Ohmer and Frieda

Frieda and GenGen lived with her grandparents full-time until she started school. Ohmer's farm was a half-mile closer to the school in Guckeen, so when Gen was old enough to go to school, she lived with Ohmer and Frieda during the week and with her grandparents on the weekends. In 1924, Ohmer acquired a new bride, bright little Frieda Schanzenbach, the woman I knew as Grandma Gust and who looks a little like Janis Joplin

Frieda stands at the center of the picture on the next page, wearing a sailor's pinafore-type dress. Gen likes this style and dressed me up in what she called "sailor suits" whenever she could when I was little. She bought me a pair of boy's red-white-and-blue pajamas with a sailor collar and tie on the top (you could tell they were boy's because the pants had a fly). It outraged Gen's sister-in-law, Peggy Fisher, who didn't have much truck with the unconventional. Gen likes sailor suits because Frieda wore that style and Gen liked Frieda very much.

Frieda was a merry girl who genuinely cared for Ohmer's daughter.

Gen says Frieda was a capable seamstress who could take one look at a dress in a store window and develop a dress pattern from memory.

Gust familyLeft-to-right
Back row: Lizzie Weber Karge, Lydia Weber Gust, John Karge, Henry Karge
Front row: Wilhelmina Doege Weber, Genevieve Gust, Frieda Gust, Cora Karge, Ottinger Karge

In 1924, Frieda left Schwäbisch Hall, Germany for the United States, where she settled in Wisconsin with some of her siblings whose emigration preceeded hers. Initially, Frieda supported herself by working as a seamstress and housekeeper. Eventually her little family group found their way to Blue Earth, where Frieda worked at a creamery in Guckeen until she married Ohmer.