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Re: Autens in California
Posted by: Judy Tindel (ID *****3071) Date: November 02, 2009 at 19:59:12
In Reply to: Re: Autens in California by JANICE B. PATTERSON of 514

Re: Andrew Auten and Frances Moshier Auten- The Oberlin News reported the divorce between Andrew Auten and first wife Alice in an article titled "Wife Seeks Divorce: Neglect, Abuse" on May 5, 1915.

I have no personal relationship but am researching Andrew Auten's work in the Haynes Manor neighborhood in Atlanta, GA where he worked as a landscape architect beginning in 1925 before moving to Decatur, GA. Andrew and Frances were married in July 1927 and bought property in Decatur in December 1927. In a letter to the Oberlin News (undated), Auten wrote "Kindly send us The News to The Log Cabin... This is our new home in the outskirts of Atlanta. Builded largely with my own hands, we have a very rustic and most unique and beautiful place." In 1929 he wrote to the Oberlin News: "Georgia has been very kind to us. It is a beautiful state and Atlanta has a wonderful climate. Our flower farm is in the northeast corner of Greater Atlanta. Decatur is a delightful suburb,- the Oberlin of Atlanta, a little city of home-loving, church-going, mid-class and professional people- very much like Oberlin. Expect to have more flowers than ever in 1930 and shall be glad to see any Oberlin friends on their way."

If you know anything about Frances and Andrew, I would be most interested in learning more. It appears that Frances probably left Decatur to move back to California before Andrew moved to Huntington Park. I would like to know the circumstances and whether he did any landscape work in California before his death in 1939.

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