Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 4: Widow

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Page 51 November 3, 1966 At the request of children I begin again today to talk about old and new experiences.  Meanwhile, my eyes have become weak, my legs have left me completely in the lurch, and at my own request have ended up in a nursing home and have time to write. Seven weeks ago today, my dear husband, your good father, was on the earth, tomorrow it will be seven weeks that they lowered him into the grave.  While painting the window...

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Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 3: Marriage

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Now I will move on to the third chapter of my life. I met your father in 1929, and at the turn of 1929-30 we became engaged.  We immediately started looking for a livelihood and soon found that the little manor “Haus Broel” was for lease.  It was located in Borgeln, the homeland of your father and his ancestors, and belonged to the Baron von Werthern, who did not manage it himself. Page 45 Our predecessor was old and moved to his daughters, who...

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Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 2, Part 5: Employment

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05/12/1958 After my school years I spent a year in Obernfelde, from 1909-1910.  October 1914 to July 1915 I spent at the educational establishment Pollertshof, for household studies.  “Schlicht um schlicht” (simple and unpretentious) was the emphasis, whereby we earned nothing, but also did not have to pay anything for room and board as was the custom in some of the households of pastors and doctors.  The “board” in these households...

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Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 2, Part 4: Worldly Life

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Now I would like to tell something of our worldly life.  Compared to today, those times were very monotonous and boring.  That was not, however, how we experienced the times.  There was no radio, no cinema, no magazines, and, unfortunately, very few books.  We all loved reading, but for both my girlfriends as well as all the cousins. buying books would have been an unheard-of luxury (later this had changed somewhat), but for some unfathomable...

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Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 2, Part 3: Church Life

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04/18/1958.  Now, after a long time, I will continue with my story. Included in some of my more unpleasant memories are, I confess, the Bible classes we had to attend regularly, regardless of if we were so inclined or not.   Page 39 Some of our pastors made an effort to make this hour a bit more engaging, so that one could follow with some interest, but sometimes it was too boring to even yawn, and only the automatic obedience of childhood...

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Luise Clusener memoir – Ch. 2, Part 2: Rural Traditions

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in family history | 0 comments

Page 33 Our neighbors were:  the Treselers, Jungemeiers, Ballmeiers, Schlingmanns, Kochs and Kahlenbergs. Wedding processions would always start by driving out the bridal carriage.  The nearest neighbors and relatives were invited to unload the bride’s dowry carriage.  This took place with plenty of time and without urgency.  They ate and drank, there were all kinds of jokes, customs and traditions.  Once everything was loaded and packed...

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