Lorraine Edith "Babe" Daily
||Lorraine Edith Daily Haun Walker was born on January 26th, 1916 in Florid,
Il. which at that time was a small village 4 miles south of Hennepin in Putnam
County. At that, her parents were living with her Grandmother Rosa Beck.
Lorraine died on March 18th at her home in Henry, Il. at the age of 76. Her
mother, Lillian Beck and her father Albert Daily were both born in Florid,
Illinois. Lorraine was the youngest of 5 children. She had 2 older brothers,
Raymond and Haroll, and 2 older sisters Lillian Bernice (Bernice) and Alberta
(Bertie) and was called "Babe" by her family and close friends. She had another
sister Darlene that passed away as a baby.
Babes's parents moved shortly after her birth to a house in Florid, Il. They stayed there until she was 5 years old, then moved to a house owned by George Brenneman, Albert Daily's Boss. Her oldest brother Raymond was now 18 years old and had been living in Iowa with his cousin, Little Rob Dinkey. He came home for a visit and stayed.
The old house had no well, at first, and the family had to walk 1/2 mile to get water until the well was dug. When Babe started to school, she walked 4 miles to the school in town and 4 miles back home, every day.
|Babe and her sister's and brothers enjoyed living on the farm.
The children would convince their parents to visit their Grandma Rosa and
then they would get out the old plug horses to ride. Babe loved to ride her
special horse, but sometimes the girls would ride on one horse, as they were
The girls would also use up all of their mother's sugar making candy. Babe and Bernice soon learned not to send "Bertie" outside to cool the candy as she would eat it all while it was cooling.
Babe also told of being able to go outside on Sunday afternoons, but was told they could not leave the fenced in yard and they were not to talk to any of their friends if they passed by. Her mother was very strict. She talked of how she longed to be able to do some of the things other children did.
In 1925, Babe's family moved to a farm outside of Florid that was owned by Peter Stoens. It is not known how long they lived there, but they had moved to Oxbow, which was outside of Magnolia by 1931. (It no longer exists). By that time Babe was 15 years old and Babe's sisters had both married by then. Bernice was living outside of Wenona, and Bertie was living in Oxbow, at the Mark Kay's place. This is where she met Alden Maurice Haun that worked for Mark Kay
When she was 17 years old, she married Alden Maurice Haun, son of George and Flora (Bebee) Haun on June 17, 1933 in Marshall County, Illinois. Babe talked of how poor they were and Alden found work paying as little as $1.00 a day. There in a depression at this time, but she did say they had a orchard with fruit on it. Some days they ate nothing but cherries, that they picked off of the trees. Babe and her sister Bertie were very close and the two families spent a lot of time together. They used to cook up what food they did have and picnic together.
By 1934 Babe and Alden had their first child, a son, they named Lloyd Edward. He was born August 3rd, 1934 in Putnam County. The next year Babe's Father, Albert Daily had gotten sick and passed away on March 14, 1935. Babe had often talked of her Father's love of music and how he would play the guitar. I believe he also played the Mandolin as Lorraine had given it to Doris (her daughter) to keep. Doris had her oldest son repair it and it now hangs in her living room for display.
Babe and Alden continued to live in Putnam County, and on January 4, 1938, their 2nd child, a girl was born. They named her Doris Jean. The following year in 1939 a 3rd child was born, also a girl. This little girl was born breach and was a "blue baby". They fought to save her life, but she was a strong little girl and survived. Doris and Margaret often talk about some of the ornery things they did as a child.
|On Summer day George Haun, our Grandfather, had gathered honey
from the hives that he had placed at our farm. He had placed the large gallon
crocks on our kitchen table where Lorraine would put in smaller containers.
Doris and Margaret had gotten new roller skates sometime before that and
were skating in the kitchen. They were having so much fun. The honey had
been placed on a round table and the girls could skate around as fast as
they could. Well, as they were skating, Doris lost her balance and leaned
on the round table. Suddenly the honey, table and girls were on the floor.
Honey was everywhere! We both thought we were really going to get the belt
for that, but Lorraine just prepared water in a round bath tub outside and
filled it with warm water. The honey was in our hair and all over our body.
We both felt very lucky that we got away without more punishment than we
got. We knew we deserved it!
