick Iseminger is preparing to retire from scouting and will do so on his birthday,
17, 1987. Betty and Dick purchased land at Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
They plan to
their retirement home. The couple has joined the yacht club and plan to enjoy
fishing, golfing etc. The yacht club and the Homeowners Association invited Dick
Betty to participate as officers. Son, Jim, plans to live at Lake Havasu City
married Richard Lee Iseminger-, son of Wendall Daryl Iseminger-
and Pauline Johnston-, on 20 Apr XXXX in Los Angeles
Co, Los Angeles, CA.
i. Douglas L. Iseminger- was born on 15 Jan XXXX in Los Angeles Co,
M ii. Roger Dale Iseminger- was born on 14 Sep XXXX in Los Angeles Co,
Long Beach, CA.
F iii. Gail Ellen Iseminger-was born on 28 Mar XXXX in Los Angeles Co,
iv. James Darrel Iseminger-was born on 25 Aug XXXX in Los Angeles Co,
Long Beach, CA.
of Douglas Iseminger
…………………Hailey Anne Garland
…………………Brandon Lee Garland
……children……Samantha Sue Iseminger
Of Roger Iseminger
of Gail Iseminger
of Jim Iseminger