Eda Louis Tschann
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According to an affidavit by Eda's aunt, Eda was born at home in Kansas on April 15, 1899. The affidavit was made many years after Eda's birth. In the meantime, Eda had used various dates (years) as her time of birth. At the time she died, she was claiming to be 6-7 years younger than she actually was. She had no trouble passing as a younger person. Apparently she was something of a prodigy and graduated high school in 3 years at the age of 16 (?). She went to live with her Aunt Eda in Ames, Iowa and attended college where she graduated at the age of 19. She began teaching school soon afterwards. At Northfield High School in Minnesota she taught Biology and English and Drama. On June 29, 1915, she married a former student, Frank Joseph Tschann, 2 years her junior. They made their home in Northfield and proceeded to have 4 children between 1916 and 1924. They had 20 years together until Frank died suddently in 1935 of a stroke. He was 43 years old. For reasons I have never been able to determine, Eda and her 3 youngest children moved out west and had established residency in Anaheim by 1938. During WWII she volunteered as a first aid location and she also worked in a factory for the war effort. At some point during the war, she also started and ran a beauty college, the first one in Anaheim with the help of her only daughter Jeanne. By war's end, both of her sons in Anaheim were married. In the early 50's she took a job teaching in Oklahoma. She was fascinated by the Native culture there and she also had family nearby and in adjacent Kansas and Missouri. When she returned to California around 1955, she was wearing 3 Navajo bracelets, which she wore the rest of her life on almost a daily basis. They were her signature jewelry. She lived with her son Paul and family for some years when her 2 granddaughters were young. She later rented a Craftsman style house on the same block. Eda was a wonderful grandmother: she was interested in so many things and she loved to read stories and share her knowledge with her grandchildren. She made everything interesting. When she had a heart attack and was released from the hospital, her daughter Jeanne took her in to care for her. One day, when Jeanne was at work, Eda suffered another heart attack. She managed to call her daughter in law, Viola who lived next door. Viola was with her when she passed away a few minutes later.
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