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Cora Pauline Rohne (Goodman)

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This story was written by Cora Rohne Goodman in October 1992.

Born August 24, 1916 in a Norwegian settlement near small town Cranfills Gap TX with 2 brother and 3 sisters (6 children).   Father died at age 46 years when I was 13 years old.  Depression years.  Mother left with 6 children to raise and a 500 acre farm to pay for.  Model T was our transportation – did a lot of walking, riding in wagon, or buggy to school.  Took turns driving horse with buggy and with that to go feed horse oats at lunch time.   Went to grade school in 2 room building with 4 grades with recitation bench.  The rest studied if not reciting.  One April Fools Day we all ran off to swimming hole in creek and swam with clothes on.   Teacher made us sit in wet clothes the rest of the day. 
Carried lunches in syrup buckets.  We played basketball.
When we came home from school, 2 of us had to get on horses and ride the pastures to get all the sheep under the shed with gate closed by dusk to keep the wolves from getting them, especially lambs.  It was a great decision who got to ride best horse and had only one saddle so that was an argument.  Lizzie, our sheep dog, helped round them up and bring them in. 
We raised what we ate, except flour and sugar.  One lady had sealer and canner and made the rounds to can your corn when it was ready.  Never could figure out why it happened always on July 4th.  We belonged to beef club – group that worked out who got what and when about every 3-4 weeks.  Each person furnished a calf to kill when his turn came.  No refrigeration.  No electricity until 1935.
On way to confirmation class we’d stop and pick green peaches off tree by road side.  One would throw peaches ahead on the road and the driver would try to hit it.  Surprised how few you hit with a Model T.  Didn’t get much practice – parents  saw to that.
Went to larger school in 8th and 9th grades.  Then to accredited school for 10th and 11th grades and played on winning basketball team.  We wore black pleated bloomers to play in.  In our senior year we got to wear green corduroy shorts with pearl buttons and we almost lost because we were so self-conscious.  I was good at free throws.  Man bet 25 cents I’d make the point.
Entered professional nurse training in 1934.  It was either a teacher or nurse in the 30’s and 40’s.  I took nursing so I could eat chipped ice!  Can’t start to make comparison with today’s nursing training.  Would save our money from home (no salary) to finally get to walk to the movie and stay as long as we could, then realize we were going to be late checking in –only to catch a freight train stopped on the RR tracks so we crawled under the hitch between boxcars so we could make it on time. 
In 1938  married a great man(Jimmie Goodman) that could not stand the smell of lutefisk, our traditional Christmas dish.  It took 50 years , but I finally got him to really look forward to the annual Lutefisk dinner.
We owned a 1937 Plymouth that was always hard to start.  When we lived on small farm on Cottonwood Creek, we pushed the car down a hill to the dry rock bottomed creek because it was easier to push.  Didn’t get the car started….then it rained.   Later had to get a neighbor to help pull it out of the creek.  When Mary was in school, we still used that Plymouth – One rainy day it got stuck on the muddy berm for our new bridge.  Our hired hand mostly picked up the back end to get it going again.
Time came to move to a larger farm.  Husband backed trailer to fence by  the house and I was to get ready to move—carried stuff out and just put it in.  Kerosene lamp with chimney on it did not even turn over. 
Later had a beautiful daughter that grew up in the 50’s and 60’s.  Quite a contrast.
This is discontinued after this copy.   I Love You.  Mother

From her daughter Mary Margaret Goodman Walter
I would like to add a few things.   After reading Mother’s memory(autograph) book, I learned the Model T was called the “Please don’t rain car” – no top!  She went to Live Oak School her early years, then to Cranfills Gap, and then to Clifton.  To go to Clifton High School, she and Anne Enger rented a room when they were about 15, fixed their own meals on a hot plate and graduated in 1933.
She completed nurses’ training in 1936 and then worked for Kings Daughters Hospital for 41 years with some years of private duty nursing during the time Mary was small. 

When Jimmie and Cora brought their first farm, they continued to live in town for awhile.  They would walk the 5-7 miles to the farm, milk the cow and then walk back home after they had been at work all day.  They lived on the Cottonwood Creek farm from 1942-1946.  During this time Cora had to try to teach her city husband about farming.
Mary was born October 9, 1946.  

Then they moved to the farm on Little Elm Creek.  It had an old frame house on it that was so far off the ground you could walk under it.  Jimmie was going to remodel it so the young couple and the new baby lived in a shed behind it(about 16’ X 16’).  Their friends Dan and Curry would come over and play 42 and the baby would sleep in the crib.  Under the crib was a bucket with ice on the surface of the water.   Jimmie worked on the house in the evenings while he  worked at American Desk during the day.  He lowered the house, took out several walls and put in lots of bracing  in the attic. 

They lived in this house until 1975 when they moved to a house on North 9th Street in Temple.  Jimmie, the carpenter, loved the house because it was well-built.  They lived there until 1979 when they moved out to the Kasberg addition, on the road to Lake Belton.  The reason – they couldn’t see the sky from the backyard at the 9th Street house.  They seemed to enjoy this neighborhood. 

Jimmie and Cora lived there until 1997 when Jimmie was moved to a nursing home.   He passed away in March 1999 with congestive heart failure at age 91.  Because Cora could not live alone anymore, she moved to Three Oaks Assisted Living in Dublin to be near her daughter.  She passed away in January 2000 from a stroke at age 83. 

