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52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History:Week 22: Secrets Not

Week 22. Secrets. Describe something about yourself that won’t be found on any record 100 years from now.

 Secrets Not (Family Gathering)

For every prompt you can write about the prompt or chose a topic of your own.  This week I have chosen another topic : Family Gathering.


In June of 1971 I was finishing my first school year, it had had many ups and downs, professionally and personally. But it was coming to an end.  I would not be returning to that job for the coming year, so I was heading home.  My brother (Kenneth) and his family were back for a visit, and came along with my parents to help me pack up and move back to Kansas.

On our trip back through Iowa, one of the highlights was stopping to eat at an Amana Farm.  We had a wonderful family style dinner of fried chicken and all the fixings.

Once we got back to Kansas it was time to gather the family.  Many of our family gatherings were held at the Dipman place near Larned.  At this gathering were:

Inez & Rudolf

Kenneth & Billie

Rudolf & Inez my parents

Melba & Eugene their 7 children,

Kenneth & Billie and 2 children

And me

Aunt Vada (my mother’s sister),

her son, Wayne and 2 or 3 of his children.

John and Eldred (my mother’s sister) and their families,

Danny & Vicki, their 2 daughters,

Dedria & Bob (I think Bob was there, but no picture) and Dari


The Dipman Family


Danny's Family

Also invited was my boyfriend, Richard.  I had not seen or talked tohim since April, when he had decided to break everything off (Another story).  So I had no idea if he was coming or not.  To my surprise he did show up.

Here are some photos taken that day.  Of course I took them all so I am not in any pictures.  Need to see if anyone else there has any pictures of the family gathering.

Afternoon Entertainment

Younger Generation

The weather cooperated, so we spent a great deal of time outside.  We enjoyed sharing a meal, visiting and enjoying the family, and watching the kids.

This family gathering was also a turning point in my life.  I came back to Kansas, found a new job for the next school year, continuing for another 37 years and renewed a relationship which eventually led to marriage and a family.

Treasure those Family Moments

You never know what the future will bring.

Grandpa Voss Carl & Shannon

"Auntie" and Dari

Richard & John

Put the picture of all the kids on Facebook, and several of them had memories of that day.  What fun to have others add to the memories.


Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog ( has yet another successful series on her hands: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History (



Help with some German
May 8, 2011, 7:50 pm
Filed under: Personal History, Voss

I have a Prayer book that belonged to my Great    Grandmother.  It has Marie Voss (and what I believe is = to nee) Flagel  and Grs Markham (Markow)?  The book was published in 1862.  I was just looking at her listing at Ancestry and a William and Mary Voss with sons Charles and Frederick on the Mecklenburg-Schwein Census for 1867.  It has them living at  Groß Markow, Ritteramt Neukalen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany.

I have always thought this was Great Grandparents, on the 1867 Census but not 100 per cent sure.

I had thought the Grs Markman or Markow on the page was a person’s name.  Is it possible this is a location?  Here is a photo with the German writing.  If Grs Markman is a location, that brings an other  piece of the puzzle together for this family.  I have followed Marie across the ocean, and she remarried with 2 young sons.  One being my Grandfather.

If any one can help me with this puzzle I would appreicate the help.  I am still trying to find out what happened to William.  I believe he would have died between 1868 and 1869 in Germany.   As Marie and the boys immigrated in 1869.  I think with the new husband, but not sure if the marriage took place before or after they immigrated.

New Project: with my Granddaughter
March 12, 2011, 7:40 pm
Filed under: Personal History

This past week I was going through some of my papers from my family. My sister had given me a couple of things she had written about the herself and the family. As I looked at the Autobiography she wrote as an 8th grader (about 1951), I saw that it was not in very good shape, so I transcribed and scanned it. The story helped me understand somethings about my parents, and brother and sister. I don’t remember to much of that time as I was only 3.

After I completed this, I thought about what information will my grandchildren have about my life. Using some of the prompts from the my sister’s book and some from the 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogyand History, I decided to start one of my own. I have contacted my granddaughter, who is 10, and asked if she would be interested in doing this with me. She has agree, so we will get started. I will send her a prompt each week, then she and I will write something about that prompt.

Some of my prompts are: How did you get your name? How did your mother get her name? (I will do her father). Who are your grandparents and great grandparents. What is your favorite toy? Favorite book. Other favorites, Organizations you might have belong? This are just a sampling of the list I have started for us. We started this week with a Profile for each one of us.

I am anxious to see how this goes, and hopefully she will have something for her children someday.

12 Mar 2011

My “Cat” Quilt
January 10, 2011, 10:03 pm
Filed under: Personal History, Uncategorized

This is a special treasure because it was made by my Grandma Sanders. Not only did she cut and embroider the cats, put the quilt top together, but also quilted it. I have some very special memories of this quilt. Grandma had made a “Cat Quilt” for my brother and sister, and myself. She used other quilt tops for her other grandchildren.

When I was about 10 or 11 years old Grandpa Sanders fell and broke his hip. He and Grandma came to Kansas to spend time with each of their daughters to help him recover. It was during this recovery period, they came up from Arkansas to Kansas to stay with us. We were living outside Burr Oak, Kansas at the time.

Christmas with Grandma and Grandpa Sanders

Grandma brought the almost completed top with her to finish. This quilt top was an appliquéd quilt. She cut cat silhouettes out of scraps of fabric, and old clothing. These were put on a quilt block, trimmed with bias tape for a collar and then the face of the cat was embroidered, and then appliquéd on to the quilt block. To finish the quilt I got to choose the color for the edging. Since my favorite color was blue, that was my choice. When the edging had been added it was ready to be quilted.

Her quilt frame was put up in our living room, not much extra space, and the quilting began. Grandma even showed me how to make the quilt stitches, so this quilt also has some of my unsteady stitches as well as Grandma’s confidant ones.

I treasure this quilt because my Grandmother made it for me. But as I look at the various cats, I recognize the fabric, and remember what was made from that fabric. There are pieces of fabric from pajamas, dress, skirts and blouses that were made and worn by my mother, sister and my sister.

A yellow and blue plisse crepe,
a pair of child’s pajamas. They were mine.
A grey with squiggles was a dress of my mothers.

I do use this quilt to cover a spare bed. But this is a very special treasure of mine. It will always bring back many memories.

Karen (Voss) Grossman


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