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August 27, 2006
I had several goals for this trip. One, I wanted to interview my two remaining Aunts, Dadâ€™s sisters. Dad was the youngest of nine children, and all that were left were the two youngest girls, both now in their late 70s. They, along with their husbands, were the last depositories of information on Dadâ€™s early years. When they were gone, it was gone forever. Also, my research had uncovered a Civil War soldier in my lineage. My Aunt Ellen went to church with a man who knew where he was buried. I wanted to document that, in words and pictures. Finally, with respect to family, I wanted to gather as many photographs as I could talk my Aunts into lending me, so they could be included in the book.
With those goals, my laptop, and camera I boarded an American Airlines plane (ticket paid with frequent flyer miles) and flew into
Each time one of Colorado Kretzers would come to town was an occasion for a family reunion. Not that it happened that often. I think 1994, 2003, and now 2006 covered the last two decades. So we all gathered at
After a few hours most everyone headed home. Aunt Ellen, Uncle Tom, Aunt Ann, Uncle Bill and I all headed back to Aunt Ellenâ€™s house. This we would do each night I was in town. Then I would visit and ask questions until I thought I was wearing them out. They would have stayed up all night, but there was no way I was going to impose like that. Tomorrow, Monday morning I would meet 79 year old Carl Keyes, who would show me where my Civil War grandfather was buried.