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.
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