Grandmothers: Babe

If I ever knew the story of how Babe came to know Emanuel Byrem, who everyone called Curly, I have forgotten it. Curly was the son of a mercurial, Harrisburg tobacco store owner named Sam Byrem and his book-making wife, Cecelia, both of whom were born in Perry County, Pennsylvania. By all accounts, Babe led a relatively privileged and comfortable life before she married Curly, who provided a steady but small income working as what is now called a dental technician …

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