Cuyahoga Falls 1925-1932

In June of 1925, Ebba went to work for the Steers of Cleveland, who had a cottage in a summer community on Lake Erie called Mitiwanga.

She was responsible for two young children and a baby, and she also did all the cooking and housekeeping for the family.

Among other perks, she had the use of a car, once Mr. Steers taught her how to drive. No licenses were required at the time.

In August, Dave came to stay for a week, despite Ada's misgivings about his manners.

But Dave acquitted himself well; Ebba was very proud of him.

By the time the end of August rolled around, Ebba was more than ready to return home to her family. But her self-confidence had grown enormously, and she felt well prepared to start her studies at Western Reserve University (now called Case Western Reserve).


Mitiwanga on my 2015 visit.

After Mitiwanga, Ebba enrolled in the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, which in 1923 had become endowed within Western Reserve University as separate school, with a landmark $500,000 gift from Ms. Bolton, first congresswoman from Ohio.

I think it's fair to say the Ugly Duckling days were over by then.


Meanwhile, what of the others?

Don enrolled at Ohio State University in Columbus.

He settled on a course in agriculture and landscaping, which may or not have been because the university's garden were right next to the football stadium. He tried out for the team, in fact, but although he was a star player in high school, he was outweighed by those chosen by fifty pounds or more.

Later he went to Cal Christian, now Chapman College, where he studied religion and played football. His teammates called him the Akron Flash.

Very few pictures were taken of Dave from this general period, but the upper one shows him along on an outing with his father, older brother, and grandfather, and the lower one shows him sitting on the running board of a car his Uncle Clyde, who operated a mechanic's shop out of his garage, was working on at the time.

In 1932, when he was 18, Dave rebuilt a car like this one, and drove it to the Chicago World's Fair.

Sometime in the late 1920s, Lorenzo and Mary Rebecca came to live with Ada and Guy in the house on Center Street.
Aunt Minnie and Grandma Haugh also lived there for a time.
Bob remembered the house being very full, even with his two eldest siblings off at school.

Bob loved his brothers and sister, and he loved the house on Center Street. He also adored the family dog, Laddie.

On October 24, 1929, the stock market crashed, sending shock waves through the economy. In Akron, where Miller Rubber Company was located, 60% of workers would eventually lose their jobs.

The legions of unemployed were desperate for work, but Guy was not among them, at least not right away.
He was kept on at Miller Rubber for a while.

In the meantime, he took on a major role at the church, fundraising for a new building. Here he is at the groundbreaking ceremony. The two other photos show the church in various stages of construction.

Ada (bottom row, second from left) was a stalwart member of the church choir.

Ebba (top row, third from right) joined in whenever she was home on a Sunday --
at least until the family learned of the dalliance between the minister's wife (far right) and the choir director (bottom center).
Between that and the minister's invitation to the KKK, the Burns had had it with organized religion by 1932.