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Re: Home for Unwed Mothers


Posted By: marla (email)
Date: 3/15/2014 at 11:12:32

In Response To: Re: Home for Unwed Mothers (jd)

Oh My GOSH!!! You are amazing at this. I think you have nailed it. It makes so much sense. Maybe by 1933, the 24 year sister in law was gone so they had hired Bea as a governess and it would make total sense that their 20 year old son would be attracted to an 18 year old. And as you can see below, they lived within blocks of each other. The question becomes why wouldn't they marry if he was 20 and she was 18? I know they were a more prominent family and the Millmeyers were struggling to live after losing their parents? Would that have prevented it? Or what do you know about protocol in those times that would shed light on it. Maybe the boy had someone else he was committed to? Any way to find out if he got married and what age? And is there any more research we can do to try and prove that theory?

I so appreciate you and your brilliance!

Tracy did confirm that she knew Beatrice did work as a governess during that time and that supports what Grandma learned. Also Tracy said In the 1930 census Bea was living on Avenue I in Ft. Madison with Ernest, Leo and Virginia. According to the census she was not working at that time. She was 18 and her parents were dead.

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