Sunshine into the Lives of Others: The Inspiring Life Story of Beth L. Tielke

"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves." – James Matthew Barrie

Beth Tielke’s Childhood Favorites

Here is the latest semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned what a typical day looked like for Beth and her parents while she was growing up, and now we get a glimpse of her childhood favorites.

Summertime

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

CHILDHOOD FAVORITES

My favorite storybook: It was a book with a different story each day of the year.

Every January I would read each day & then later in the year I would forget.

My favorite poem: Over the River & through the wood to Grandmother[‘]s house we go – the horse knows the way to carry the sleigh thru the white and drifted snow –

or something like that. 🙂

My favorite doll or toy: A doll – it was a rubber doll with a bottle that really wet its pants – called [“]Betsy Wetsy”

[T]he doll in the case was my last doll, the clothes are some Grandma made – one year I’d get a doll [&] the next year doll clothes.

My favorite games:

Chinese Checkers

Pitch

Monopoly

Old Maid

Parch[eesi]

My favorite treat: An ice cream cone or fudge cycle when we went to town or pop corn when we listened to the Love Ranger on the radio.

Upcoming excerpts: “MY PETS” and “WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL”.

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Beth Tielke’s Typical Day Growing Up

Here is the latest semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her childhood hometown and now we get a glimpse into a typical day for Beth and her parents while she was growing up.

A Typical Day Growing Up

A Typical Day Growing Up

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

A TYPICAL DAY GROWING UP

Where my father worked: Grandpa Sloan was a farmer. He also ground feed – and thrushed for other farmers. – When his back got too bad to pitch hay – they moved to town – He bought books & read how to be a carpenter :-), then he built houses.

What mother did during the day: Grandma got up [and] milked cows[,] worked with [G]randpa in the field – did house work & helped other people when they needed her.

The chores I had to do: I had to pick up corn cobs or wood which ever we had to last in the stove [the] next day for Grandma to cook on. Also, I rode my Shetland Pony after the cows – I pumped water to put in [the] reservoir or cook stove so we would have warm water to do dishes and wash our hands.

On summer days, I liked to: Watch the white fluffy clouds go by. Go to Keith & Larry’s and play in the creek or go to Kevin’s & have ice cubes and graham crackers [–] they cost to[o] much for us to buy.

On winter days, I enjoyed: Riding on a sled – laying on my back & making angels in the snow – playing “fox & goose” at school. Making snow men.

Upcoming excerpts: “CHILDHOOD FAVORITES” and “MY PETS”.

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About Beth Tielke’s First Hometown

Here is the semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her childhood home and life and now we get a glimpse into Beth’s first hometown.

Main Street and Courthouse - Springview, NE

Main Street and Courthouse – Springview, Keyapaha Co., Nebraska

Image from Bad Men and Bad Towns – By Wayne C. Lee

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

MY HOMETOWN

The street I lived on: I lived in the country until after high school – in 1950 we moved to town.

Where I played with my friends: My best friends were Keith, Larry, Kevin & Roger – Our favorite place to play was in Uncle Frank’s creek. We wore cut off striped overalls – of course I had a shirt under mine & underpants. 🙂

My favorite store and why I loved to go there: We just had one store in Springview & it was a grocery plus everything else – I like it because it gave free tickets to the movies on Saturdays.

Where we worshiped: Great Grandma Sloan and a lady by the name of Jessie Hamilton started a Sunday School in our School House 1/2 [mile] north of where I lived[.] [I]t was fun – We sang songs[,] Great Grandma Sloan told us Bible Stories & we met our friends.

Upcoming excerpts: “A TYPICAL DAY GROWING UP ” and “CHILDHOOD FAVORITES” .

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About Beth Tielke’s Childhood Home

Here is the latest semi-monthly excerpt of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life, just one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her extended family members and now we get a glimpse into Beth’s childhood home and life.

A Sparrow's Nest - Sunshine into the Lives of Others

A Sparrow’s Nest

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

MY CHILDHOOD HOME

My earliest memory of home: We had only 3 chairs. Our main meals were fried potatoes & eggs – mac[]aroni with cream.

Bread with cream & sugar each were separate meals – No electricity or running water – going outside to the bathroom.

My childhood bedroom: It was upstairs – hot in summer & Grandma warmed big rock in the oven to put in my bed to make it warm in winter. In the summer sparrows came through the holes in the windows screens and I’d watch them nest, lay eggs and hatch. Also Millers were really bad – I had a personal lite to read by.

My favorite hiding place: I had a dog named Pal – We lived in a big cottonwood grove so each fall I’d hide in the leaves. He would come uncover me – One day going to school Grandpa let me sit on the tractor & drive [&] when we got almost to school Pal sat down watch the kids – I ran over him – I never had another dog I loved that much.

The yard I played in: We didn’t have yards. I played all over our farm.

Upcoming excerpts: “MY HOMETOWN” and “A TYPICAL DAY GROWING UP “.

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About Beth’s Extended Family in the Early Years

I’m continuing to post semi-monthly excerpts of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. Previously we learned about her mother and father and now we will learn about her other family members.

Sisters Alma (Carr) Sloan and Doris (Carr) Sloan

Sisters Alma (Carr) Sloan and Doris (Carr) Sloan

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

MY FAMILY

My brother’s and sister’s names: None. 🙂 [Cousins] Keith & Larry were like my brothers. Aunt Alma & Grandma were sisters. Uncle Frank & Grandpa were brothers. [Two sisters married two guys who were brothers.]

