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The Ward Tjelmeland Family
1947 Photo, Left to right; Wayne `52R (Mary Ann Twedt), Harold `43 (Helen Vickers), Leo `42 (Sally Banks), Wally `45 (Norma Smith), Lola Mae `47 (Marley Anderson), Delores `50R (Ronald Campbell). Middle- Gary `55R (Janet Krause). Front; Keith `59R (1. Clair Twedt, 2. Carol Graves), Ward, Gordon `61R (Susan Erickson), Gladys, Joel `57R (Pam).

something fun going on and after the plays or other programs they always served a wonderful lunch. I remember the one program when they had a "Truth or Consequence" evening. I was chosen to be one of the contestants and I couldn't answer the question right so I had to make a Hat out of a bunch of junk. By golly I won and my reward was 25 little baby chicks.

“Ward and Gladys purchased a farm 2 miles west of Roland in 1949 and moved up there in March of that year. Harold lived on that farm until his death in 2006. We have lost Wallace and Keith to the dreadful disease Cancer and Wayne and Joel live in Illinois and Delores is living in Arizona. Gary lived in Story City until his death in 2007. Leo is on a farm northwest of Nevada, Gordon is a survivor of cancer when he was 46 and is now retired from John Deere and lives in Clive. Lola Mae has move to Nevada from the farm with her husband Marley Anderson, 4 daughters and 2 sons. It used to be that families all lived close by but times have changed and families live in many parts of the country. It is so sad to drive by the school now and see the broken windows and look up at the south little sun room where we would go to enjoy gold fish in a little pond and plants that were different every year.”

Ward and Gladys (Osmunson) Tjelmeland lived on the south side of Section 12 in Milford Twp with their family of 10 children. Nine, all but Gordon, attended Milford Twp school and the oldest four graduated from Milford Twp: Harold, Wally, Leo, and Lola Mae. All the others graduated from Roland after moving to Howard Twp in 1949. They were very involved in athletics. Harold, Wally, and Leo served as bus drivers. Gary was a Marine and Gordon served as a pilot in the USAF for six years. Leo served as an enlisted man in the Army during the end of WWII. The Tjelmeland family has established a tradition of long marriages. Ward and Gladys led the family with fifty-eight years of marriage (1922-1980). The six oldest youngsters have all succeeded in surpassing the fifty year mark with their marriages. Gary's (seventh oldest) marriage of thirty years ended with the death of his spouse in the nineties. Both Ward and Gladys were born in 1903, married 12-6-22 and Ward passed away first- in 1980, and Gladys in 1986. Wally died in `98, Harold in `06, Gary in `07, Keith in `95, and Wayne in `10. See page 202.

Wayne played on both the 1951 and 1952 Roland teams that were contenders for the single class Iowa Boys HS Championship. Gary was an outstanding baseball player.

Leo `42 farms in Milford Twp and retired from the Disease Lab. He and his wife, Sally, are the parents of four, Sherry `66N, Jimmy `68N, Paul `72N, and Dean `76N, who is also a lifetime farmer in Milford Twp; Sec 11. Dean's son Lucus'08N is also a farmer.

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