The Fresno Bee Republican May 18, 1958

KIN OF WAGON IMMIGRANTS HAS BIRTHDAY

LE GRAND MERCED CO

Gifts, cards and flowers from friends and relatives were birthday reminders to Mrs. Merle Kroh, who was born on a Mariposa county ranch, a granddaughter of wagon train immigrants, and also was Le Grandís only woman postmaster.

Mrs. Kroh was born Linna Katherine Merle Mitchell in the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Amanda Turner in 1889. She has lived in Le Grand with the exception of a few years spent in Sacramento and Stockton following her marriage to J Alvin Kroh in 1911, in Le Grand.

She attended school at the age of 5 to enable the town to maintain a school with the required number of students. She attended the Merced High School three years and was graduated from Fresno High.

Mrs. Kroh was appointed postmaster in 1916.

She once maintained at one time a dress shop and beauty shop, has been a local correspondent for outside newspapers and once she was associate editor of a local paper. Until dial telephone was introduced in Le Grand she was also a switchboard operator.

Mrs. Kroh is in a new home adjacent to that of her son in law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Hail. She has two granddaughters.

contributed by; Carol Lackey