Grandmother Rose, A Pioneer Immigration Officer
My grandmother was the first woman employed at the Noyes Immigration Office. Very few women were employed in the government office sat that time. Grandmother took the Government Civil Service test, passed, and got the job. She tells of many amusing things that happened as Grandmother Rose and Grandfather Phil dealt with the bootleggers and criminals. They worked during the prohibition days. So, they were always on watch for bootleggers trying to slip by the border with their bottles of illegal liquor. When they found a woman with illegal goods, Grandmother Rose would search her. The bootleggers also would hand their bottles out the train window. You can just imagine their surprise when they found that an inspector had cut the string.
In the spring of 1926, they moved to
In 1928, they moved to Humboldt in the house across the road west of Leo Ash's. Then in 1931, they moved to the farm where Mark Baldwin now lives. There were horses to ride, cattle and sheep to herd, geese, guinea hens, chickens, and turkeys to feed and take care of. Besides the tilling of the land, there was a happy time.
At night friends would come over. They would sing, play music and dance. Grandfather Phil would play the old violin and Grandmother Rose would play the piano. Sometimes they would go swimming and have a picnic. After church on Sunday, they would go for a ride and get together with friends and relatives.
Rose Lehn was born
They moved to
Then they moved to
My grandmother now lives in a little house in
Interview, Mrs. Rose Baldwin,
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