Wauneta Back
Wauneta Back
Wauneta Elizabeth Back, a tenant at Ostrander Care & Rehab Assisted Living since February 2012, was born near Seymour, Iowa, located close to Iowa City, on April 9, 1921. Her parents, Lou (Hiatt) and Mabrey Taylor, raised 10 children. A sister, Helen Taylor Walker, deceased, and a brother Harold, deceased, were older than Wauneta. Younger siblings include sisters Erma Legler, Rita Blake, Mary Stewart and Janice Fortney, and brothers Mabrey ('Junior'), Delmar, deceased, and Jim.

In her earlier years, Wauneta recalls that the family belonged to a Methodist Church. While the Taylors farmed near Brownsdale, Minn., the children attended a country school east of Brownsdale, with Wauneta completing eight grades. She was expected to help with farm work, milking cows, and doing other chores. Later, she worked out as a housekeeper, kitchen helper, and cook, and recalls very well the baking of bread.

She met her husband-to-be, Claude Back, at a dance in Brownsdale. Although raised in Iowa, he was driving truck in the Brownsdale area. On April 21, 1942, the couple drove to Lancaster, Wis., where they were married. Following their marriage, Wauneta and Claude moved to Kinross, Iowa, his hometown, where he continued to drive truck.

Children of the couple are Bill, Ted, Rex, Randy, Bonnie (Loren "Emore") Ronken, Peggy (Terry) Hammon, and Lori (Jeff) Merrill. A son, Ronnie, perished in a tractor accident and another son, Danny died in his sleep. The Backs raised their family near Kinross.

In later life, Wauneta and Claude visited their children by traveling in their own recreational vehicle, towing a car behind. They eventually relocated to a farm southwest of Ostrander, and Claude drove for Ruan, a petroleum transportation company. They sold their farm to son Randy and moved to an acreage north of Ostrander.

After Claude's death in 1980, Wauneta stayed on at the rural acreage until she relocated to Ostrander. She moved into her assisted living apartment in February 2012. She does a great job of assembling puzzles, even assembling some difficult 1,500 piece ones. She really enjoys "old time" dancing, she and Claude having often traveled to the Terp Dance Hall in Austin, Minn. Dancing with her friend Bob is a real joy for Wauneta, too!