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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 (



Stop interrupting
May 26, 2011, 11:09 am
Filed under: New thoughts

As I said in my Genea-Wish List, I wish life would stop interrupting my work on my genealogy.  I am working on documentation for the Weisleder family and haven’t had time to get back to it for several days.

Of course, having time to spend with my brother and his wife, and my sister were a high priority.  It was good to spent several days with them.  We finalized our plans for an Alaskan Cruise later this summer.

Then I have been working on PR for a couple of church events.  It takes time to make even a single slide. A friend is wanting to have a presentation representing 40 years of ministry and marriage.  She was going to do it herself, but she got a computer virus and was so frustrated, I have been trying to help her out.  Later today, I will take a group down for a conference retirement for them.  Also I will be helping with Vacation Bible School next week.  I have started an online class on using WordPress.  We are on lesson 3 and I have learned several things that I know will be helpful as I work on making this a website/blog or a hybrid website.  Then a picture was needed to complete a plaque for a gift, and I have been working on that picture.

I was able to get the picture ready to go very quickly, because I had downloaded DearMrytle’s webinar on labeling photographs.  Now I had watched and wanted to make use of the information, but hadn’t actually done it.  Of course I have PhotoShop, not the program she was using, but she did say it worked much the same in both programs.  I just had to find the compatible term for frames, in PhotoShop.  Once I found it, canvas, I was able to add a colored frame to the photo,  Now I want to have time to label my photos.

Those are a few of my interruptions in the past week.  I hope shortly I can get back to my Weisleders.

Week 21: Commercials
May 26, 2011, 10:54 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week #21 – Commercials Week 21. Commercials. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Share them here. This challenge runs from Saturday, May 21, 2011 through Friday, May 27.

Here are just a few of the commercials I remember:

“Plop-Plop, Fizz-Fizz, Oh what a Relief it is!!!”  Alka-seltzer

“See the USA in your Chevrolet! ………. Chevrolet, of course.

“Oh, I want to be an Oscar Meyer Weiner, that is what I’d truly like to be.”

“Timex takes a licking and keeps on ticking.”

Remember all of the ways they tried to destroy those Timex watches.

Had to sing these to remember the words.

Over the years there are so many commercials, some memorable and some not. Wonder which ones will be remember 50 years from now.

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

Week 20: Fame
May 19, 2011, 11:04 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 20. Fame. Tell us about any local brushes with fame. Were you ever in the newspaper? Why? You may also describe any press mentions of your family members.

As I think about my family, there were only 3 times when their name would be in the newspaper.  We farming family and there wasn’t much time to be involved with activities that would get our name in the paper.  For many in the family they would have their name in the paper with a birth announce, an engagement and/or marriage announce, and last but not least their obituary.  For my self, I don’t know if there was a birth announcement in the paper, but I would need to check out the Jewel County Record for 1948, to see is such an announcement exists.  I did have engagement and wedding announcements in several papers.  I do have copies of some of these.  Over the years, I have been involved in various school activities in various capacities, and have had my picture in the paper because of my involvement.

But the brush with fame I want to share is during my college days.  The organization I belonged to during my college years was the Kansas State Square Dance Club.  I joined my first year, and enjoyed it through out my college career.  My junior year the group decided they wanted to form an exhibition group. I decided to join, as did my future husband.  This group was a double square, we had 8 couples in the square, instead of the normal 4.  During the year we practiced, decided on our outfits, and began performing for groups around the state.  It took us to various places over the state of Kansas, the first year we also traveled to the University of Colorado, Fort Collins to perform for their Square Dance group.  The next year we were asked to perform at the state Square Dance Convention, in Century 2, Wichita, Kansas.  Our group was honored to to be the performers for the Governor of Kansas, Robert B. Docking.  I feel this was my closest brush with fame.  I am sure there might be a mention of our group in the Wichita Eagle, as they did cover the convention, but would need to do some exploring to find it.

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

Week 19: Bedroom
May 13, 2011, 10:57 pm
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Week 19. Bedroom. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?

My first bedroom of my own, was after my brother and sister had both gone to college.  Now remember I was 10 years younger than they were so I was about 9/10 when I got to move upstairs to sister’s room.  It was a small room, it had a rod for hanging clothes,  some book shelves, a bed, dresser and a night stand.  The night stand was an orange crate.  I just remember I had to be sure the shades were pulled down, so I could read as late as I wanted.  If I didn’t put the shade down, my parents could see the light on the lawn out side, and I would be in trouble for being up too late.

