Clara was never truly close with her older sister, more because of physical distance between us them anything else.
She’d see her at events and on holiday, but truly little otherwise.
It is only years later, toiling as a professional writer, that Clara has had the time and the freedom to spend more time with her older sister. Her sister has expressed interest in Clara helping her write her memoirs, which at first she was hesitant about, but then as she learned more about her, Clara had to accept her proposal. She knew that her older sister was one of the founders of the largest heating & cooling idea production company in this section of the country. But Clara didn’t know everything her older sister had accomplished! At that time in America, ladies were rarely factory owners, and never as hands-on as her older sister was with her furnace factory. There was not enough demand to make cooling systems in mass quantities, so they focused exclusively on heating systems at the time. Her older sister faced a lot of push back, not only from other factory owners, but the employees in her furnace factory. Some boys didn’t care about the idea of toiling for a woman, even if the furnace factory paid excellent wages. Clara’s sister never backed down, never showed weakness, and over the years earned the respect of her peers in the Heating, Ventilation, & A/C industry. Before talking with her, Clara was legitimately unsure about writing her memoirs, because the furnace factory sounded like a boring subject, but on the other hand, her sister’s struggles to make it in the Heating, Ventilation, & A/C industry are quite fascinating.