Through good times and bad

Joan Hart

Joan Hart


I love talking to our senior citizens and listening to the stories of their early life experiences growing up and living here in our beautiful Ozarks. (Just so you know, a senior citizen is anyone ten years older than me!)

I admire their work ethic and their resilience and ability to overcome the struggles of life. There is something about living in this part of the country that seemed to bestow a  special strength and survivability even when life became difficult.

Clyde and Aleen Eilenstein were one of those couples and their story is one of  hard work and making it through tough times , especially because part of the narrative gives us a glimpse into how certain medical conditions were handled fifty-some years ago.

Clyde Eilenstein came from a long line of hard working  men and women who were born and raised in Laclede County. Prior to his marriage to Aleen, Clyde had worked in the CC camps in Montana, Idaho and Utah, and then went on to “see the world” by serving his country in the U.S. Navy, spending time in Africa and England, where he was injured and sent to the Naval Hospital near Belfast Ireland for treatment. He returned to the states aboard the Queen Mary.

Aleen was born and raised in Nebraska, but she quickly adjusted to  the Ozarks way of life after she and Clyde were married on Feb. 12, 1946, just one day after Clyde turned 24 years old. Their first child, Greg, was born in 1948 but died at the age of 3. Then two more sons were born to them, Keith in 1949 and Kevin in 1951.

Aleen became pregnant again in 1955 but after she tested positive on a routine tuberculosis test her doctor insisted she go to the TB sanitarium in Mt. Vernon for the duration of her pregnancy as a preventative measure.;

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