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>>Chase County. That's where I buried my mom last October, just outside of Cottonwood Falls. Lovely country. I'll bet your aunt and uncle knew my aunt and uncle, who farmed outside of Strong City, or maybe even my grandparents, who farmed near Clements, if they're old enough. Small world.<<

Indeed. My dad was a good quarterback for the 'Dogs, a long time ago in the early 1950s. The family ranch is just outside Strong, on Peyton Creek, just east of the Z-Bar. Grandfather (since passed away) was once a Chase county commissioner. Grandmother lives on the ranch with aunt and uncle; she was a Wilson then (and now) a Johnson; her mom knew Mr. White. Dad's family are Kelleys, now all died out in those parts. Aunt and cousin work at ESU. I've heard of Clements, which I guess is like Wonsevu and Saffordville--sort of barely really exists except as a memory. Most of the tribe has either migrated up the Turnpike to Johnson County, or south to Wichita/Andover.

May your mom rest in peace (and peace is one thing not hard to come by in Chase). It's probably the same cemetery where my paternal grandfather, his wife and other family rest. I never learned the name because I know where it is. And if it's not that one, it's probably the one where my maternal grandfather rests. There probably isn't a local cemetery in Cottonwood or Strong vicinity where we don't have anyone.

>>As for steaks, yeah, not such a good thing in Alaska. Or fresh "real" tomatoes, another thing I really miss. On the other hand, I love the fresh salmon, halibut, shrimp and crab. Mmmmmm.<<

No doubt of that. My in-laws in Anchorage just sent down a pile of salmon--in fact, we're having it tonight. I've only been up there twice, and while I can't sing the praises of the beef, in Anchorage I found that Alaskans do food right. They eat real food. Delicious.
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