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S: NOT AN UGLY ONE IN THE BUNCH

FC: NOT AN UGLY ONE IN THE BUNCH... THE LIFE & TIMES OF CORDA BROWN

1: NOT AN UGLY ONE IN THE BUNCH TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreward- written by Beverly Carter In the Beginning...Corda's Childhood

3: Our Ancestors

4: Mother | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother

5: Father | Grand Mother | Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother

6: Your mother, my Grandma Brown, was an amazing woman. One memory about Grandma just couldn’t say enough about the woman she was. I can imagine a movie about her life with Jessica Tandy playing Corda. There’s a wealth of material from Tom’s interview. She talks about how she was born in a farm house and grew up on the farm. The house had an organ, rug, shiny wooden floors that she remembered her mother scrubbing. She described her mother as stern. On the farm they had horses. I wonder if my niece, Sophia, inherited a fondness for horses from Grandma. Grandma would catch geese for her mother. The feathers were used in down pillows and feather beds. They didn’t have mattresses. The kids all had chores, including milking the cows, which Grandma didn’t like to do. In the orchard, they grew plums, apples and peaches, Indian peaches were red all the way through. She made taffy and had a taffy pull. Grandma’s job on the sausage grinder was to hold down the grinder while someone else did the grinding. She walked a mile to school from first grade in Velpin through the 2nd hear in high school. Grandma was thin. In school the boys would tease her because her legs looked like pipe. The doctors told her mother to take her out of school because they thought she had TB. I visited Grandma one summer, a visit I will treasure for my entire life. We walked around New Castle and she told me stories from her years there and working at Chrysler. She shared with me the letters she received from Russell, her first husband and my great grandfather, during World War I. It was clear from the letters his fondness of Grandma and how he missed her. He never received her letters and didn’t know that she was pregnant with his son. She didn’t learn about his death for five months . After his death in the war, she was 18 and a single mother with a baby boy. I was impressed by Grandma’s work ethic and business sense. She ran a boarding house in Detroit and then bought a boarding house in Indianapolis. After Frank died, she went to work for Chrysler in 1936. At Chrysler, she worked 16 hours a day and was never asked to retire. Her managers wished they had more people like Corda. While working, she raised children as a single mother for much of her life. Not an easy thing to do. And, when you think about the wonderful children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, an even more amazing accomplishment. They are all such wonderful people who you enjoy spending time with. Grandma always said there wasn’t a bad apple in the bunch.

7: I was impressed by Grandma’s work ethic and business sense. She ran a boarding house in Detroit and then bought a boarding house in Indianapolis. After Frank died, she went to work for Chrysler in 1936. At Chrysler, she worked 16 hours a day and was never asked to retire. Her managers wished they had more people like Corda. While working, she raised children as a single mother for much of her life. Not an easy thing to do. And, when you think about the wonderful children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, an even more amazing accomplishment. They are all such wonderful people who you enjoy spending time with. Grandma always said there wasn’t a bad apple in the bunch.

15: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.

18: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers

24: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.

26: Mother | Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather

27: Father | Grandfather | Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandmother | Great Grandfather | Great Grandfather

29: Great Grandparents | Parents | Grandparents

30: Parents | Grandparents | Great Grandparents

34: CONTRIBUTORS INCLUDE: | BEVERLY CARTER, CAROL CARPENTIER, TOM CARPENTIER, JODY KLEM, KATIE SHELTON,

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