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Kenneth tells of his time in Washington working for the government on Foreign Affairs. He recalls a co-worker set to fire him (and did fire him) but later found out Kenneth had become the Dean of Area Studies at Foreign Services Institute. He tells…

A Gospel preacher was invited by mistake to speak at Princeton. The students booed him but he managed to quiet them and give his sermon. It was an unforgettable experience.

Margaret reads a letter from her grandmother Dorthea, Laurids wife. The letters tells about Margaret's birth and how her grandmother came to wash her.

Margaret reads a memo from her father about the sale of their house at 2400 Harrison St., Evanston. It was a comfortable house, well-maintained and clean. 

Margaret tells about the beginning of the end of her father's life. A.D. had his first stroke during of after one the many football games to which he would take Margaret. His health began to decline steadily after that and working became a struggle…

Adelle and A.D. got engaged in 1901 and married in 1902. Adelle wore a handmade dress andᅠA.D.ᅠa cutaway. They had a very modest wedding, with very few people attending. They lived in Somers, Wisconsin.

Margaret's father's funeral was held in Uncle Chris' house in Racine, Wisconsin. The burial was in Oakwood cemetery in Somers, Wisc., where several family members had been buried. Later in 1953 Margaret's mother Adelle had A.D.'s body moved to…

Margaret remembers her father's death, his first stroke, a mild one. She shares about his sad letters to her. He died at 50 years of age. 

Margaret recalls the last summer of her dad's life. It was a happy summer because of an evangelistic tour he had with Mr. Park in Michigan. He died suddenly, while the rest of the family was in Stony Lake. He was burried in Somers, Winsconsin.

A.D. is remembered as very nervous, reserved, and cold. He would hide in his room to weep, trying very hard not to visit his health problems on the family. Margaret tells about his opposition for an opportunity she had to win a scholarship.

Margaret reads two December 1924 letters from Kenneth about her father's illness and him stopping working again. She describes her father as very melancholic and unable to sleep or work, though he was able to get around.

Margaret's father went back to work after some ten months of interruption for illness. He was the Curtis Publishing Company's credit manager. The company had very high standards and a lot of strain was involved in A.D.'s position there.

Margaret tells again of Rufus Park, who took her father on an evangelistic tour in 1925. The goal was to reach with the Gospel people who were living in out-of-the-way places.

Adelle approved of Kenneth's desire to go into the mission field. She said she and her husband had always prayed that one of their children would become a missionary, and it looked as if Margaret was going to be the one.

Margaret tells about the first time her mother Adelle saw a motorcar. It was in Racine, and the whole town had rushed into the street to see it. When it came a woman was riding it gaily.ᅠAdelleᅠwas disgusted to see it, because no respectable girl had…

Margaret tells how at age 19 or 20 her mother, Adelle, felt a strong urge for mission. It seemed to Adelle that there was no way to fulfill her desire, since there had always been someone who depended on her financially. Margaret tells of other…

The parents of Margaret's mother, Adelle, came from Norway to Wisconsin, where Adelle was born in 1877. The family later moved to Minnesota for farming, and then back to Wisconsin (in the Kenosha area). Adelle went to school and had excellent…

Margaret's mother living on capital, possible life insurance, after her husband's death. She was still at 610 Irving Avenue in Wheaton.

Evangeline was punished by her mom for running after and catching the streetcar. On another Margaret also was punished for running in front of the streetcar. Mom would usually punish the kids verbally.

Following Grandmother Mortenson's death Adelle sold the family's house in Evanston and moved to Wheaton. Lois came to live with them and Kenneth visited often.

Margaret tells about her mother Adelle trying to start a Café (it was very hard to find a place to eat in Wheaton). But the owner of the bakery where she wanted to do it would not spend the money needed, so Adelle gave up the idea.

Miss. Torrey arranged with Margaret's mother to spend the day at her home because she lived too far from the college. This was good for Adelle to enjoy some company, especially after the death of her husband. 

Margaret tells of hospitality at the Mortensons. There was always someone living at their home for a year, or two, or more. That was normal and had become part of their life.

Margaret reads letters from her mother about building a house and selling it for profit. One letter mentions the people she trusted for the buying of a lot and the building of the house. It turned out that she entrusted her resources and her projects…

Adelle's health began to be a matter of concern. In 1917 she had an operation at the Mayo Clinic, which left her with other heart related problems. She later was admitted again to the Evanston Hospital for a long bout. She would spend many long hours…
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