The things we used to do together: We played cowboys and [I]ndians on our stick horses. Made dams in their little creek. Picked sunflowers & played like they were chickens, took off the petals & pretended we canned them.

The things we do together now: We see each other about once a year & talk on the phone. Keith is “75” & Larry & I are “71”.

How often I see my family: Not very often.

I have seen God work in our family by: By keeping all of you healthy! Your kindness to each other and making us a close family.

Upcoming excerpts: “MY CHILDHOOD HOME” and “MY HOMETOWN“.

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About Beth Tielke’s Father

I’m continuing to post semi-monthly excerpts of the late Beth Tielke’s writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. Last time we learned about her mother and now we will learn about her father.

Daddy's Hands

In our “Spring” interview last fall, Beth remembered her father’s hands. She said he had big, rough hands and they were all cut and scratched from barbed wire since he didn’t have gloves to wear. She said she didn’t know if men didn’t use hand lotion in those times or if they just didn’t have the money to use it.

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

ABOUT MY FATHER

My father’s full name: Charles William Sloan

His birth date and place of birth: [February 17, 1901] McCook, Ne.

My father’s best story about growing up: Grandpa died when I was 25. I really don’t remember his stories much.

I know he only went to the 8th grade – imagine making your own living at 13 years of age.

One of my most precious memories of my father: Anything I wanted he would do for me – I remember him pulling the car up the hills back of the barn and onto the road so he could take me to town. (This was back of the big shed.)

Upcoming excerpts: “MY FAMILY” and “MY CHILDHOOD HOME“.

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About Beth Tielke’s Mother

In memory of Grandma Beth Tielke who passed away less than 3 months ago, I’m continuing to post semi-monthly excerpts of her writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. Last time we began with her birth and now we will learn about her mother.

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

ABOUT MY MOTHER

My mother’s full maiden name: Doris Wilhelmina Carr. Her brother called her “Will-hell-hooping-nina.” (She didn’t like that.)

Her birth date and place of birth: May 2, 1905 – Springview, Ne.

My mother’s best story about growing up: Grandma’s mother died when she was 4 years old – She had 2 older brothers & 3 older sisters – When she and Aunt Alma went to school Aunt Leslie didn’t have anything for their lunch, so they sat outside while the other kids ate.

One of my most precious memories of my mother: Grandma was a very giving and loving person. She was always doing things for me or giving me something.

When she was 79 years & 10 months old, she had a stroke & could not walk, talk, read or write.

When I would go see her in the winter she would take my hands put them next to her body & say Ooo – All she had to give was the warmth of her body – so she gave it to me.

Upcoming excerpts: “ABOUT MY FATHER” and “MY FAMILY“.

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Let’s Begin with Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchildren

In memory of Grandma Beth Tielke who passed away two months ago as of this week, I’m going to post semi-monthly excerpts of her writings about her life as one way for her memories to continue to live on. And so we begin with her birth…

Writing excerpt from 2002 found in A Journal of Faith and Love: Grandmother’s Memories to Her Grandchild:

MY BIRTH

My full maiden name: Beth Loraine Sloan

I was given this name because: Grandma Sloan had read the story of “Little Women” and liked the Beth in it.

My birth date and place of birth: February 10, 1931 – I was born in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Grandma Sloan’s cousin Dr. Wm Lear was the doctor.

What was happening in the world when I was born:

  1. There was a depression.
  2. No electricity
  3. No running water
  4. Grandma & Grandpa had an old car (somewhat like a convertible) […]. 🙂 If we went someplace in the winter – Grandpa had to drain the water out of the radiator so it wouldn’t freeze. […T]he top was only used in the winter to keep it nice longer. –

Upcoming excerpts: “ABOUT MY MOTHER” and “ABOUT MY FATHER“.

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The Beginning of Spring – Beth’s Earliest Memory and Memorabilia

Below are some of Beth’s first baby dresses, slips and baby shoes; each of these pieces of clothing were handmade by her mother, Doris Sloan.

IMG_9766Beth’s earliest memory is when she was very little–no more than two years old; she remembers wearing the slip shown above and how it felt scratchy under her arms.

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These are her first pair of baby shoes.Baby Beth's Little ShoesBeth's Baby Shoes

Beth’s mother also made the clothes for her dolls. When she was one year old, her parents gave her the baby doll (shown below) for Christmas. Then each year her mother would make another dress for her doll for a Christmas present. At a later date, I will post a video of Beth explaining the intricate details of the dresses and describing her beloved doll.

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Spring Has Sprung! Or at Least the First Interview [For This Site] Has Bloomed!

Interview with Beth Tielke – “Spring”

In this conversation, we focus on the first twenty years of Beth’s life. In terms of this website’s theme, as we let Beth’s life story unfold in our interviews, I’m labeling the first 20 years as “Spring.”

I began with a quote I found by a person named Doug Larson:

“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.”

Beth shared a fond childhood memory that quote stirred up for her and I shared that I liked that quote because it reminds me of her cheerful disposition whenever she sees that “life hands someone lemons”—she always sees a way to make lemonade. People also call this finding the silver lining. Press play below to find out how it is that she has a way of seeing the good—even in not-so-good situations!

I concluded the interview with a quote from Bern Williams:

“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring.”

While I know Beth was born right before spring [and in fact, her birthday is the day before mine!], I think it’s also true that the day the Lord created hope was the same day he created her.

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