Friday, June 17, 2011
We drove to Ellinwood, Kansas with our friend, Norlin Razak. I stayed with my cousin, Gerry Menges, who I had not seen in over 40 years. We reminised about our childhoods and tried to catch up on our lives since seeing each other. We have been keeping in touch by email for years so it was not all that hard to catch up with current items. I met 3 of her children, 1 grandchild and 2 greats. She had just lost her husband in April and is still mourning his lose. They own a wholesale fireworks business which keeps her and her son very busy. We visited the cemetery at Ellinwood and located our great-grandparents from Germany tombstones as well as other Kleins who may be relatives, then we went to Sts. Peter and Paul cemetary out in the country, where we found more Klein tombstones, including the great-grandparents son, Casper. We then went to the Ellinwood library where we found a write-up and pictures of the great-grandparents. (I have posted all this on Ancestry.com) From Ellinwood we traveled to Wichita where we stayed with my nephew, Bill and wife Carla, to attend the White family reunion. So many cousins to visit, it was great. I got more information for Ancestry.com. Took many photos to post. Our friend Norlin stayed with friends and had a good visit.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
On our trip to Kansas I was able to go to the Ellinwood cemetery and found my great-grandparents from Germany tombstones. Also I found pictures of them at the Library. They were among the first 12 families to settle in Sts. Peter and Paul, outside Ellinwood. Next we went to Virginia to visit our son and family. Visited the National Zoo yesterday. Great place.