Gaylord Nelson Papers, 1954-2006 (bulk 1963-1980)

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Container Title
Box/Folder   2/4
No.   1255A/136-137
Christie, Eva,1992 December 27, Madison, Wisconsin
Biography/History: Eva (Kalkofen) Christie was born on February 17, 1916, in Greenwood, Wisconsin. Her mother was born in this country, her father was born in Germany. Ms. Christie had five brothers, two of whom died at a very young age, and two sisters. She attended Eaton Center Elementary School and was graduated from Greenwood High School. She began her teacher's training in Neillsville, and received her degree in education from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. On November 20, 1939 she married Eugene Christie, and the couple made their home in Neillsville. Ms. Christie has three sons born in 1940, 1941, and 1952. During World War II she worked part time at a general store in Neillsville. She also worked as a secretary in an office that decided whether farmers could exempt their farm hands from the draft based on farm size and other factors. She also served as a block chairman, organizing collections and blood drives. One of her brothers served aboard a submarine with the U.S. Navy during World War II. Two of her sons served in the military during the Vietnam war. She began teaching in 1955 and taught for twenty-three years. She was widowed in 1980. Ms. Christie is an active member of the Lutheran church in Neillsville.
Scope and Content Note: Ms. Christie begins by describing her reaction to the attack on Pearl Harbor. She talks about the local division of the National Guard shipping out, and the sadness of remembering those who didn't come back. She then talks about her husband's work and his exemption from the draft. She describes the community of Neillsville during the war, and the condensery which employed about three hundred people. During the war she served as block chairman, and she talks about those activities. She then describes how she felt regarding President Roosevelt's death. She talks about working in an office that decided whether or not a farmer could keep his help based on a farm plan which he filed with that office. She then describes her work at a general store, her duties, and how she dealt with child care.