Cora got to meet only one of her sons-in-law Corey Slagle.  They seemed to enjoy each other’s company.  Cora had two granddaughters:  Lara Louise (born July 6, 1976) and Malinda Mae(born August 18, 1978)  .  Lara married Eric West July 9, 2005 and Malinda married Corey Slagle June 16, 2001.  Lara and Eric reside in Atchison, KS and teach at Benedictine College.  Lara also is director of music for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lawrence KS.  Malinda and Corey live in Dallas TX.  Corey is an attorney.  Malinda works for the Native Plant Society of Texas and with landscape design.  Malinda and Corey have two daughters:  Mae Anne (born May 30, 2008) and Gwendolyn Cora (born October 10, 2011). 

Rueben Henry Walter was born in Slaton TX on March 23, 1946.  His parents were William Henry Walter (born August 2 1909 and died November 15, 1994) and Ruby Mae Wilke Walter (born May 13 1916 and died December 25 1980). They were married in December 3, 1940.  He has 3 siblings:  Willie Mae Walter Hagen (born September 19, 1942), Jerald Duane Walter (born June 12, 1944) and Katherine Pauline Walter Hughes (born October 30, 1950).  Each sibling has two children:  Andrew Walter Hagen (born October 10,1971),  Rebecca Leigh Hagen (born May 14, 1973), John William Walter (born December 24, 1976), Lisa Caroline Walter (born February 7, 1978), Kiska Jae Stancek (born February 3, 1979), Joshua August Hughes (born March 14, 1988). Andrew is not married.  Rebecca married Jim Watson on July 5, 2013.  John Walter married Kelly Colvard on June 3, 2000 and they have two children:  Aiden Lee (born February 16, 2005) and Kirsten Claire (April 11, 2007).  Lisa married Ingram Rich on July 21, 2001.  They have 2 children:  Camden Alexander (born March 7, 2006)  and Brinley Ellizabeth (born October 1, 2007).   Kiska married Brad Workman October 25, 2003.  They have one daughter:  Kayleigh Rennae (born December 15, 2010) .  Josh is not married.  

 Other than dates and relations - Rueben graduated from Roosevelt High School and continued his education at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.  While he was being a lab assistant for organic chemistry, he met this girl named Mary.  After graduation, he began his studies at the University of Arizona but after one semester decided he needed to return to Texas.  He went to TCU and when Mary graduated from TLC, they were married on August 2, 1969.  

Mary taught at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, worked as a secretary for the TCU Art Department, and taught at Hughes Middle School in Burleson while Rueben worked on his PhD in Chemistry.  From Fort Worth, they moved to A & M for one semester where Rueben had a teaching post doc and Mary found a job teaching chemistry labs. In January 1975 Rueben got a teaching position in Corsicana at Navarro college.  Mary also taught there in September 1975-May1976.  

The couple had made an investment in an old house and were working on it -- refinished the kitchen and remodeled a bathroom, etc. Rueben had some help from Mary but the big helper in carpentry was Mary's Dad.  They hung sheetrock, installed linoleum, built a closet in the bathroom for the washer and dryer.  Mary did painting and some paper hanging.  Rueben also installed some carpet in a very small bathroom. Rueben even ran a floor sander to refinish the floor in our 10 X 10 breakfast room.   After learning how to do each new thing, Rueben would say "I'm glad I learned how to do that but I don't ever want to do it again."   Then Lara was born and we had to learn a whole new way of life!   She's the one who watched Johnny Carson when she was 6 months old....never a sleeper.  

In 1977 Rueben got a teaching position at Tarleton State University.  We packed up everything in a huge UHaul and two vans.  A friend from Corsicana drove with us to help us unload.  Mother and Daddy showed up the next day to help with the unloading and to keep up with Lara.   Mary started going to graduate school at Tarleton in January 1978.  She took a rest from school after Malinda was born in August 1978.  Rueben was the babysitter for night classes and 8 AM classes.  Finally we had to find another sitter so Mary could take different classes.  Mary graduated with a Master's degree in biology in May 1982.   While at Tarleton, Rueben taught organic chemistry, freshman chemistry, upper level chemistry classes and served as department head and later dean of the College of Science and Technology.  Mary taught a number of different biology labs, freshman biology classes, and a biology class for elementary education majors.  

Mary and Rueben are now both retired and enjoying see their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren grow and prosper.

Cora Pauline Rohne Goodman Family


Even Paulsen Røhne (Evan) immigrated to America 1871
b. 22 Sep 1848 d. 11 May 1901 buried Rock Church
m. Mariane Oliana Egeberg (Marianne Olianne) immigrated to America 1878
b. 24 May 1858 d. 25 Feb 1947 Married 15 December 1880, Mexia Texas

John Olson, b. 3 July 1854, Bergseie farm, Loten Parish, Norway,
son of Ole Jensen and Mari Andersdatter, died 23 Mar 1912, b. Rock Church       Lived on Balkestuem farm, Loten, prior to immigration. Departed Oslo 14 Aug 1874
            m. 29 Aug 1878 Marie Arneson 3 Jul 1854 – 8 Feb 1936 b. Rock Church


Oscar Rohne  20 Feb 1884 – 21 Feb 1930
Baptized 30 March 1884, Confirmed 11 June 1899 buried Rock Church
m. Malinda Josephine Olson 14 Apr 1886-15 Jun 1971 buried Rock Church


Cora Pauline Rohne (Goodman) 24 Aug 1916 – 13 Jan 2000 b. Rock Church,
m. 17 Sep 1938 Loraine Ward (Jimmie) Goodman 5 Nov 1907 – 5 Mar 1999 born Roswell NM buried Rock Church


Mary Margaret Goodman (Walter) 09 Oct 1946


01 Lara Louise Walter (West) 06 Jul 1976
02 Malinda Mae Walter (Slagle)  18 Aug 1978

Great Grandchildren

02-01 Mae Ann Slagle 30 May 2008
02-02 Gwendolyn Cora Slagle 10 Oct 2011