Second Oldest of Seven
Georgia would make a major transformation from farm girl to artist.
Georgia and her family lived in what could be called “hard scrap land.” It was Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and she became attached to the farm, but mostly the barn so nature became a part of her being. It was her childhood and something that she knew and loved. It eventually had great influence on her art.
Georgia had the fortunate position as being the oldest of five girls and she had everything her way, as her sisters often said. They grew up with Georgia as a bit of queen but didn’t resent her rule. Georgia felt the boys carried a prize positioning in the family, but it only seemed natural that she was given more freedom, responsibility, and praise. She later said that, “It left me very free.”
She attended a one-room school in the Number Five district called the Town Hall School. All the children walked there together. Getting expelled from class and being sent outdoors as a consequence was a disgrace, so everyone behaved.
They did their chores as children in a farm family do, but the highlights of their day were the books their mother, Ida, read to them as a ritual. They also listened to their mother play piano in the living room, and there were dominoes or checkers. But it was the history from books, the exploration stories like The Life of Hannibal, Stanley’s Adventures in Africa, The Last of the Mohicans, and The Adventures of Kit Carson that made them feel adventurous.
That must be why Georgia never failed to relish traveling.