Louise Caroline (Hoppe) HammerstromLouise Caroline (Hoppe) Hammerstrom, age 97, of Glencoe, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, October 9, 2013, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care in Glencoe, Minnesota. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 12, 2013, 11:00 A.M., at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Glencoe, Minnesota, with interment at a later date at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Louise Caroline (Hoppe) Hammerstrom was born on November 12, 1915, to August and Charlotte (Ernst) Hoppe at their farm home 8 miles south of Sabin, Minnesota. She attended 1st through 8th grades at Koester Country School on the old "KT" road, which was 1-3/4 miles away from her home. Louise and her siblings walked on the dirt and gravel road even when it was 20 degrees below zero. If there was a blizzard, her Dad gave them a ride on the old fashioned cutter sleigh with warm bricks at their feet. When her younger sister, Grace announced, "I'm going to high school," Louise decided that she would also attend with her sister. Both girls stayed with Grandpa and Grandma Ernst in Barnesville, Minnesota, while attending school. Grace quit school her junior year because she didn't want to have to work for room and board but Louise did. Summers she worked for Mrs. Oliver in Pelican Lake, Minnesota, and graduated from Barnesville High School in 1937. Upon high school graduation she worked for 2 years first in Moorhead, then Minneapolis, and finally Fort Snelling saving money to study nursing at Vocational Hospital in Minneapolis, finishing her PN degree at Franklin Hospital in Minneapolis. With her PN degree, her first job was at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, then the Kenner Hospital in Chicago.