We remember how Mondays was always wash day. Lorraine had no washing machine so she used a scrub board to get the clothes clean. It would take her all day to do the laundry, by the time she scrubbed them and rinsed and wrung them out by hand. By the end of the day, her hands would be red and sore, but then she had to prepare dinner for all of us.
Mom was a good farmers wife, as she helped Dad do many chores on the farm. She would put Margaret and Doris in a farm wagon and help Dad pick corn by hand, as we did not own a corn picker. We remember many times of getting conked in the head when Mom was picking. We usually moved around so many times she would throw the corn into the wagon and as long as landed in the wagon that was a plus!
Our brother, Lloyd was growing old enough to drive the tractor so he was a big help as well. One day Lloyd was taking the tractor down the country road by our farm house and he had turned to look behind him to see the dust he was making! Well, the next thing we saw was the tractor had gone off the side of the road and had the right part of the tractor in the ditch. The left side of the tractors lug wheels were turning still and Lloyd was getting his head banged every round the wheel went. He wasn't hurt, but he sure learned his lesson.
Margaret and Doris remember Margaret had brought the mumps home to the family when she was about 6 years old. Everyone got them and at that time it was said if you didn't tie your jaws up with scarf or whatever and you made sudden moves, the mumps could drop on you and you would be very sick. Well, we had been doing pretty good and had some swelling, but feeling pretty good so Mom said we could all make taffy. We had started to knead it and Doris and Margaret got to laughing so hard Mom was afraid the mumps would drop on us. Well, they didn't and we had a good time and the candy was delicious.
Lloyd Edward Haun married 3 times during his life. The first marriage had produced 4 children. Three boys and one girl. Another son was born from his 2nd wife. Lloyd died suddenly of a heart attack in 1998, just a few months before his 62nd birthday. His body was cremated and ashes sprinkled over the Illinois River where he enjoyed boating.
||After Alden's death, Babe continued to live at the home, making an apartment
upstairs for her and renting the downstairs. Several years later she met
and married Reno E. Walker, known to everyone as "Sid". He lived in Pontiac
with his Mother at that time and had two daughters by a previous marriage.
Babe and Sid Moved to a house in Polo, Il. Reno(Sid) worked for the Cable
printing company. In 1963 Babe and Sid were taking a short vacation to Florida,
and since Bertie and Remi had never been on a vacation, they took them also.
On the way to Florida, they stopped to visit their cousin, Little Rob Dinkey.
Babe and Bertie had a wonderful time and talked of the visit many years later.
In the year of 1963 or 1964, Babe's Mother was getting somewhat feeble and was not able to take care of herself anymore, so Babe and Sid moved Lillian Beck Daily toi their home to live with them. She had fallen out of bed and had broken her hip, and after surgery was completely dependent on Sid and Babe. She was getting to be a very difficult person to care for. Lillian passed away in their home on August 18,1965.
After Sid retired, Babe and Sid moved back to Henry to 700 Main St. They remained there the remainder of there days. Sid died suddenly of a heart attack in the same kitchen that Alden had died in. For some years before his death their marriage was not a very happy one. Sid drank heavily and was many times inebriated and abusive. He was very good , though to Lorraine's children and grandchildren.
|Babe live alone the rest of her years in Henry, Il. Doris and
her Mother were very close and saw each other at least every week, sometimes
oftener. The week of March 15th Babe had called Doris to see how she was,
as Doris was suffering from a cold and didn't want to expose her mother to
it. Lorraine talked at length with her and Doris said she would be over to
see her as soon as she felt she would not be contagious to her. On March
18th,1992 Doris received a phone call telling her of her Mother's death.
She had also died in the same kitchen that ALden and Reno (Sid) had died.
She had always said she would never want to go to a Nursing Home, so God
gave her her wish.
She was 76 years old when she passed and looking back on her life, as well. She loved her pets as well. She was a very hard worker, right up to the day she died. She was very proud of her Grandchildren and would have been very proud of her great grandchildren
Lorraine Edith Haun Walker will always remain in our hearts and minds. many times Doris has wanted to talk to her to tell her some happy news , or ask for some advice. Her children know she will be waiting for them with open arms when they get to Heaven. But she is very happy now with Alden, her son, Lloyd and all of her family.
Written by Doris Beschoerner