was born in the New Holland, SD area and have lived
here all my life, except for my time in the service.
worked with my father who had a general repair shop
and gas station. This being a farming area a lot of
our work was on farming machinery. I worked for him
and with him until 1961 when my father had quit for
health reasons. I ran the shop until 1988 when I sold
out. My wife was a janitor at the local high school
at the time and was going to quit as the work was
getting to be too much for her. After I sold the repair
shop we started working together cleaning until this
last year (2002).
town has a population of about 100 and like all small
towns we have a hard time to keep going. My wife and
I are in our eighties and we're having a big birthday
party with all the family.
oldest daughter (who has 3 children) lives in Seattle,
WA, our next 2 daughters (they have 2 children each)
live 15 miles from here. Our only son and youngest
daughter live in Sioux Falls. They each have 3 children
so we have 13 grandchildren 5 of whom are married.
We have 4 great grandchildren.
3 years we try to have a family get-together for a
week at a lake in Minnesota. The grandchildren are
kind of scattered all over, at our last get together
we had people from seven states.
look forward to the summers when I can get out and
work in my little garden. In addition to our (big)
yard, I also mow a few yards for the older ladies
enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was sworn in at Fort
Snelling, Minnesota October 1942. I had my basic training
at Kelley Field, Texas, from there first to airplane
mechanic school at Sheppard Field, Texas and then to
propeller school at Chanute Field, IL. When finished
with school I was sent to Smokey Hill, Salina KS for
training. The year 1945 was spent overseas on Guam with
the 39th BG in the 61st Squadron. I was discharged from
Camp McCoy, Wisconsin January 1946.
& Cornelius Lieuwen