Teaching at the Cottonwood School

    We are savers or pack rats or whatever, and when we moved from our home we brought 20 large file boxes of things we had saved. Moving into this apartment, much smaller than our house, we stored the boxes in our son Don’s basement, who just lives a mile from here. One by one, he brings us a box for us to look at, to save again or throw away. In the last one there was a small box of items that Christine’s mother had saved. There was a 1919 Beardstown newspaper item that said that Sangamon Valley was planning on building their High School. I’ll bet you didn’t know that.
    Christine’s mother, Olga Yagow, was married twice - the first time, in 1917, to Edward Krohe. Edward joined the army in 1918 when the US was in the first World War and due to the terrible flu epidemic, he was the first Cass Co. soldier to die while still in training in a Northern Illinois camp. A few months after his death, Olga gave birth to Barbara. Olga received $18 per month from the Army for the child, and to have a place to live, she moved in with her in-laws, E. H. and Bertha Krohe. Note: It was in 1920 that a second marriage was to Chris Kuhlmann, and Christine was born in 1922.

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