Family Heirlooms

Man plowing the prairie

Great Plains Pioneering: Grasshoppers, Gooseberries, & Indians

By Cindy Foster / July 25, 2022 /

In 1869 Robert Stokes, two sons & Henry Striker headed to Kansas with three covered wagons, an extra horse and two cows. Their destination was Brown County, with a plan to build a house, plant crops, find water and settle on the Great Plains.

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Russell Stokes, 10th MO Company B

Dear Little Sister…Sending Love from the Battlefield

By Cindy Foster / July 18, 2022 /

Little sister is Susan Emmaline “Emma”, the eighth child and only daughter of my 3rd great grandfather Robert Firman Stokes. He, Emma, and her mother Hannah Parker Jones Stokes saw five of Robert’s sons volunteer to defend the Union during the Civil War. All served in the Western Theatre, under General Ulysses S Grant at…

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Kate's Scarlet Fever Quarter

A Case of Scarlet Fever Makes 9-Year-Old Choose Nursing

By Cindy Foster / February 21, 2022 /

Was 9-year-old Kate Selensky’s career chosen because of a young doctor’s generous gift celebrating her Scarlett Fever recovery?

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Currier and Ives Little Sister

Family Celebrates 146 Birthdays Hanging with “Our” Little Sister

By Cindy Foster / January 24, 2022 /

On June 16, 1876, my great grandmother, Cinda Stufflebeam received Currier and Ives’ Little Sister lithograph for her birthday…

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J C Swearingen Ink Bottle Collection

Hunting Family Heirlooms in Obscure Places

By Cindy Foster / January 17, 2022 /

When thinking of inheriting family treasures, family bibles, antiques, photos, and jewelry are the first items that come to mind. Some are blessed during the giver’s lifetime, learning its history from a first-hand account.

Not that lucky in having been gifted or inherited treasures?

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