Cora <I>Gale</I> Suhr

Cora Gale Suhr

Death 2 May 1977 (aged 70)
Burial Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot Section 863, Lot 3, Grave 6
Memorial ID 66185041 · View Source
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I was born in Franklin, Arizona in 1906 but my first memories were when we lived in Taylor when I was 4 or 5 years old. I remember when my brother Rolly was born in that small log cabin with a dirt floor. Mother would put sheets on the ceiling to make it look clean. Food was so scarce in those days. Everything we got tasted good.

We moved to Showlow about 1913 and had a larger house there. Dad had to be on the freight road so much to earn a living for us all. We were so glad when he got back. I remember crawling up in his lap to hear about his trips. I remember when Jim was born. Mother forgot to buy safety pins so she asked Etta to ride the horse into town and get some.

At Christmas time we went into the hills and brought back a big tree and had fun stringing popcorn and paper chsins and had small wax candles that we'd light up on Christmas Eve. I also remember our telephone that you had to turn the handle and make long and short rings to get the right party.

I have pleasant memories of those fruit trees and big garden in Farmington, New Mexico where we moved next. We also raised sugar cane and made molasses.

It was here that Melva and then Elsie were born.

My brother Hugh enlisted in the Army to get in the first World War. I remember when he left that day. He waved to us when he was at the top of the hill. I guess we were all in tears thinking about him leaving. He sure remembered Mother, as when he was in the service, he took out a life insurance policy and put it in Mother's name. Then he died a few months later. How many times over the next years we thought about him as she got a check every month from his policy, and it seems like we were always down to our last few pennies.

My father, George had to grow crops on shares and we had to move to where he could find land to work on.

I was like most girls. I wanted a job and to make my own money. So I got one, working at the Borree Store. I did all-around work in the store and cooked, washed dishes, and took care of the kids.

our next move was to Chandler. We had to walk to school and get a ride, sometimes. I got rheumatism bad in my left knee, so bad I finally had to quit school. I got a job in a small cafe as a waitress while staying with Etta and Joe Richardson in Globe. Later, I went back to Chandler and got a job in another cafe. I also got Clyde a job wshing dishes and many times I told him to get them clean.

This is where I met Anton Jensen. He was there from Chicago. I liked Anton but had not introduced him to my family yet. We decided to meet at the grocery store. Anton was sincere about wanting to marry me. I told him to go talk with Mrs. Borree, where I used to work. She liked Anton so much, as he was of Danish ancestry, the same as they were. She agreed to go and be our witness so we eloped that day. I have always been sorry I didn't talk it over with my parents first because they were hurt by my decision. Later they got to like Anton though we lived in Chicago for many years.

We came home in 1932 to visit and my father was real bad with dropsy and died while we were in Arizona. I was glad I got to see him before he died.

In 1942 we moved to Florida and got started in the printing business. Our son, George, was in high school and joined the Army for defense occupation in Japan.

Anton got high blood pressure and lost his life with a heart condition in 1959. I carried on the business anaother two years, then sold out and moved back to Arizona to be around my loved ones. Etta helped me find a place in Casa Del Sol. I got a job in the printing business and Pernie and Walter got me going to dances. That is where I met Oscar Suhr. We were married in 1972. He has been a wonderful man to me and all his family treat me fine. We have spent 5 months in Minnesota and 7 months in Arizona so life is always enjoyable.

In conclusion, I'm thankful and ever grateful for having such wonderful parents that, by example, make me want to live right an be a good citizen for what time I have left to live. i will also be ever grateful to my brothers, Jess and Clyde, for coming and being with me at Anton's passing. I love all my brothers and sister and hope we can continue these reunions, as long as possible.

Obituary: Cora Suhr, 79 owner of All-States Publishing co., for 22 years before retiring, died March 16, 1986, at her Mesa residence. Survivors include a son George Jensen; two sisters, four brothers; and nine grandchildren. (Cora, a personal history)

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  • Maintained by: Gary Foster
  • Originally Created by: Frank Elsberry
  • Added: 26 Feb 2011
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cora Gale Suhr (18 Jul 1906–2 May 1977), Find a Grave Memorial no. 66185041, citing City of Mesa Cemetery, Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Gary Foster (contributor 47500898) .