When I was a Senior in High School we moved to Manhattan, Kansas.  I described this room in one of the earlier posts because it was so unique.

This room had a very unique feature; I haven’t seen one since. These 9 windows were very frustrating because we could not open the windows more than 2”.  After the first year there, a friend who was living with us, decided that she was going to get those windows open, no matter what. Low and behold, with the window up a couple of inches the sill pulled out, then window dropped into the wall, the wall was a pocket for the window, the sill was put back in and window was completely open.  When all the windows were open it was like a screened in porch. The roof overhang over this room was so deep, it took a very strong wind, to bring rain into the room.  On a rainy afternoon, with the windows open, it was like setting in a shelter safe from the rain.

I can still remember sitting on my bed and having all 9 windows open, and the rain coming gently down.  It was a very pleasant sound.  When my parents bought a new bedroom set, I got their headboard.  It was metal with light and dark brown strips.  I also had a chest of drawers, my small closet was just a step outside the room. I didn’t have a sibling to share my room, because of our difference in age.  But if company came, I gave up my room and slept on the couch.  A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to drive by this house.  It looks very much the same as when I lived there almost 40 years ago.

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

Week 18: Weather
May 13, 2011, 10:40 pm
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Week 18. Weather. Do you have any memorable weather memories from your childhood? How did your family cope and pass the time with adverse weather? When faced with bad weather in the present day, what do you do when you’re stuck at home?


This is not weather of my childhood, but 2 very difficult times due to the weather.

We were married on January 1, 1975, in Horton, Kansas.  The day was beautiful, about 40-45 degrees, and sunny.  One of the first things my new husband did after the wedding was take all of the men in the wedding party to my house to load my piano in the truck.  Did they change out of the rents tuxedo’s, I don’t think so. “I was upset but to sick to care.” We spent our first night in my rented house there, getting up the next morning to 8″ of snow.  We were going to have to travel clear across the state, from the Northeast corner down to  Central Kansas about 75 miles from the Oklahoma boarder, with my piano, in the truck to our new home.  We had purchased a Mobile Home 14’x70′, the largest they made at that time.  We were home for the weekend.  One of the first things we needed to do was unload the piano.  The truck was backed up to the Mobile Home, and the Entry made for a very tight fit, to get a large upright piano into the house.  Now there had been enough moisture, and the house had been set in a field, and the ground was very soft.  So the truck became stuck, a neighbor came over with a 4-wheel drive truck, and  got stuck, and all had to be pulled out with a big tractor, and it almost got stuck.  To say the least, I was told that piano was not going to be moved from the house, and it wasn’t until some major remodeling had been done.

Now we are settling into our new home, with one problem.  There had not been time to get the sewer line dug and the septic tank set, and the weather had not cooperated.  Therefore we did not have an important bathroom facility. There was running water, the water from the dishwasher, sinks, and washing machine had its own drainage, and we could take a shower and bath Now for us that was a very wet year, just about the time it was almost dry enough to get the diggers in it would rain or snow again.  This went on until the first of June, then it was time for harvest and again we couldn’t get the work done.  It was a full nine months before we had a sewer line and septic tank.

This meant a walk to Grandma’s, thankful a short distance, at least twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night.  So weather had a definite effect on our lives the first nine months of our married live.


Our oldest son was still in diapers, so either the winter of 77/78, we had a very, very COLD winter.  Living in a Mobile Home frozen pipes is always a concern. My husband had wrapped all of the pipes under the house to prevent them from freezing.  But that winter was so COLD, the freeze line went down below 24″.  Because our water line between the pump and the house was only about 24″ down, these pipes frozen.  There is nothing you can do to dig down to the pipe as the ground was frozen, so we were without water for about 5 weeks.  I had no running water in the house, and a baby in diapers.  It made for a very interesting time.  Again we made many trips up to Grandma’s.  I was working, so no one was home during the day.  We had a 5 gallon cream can filled for drinking and cooking water.  I can still remember the night I hear water dripping in the bath tub. Which meant the spring thaw was there.  What a wonderful sound!!!! That summer the water line was dug up and layed again, putting it down 36″.  Didn’t have that problem again.

Here in Kansas we say if you don’t like the weather wait about 10 minutes, it will change.  Right now we are in a desperate need for rain.  Where I live is not in the worst but a couple of days of a nice gentle rain would be nice.

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.

Week 17: Pets
May 7, 2011, 1:05 pm
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 17:  Pets. Did you have any pets as a child? If so, what types and what were their names. Do you have pets now? Describe them as well. If you did not have pets, you can discuss those of neighbors or other family members.

