She became a mother to Alice’s Marcella, cared for Augusta in her old age, and kept house for Edgar as well as Gerald and Harold while they were still bachelors. Source – author photo, Elda – about 1974 Source – author photo, Elda was proud of the bread she baked.
The Depression was a severe trial for Augusta and her family.
Growing up on the farm was a great experience for her.
She lives there today, retired from a career in surgical nursing. Cordelia and Elda wore a path between the farmhouse and Cordelia’s home, only a hundred yards away.
Source – family photo, Leland, Wisconsin Source – family photo, 1950, Cordelia with husband, John on their 20 wedding anniversary – celebration in the church basement. Cordelia as a 49 year old widow, built a small house a hundred yards from the farm she grew up on, never remarried, and died at the age of 84 in 1994.
Source – author photo, Cordelia – 1970s Source – author photo, Cordelia at Immanuel Lutheran’s cemetery, at John’s grave. Source – author photo about 1990, Gerald was an unusually skilled mechanic and after retirement, worked occasionally on the Uihlein racing auto collection in Hamilton, next door to Cedarburg.