Orpha Neumann, 1984

Born in 1895 in Deloit, Iowa, Mrs. Neumann lived in Urbana since 1980. "I was a rural school teacher in western Iowa before I was married. After that I was a homemaker. I lived in Northwest Iowa all my life until I came to Urbana," she remembered in 1984. Her strongest memories are of "raising a family during the Depression and later our move from the farm into town." As she raised her three children, she says, "I made and quilted many quilts. I also enjoyed sewing for my daughter and doing fancy work and crocheting."

Source: Raymond Bial, There is a Season, Champaign County Nursing Home, 1984.