From Readers: A daughter remembers her mother's life

Monday, October 8, 2012 | 7:12 p.m. CDT; updated 7:31 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Gertrude Lavera Dawson was born, July 10, 1911, the fourth of 10 children, to Daniel William (D.W.) Abraham Aufranc and Mary Johanna (nee Carl) Aufranc in a two-story white framed farm house just off a muddy Road No. 63 in Callaway County.  The home looked up at the Missouri State Capitol, which was built high on a limestone cliff overlooking the Missouri River bottom.