Miller Family from Akron Iowa:Information about Ella Kallsen
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Ella KallsenElla Kallsen (daughter of Peter Kallsen and Emma Thiessen)110.She married (1) Roy Sampson.She married (2) Bob Arnsdorf.
Notes for Ella Kallsen:
Notes by Dennis Johnson-grand nephew 1-20-2001
Ella, the youngest.Married Roy Sampson.No children.Ella and Roy wanted children very much.They lived on a farm and raised sheep.She made a bargain with me, that if I would pray and they had a child, she would give me a lamb.I thought that a good deal.So I prayed.They never got a child and I never got a lamb.They wanted to adopt, but Ella's parents were very much against that.The experience with adoption was not good, so they thought.Ella was perhaps the richest of the relatives-having inherited from the Kallsens and she and Roy did fairly well on the farm.Roy died of some form of cancer and later Ella remarried a nice gentleman by the name of Bob Arnsdorf.Roy Sampson was an uncle to Marilyn Sampson Morehead.He loved to play cards also.I can still see all those men sitting on the front lawn of the LeMars house dressed in their Sunday best, but shedding their coats and playing cards and smoking.Ella took an interest in me and helped in a small way to finance my college and seminary education, my grandmother, Clara, was a great lobbist for me and urged Ella's help.Grandma could go over board sometimes.I once told her that at college, to save money, we would buy a carton of milk, and a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and that's what we ate: Grandma told Ella that I was living on "bread and water."Because of her help, we developed a ritual when I was home from college of going to LeMars to see Aunt Ella and Bob.Lilly would come over also and Grandma, Tenie, mom and Janice would travel over for a visit.They were quite wonderful evenings with lots of laughter and conversation--but near the end of the evening, Ella would take me aside and slip me a check for $100.When we got to the car, Grandma would always be the first to ask, "How much did you get?"Well, $100. was quite a bit in 1956-1964-- for seven years I got $100. a year-- I never forgot the kindness--it was a bit awkward for it seemed like we were going over for the money because it was so predicatble- but I did enjoy those people, always did from the time I was small.When I was ordained all three Aunties had a role in the reception, pouring coffee, cutting cake, those were regarded as honorary positions then!