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Freda Wilhelmina "Fritz" Clark Mader
Birth: May 4, 1907
Neptune
Richland County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: May 15, 1973
Buffalo City
Buffalo County
Wisconsin, USA

Miss Freda Wilhelmina Clark grew up in a loving family with an older brother and sister in Fountain City, Wisconsin. Her father, William, was a jack-of-all-trades back in the day when a man could support his family that way.

Freda's mother encouraged her to marry Fred Hannenberg, who came from a wealthy family, to ensure her future. The marriage was short-lived.

Freda Clark married Clarence Mader, and together they raised three children in the midst of The Great Depression. Early on, they lived in a tent on Prairie Island, near Winona, MN, then in a government houseboat on the Mississippi. Clarence took any kind of work he could find, and supplemented the family's meager rations by hunting wild game.

Life was difficult for Freda after her marriage to Clarence. In addition to living in poverty, as many families did during this time, Clarence came to cope with troubles the same way his male forebears and his peer did. He became an alcoholic, frequently taking his rage and frustration out on his diminutive wife and son.

The later years of Freda's marriage and family life were more tranquil. The Maders lived in Winona, MN, Iowa, California and in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Their final residence was less than a block away from the beautiful Mississippi River in Buffalo City, Wisconsin.

In spite of the trauma she suffered as a young wife, Freda remained entranced by the beauty of the bluffs and the river throughout her life. The saying her grandchildren remember most is: "It's a beautiful part of the world". 
 
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 Parents:
  William Arthur Clark (1869 - 1958)
  Christina Anna Schulte Clark (1876 - 1929)
 
 Spouse:
  Clarence Edgar Mader (1904 - 1983)
 
 Children:
  Gene William Mader (1931 - 2011)*
  Julaine Christa Mader Robarge (1935 - 2007)*
 
 Siblings:
  Orin Ellsworth Clark (1900 - 1978)*
  Frances Clark Hunnicutt (1903 - 2001)*
  Freda Wilhelmina Clark Mader (1907 - 1973)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
City of Buffalo Cemetery
Buffalo City
Buffalo County
Wisconsin, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 17, 2010
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