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By LuAnn Schindler


Original views on life in rural America


August 20, 2020

On the 100th anniversary of women earning the right to vote, I’ve been thinking about the long line of strong women in my family. I never had the opportunity to meet my paternal great-grandmothers. Great-grandma Larson died giving birth and Great-grandma Gropper died six years before I entered the world.

I am a strong woman because a strong woman - Barbara Fields Larson - raised me.

I imagine her strength came from role models - strong Oakdale women - she grew up watching: her mother, Neola; grandmother, Annie; great-grandmother, Lulu and great-great-grandmother, Jane.

Lulu - or “Little...

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