More than 600,000 veterans suffered hearing loss by the end of World War I, many due to damage suffered in combat and military operations. Others, such as my grandfather, lost their hearing due to illness. Nationwide, about 100,000 received training in lip-reading.
In the 1920 census, Rudolph was not listed with his parents and family on the Beyersville, Texas, farm. Instead, the twenty-six year old farmer's son was lodging in a Y.M.C.A. in Dallas while attending lip reading school. He was listed on the census for that location. Also among the benefits provided, he was offered vocational rehabilitation, which may be why the census schedule listed his vocation as "bookkeeper."
Moritz and Marie's family was growing again. Their oldest child, Olga, had married Fritz Becker on November 15, 1910. Rudolph and Ella would soon follow her example and find spouses. Before the war, Rudolph was introduced to Augusta Mary Mager who lived near Thrall, Texas, about twelve miles away. After the war she was undetered by his hearing loss and learned to communicate with him. Ella had become acquainted with Sam Hardi at a dance at the old Coupland Sons of Hermann Lodge Hall.
Ella Beyer Hardi wrote:
In early Spring 1920, my dad harvested two acres of Oats after it was hauled off. The Stubble was planted in Cotton, which came up sparingly with grass to chop. The Cotton grew and it produced two bales. The two acres were promised to me. When the cotton were sold the price for the pound was 40 cents. The two bales paid for my furniture. I got married in Dec. & I was lucky since I had sold my two bales.
|Rudolph Ernest Beyer and Augusta Mary Mager wedding portrait, 1920|