Dramann celebrates 100 years
Content with the life she has lived, Lena
Dramann said theres only one wish she didnt fulfill
in her 100 years. I wanted to be a nurse, she told
the Osgood Journal in an interview about her upcoming birthday
on November 8 when she will have lived a century.
Simply put, she said her folks couldnt afford for her to
go to nursing school. So as many girls of her generation, she
completed common school - which was eight grades and
then went to work.
Her work was always taking care of others, so a portion of her
dream for nursing was realized.
Lena shared that she had been through some hard times - but always
held steady. Shes seen wars, including World War I, lost
two husbands to death, and struggled financially, but she never
She grew up the daughter of Frank and Anna Lang and lived most
of her childhood on property adjoining the Versailles State Park.
She and one brother, Henry, walked over a mile to a one-room schoolhouse
known as Cedar Creek School, which was located on Friendship Road.
Lena said she didnt mind walking to school, everybody
did then, she commented. She has fond memories of her third
grade teacher, Irvin Wright and said history was her favorite
As a child she enjoyed activities such as checkers and other board
games. Oh, no, she laughed, we didnt have
Christmas was a good time for Lena as she remembered stringing
popcorn for the tree and later putting it outside for the birds.
Lena met her first husband after she got a job caring for his
ailing mother. Gordon Burroughs and Lena were married and ran
a grocery story at Dabney called Taulbees. My, yes,
she said, Dabney was a big town back then.
But in 1957 tragedy struck and Lenas husband was killed
in a truck/train crash at Holton.
Another tragedy occurred near the same time involving a friend
of Lena's - Bhuford Dramann, when his wife died in childbirth.
Lena and Bhuford had known each other when they were young, they
were actually sweethearts before either was married to someone
Lena came to take care of Bhufords four children - Frances,
13, Bill, 11, Jim, 9 and Joan, 8. She soon became part of the
Dramann family and the two married in 1958. Bhuford died in 1987
leaving Lena widowed again.
She is referred to as a spunky lady by staff at St.
Andrews Healthcare Campus in Batesville, where she has made her
home for the past three years. Up until that time she lived on
Recently she went on one of the health facilitys excursions
to Indiana Live, her first trip to a casino. She loved it,
noted Jannie Deaton Haase, activities director at St. Andrews.
Haase said the bells going off and the bright lights on the machines
kept Lena busy checking out what was going on all around her.
She even received a T-shirt from the casino management in celebration
of her birthday as well as many different kinds of food to taste.
They really catered to her when they found out it was her
first time in a casino and she was turning 100, Haase noted.
Lena said the food was all pretty good, except she wrinkled her
nose when sushi was mentioned. Fried chicken, she
said was her favorite food.
Lena is an accomplished artisan making numerous needlework items,
afghans and quilts over the years. She has enjoyed going to church,
reading, and cooking. She truly enjoys her newspapers and according
to daughter-in-law, Martha, If she doesnt get her
Osgood Journal and The Versailles Republican, shes
not very happy.
She enjoys some television now, but absolutely no violent movies.
She said she always enjoyed the Andy Griffith Show.
What will Lena do on her actual birthday, November 8? Im
going fishing, she declared. She loves her son Bills
camping area near Osgood where she can enjoy fishing and kicking
back. She said of Bill, Hes got me spoiled.
Then teasingly she told him she was going to outlive him just
to give him a hard time.
Lena said her best birthday ever was the year Bill was elected
sheriff of Ripley County. It was the greatest, she
said. She told how 40 years ago when he went into the field of
law enforcement she wasnt happy about it. I was afraid
hed be killed. But, she says she has overcome that
fear and is proud of him.
The lady who is famous for her homemade breads, biscuits and down-home
good cooking, said while they dont cook everything to suit
her at St. Andrews, the meals arent bad. But, anytime she
can get some good fried chicken, shes up for it!
Family and friends are invited to an open house in her honor November
11 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Andrews Healthcare Campus, 1400 Lammers
Pike, Batesville. For those wanting to send birthday greetings
they can be mailed to the above address, Room 204. No gifts please.
The grandmother of 12 and great-grandmother of 22, answered the
question, Whats the secret to a long life? like
this. Tending to my own business, were the words of
advice from Lena Dramann.