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Family Sheet

Name: Robert Berger Born: (suppressed / living) Married: (suppressed / living) Died:
Name: Vera Beulah Goldsmith Note Born: 23 Aug 1904 at Madera, , Madera County, CA Died: 31 Aug 1989 at Sacramento, , Sacramento, CA Other Spouses: H. Coletrane John Thomas Feagin Father: Frank Goldsmith Mother: Annie Pearl St. Clair

2). My grandmother had a shaky childhood. Of all the chil d r e n , she seems to have had the best life. Her siste r Do ro t h y and Winefred both had problems all of their l ive s . I r em ember seeing Winnie many years ago and I re memb e r her a s a n extremely heavy woman with red orang e hair . A nnie Pea rl a nd Frank were cooks and had an ext remel y rock y marriag e whi ch ended up in a long separati on. F or som e reason, t he chi ldren were either taken aw ay fro m Anni e Pearl or wer e give n to the childrens home . I wi ll sa y here that my gr andmoth er always loved he r mother , Annie. My grandmother was made a Ward of the Court and w a s s e n t to live at the Ladies Home Society of Oakland , Ca lifo rn ia . This home for children was founded in 18 72 fo r adu lt s an d children. Children were usually sen t ther e becaus e o f par ental neglect, drinking, or prost itution . It wa s ru n by Ma tilda S. Brown in 1910 when m y grandm other an d he r sister s were there. Mrs. Spence r Brown wa s Secretar y. T hey answe red the phone Matild a Home . Th e children s par t is still s tanding at 393 4 5th Street,i n Oakland. I remember grandmother bringing me blocks of wood ho m e f r o m where she worked to play with. I also remembe r t ha t s h e had a walnut tree in the back yard of her ho me a t 4 40 9 Sy camore Ave North Sacramento, California w hic h sh e use d t o cut switches from and when we misbeh ave d sh e woul d swit ch our legs with them. Our legs wer e le ft wi th welt s and s ometimes cuts. My grandmother loved the sea. She and her second hus b a n d , Bob Berger, would often travel down to Mexico i n th e i r ca mper. She loved to collect sea shells and ma ke th in g s ou t of them. She had quite a collection. She was much older than Bob. Grandmother loved ice c r e a m . She had it everyday. In her late 70 s, she ha d t o h a v e quadruple bypass heart surgery. She never qu it e reco ve re d. She eventually died of cancer in her 80 s . Bob t he n ma rried Iris who now lives in grandma s o l d house . I und ersta nd that Iris is a very nice lady. Address of children s home in 1998 Children s Home Society 3200 Telegraph Ave, Oaklan d , C A 9 4 609 3077 Medical She had surgery on her heart to bypass seve r a l c l ogged vessels and never quite recovered from it.


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