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Breitbarth, Lois; Breitbarth, Eldor

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Oral History

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Lois Breitbarth was born on 11 October 1927 on a farm in Wheaton, Minnesota; she grew up and attended high school here during the war years. In addition to farm chores, Lois worked part-time in a grocery store during the war years, and remembers various shortages and rationing of food and other items. Following the war, Lois attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, and then went to Concordia Teachers College in Seward, Nebraska, to obtain a teaching license. She then worked in a Truman, Minnesota, parochial school, teaching grades 1-8 in a one-room schoolhouse. Eldor Breitbarth was born 15 December 1925 in Watonwan County, Minnesota. He grew up on a farm. He adds memories of being 4-F, deferred from military service, and of farm life during the war years. In 1948, Lois and Eldor were married in June 1948, in Wheaton, Minnesota. They continued to live on a farm in Antrim Township, Watonwan County. Eldor Breitbarth died on 29 February 2008. Lois Breitbarth died on 5 January 2016.


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