Clarinda Stina Cormier

by

Linda Cormier

 

6th Grade 1993, Tri-County School, Karlstad,Minnesota

 

On June 2, 1926, Clarinda Stina Cormier was born righton a farm.

She had 4 sisters and 5 brothers.

The temperature was 90 degrees above in the summer andit got down to 50 degrees below in the winter.

She went to a 2 room country school.

The teacher that she had taught 8 grades.

They brought their lunches to school every day.

School would start in September and would get out in October.

School would start at 9 o'clock a.m. and would get outat 4 o'clock p.m.

She would have to walk 1 1/2 miles to school and back.

If there were any bad weather, her dad would have to takeher on the horses to and from school.

They had real bad storms too!

They got candy for a penny a candy and a candy bar was3 cents.

She had to do chores before and after school such as milkingcows and carrying wood in the house.

After school, she would do her chores then her homework,then go to bed.

She got married when she was 21.

She got married at the Middle River church to Arnold ChesterCormier.

They had 6 children - 4 girls and 2 boys.

My aunt Carline is the oldest, then my uncle Adrian, thenmy aunt Elsie, then my uncle Lee, then my mom, Cindy.

Grampa Arnold died February 2, 1962.

Then she got married to Toryus Sylskar August 7, 1965. They didn't have any children.

She got divorced on August 7, 1973.

She has 22 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

She worked in the beet plant in the fall of 1975 and thespring of 1976.

She is 66 right now.

She discovered depression too!

It was hard and she had WPA work for poor people.

President Roosevelt did this for the poor people.

Money was scarce. It was hard to come by.

She has a pacemaker now! Before the doctor had put itin, he held it out in his hand and said, "This is what will keep youalive from now on." and said, "This is what will keep youalive from now on."