"As we look at Fred and Caroline's vast posterity, we find the self-reliance, the creativeness, the same devotion to each other and their fellow creatures as these two first parents had. Yes, Caroline and Fred, you have been blessed indeed in this land of your adoption, which you both loved so sincerely.
"Of course, happiness was not constantly found at the Feuz home, and like the chronicle of these few years, if like the sundial, we have recorded only sunny hours, that, too, is a Feuz trait."
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Laverne, Edward, Jr., and Elizabeth's daughter, stated, "The Edward Durtschi, Sr., family could be trusted. Their reputation was that their word was as good as their bond. And Edward Durtschi, Jr.'s, reputation was no exception. He was a tall, well-built man, full of vim and vigor.
"In a few short years Ed, Alfred, and John, had as monuments to their muscle, brawn, and brain, each his own large barn all completed. Fred figured into all this even though he didn't get a barn, but we hope he knew his skills were appreciated.
"Mother (Elizabeth) was a woman of faith. Her prayers were truly answered as she faced the problems before her. Many times, after taking a certain course of action that she felt she was guided into, time proved that the decision was a wise one. Things did turn out well. In the end, she had reached the goals she had set for herself: to get a substantial amount of genealogy gathered, to get each of the children into a profession that would give them a livelihood, and to support three of her five children on missions.
"As we look back now, we doubt that Mother and her little crew would have survived, had it not been for the protection and convenience of the mighty structure that was ours. Their priorities were kept straight. During those days there was an oft-quoted adage:
'A barn will get you a house
A house won't get you a barn."
Laverne added, "As someone has put it: 'How do you express all the joys, sadness, enthusiasms, and dreams of a lifetime in words?' Think of the history that has been made, since the days the Durtschis were moved upon to accept Mormonism. They left their homeland, and accepted the challenges of a new life! Might we say of the progeny, most have followed in the steps of their fore bearers. They have lived the Gospel, and formed a bulwark of good citizens of a land that President Ezra Taft Benson has called, 'the Lord's base of operations in these latter days'. So, if we are to justify their sacrifices, then we will honor them by accepting the challenges of our day. Must we be reminded that each one of us, here today, could very well be a citizen of a land not so blessed as America!"