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Born, Odella Irene

Born, Odella Irene[1]

weiblich 1917 - 2011  (93 Jahre)

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  • Name Born, Odella Irene 
    Geburt 4 Sep 1917 
    Geschlecht weiblich 
    Tod 7 Mai 2011  Highmore, Hyde County, South Dakota, USA Suche alle Personen mit Ereignissen an diesem Ort 
    Beerdigung Harrold, Hughes Co., South Dakota, USA Suche alle Personen mit Ereignissen an diesem Ort 
    • Odella Gregg, 93, of Harrold, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Highmore Health, Highmore, South Dakota.

      Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 13, 2011 at the United Methodist Church, Harrold with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Burial followed at the Medicine Hill Cemetery at Harrold. A prayer service was held at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Luze Funeral Home, Highmore.

      Odella Irene Born was born September 4, 1917 to Walter and Lydia (Senske) Born. Her parents came from Waseca, Minnesota to file on a homestead claim near Meers, South Dakota.

      Later they worked for Andy Feeny. They also worked on a road grading crew for Gid Creager. Lydia cooked for the road crew, usually there were twenty-four men and sometimes as many as thirty. Odella was the second child. Ervin, her older brother, was born in 1901.

      When she was five years old, her parents moved to Sully County from the east of the river and worked on the A.W. Ewert ranch near Blunt, SD. He owned it for a short time, but they lived there for nearly twenty years.

      Ervin worked on farms and some of the time helped at home. Odella attended school at South Lake School and for the most part of her grade school days she rode horse back the two miles. She remembered her first day of school clearly. Her mother rode with her to the schoolhouse. Lydia rode a big, tall, sorrel horse and Odella rode a Shetland pony. The men at home teased her and Hank Lauing said the first thing she could expect from school was a good licking. Scared as she was, it didn't turn out that way; however, her folks instructed her that when she first got to school she was to say to her teacher; "My name is Odella Irene Born. I'm seven years old, and my birthday is September fourth, and I was born in 1917."

      Odella refers to them as happy times. Her teacher was Elizabeth Brown. Odella loved to do artwork and brought home illustrations of the stories she read at school: "The Little Red Hen," "Chicken Licken," "Peter Rabbit," and others. She traced pictures, colored them and had them all over the walls at home.

      The thirties were a period of hard times; dust storms, drought and grasshoppers. She remembers it all so well. Her folks sold some nice yearling heifers for $13 a head to John Downes, who lived in the "Pocket" south of Harrold. Feed, on the other hand was expensive to buy. They paid a dollar a bushel for shelled corn, $18 a ton for baled straw and $21 a ton for baled hay.

      She attended high school in Harrold and Onida and graduated in 1936. She worked part time doing housework for $3.50 a week and finally $5.00 a week. She wanted so badly to go to college so she could teach, but there simply wasn't enough money to do so. She did save her money and bought eight head of calves.

      In 1941 her folks pioneered again, moving to a two roomed house in the "Pocket" next to the river. They purchased some land from Boots Gregg for a little less than $5.00 an acre. Some thought it was a big mistake for people at their age to be moving forty miles from town; however it proved otherwise, and they were never sorry they moved. They raised some cattle and took in some to pasture. They were able to build on to their little place and paid the entire debt within five years.

      In 1942, Kenneth Gregg and Odella were married. They too pioneered, starting out with each having eight head of cattle and a few horses. They didn't have a car, but their mailman, Porter Hall brought groceries out for 25 cents a week. They lived in a rented log house in Joe Creek and in the following year began building a little place on her parents land. Their first house consisted of two rooms and they paid $100 for it. Over a period of years they were able to build more and also bought some land. Odella earned her teaching certificate and taught for two years, before she had Arthur, her only child, who was born 1946.

      Along the way during her married life, Odella taught school. She first procured a Second Grade Certificate by attending summer school for six weeks and then taking a state examination. She was never able to go to college but for many years she took correspondence classes, workshops, extension work and summer school. She also earned college credits by taking two two tours; one to Mexico in 1972, one to the Bahamas in 1973, and one to Nashville, Tennessee. At the age of sixty, she obtained her degree in Elementary Education.

      Some of the schools that she taught at were Boot Bar, Busy Bee, Hidden Valley, DeGrey, Plainveiw, Riverdale, Snake Butte, and Harrold. She taught for 29 ½ years. She enjoyed teaching.

      In 1978, she moved to Blunt and taught 7 years at Harrold. After her retirement in 1985, she was very active at the Blunt Senior Citizens Center. She even learned to play cards. During her later years, she moved in with Art and Jerilyn and the last few years of her life was a resident of the Highmore Health Care nursing home.

      Odella loved animals and was known for her beautiful houseplants. She embroidered and crocheted in her spare time. She also played the guitar and enjoyed taking walks. People who knew Odella knew her to be a real lady.

      She is survived by her son, Arthur (Jerilyn) Gregg of Harrold; her grandchildren: Danelle Gregg (Doug Bouvette), Bonnie (Kelly) Fuller, Becky (Tyler) McGregor, and Jim Gregg; her great grandchildren: Taylor, Sierra, and Haley McGregor.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter, and Lydia Born; and her brother, Ervin.

      Luze Funeral Home of Highmore has been entrusted with Odella's arrangements. 5/2011
    Personen-Kennung I415  Senske
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    Vater Born, Walter H.,   geb. 1876   gest. 1960 (Alter 84 Jahre) 
    Mutter Senske, Lydia,   geb. 30 Jan 1880, Waseca, Waseca County, Minnesota, USA Suche alle Personen mit Ereignissen an diesem Ortgest. 6 Sep 1973, Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota, USA Suche alle Personen mit Ereignissen an diesem Ort (Alter 93 Jahre) 
    Eheschließung 1899 
    Familien-Kennung F158  Familienblatt  |  Familientafel

    Familie Gregg, unbekannt 
    Eheschließung Datum unbekannt 
    Familien-Kennung F159  Familienblatt  |  Familientafel
    Zuletzt bearbeitet am 30 Jan 2024 

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