By Lorene McCormick Burkhart
Lorene Burkhart used to be a pioneer within the company global, turning into the 1st girl named head of a big division for Borden's meals, that of recent Product improvement. She held quite a few different positions in American enterprises ahead of commencing to write, modifying an Indianapolis journal and founding her personal publishing corporation. This booklet strains this philanthropic civic leader's historical past as a small city farm woman close to Vincennes Indiana and is stuffed with the wealthy tradition of southern Indiana.
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Little Eddie was my playtime assistant until he grew old enough to be interested in more boy-type activities than pretend cooking. ” We’d often stay there until Mother came looking for us when it was time to come in. Sometimes we would see rabbits in the orchard and Mother would tell us to put salt on their tails to catch them. It took us awhile to figure out the humor behind that advice. A peddler who stopped by once every week provided a welcome break in our routine. Gaylord Meyer drove a small, enclosed truck that he kept stocked with food staples and a few treats for children, such as lollipops and penny candy.
Knox County had a large contingent of Germans and among them was a young woman named Sophia Vollmer. She was the seventh of eleven children in her family, and in 1891, at the age of twenty-five, she married August Bobe. August and Sophia settled on a farm about four miles east of Vincennes, on lower Hart Street Road. They had nine children, the youngest a boy named Robert, born in 1909. That birth took its toll on Sophia, and not long afterward, at the age of forty-three, she died. Their eldest daughter, seventeen-year-old Lilly, had always helped with the younger children, but now she became the sole surrogate mother for the brood: Clarence, age fifteen; Selma, fourteen; Oscar, twelve; Helen, ten; Emma, seven; Gilbert, six; and Raymond, four.
So what was it about a “country boy” from southern Indiana that made his death national news? It’s understandable that his obituary would have been picked up by state and regional papers. My dad had been active in the Knox County community, working as a young adult in local farm programs, then moving up to state organizations such as the Agriculture Adjustment Administration (AAA) and the Purdue University extension program. C. Most significant, however, was that in 1950 he was appointed Under Secretary of Agriculture by President Harry S.
An Accidental Pioneer. A Farm Girl's Drive to the Finish by Lorene McCormick Burkhart