‘Stepping Into Another Woman’s Shoes’ By Sandra McKinney

Five year old Helen was fostered, upon her mother’s death, by a family, complete strangers to her. She was one of five children “farmed” out in the 1920’s. It was a time when many mother’s died giving birth. Frank, the father not only had to work and heavy drinking took the remainder of his free time. 10 years later, at age 16, Helen would be in a relationship with the foster parents son-in-law; 20 years her senior. 17 year old Helen & 37 year old Lester were my parents. The unfolding of this story, in decades were family secrets were well kept, unfolds from Census reports, city directories, county documents and sharing from a 90 year old aunt who wouldn’t share until all the players were dead. Helen stepped into the first wives shoes; ones that had been worn for 14 years.

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