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Tedford and Ellen Wassgren Dennis

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Dr. Tedford Dennis was born in Corydon, Iowa, to William and Flora Every Dennis, on November 24, 1901. His father was a watchmaker. Tedford graduated from Corydon High School in 1920, and attended Morningside College in Sioux City for three years. He graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis in 1931 and practiced in southern Iowa until 1934 when he moved to Madrid.

Ellen Wassgren Dennis was born in Des Moines to Anton and Carrie Projs Wassgren on February 4, 1907. Her father was a carpenter. The family moved to Madrid in 1912, and Ellen graduated from Madrid High School in 1924. She was a telephone operator for the local telephone company for 12 years.

Tedford and Ellen were married on June 20, 1936. They purchased the Richard Westerberg property, where they still reside, and where Tedford has his office. They are the parents of one son and two daughters.

Ronald John was born on July 10, 1937. He graduated from Madrid High School in 1955, and received a BA degree in Music Education from Drake University in 1959. In 1961, he enlisted in the service of his country and was assigned to the United States Military Academy Band at West Point, where he was a clarinetist for three years. He returned to Des Moines and completed a Masters degree in Clarinet at Drake University. He did graduate study in Music History at the University of Minnesota. He joined the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, becoming the principal clarinetist for a number of years. He left the orchestra to study at the American Center for the Alexander Technique at New York City, from which he graduated in 1979. Ronald and his wife, Carol Wincenc, reside in New York City, where he is an Alexander Technique teacher.

Patricia Ellen was born on January 26, 1940. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1958, and attended Drake University for two years. She transferred to State Teachers College (Northern University of Colorado) at Greeley, where she received a BA degree in Elementary Education in 1962. She taught one year in Colorado Springs, and five years in Corvallis, Oregon. She served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Thailand for three years. Patricia and her husband, John Dash, and twin sons, Nathan James and Matthew Alan Lidrich, live in Portland, Oregon. She is a kindergarten teacher in the Portland public school system.

Sharon Elizabeth was born on May 9, 1943. She graduated from Madrid High School in 1961, and attended Buena Vista College at Storm Lake for three years. She transferred to the University of Washington, at Seattle, where she received a BA degree in English Education in 1965. Thereafter, she completed one year of graduate study at the University. She is co-publisher and co-editor of the Northwest Diet Guide, a monthly publication. She lives with her husband, Harold Fennema, and daughter, Danielle Susan, in Seattle. Sharon is a special education teacher in the Seattle public school system.

Tedford and Ellen are members of St. Paul's United Church. Tedford is a member of the Masonic Lodge and they both are members of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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