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August 15, 2000 Note from her grandson, Lawrence A. Wright, P. O. Box 2348, Covington, KY 41012
Inez's nickname "Birdie" was given to her when she was a baby by her father because of the way she ate..like a baby bird does when fed by the mama bird.

Family Histories by Evelyn Coover Volpe - August 1999 (received from her son, Lawrence A. Wright)

Mom: Inez Bell Dezell was born in Broadhead, Wisconsin, September 3, 1884. Her family were living in ColoradoSprings when her father dropped dead of a heart attack right in front of her when she was only 12 or 13 years old. A heart attack is also what she died from January 16, 1951 at 66-1/2 years. They then moved to a farm in Graham County outside of Hill City in northwest Kansas. She had one sister, Lottie. It was her husband, O.W. Noe, who lived to the age of 102 in Wamego, Kansas. They had two daughters Marybell and Doris. Mom and Lottie had one brother, Herbert, who deserted his wife and baby and was never heard fromagain. Mom and Pop met while going to teachers college in Emporia, Kansas. They were married June 10, probably 1907 or 1908.

Momwas gifted with artistic ability and was an accomplished pianist playing many of the songs recorded by Feransi and Tysher and Liberachi. She also made our dresses when we were in grade school besides making quilts and blankets, teaching Sunday school, as we went to church every Sunday, and giving piano lessons. She taught me till I could play some pieces for a recital and then gave up as I really wasn't interested and didn't regret it a bit as she said I might. When I was 4 or 5 years old, we had chickens in the back third or more of our back yard. When we got rid of them, Pop planted all strawberries there and for years we had lots of strawberries for Mom and Lorene (we all go by our middle names), my oldest sister, tocook and can strawberry jam while the rest of us sat on the back steps getting them ready for cooking. It was pitting cherries from our trees at other times. They also canned bushels of peaches in the summer. Strawberry Shortcake with biscuit dough was my favorite dessert.

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Buried in Owensburg, Indiana (Greene County).

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Henry and Edward were said to be Peter Perine's youngest sons per his will.

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He was a barber for 40 years, originally starting out in Joliet, Illinois. When he at Mathilda married they moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Grandma has a note in a letter she had written it says, "He was a barber there too. Wasn't a very big, (then crossed out big) and put ugly little bugger, but he could be nice at times too. (Her dad must have been tough).

Grandma Freistedt was a barber on the Golden State Train between California and Chicago. I have heard the story many times, but mom has many of the facts and said she has actually seen the article when Grandma Tillie showed her.

Grandpa Freistedt was traveling the route from California and there was picture of him on the front page of a Chicago paper (Mom thinks it was the "Sun" not sure if it was "Sun Times") of him shaving a famous movie actress' legs. Mom said that Grandma Tillie showed her the clipping from the paper (about 4 x 5") and it was Faye Emerson, she had long dark hair pulled back in a bun and had her leg up and Grandpa Freistedt was shaving her leg. It was the Faye Emerson who married Elliott Roosevelt, FDR's son. Mom and Grandma Ruth both said Grandma Tillie was furious and shortly thereafter, Grandpa Herman quit his train route and opened up his own Barber Shop (mom is pretty sure in Waukesha). Grandma Tillie although annoyed for a long time thought it was funny in later years.

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Married at the Waikito Gardens in Hamilton New Zealand. They were married at the French Rose Garden, Gate 2 at 3:30 pm Saturday, August 2, 2003.

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Emigrated 1885 (mother emigrated April 1881)?

Confirmation received 5-31-1892 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Waukesha, Wisconsin (page 202).

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Mom said Grandma Tillie was a lot of fun. They would come out to the house when we were little. Grandma Tillie would ask Mom for a cigarette and mom would say are you sure Grandma, Ruth won't like it. She said "we won't tell her then will we".

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Mom said when Grandma Tillie was sick and in the hospital she was delirious and spoke only German. She said Papa Max (Max Kurth - Ruth Dezell's second husband) translated for mom and said she was talking to her father as they rode a buckboard through the Black Forest in Germany.