Edith Meland

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Edith Carol (Fuller) Meland was born on December 25, 1919 on a farm south of Dupree, to George and Lillian (Bulleous) Fuller. Edith was the youngest of five children. She joined three brothers: Leslie “Tuffy”, twins Hobert and Harlow, and one sister, Bessie. The family lived in Red Elm, where Edith’s father worked for the railroad. Edith attended elementary school in Red Elm, then transferred to Dupree, where she lived in a dormitory while she attended junior high and high school. Edith quit school during her sophomore year and joined the workforce.

She was very proud when she completed her high school requirements and earned a G.E.D. at the age of 65. Edith was very self-educated as she read everything that she could get her hands on including books, magazines and all of the area newspapers. On December 26, 1939, Edith married Barney Carstin Meland. They bought a small farm/ranch on the Moreau River 15 miles north of Dupree, where they lived their entire married life. To this union were born three children: Judith Ann, Joyce Carol, and Theodore Carstin.


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