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Uncle Emil

Audio: Uncle Emil When I started these posts on finances and my family, I wasn’t sure where they would go or what the value would be. One outcome so far has been a surprise: your families also have secrets and stories. Intrigue is everywhere. Instead of focusing on the long shadows of the long-dead, I’ll …

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Emil F. Folda and Money

My great-grandfather, Emil F. Folda, was born in 1866 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and was brought to a sod house near Heun, Nebraska, as a toddler. The family relocated to take advantage of the Homestead Act and soil with fewer rocks. His mother died when he was 12; at 21 Emil was happy to leave the …

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Two Days Before Thanksgiving

Audio: Two Days Before Thanksgiving When I first heard this story from my father, the news came during the Thanksgiving meal. But according to his grandfather’s journal, the news came two days before, on Tuesday. My great-grandfather was Emil (pronounced EM-ee-ill) Folda. At this Thanksgiving, he was 52 years old, married to his second wife …

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