In 1935, John built a chicken coop in the back yard and then over the next year he purchased or traded for 6 hens and one rooster. It became Rose's job to collect the eggs each morning.
Her older sister Ruth, fed the chickens and her older brother, Johnny, had the task of keeping the coop clean.
The extra money that came from selling the eggs came in real handy for the family. Since the children helped out, for Christmas that year they got apples, oranges, and one toy in their stockings. They felt so lucky. Every Christmas that they could remember they had a few hard candies and an apple. It was a good Christmas for the family.
Mildred planted tomatoes, green beans and potatoes. John planted rows of corn. Soon the family was selling their crops. The kids worked hard at their small farm and were rewarded each Christmas.
When Rose was 9 years old, she was gathering eggs early one morning when one of their renters approached her at the coop. He asked her to walk with him to the edge of the yard where the trees were because he lost his watch and needed her help to find it. He had butterscotch candies in his pocket and he gave her one. When they got to the tree line he put his hand over her mouth and picked her up and carried her into the forest where he molested her.
Before he could complete his rape, Rose felt a small twig with her scrambling hand and she jammed it into his eye. She ran off screaming.
John was in the corn field when he heard her screams and then saw her running out of the trees nearly naked. He ran to her and covered her with his shirt as she quickly told him what happened.
John and Johnny headed for the forest . They returned home in time for breakfast. Rose had breakfast in her parents's bedroom because she was afraid the renter would return for breakfast. "He did pay for it," she said.
The renter was never seen nor heard from again, and the Jenkins stopped renting the room out .
Rose married Dean Jenkins in 1948. They had one child, a girl, Margery who was born in 1959.
Dean died of an aneurysm in 2009. Shortly after, Rose became a resident of Yoknapatawpha Acres Nursing Home where she has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.