Since starting this I learned a little more about Granma Elizabeth’s side of the family, including the names of her parents. John Franklin and Catherine Gansen were her parents, and she was one of 11 children. John and Catherine are believed to have married in 1872 or 1873.
Her brothers were Joseph, born Jan 1874, Francis, born Oct 1880, and John (Jack), born March 3,1890, and sisters Margaret (Meg), born Aug 1876, Anna, born 1883, Mary, born Jan 21,1887, Caroline, born July 1, 1892, Leona, born ??? 16,1895 and Clara, born Sept 16, 1897. Clara ( the only one I remember) was married to Elmer Miller lived in Dubuque, and has 2 daughters, Emmajean and JoAnn who is married to Clyde Boge. Both girls still live in Dubuque. I spoke with JoAnn about a week ago, and most of the above information came from her. Plans are to visit her sometime this summer if possible. She has the original wedding picture of our Great Grandparents (John Franklin & Catherine Gansen) and is mailing a copy for me.
I can remember staying with Uncle Joe and his wife several times in the 30’s when we went to Chicago. I remember him as a very tall man with coal black hair, and at that time he was quite old. Dad and Mom had gone to the World’s Fair, in 1933, being held in Chicago that year. On our way home, the first time I ever stayed in a mote; at Waverly, Iowa — NOW let me tell you THAT was a big deal!! Even got to sleep in my own BIG bed!! Think that was the highlight of the whole trip!! Also remember the streets at Waverly being lined with great large trees that met over the middle of the street making a tunnel to drive through for blocks.
Can’t remember what year is was but think it was 1936 when Grandpa, Granma, Aunt Lucille, her husband “Chick”, Uncle Fran, came and we all went to the “Black Hills”. Going through the “Badlands” Grandpa said he thought they ought to rename it “The devils playground”. He just loved it, had never seen things like that before — Neither had I — it was my first visit to the “hills” also.
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Originally published at memoirsofgrammabonnie.wordpress.com on December 13, 2015.