OF THE ALBERT CULP FAMILY
JESSIE CULP O'DONNELL
as printed in the June 2005 issue of "Tales and Trails"
Culp and his twin brother Herbert, were born on September 11, 1895 in
Pleasant Dale Nebraska. His
family later moved to a farm near Denton, Ne.
served in the Army Infantry during World War I. He
trained at Camp Funston, Kansas, and was
later sent to France. While
in France he guarded German prisoners of war, because he could speak and
understand the language, which his parents spoke at home.
the end of his tour of duty, his twin brother Herbert died of influenza. His
parents had written him about his death, but he did not receive the
letter, as he was on the way home to the states, When
he got off the train the first thing he asked was, "Where is
being home several years he married Marie Shea, and they settled on a
farm near Denton, I
remember Mom telling me about when all of their friends showed up for a
newlywed party, it was an extremely cold night. The
pump was frozen, so her brother, Bud, went to the horse tank, broke
through the ice and got water for the coffee. The
house they lived in was poorly built and they could lay in bed and see
the sky through the ceiling. When
it snowed, some would be on their bed in the morning.
their five children, I was their youngest, and by the time I was born
they had moved to the big city of Denton, population about 100.
had several trucks, and was in the hauling business. He
hauled about anything, milk, cattle, grain, coal, etc. Also
after Grandpa Elmer (Culp) died, Dad did most of the heavy work on his
parents farm especially the harvesting of the wheat and corn. Mom
was often in the fields with him. I
can remember her being exhausted after coming home from picking corn and
still making a big supper for all the family. And
what good food it was.
made most all of our clothes, including coats, mittens, dressed, slips
and bloomers. She
would sit at the sewing machine for hours chewing her Juicy Fruit gum
and working the treadle on the old Singer. She
had so much pride and all of us children always looked good when we went
anywhere, especially church. A
lot of the clothes were made from hand-me-downs of dresses and coats
given her by her sisters.
the summer we had a shower rigged up in a small building close to the
house. In the winter it was a tub in the kitchen and you hoped you were
first in line as the water wasn't changed after every bath.
was the oldest of twelve children. Two died as infants, but Aunt Jessie,
my namesake, died at the age of twelve from complications of a broken
leg. Before marriage Mom worked as the local telephone operator.
She also taught piano and organ. She played the organ for your church
understand she tried to teach some of her older children, and gave up on
all of us.
they moved to Wichita, during World War ll, they both worked in the
airplane factories. Dad
later went into the carpentry business, but Mom stayed at Beach Aircraft
until she retired. They
always had the whole family for holiday meals. We
had many a good time at those gatherings with new babies joining the
group every year.
loved nice clothes especially shoes. After
she retired, she was standing on a chair, fixing a curtain, when she
fell. She lay on
the floor for several hours before anyone found her Her
hip was broken and since it was Thanksgiving holiday time, the doctors
put off her surgery till after the football games. She
never fully recovered and for over twenty years she suffered. She
wore a brace on one leg and could never wear any of her beautiful shoes
again. She died on
August 2, 1991
Dad died from a stroke in 1976. He had several heart attacks in the years preceding his death.
OF DAD AND MOM
and Dad ice skating on the pond and the grilled cheese sandwiches and
hot cocoa after.
old pickup truck "Danger" and the Farmall tractor.
loading all the high school seniors in the back of his truck and taking
them on "Skip Day", after the majority of the school board of
which he was one, had disapproved.
ironing with the flat irons heated on the cook stove.
fresh baked bread and cinnamon rolls on wash day, when the stove was
going full blast to heat the boiler she bleached clothes in. The
many trips to the cob shed to keep that fire going.
buying big crocks of pickled herring every Lenten season, and Mom making
him keep his Limburger cheese outside the house, because if smelled so
Most of all they were both hard working, honest, people; they did their best to instill good values in their children.
Editor's note----Jessie passed away on January 28, 2011.