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Geddes hosts Pioneer Days
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At 5 p.m. Saturday in the Geddes Community Building, Geddes, the Charles Mix County Historical Restoration Society will sponsor a program called "Over Here, Over There: The World War I Correspondence of the Private John Warns Family."


The presentation is based on more than 150 pieces of correspondence between Pvt. John Warns and his family, as well as members of his community in Wentworth during the Great War, which erupted 100 years ago and set the stage for the 20th century. The presentation will feature quotes from the letters as well as photos of Warns and his family. The presenter will be Rich Lofthus, Ph.D., professor of history of Mount Marty College, Yankton. The event is funded by the South Dakota Humanities Council..

Following Lofthus' presentation, Gladys (Blair) Ludens will have a program on memories of ther life and family in the Geddes area. Gladys recently had her 107th birthday. She is the daughter of Eugene and Ella Anderson Blair. She grew up in a very small house where Loren Porter now lives. The homestead house was built in 1890 by Heming Anderson. The house has since been torn down.

Gladys graduated from a nearby country school and graduated from Geddes High School in 1925. She then went on to college for four years and received her teaching degree. She taught in Orange City, Iowa. After her marriage to Lawrence Ludens, they moved to Morrison, Ill., where she continued to teach for many years. A son and a daughter were born to the couple.

She continues to reside in her country home, with surround windows, by a creek where she enjoys the abundant wildlife. Many of the animals eat off her deck. Her pastime is genealogy, which she continually updates.

There is no charge for this event; however, a free-will offering will be accepted for the program and the snacks served. All proceeds will go toward the renovation of the Peter Norbeck boyhood home that is located in the Historic Village.

-- Source: Charles Mix County Historical Society

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