May the 9th 1935 our mother Katherine Theone Hester was born.
It was the year when the average income was 1,632.00 a loaf of bread was .08 and a gallon of gas was .10 cents. Red Sails In The Sunset and Lullaby of Broadway where the popular songs.
The Great Depression was still in progress, Social Security was signed into law, dust storms devastated the midwest, Franklin Roosevelt was president and the world was unwittingly gearing up for World War ll.
Katherine was delivered in good health at American Hospital in Los Angeles California. She was brought home to greet her brother Jimmy, Patricia and Lauraine.
Soon after the Hester family moved to a little house with some property on Neil Street in Riverside California. Her mother Theone cared for children and home while Laurence her father worked as a purchasing agent helping to build a dam at Lake Mathews near Corona California. It was a great blessing in those days to have a job with a good company and reasonable pay.
She began her education in Montebello California along with her sisters. The family continued to live in southern California up to and including World War ll. Trips where taken through most of California and many a happy gathering was spent at differant beaches playing near the water and enjoying her mothers picnic food.
After the war her father, Laurence longed to buy property and prehaps start a farm. It was via the suggestion of their friends the Hammonds that they decided to make the move to Adrain Oregon and although Laurence wanted to start a farm there was a change of plans and proprery was bought near Adrain Oregon where a garage/service station was built to repair autos and farm equipment.
Before the move Patricia her sister was married to Art Miller and remained in California. Katherine and Lauraine journeyed with their parents to Adrain Oregon where brother Jim and his family joined them later and bought property near them.
It was during this time that Katherines father acquired a horse through a debt that was owed him. It was his intention to sell it, however she persuaded her father to let her keep the horse. She was also given a saddle that had been hanging in a barn for years. It took days of oiling before it was ready for riding. (Goldie) became a big part of her life. She joined a riding club and made life long friends. Katherine spent many hours riding through the hills near her home.
Sister Lauriane was married on the 8th of August 1948 to Scott Bull where they lived in Caldwell, Idaho and eventually moved to Arizona. Shorlty after Katherine met and Married Howard Frahm on June 2nd, 1952.
After the birth of thier first child Laura property was purchased above the Owyhee Dam where Howard and Katherine started a farm. Soon there were other children Timothy, Jeffery and Karen. Time was spent living at the Owyhee farm and near Adrain Oregon.
Katherines parents eventually moved to Pocatello where her father found a job as tool and dye maker.
In the mid 1960s Katherine began work at Or-Ida to help with the finances. By 1966 while Howard was in Nevada she made the decision to move to Utah where her father Laurence was working at Hill Air Force Base. It was during this time that Katherine took an adult education course to abtain a GED for high school. It was a very proud graduation for the family.
1968 to 1971 Katherine began her studies in ernest at Weber State College. She made excellent grades in General and Liberal Studies.
The family thrived while living in Clearfield Utah. It was during this time that Katherine and her children joined the Seventh Day Adventist Church . This church provided a wonderful church family and God blessed in many ways.
Then in 1971 April 11th Howard her husband was killed in a motorcycle accident. This was the beginning of anyother change. She made the decision to move to Loma Linda California where she would continue her education at Cal-State San Bernardino. By 1975 she obtained a Elementary Teaching Credential. Her children joined in celebrating her graduation.
She began her career by teaching in a one room multi-grade school at the Big Bear Seventh Day Adventist Church. Then contuinued by teaching in Wickenburg Arizona in another one room school for the Adventist church.
Her career ended in 1998 where she retired after teaching 4th grade at Perris Elementary in Perris California. Katherine enjoyed her teaching professsion and it was very hard for her to leave her work.
She eventually moved back to Idaho in 2003. Katherine was a member of 4 different historical societies. Her main interest was the history of the Oregon Trail.
She spent her retairment years traveling and enjoying her friends and family. Katherine was a member of the Nampa Idaho Seventh Day Adventist Church and believed that Jesus was her best friend and savior.
Katherine was proceeded in death by her husband Howard Frahm, parents Laurence and Theone Hester and brother Jim Lohse.