Great Grandmother is Grandmom Curry, born Anna Mae Heberling on January 28, 1890 in Centre County, Pennsylvania. She was the ninth child of William Ferry Heberling, who served 1862-1865 as an Army soldier for Pennsylvania’s 148th Regiment in the Civil War. Her mother Rebecca Lauck died when Anna Mae was five years old. Her father died when she was 16.
Anna Mae married John Curry soon after her father’s death and had her first child in 1909, at age 18. She had five children with John, her last born June 17,1923, three months after John died from a pulmonary embolism, likely from his work at the asbestos brick factory.
Anna Mae raised five children’s a widow in starting in 1923, before Social Security for survivors, before government welfare programs like food stamps, and without a life insurance payment.
She died June 17, 1979 at the age of 89. I remember Grandmom Curry’s unwavering strength, her high standards for behavior and decency, and her being in constant motion doing something productive.
This project is my attempt to know how she lived from 1920 to 1940 raising her children through Roaring Twenties and into the Great Depression years.
While Grandmom Curry is the great grandmother I remember, I have three more great grandmother’s and will be exploring their lives as well.