Growing up on a farm, there were always animals around, but very few became pets.  I don’t remember ever having a dog, but there were always cats around.  One in particular that I remember is Snowball.  She was a white cat with some calico markings; her ears and tail except the tip were calico.  She was allowed in the house, and had to be chased out of my father’s chair, when he came in.  One day when my father was mowing the yard with a tractor and cycle mower, Snowball got too close and lost the tip of her tail, so it no longer had any white.

In late April or early May, my husband brought home a puppy.  It was cross between an Austrian sheep dog and Samoyad. He had the curled tail, but had the coloration of the sheep dog.  We named it, “Sparky”.  He took it took school for the boys show and tell.  Sparky was not a small dog, and didn’t take to everyone.  In July when my husband died, Sparky was there to remind us of him.  About six months later, we found a stray dog on the farm, and took it to the vet, and got it cleaned up only to find out that it belonged to a neighbor.  My youngest was so hurt having to give up this dog, I broke down and we got one from the pound. A mutt with a lot of rat terrier was chosen.  He was black, with some white under his chin, and looked like a “Shadow”.   Very quickly, Sparky and Shadow became friends, and were constant companions.  Shadow never let the larger Sparky intimidate him.  When we moved from the farm, we left Sparky and Shadow with Grandma.  Each lived a long life for a dog, and would always welcome us when we came back for a visit.

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

Week 16: Restaurants
May 7, 2011, 12:51 pm
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Week 16: Restaurants. What was your favorite local restaurant as a child? Where was it located, and what was your favorite meal? Did you know the staff personally? What is your favorite restaurant now?

Restaurants –

Living in rural Kansas, in the 50’s & 60’s restaurants were what would now be considered greasy spoons. We did not have the chains in the area. The café downtown is where I got to go during my kindergarten year and get my hamburger and fries.  Also during harvest, we would eat our evening meal at the restaurant on the highway. The other eating establishment in town was the Sweden Crème, our answer to the Dairy Queen.  On a summer day after swimming, their banana split was the perfect topper for the day.

During my college years, we lived in Manhattan, Ks and I attend KSU.  Our favorite eating place was Vista.  It was a small restaurant, set in the side of the hill.  On Sunday nights after Square Dancing, a bunch of us would head out to Vista for a Vista Burger and fries, topped with an Icee.  The Burger was topped with lettuce and tomato and cheese if you wanted.

They were the home of the Icee, and they had a lot of different flavors during the time I was in college. It was a place for good food and good time.

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to return to Manhattan for a visit, stopped in and had a Vista Burger and it tasted just a good as I remembered. Even last week when I was in Manahttan, Kansas with a friend, it still tasted good.

Today I enjoy a variety of foods, so I don’t have a favorite restaurant.  In town we have a café, a deli, it serves soup and sandwiches, a Mexican restaurant, a couple of shops down town that serve lunches, Wendy’s, Sonic, Pizza Hut and Subway.  So if I am out of town I will try something different than what is available.

Eating out is for when I am out of town or meet friends for a meal.

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

It’s Raining, it’s pouring
May 4, 2011, 3:57 pm
Filed under: New thoughts

There are times when you feel like the brickwalls are just getting higher and higher and higher, and sometime it just pours down in information.

I am information on a number of families, Grossman, Langston, DeWitt, Weisleder

I have received information from a family member about Michael C. Grossman and his parents, trying to reconcile what she has with what I have.  Received my father’s SS application.  When I opened it, I was with a person who has lived in this community for many, many years.  When I told her my father was employed by Fred Doll Company, she told me that was the sale barn.  There is not a sale barn in the community today.  I would not have known what that was with out her telling me.  He got his SS# in 1944, 4 years before I was born.

As I am working I received my new Kindle, so I have another gadget to learn how to make it work.  Right now I have it charging so I can learn how to make it work.  I have also downloaded a couple of Dear Myrtle’s Webinar’s and am looking forward to watching them to add to my computer knowledge.  I want to say, the cost is very minimal.  My schedule is so uncertain, I can’t always depend on having the day open to watch it live.

My Granddaughter has answered her first question, and I have sent her another prompt.  Looking forward to seeing what she has.

On Facebook, a cousin has put some family pictures on the site, and we have been having discussions about them.  Checking on names, and places etc.

Another side has been contacted, and is to be sending me some family newsletters to be scanned.  When it is finished a CD or DVD will be created so that people can see all of the issues since 1978.

I also want to get back to the Weisleder family and continue working on those documents.

Maybe I better stop now and get busy on my work.

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