Carla Due was born in Denmark. Her parents emigrated to Nebraska when she was about two years old, but they decided the trip would be too dangerous for Carla. She grew up with her grandparents. When she was about 10 or 12 her folks tried twice to get her to come to the U.S. but she resisted. Finally, when she was 16 she crossed the Atlantic alone on a ship. She helped her parents farm, learned English, met her husband Bernard at a dance and then helped him farm.
"The eggs and the cream was a big part of the economy. That was the money flow that came in all the time. Otherwise it would just be when you sold wheat or whatever. That was our money flow, was our eggs and our cream."