S: Vivian Florence Gordon, The Early Years
FC: Vivian Florence Gordon | The Early Years
1: Vivian's Parents & Their Families Bertha Fredericka Wilhelmina Olday - German Florence William Gordon - German & Scotch Irish | Bertha made her own wedding dress
3: Vivian was born on Sunday, September 29, 1918, on a farm located two and half miles from Meriden, Iowa. She was one of two girls born that day within one mile of one another. An article written in the paper about their births suggested that two girls born within close proximity on the same day could be a sign of peace during the war.
4: Early Days with Family & Friends
5: Vivian is pictured with her sister, Norma Kathleen.
6: More about Mount Saint Mary Academy here. | Today's good times are tomorrow's happy memories.
7: When Vivian was in the fourth grade she lived at Mount Saint Mary's in Cherokee to ensure that she attended the classes necessary to participate in first communion. Among many fond memories of Mount St. Mary's, Vivian recalls serving as a model for Sister Mary Magdalene's art class and sitting on the step to watch Sister Theodora garden. "The 22 nuns who ran the academy were the happiest women I knew."
11: "Scouting meant an awful lot to me. During the depression, we made the most of what we had." -- Vivian, July 2011 | In memory you can return again to the nicest place you've ever been.
12: High School Memories
18: The suit that Vivian is wearing in the above picture cost all of $7.85.
21: After graduating from business school and finishing her first year of work, Vivian and three girlfriends took a "very long trip" west in a Model A Ford to see the Black Hills, Yellowstone, and Salt Lake City, stopping at Laramie, Wyoming to visit one of the girls' sisters. On the trip home, the girls had car trouble--many of the cars of that time suffered from vapor lock. The girls hadn't agreed ahead of time who would pay for any needed car repairs, so Vivian ended up serving as the negotiator.
22: While working as an Executive Secretary for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), Vivian met George Heikens, an FSA District Director who would later become the State Director and Vivian's husband.