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See: Merle Grimes
Edna Semphroch's Father was a man from Washington, DC. Some time in the late 19th century, he hired a prostitute named Nellie Houlihan. He impregnated Nellie--or at least, both he and Nellie believed he did; since Nellie, in the course of her work, slept with a huge number of men, questions of paternity could not be answered with any certainty prior to the innovation of genetic testing. The man married Nellie and set her up as the proprietress of a coffee shop so she could stop prostituting herself and give their daughter Edna a respectable home. He died very shortly after his daughter's birth.
One day in 1881, little Nellie Houlihan wandered into G Street in Washington, DC into the path of Alfred von Schlieffen's trotting horse. Though Schlieffen brought his horse to a halt before any harm could be done, Nellie's mother ran after Nellie, pulled her out of the street, spanked her, and scolded her. Schlieffen approved, noting that the girl needed to learn discipline.