Grandmother Goff Visits the Wilsons at Minburn, Iowa

Junior (16th birthday), Danny, Doris, Clabe, and Leora Wilson. Grandmother Laura Goff. Bernadine and J.B. Goff with young Ronnie. Dale Wilson. July 6, 1941, near Minburn, Iowa

Grandmother Laura Goff moved from Dexter to Omaha in 1936 when her son C.Z. (Clarence Zenas) offered a job to his widowed brother J.B. (Jennings Bryan) who lived with Grandmother in Dexter with his children Maxine and Merrill.

The Wilsons had lived in and around Dexter for a decade by then, so Grandmother was surprised when she got a letter in March, 1939, saying they’d moved to a farm near Minburn.

The foreman of a WPA job where Clabe Wilson worked in Dexter said his brother was looking for a tenant farmer for his place near Minburn. Clabe got the job. Sons Delbert, Dale, Danny, and Junior were great help on the farm, earning their own paychecks. Danny had just graduated and Junior still had a year left of high school. This was taken on his 16th birthday.

Doris Wilson was a waitress in Perry, but regularly rode the M & St L (Minneapolis & St. Louis railroad) to the Minburn depot.

J. B. Goff married Bernadine Paxson, who had been Dexter schoolteacher for Danny and Junior when they were in grade school. Ronnie is their son, the step-brother of Maxine (who was married by then) and Merrill (who had joined the Marines). J.B. drove them to Minburn for this visit.

Delbert was still home, so he probably took this delightful photo on July 6, 1941.

Darlene, who was Dale’s twin, had married Sam Scar that spring. They lived on the Scar farm near Earlham.

Donald Wilson was serving aboard the USS Yorktown (CV-5), on its third Neutrality Patrol in the Atlantic.

Laura Goff was with her daughter, Leora, when she gave birth to all ten children. Eight times, since there were two sets of Wilson twins.



    • Yes, Dale’s twin Darlene. He marred an Earlham farmer the spring of 1941. I’ll bet they got to see the Omaha relatives, but missed out on the photo. Thanks for mentioning her. I just added her to the post!

    • Thank you. I almost passed over it since it didn’t fit in with the Depression Era stories and is too early for WWII, but then thought about what was going on “in the background.”

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