Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone on November 14, 1896 to Elivera Carlson Doud and John Sheldon Doud. The Doud family came from Guilford, England in 1639. John Sheldon Doud came to Boone in the early 1890's and established a meatpacking company with his father, Royal Doud, of Chicago. John also had a livestock commission business, Doud and Montgomery. Carl Carlson (Mamie's maternal grandfather) immigrated from Dagos Sojen, Sweden, and settled in Boone County in 1868. In 1870 he went into the milling business and he built his own mill in 1892. Elivera Carlson, Mamie's mother, was born in Boone on May 13, 1878. John Doud and Elivera Carlson were married in the Carlson home at 420 Monona, in 1894. In 1897 Mamie's parents and two children moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa. At age six, Mamie moved with her family to Pueblo, Colorado, then to Colorado Springs. In 1905 the family established residence at 750 Lafayette St. in Denver. Mamie had three sisters: Eleanor (born in Boone) and Eda and Mable Frances (Mike), born in Cedar Rapids. Mamie met Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower, of Abilene, Kansas (a native of Denison, Texas) in October 1915 while vacationing in San Antonio, Texas. Ike, just out of West Point, was stationed at nearby Ft. Sam Houston. On Valentine's Day,1916, the couple announced their engagement and were married on July 1, 1916 in the Doud family home in Denver. The newlyweds established their first home in Ike's quarters at Ft. Sam Houston. The General and Mamie Eisenhower lived in various army posts in the United States and around the world. Their first son Doud Dwight, was born on September 24, 1917, and died of scarlet fever at three years old. The second son, John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower, was born on August 22, 1922, married Barbra Thompson in 1947, and now resides in Pennsylvania. Mamie and Ike had four grandchildren; Dwight David (married Julie Nixon in 1968), Anne, Susan Elaine, and Mary Jean. After eight years in the White House, the Eisenhowers retired to the farm home they had purchased in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (now owned by the National Park Service and open to the public). It was the first and only home they actually owned. After the General's death, March 28, 1969, Mamie continued living on the farm until shortly before her death, November 1, 1979, in Washington, D.C.