Bio: Smith, Loretta Helena (100th Birthday - 2018)

Contact: Dolores (Mohr) Kenyon

Surnames: Schield, Kudek, Smith

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI) 6/06/2018

Smith, Loretta Helena (100th Birthday – 30 June 2018)

In 1918, the year marking the end of World War K and the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Loretta Helena Schield was born in Neillsville. Today she lives in Granton, where she’s lived most of her life, and on June 30, will celebrate her 100th birthday. The daughter of area farmers Frank Schield and Anna Kudek, Loretta attended teacher training school in Neillsville. After graduation she taught grades 1-8 at various one-room schools in the Neillsville and Granton areas. While working in that capacity, she met Vernon Edward Albert Smith, who was serving on the school board. In 1941, just before turning 23, Loretta married Vernon, a Granton native three years her elder. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Granton area, where they raised their 13 children. (Contributed photos) 



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