My Mother was a very special 'Lady' in
every sense of the word.
Hilda Frieda Kruse was born 29 Jan 1903. Her twin
Sister was Hulda Marie. They were born in Minnesota. Their parents were John
Clause Kruse and Elizabeth Soll. They were both born in Germany. The
family soon after moved back to Nebraska where Elizabeth grew up. Not long after
that Grandpa John passed away. Leaving Grandma Lizzie to raise 7 children. Soon
the youngest son passed away.
They had maybe if lucky 2 pairs of shoes a year. Mostly
they were for wearing to Church and School. They lived on a farm. Mother
went to school until the eighth grade. There was a measles epidemic and they
closed the school. Mother never went back. She went to the city and became a
maid. Sending money home for the family and going to beauty school. Soon her
twin Sister joined her. After finishing Beauty School they opened their own
shop, The Twin Sister's Beauty Shop.
My Dad met my mother in 1940, he says it took him over
a year to convince her to marry him. I came along in 1942.
My Mother made my clothes from sugar sacks. Most
kids clothes were made that way then. My Mother was a Seamstress besides a
Beauty Operator. She also cooked and baked from scratch. She made the old
fashion pies, flaky crust. I never did get the knack of doing that. She made my
clothes in High School. Poodle shirts and Pendelton wool clothes. She also made
her own formals and sometimes she did it for friends.
She would take in relatives that needed help. She took
in my Dad's parents to make their home with us. The same was done for my Brother
Billy, from my Dad's previous marriage. She would have done that for my Sister
Lynn Rose had she known about her. She took in her sister's husband when he
became seriously ill along with a sister-in-law.
My Mother loved animals and went along with all the
pets I had. Even after finding my pet hamster GusGus in her shoe one morning.
She went on camp outs with the Girl Scouts. Not an easy task for a woman in her
50's. She worked full time as a Beautician and still found time for me.
Her hobby was bowling. She was on several teams, woman
and mixed ones with my dad.
Christmas being her favorite holiday, she took time to
make several different kinds of cookies and treats. She also loved to wrap
the gifts, making special bows for each one.
More on Lynn
Thank You to these suppliers of
DeWanna made the background and Album for
me from a picture I had. Please don't take.
on a CD I brought.
Angel from Laurie.
I can't find her site
The address I have shows a no longer