|Honored by:||Carol Keeling|
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CAROLINE KELLER WILDE was born in Chicago in 1863 and was taken at the age of three weeks with her family in a covered wagon to New Ulm, Minnesota (in the year following the Sioux uprisings in that area). Her formal education ended after fourth grade. Her father abandoned the family when she was still a young child, and she and her two brothers and two sisters worked to help keep the family together. As an adult, she supported herself by becoming a seamstress and a practical nurse. Having moved to Norfolk, Nebraska, at the age of 40, she married a widower (my grandfather) with five children. Not accepted at first by that family, she won them over by patience and graciousness. She was an excellent housekeeper, cook, and gardener, read extensively and maintained great interest in politics, and capably managed the family income and investments.