Today I’m remembering my Nana, who was born 96 years ago today.
Mildred A. Kaiser was born in 1923 in DeKalb, IL, and was the oldest daughter of Glenn and Mildred Kaiser. Her father was a veteran of WWI and the owner of a sheet metal business in DeKalb. The year that she was born was a year of great sorrow. She was born exactly one year and two days after the birth of her baby brother Vernon. Tragically, he passed away when he was only four months old after contracting a cold and pneumonia. Just five days before Millie was born, her grandfather Andrew Kaiser passed away, and Glenn, along with his brother Floyd, now had full responsibility over their father’s tinning shop. Millie was born on a cool, cloudy October day, and I like to imagine that after a year of sorrow and stress, that her new life brought joy to the family when they needed it the most. On this cool day in October, I’m going to celebrate my Nana’s birthday with a scoop of chocolate frozen custard from Ollie’s (her favorite)! These are some of my favorite photos from her childhood in DeKalb.
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