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While this account is in my name, the book Desire and Inheritance was written by my wife, Emilie, and me.
Emilie Johanna Schmeiser Tipton grew up in Germany, as you have learned if you read the book. She came to the States in the early 1960s where she put her German experience to good use as a waitress at too many restaurants to list. In the late 1970s, she ran a grocery and meat market in Mantorville, Minnesota, first with her husband and then alone, with help from her children, and briefly from new husband. After retiring for three months, she worked again as a banquet server and then as a gas-station convenience store clerk. Since her second retirement, she has begun splitting her time between Arizona and Minnesota and is enjoying perpetual summer.
John Eakins graduated from Wilmington College (now UNC-Wilmington), taught junior-high math for two years, and worked for IBM for 29 years, besides his brief experiences as cabinet-maker’s helper, butcher, and grocer. He has written some articles for his SCORE chapter in Rochester, Minnesota, which may still be found online. He may write again if he can tear himself away from following the sun with Emilie, his wife since 1990.