Who is Tillie?

Bertille “Tillie” Anne Brand Klein was born on November 5th, 1914 in Prairie du Long Township, Illinois, the youngest of three children.  After graduating from 8th grade, she stopped going to school since she was needed more at home.  She started these journals or “news books” as she called them, as way to continue her education on her own.  She recorded daily events from January 1, 1930 until December 31, 1939.  In 1940, she married William Klein and went on to have one daughter, Janice.  She passed away in 1997 and is dearly missed.  This is a small part of her legacy.

She would find it incredibly funny and silly that her books are on the computer for others to read.


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