Contributed By: Sandra H. Coggeshall


 Lorraine Margaret Lupient - 1929


Lorraine grew up on her parent's farm near Curtiss, CLARK COUNTY in the early 1900s, along with her two older and one younger sister. Not having sons in the family, the daughters were expected to help with farm chores. Their father mowed the lawn but Lorraine remembers turning the grinder so her father could sharpen the sickle of the mower.

Lorraine spoke of how cold it was in the farmhouse during the winter when she and the family would wake up in the morning. They would wash using water in a big white floral bowl and sometimes there would be ice floating on the top of the water.

She said her mother, Clara, on cold winter days, would boil eggs in the morning before school. She and her sisters would carry the warm eggs in their mittens to keep their hands warm on their way to school. They would then eat the eggs at noon with their lunch. The girls had a fairly lengthy walk to school but their father, Frank, would occasionally hitch up the horse and wagon to take them to and from school during bad weather.

Lorraine said when they were young, their Christmas tree would have real candles on it. She said her father would always sit right by the tree when the candles were lit, with water at hand, in case the tree caught on fire from the candles.

Being a seamstress, their mother, Clara, made many of the clothes for her daughters. In a remarkable skill in sewing, when a family memberís coat became worn, Clara would take the coat entirely apart and resew it with the inside out.

When Lorraine attended high school in Abbotsford, during the week, she stayed with her married sister, Lucille, and her husband, Fred Moecker, who were living in town. She would go home to the farm on weekends. This might have been a common occurrence for farm children.

Abbotsford  High School

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