Edna Amanda Egli was born on February 16, 1900 in Manson, Iowa. She was the fifth of eight children born to Peter and Annie Peterson. Three sisters, Minnie, Sylvia, Delphia, and one brother, Floyd, were older than her and when she was born they were 8, 6, 4 and 2. Needless to say, her mother had her hands full and in less than a year, she was expecting again. Her younger siblings were Sanford, Lillian and Hazel.
Edna says in her handwritten memoirs:
“I can remember leaving home to stay with an Aunt and Uncle in Cherokee, IA. They carried me wrapped in big shawl to the train and I stayed with them because Mother was expecting another baby, he was 1 1/2 years younger than I. Seemed like for years I would go and live them every so often up until 10 or 12 years. (I) would go home for school and back with them in summer months. Their children were older than I so I told people I was adopted and my own folks weren't my real parents.”
|Edna and her Cherokee County Mama, Aunt Mary|
In spite of the time spent in Cherokee, Edna detailed lots of memories of her life in Manson as a young girl. Her uncle built their house on “Swede hill.” Her dad worked as a clerk in the grocery and dry goods store. They had a barn with a cow and chickens so they had plenty of milk, cream, butter and eggs.
Her mother did all the sewing of dresses, shirts and coats. Her dad had a shoe repair kit and would resole their shoes. The Peterson family faithfully attended Augustana Lutheran Church in Manson.
In the winter the neighborhood children would sled and skate and in the summer they played games “like run sheep run” and 4th of July picnics, or going on a long hayrack ride out to Twin Lakes.
|1922 Ford Model T Runabout|
Edna attended Manson schools and graduated from Manson High School in 1918. During her school years she worked at Dalton Press, a publishing company in Manson. She earned 5 cents an hour. Later, in 1922, she sold subscriptions to the Manson Journal and won first prize in a contest. The prize was a car – a Ford Coupe Runabout. Or so I was told. [see link]
Edna also attended and graduated from Fort Dodge Business College and was later employed by Davis Bros. & Potter Grain Company as the manager of the Manson Elevator. It was here at the elevator that she met Emery Egli, who also worked there.
Edna married Emery Egli on October 5, 1929. Soon after they were married, Edna joined the Mennonite Church in Manson.
Edna and Emery Egli farmed in the Manson vicinity until they retired in 1966. They had four children -- Thomas, Phyllis, Harris, and Kenneth, – and ten grandchildren.
Edna passed away on February 12, 1984, just short of her 84th birthday. Her funeral was February 15 at the Manson Mennonite Church; interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Manson.
Phyllis Egli Schmidt
“Recollections of My Childhood” by Edna