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Notes from Grandmother Eva Mills Vondrasek Warford

Updated August 19, 2009

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The following is information past on to me by my Grandmother,
Eva Warford, only a few years before her passing on.

My dear and precious grandmother was always comfortable in a house dress and would remind me that as a child she usually had only one to her name and that one was meticulously washed daily. She said she was a small scarp of a child, the only girl whose five brothers hung her up on a clothes line to chill out the temper that her reddish dark hair testified to.

Eva heard of stories passed down of Indians and oxen-driven wagon trains. There was a fragile and simple tiny wedding band and a simple glass wedding plate she gave to me and told me that were to be handed down to the females in the families. She said that they were they traveled across the prairies by wagon train in 1824 with the Orbin family.

I was particularly fond of the story about her grandmother Josephine. I would often visualize a petite twelve year-old looking over the rail of a large ship to gazed at the Stature of Liberty.
Josephine was born about 1860, an Bohemian immigrant who was an orphan that her two aunts took in and gave her the name Slanger. They lived in Perry, Iowa.
Josephine married a Dutch settler, from Pennsylvania, Ferdinand Orbin. He was a farmer in the years of 1876.
Ferdinand was born Sept. 23, 1848 and sadly had a fall from a cherry tree when a child that left him with one arm. The two settled and took up farming around Perry, Iowa. The family was blessed by a firstborn daughter Nellie Sarah in January 30, 1878. Follow by two sons Frank 1880 and Stacey 1883. In 1898 a death is recorded of a baby boy Orbin.
Nellie was romantically courted by a young man who rode a large-wheeled bicycle. The year of 1895, when it snowed on the forth of July, Nellie married her childhood sweetheart, Percy Clifford Mills who was known as PC.

Josephine always complained about headaches and indigestion which she would chide to Nellie that her illness was brought on by her children. At the age of 24, Nellie and PC were living in Cox, MO. Nellie had a premonition of her motherís death. She was hanging clothes and suddenly stopped and started to wring her hands becoming very distraught. Moments later her brother Stacey brought her news of the death of their beloved mother, Josephine, possibly from a heart attack.

At the age of 42, the year of 1902, Josephine Slager Orbin received Catholic rites and was laid to rest in Cox, MO just 5 Miles east of Excello MO. Ferdinand Orbin continued to farm and later remarried. In a 1910 census Rebecca and Ferdinand were married and living in Macon, MO. Ferdinand died Jan. 31, 1912 at the age of 63 and was buried at Mount Salem cemetery Excello, MO. A copy of his death certificate stated that Stacy wrote in the blanks that there is no knowledge of the names of Ferdinandís parents. Rebecca is buried there also.

Rebecca Lucas Campbell Orbin died March 8, 1923, in the home of her daughter, Hattie Slaughter. Hattie was married to Ed Slaughter of Ardmore, MO. There was a brother Lewis Campbell and two other sisters.

Frank Orbin married Eva Miles in 1895 in Perry Iowa.. They took off to the fields of Minnesota by covered wagon but couldnít make the trip so they settled in MO. There they had 6 boys and one girl. The family farmed near Macon, MO. Nellie was romantically courted by a young man who rode a large-wheeled bicycle. The year of 1895, when it snowed on the forth of July, Nellie married her childhood sweetheart, Percy Clifford Mills who was known as PC.

Josephine always complained about headaches and indigestion which she would chide to Nellie that her illness was brought on by her children. At the age of 24, Nellie and PC were living in Cox, MO. Nellie had a premonition of her motherís death. She was hanging clothes and suddenly stopped and started to wring her hands becoming very distraught. Moments later her brother Stacey brought her news of the death of their beloved

 
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