Clarabelle Hajny


March 14, 2024

Clarabelle Ernestine Vader was born to Jake and Ernestine Vader Aug. 17, 1933, at their home near Webber, Kansas. She was seven months old when her father moved the family to a farm near Burr Oak, less than a mile south of what is now known as the home place before moving to the home place in 1937. Clarabelle attended Oak Creek Country School through 8th grade then attended Mankato High School, graduating in May, 1951.

In late August 1948, Clarabelle became very ill. It was thought to be the flu but she was ultimately diagnosed with Polio. The day she was to begin her sophomore year at Mankato...

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