The Grandmothers::Claudia Bergeron
My grandmother's name: Claudia Lumina Emma Bergeron (Née DuBois), Born May 19, 1904, Died February 5, 2000. Claudia was born on the family homesteaded farm in the Tarsus community east of Bottineau, North Dakota. She was one of 16 children. She married Leo Francis Bergeron on December 29, 1925. 4 children were born to this union. Her 3rd child a boy died at birth. Claudia taught school in the Toupin School District (Cordelia Township), North Dakota. She drove a team of horses pulling her buggy. When the harsh winters hit, a covered rig was equipped with sled runners and a small stove. She would arrive at school, light the furnace in the school, then sit in the toasty rig correcting papers until the school was warm. Claudia wrote that “the teacher was really a tutor, mother, nurse, coach for the playground games, counselor, and janitor.” Claudia taught school in North Dakota on and off for about 10 years. Education: Rural School in Toupin District( Cordelia Township), ND, Norte Dame academy, Willow City, North Dakota, Normal School, State School of Forestry, Bottineau, North Dakota. Claudia was a leader in her community and her church. She and her husband won the Soil conservation award in 1954.
My grandmother taught in a one room school, was a farm wife and Mother. She raised her family in the homesteaded home built by her father. Although she has been gone many years now, I still remember her with fondness. The more modern picture was taken about 1984. The vintage one about 1924. I have lots of information about my grandmother. She even left a letter to her grandchildren, that she wrote and was given to us at her funeral. She wrote her story in a book “Remember Me by the Words You See” She was loved by many and she returned this love to all.
2/24/2020 11:31:16 am
I’m happy with your painting of my grandmother. The project is very interesting. I would be interested should you make a booklet of the grandmother project. Would you be selling the paintings at some time in the future?
2/25/2020 07:49:22 pm
Hi Cynthia...I am currently working on a book for this project which will be ready at the end of the year when the project is complete. There will also be an exhibit next January when the paintings will be for sale. I will be sure to share more information as the year goes along. And thank you so much!
5/14/2021 02:52:14 pm
Hi Veronica, I was wondering if you could forward a contact request to Cynthia Sifri? I own the land where the Toupin school was located in Cordelia, ND. All that is left is the foundation, but I am trying to learn more about the school and its history... especially stories or pictures of the school. Hoping for a chance her grandmother left any such artifacts from her time at the school... Thanks!
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