I'm sorry that I couldn't email you direct, but you have an unlisted email address.
My friend's grandmother was Venita Vivian Acker, b. 1903 in Iowa.Venita, along with her brother, Albert, was orphaned at a young age, when their parents, James Willard & Harriet (Cole) Acker died on the prairies of South Dakota in some type of accident.From what I gather, Venita & her brother remained alone in the sod house for quite some time before neighbors discovered the deaths of James & Harriet.
Venita was adopted by Clarence Charles & Nellie Gertrude (Vandenburg) Halphide.
My friend is quite interested in her Acker family since no history was passed down via Venita.
I thank you so much for the information that you posted.This certainly opens up many new avenues of research for me.My friend's aunt has done a bit of poking about in Beaver Dam, WI & I'm sure that she would gladly pass along what she has found.