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Sandra Kay (Tesdahl) Drake

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I have lived all of my life in Madrid, Iowa. I was born January 18, 1941, to Robert and Sarah Tesdahl. I attended Madrid Public School, graduating in 1959. During those school years, there were some major building changes. Grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 were held in the old school building, where the parking lot and bus barns are presently located. The gymnasium was in what is now the Elementary lunch room, and the lunches were served at tables in the hallway on the third floor of the old "elementary" building.

On October 31, 1959, I married David Wallace Drake, the son of Wallace and Arlene Drake of Walnut, Iowa. Dave decided that he liked the people and the community, so we started married life in Madrid. Dave started in the floorlaying trade, and is employed at Allied Construction in Des Moines. Dave spent several years in motorcycling. He has participated in enduros throughout Iowa and surrounding states, winning over 100 trophies. He was No. 1 Enduro Rider for the District of Iowa and Nebraska in 1975. He is now enjoying having his private pilot's license.

We have two children, ages 22 and 10. Gregory Allan Drake was born October 7, 1960. Greg attended Madrid Schools, graduating in 1979. He also is a floorlayer, and is attending a four-year program at Carpenter's School. Joni Jee Drake was born on May 4, 1972. Joni is in the fifth grade at Madrid. She enjoys swimming and taking dance lessons.

I have several hobbies, including needlework and antiques. I had a ceramic shop, and gave lessons for several years. I am employed at Amoco Fertilizer in Granger, Iowa. I have served on the Madrid Community Chest Board since 1972.

My father, Robert Glen Tesdahl, was born June 15, 1921, to Sam and Martha (Mattie) Tesdahl on a farm north of Madrid. He attended the Kelley Schools.

My grandfather, Sam Tesdahl, was born March 8, 1886, on a farm south of Sheldahl. He farmed in this area all of his life, and he had a farm north of Madrid at the time of his death on May 23, 1954.

My grandmother, Martha Hannah (Carpenter) Tesdahl was born November 1, 1896, and passed away February 7, 1962. She was born in Liberal, Kansas. She was married in 1914 to H. B. Dickerson and was left with three young sons after her husband's sudden death. She then married my grandfather, Sam, and they had four children, two of whom died in infancy. We grandchildren will always remember Grandma's story of being a young girl in Kansas, and how she would walk behind their covered wagon, killing rattlesnakes with a stick. At that time, we thought it funny, but now wished we would have asked more questions about that period ot life.

My great-grandparents, Amos and Martha Tesdahl, came to this country from Norway. They started farming south of Sheldahl, and began raising their family.

My great-grandparents on Grandma's side were Wm. Riley and Virginia Carpenter. Wm. Riley ("White Grandpa," as we called him), lived around Sheldahl, and was a farm hand. He had a rig set upon the back of his Model T Ford, and went to the surrounding celebrations selling balloons, firecrackers, and trinkets.

My mother, Sarah Ann (Cavanaugh) Tesdahl, was born to Ernest and Ann Cavanaugh on July 31, 1920. She attended the Madrid School, graduating in 1938. My grandmother, Ann Margaret (Morgan) Cavanaugh, was born April 20, 1894, and moved to Scandia as a young girl, where she met my grandfather, Ernest (Pat), and later married and had 12 children. Two of these children died in infancy, and ten are still living. They have all settled in Boone, Dallas and Polk Counties. Grandma is living now in Madrid.

My grandfather, Ernest (Pat) Cavanaugh, was born August 20, 1893. Grandpa worked for 32 years in the mines in this community and then operated the Green Lantern Cafe until the time of his death, January 18, 1958.

My great-grandparents, A. J. Morgan and Mary Ann (Bundy) Morgan were born and married in Wales. They then came to America, and later settled in Scandia. Great-grandmother Morgan had a candy store in Scandia.

My great-grandparents, John and Sarah (Braniff) Cavanaugh, came from Ireland in November, 1887, and located first in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and then moved to Carbondale, Iowa, a Polk County mining town. From there, they moved to Scandia in April, 1909. He worked for the Scandia Coal Company as a water man.

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