Alvena Selken Schroeder
Alvena -was born October 11, 1899 on a farm less than
two miles from Keystone, Iowa. She is the daughter of
Maria Franzenburg Selken and louis Selken. Her brother,
Edwin was seven years younger, (deceased)
Her education was six years in a country school and
two years in Lutheran school in Keystone. After finishing
school, she worked at home and in the homes of neighbors
in need of exta help.
In 1922, she went to Waterloo to work as a housekeeper,
later in Blacks' Tea Room, and aftertaking some training,
she worked in a barber shop doing Marcelling on women's
In 1927, because of health, (she had surgery in Iowa
City upon the recommendation of a Bell. Plaine doctor)
she returned to Keyatone to her parents farm. In 1929
she organized the first girls 4-H club in Kane township
ana continued as a 4-H leader until her marriage to
Iscor Schroeder in 1944.
She and her husband were active and interested in
community affairs and enjoyed doing some traveling.
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