I was born in Frederick, Wisconsin on January 27, 1947.Â I went to school there for first grade.Â We didnâ€™t have kindergarten then.
There was an epidemic of polio that year, and my brother Michael got it.Â He had to go to the best hospital in the area â€“ Sister Kenny in the Twin Cities. Sister Kenny was the person who figured out how to treat polio victims.
Mom was scared to death that I would get it, and she had to find someone to take care of me while she was in the hospital with Michael.Â Anyone taking care of children had to be a certain age to make sure the disease wouldnâ€™t be passed onto the child.Â So Mom found German woman to take care of me.Â I was scared of her.
The epidemic eventually affected adults, too.Â Luckily, the vaccine was developed soon after and had started to be used just before we moved to New Richmond.
I remember the move to New Richmond because I was so excited about Dad living in an apartment there while he looked for a house.Â It meant that I got to stay with my grandparents on the farm in Grantsburg and go to the two-room schoolhouse.
We stayed in New Richmond for nearly all of my school years.Â When I was a sophomore or junior in high school, Dad got a new job in Roberts, and he commuted.Â Then he decided that he should live in the community he was working with, so we moved.
My friend said that I could stay with her while we finished our senior year, but I ended up driving back and forth instead.Â It was only after we moved to Roberts that we got our first clothes dryer and dish washer.published under: family