Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home.  Once “well fixed” in Rocky Ford, Great Grandma Zita’s family lost their footing due to bad investments so they moved further south to help her brother homestead.

Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home.

Once “well fixed” in Rocky Ford, Great Grandma Zita’s family lost their footing due to bad investments so they moved further south to help her brother homestead.

 Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days at the Tobe and Cobert schools.  She described Tobe in an article, “The schoolroom was about ten by fifteen feet with two windows on the north side, one partly boarded up as the panes had been broken out and never replaced during the term.  There were two doors on the south side with small panes in them.  The dirt floor was not even smooth.  Dottie (GGZ’s sister) used to say we’d fall off a caprock somewhere in that room.”  Frontier Times, March 1981.

Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days at the Tobe and Cobert schools. She described Tobe in an article, “The schoolroom was about ten by fifteen feet with two windows on the north side, one partly boarded up as the panes had been broken out and never replaced during the term. There were two doors on the south side with small panes in them. The dirt floor was not even smooth. Dottie (GGZ’s sister) used to say we’d fall off a caprock somewhere in that room.” Frontier Times, March 1981.

 Straw cloche- 1920s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Straw cloche- 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 What remains of the Cobert school where my grandmother taught in the early 1900s.  Now only some of the cold room remains amongst a hundred years of oak brush and cedar growth.

What remains of the Cobert school where my grandmother taught in the early 1900s. Now only some of the cold room remains amongst a hundred years of oak brush and cedar growth.

 Made in Italy 1960s

Made in Italy 1960s

 Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.  Her wedding outfit, including stockings were found folded in a Richard Simmon’s shoe box.

Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home. Her wedding outfit, including stockings were found folded in a Richard Simmon’s shoe box.

 A photo of Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress. 1916

A photo of Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress. 1916

 Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916

Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916

 Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

 My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing. Date unknown  Today these two might be considered an odd couple but during the era, I was told that was just how it worked.  Great-Grandaddy Dick was small and funny.  A man that spent most of his time in the wilderness and known to ride into a pond and dip his hat in for a drink.  Great-Grandma Zita was always dressed for any occasion, whether out and about or their at home.  She ran a tight ship and

My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing. Date unknown

Today these two might be considered an odd couple but during the era, I was told that was just how it worked. Great-Grandaddy Dick was small and funny. A man that spent most of his time in the wilderness and known to ride into a pond and dip his hat in for a drink. Great-Grandma Zita was always dressed for any occasion, whether out and about or their at home. She ran a tight ship and

 A relative ask if I found the diamond ring that Grandma Zita hid around the house for safe keeping. Last known hiding spot was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.  This is a ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings.  We don’t believe it’s the ring she kept in hiding.

A relative ask if I found the diamond ring that Grandma Zita hid around the house for safe keeping. Last known hiding spot was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden. This is a ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. We don’t believe it’s the ring she kept in hiding.

 Genuine Velour Size 22 1/2 - 1960s?

Genuine Velour Size 22 1/2 - 1960s?

 The final wild rose of the season. Family says that my Great Grandfather dug up a wild rose bush for my Great Grandmother.  The bush has taken over that section of the yard at the ranch headquarters where they lived their entire married life.

The final wild rose of the season. Family says that my Great Grandfather dug up a wild rose bush for my Great Grandmother. The bush has taken over that section of the yard at the ranch headquarters where they lived their entire married life.

 Johnson pasture landscape, Branson area.

Johnson pasture landscape, Branson area.

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 Necklace with a photo of my Great-Grandmother Zita wearing it.  Great Grandma Zita always said she was named after a European Empress.  A grand daughter recalls that, “She was regal in her posture (bearing).  I never experienced her tearing into anyone, but somehow she wasn’t one to be pushed around.”.

Necklace with a photo of my Great-Grandmother Zita wearing it.

Great Grandma Zita always said she was named after a European Empress. A grand daughter recalls that, “She was regal in her posture (bearing). I never experienced her tearing into anyone, but somehow she wasn’t one to be pushed around.”.

 Great Grandma Zita liked things just so and everyone knew it, to the point family would quickly remedy a disturbance so as not to alert her.  Living out as far as they did there were always surprises.  My uncle recalled the time he and Grandaddy Dick found an unwelcome guest in the kitchen.  “He opened up the breadbox and there's a little rattlesnake in there.  He killed it and he looked at me, he said, don't you tell Zita!

Great Grandma Zita liked things just so and everyone knew it, to the point family would quickly remedy a disturbance so as not to alert her. Living out as far as they did there were always surprises. My uncle recalled the time he and Grandaddy Dick found an unwelcome guest in the kitchen. “He opened up the breadbox and there's a little rattlesnake in there. He killed it and he looked at me, he said, don't you tell Zita!

 Flower pin on dried plants my Great Grandmother kept from a trip to Hawaii.

Flower pin on dried plants my Great Grandmother kept from a trip to Hawaii.

 1960s - home decorated hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1960s - home decorated hat

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Photograph of Great Grandma Zita on the jacket she is wearing in the image.

Photograph of Great Grandma Zita on the jacket she is wearing in the image.

 Doeskin Hat Size 22 1960s

Doeskin Hat Size 22 1960s

 On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.

On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.

 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings with a photo of her wearing them.    She was known to speak her mind.  Once at a PTA meeting, which back in the day was a community function whether you had kids or not, a granddaughter remembers an argument between a couple. Everybody was filing into the cafeteria to get dessert and coffee after the meeting and this couple was getting into it.  Really kind of, snipping at each other.  Then I heard Grandma Zita, "You know, some people should do their dirty laundry at home."  You could hear a pin drop!

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings with a photo of her wearing them.

She was known to speak her mind. Once at a PTA meeting, which back in the day was a community function whether you had kids or not, a granddaughter remembers an argument between a couple. Everybody was filing into the cafeteria to get dessert and coffee after the meeting and this couple was getting into it. Really kind of, snipping at each other. Then I heard Grandma Zita, "You know, some people should do their dirty laundry at home." You could hear a pin drop!

 1940s hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s hat

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Poison or perfume ring

Poison or perfume ring

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 Her great-grandson on the way to brand cows.  He’s fourth generation running a ranch on that land and raising the fifth there.

Her great-grandson on the way to brand cows. He’s fourth generation running a ranch on that land and raising the fifth there.

 1940s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Cactus flowers on the ranch

Cactus flowers on the ranch

 1920s cloche  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Great Grandma Zita necklace photographed on an old school book.

Great Grandma Zita necklace photographed on an old school book.

 Old homestead in Cobert Canyon.  My dad remembers a time when the creek ran down in this area but it hasn’t in some time.  Ranchers count on 7 years of drought and 7 years of rain, one joked they were on their 10th year of drought.  This June was beautiful but water still had to be hauled from one pasture to another.

Old homestead in Cobert Canyon. My dad remembers a time when the creek ran down in this area but it hasn’t in some time. Ranchers count on 7 years of drought and 7 years of rain, one joked they were on their 10th year of drought. This June was beautiful but water still had to be hauled from one pasture to another.

 1940s - NY Creation label, Buccaneer hat - Size 23  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s - NY Creation label, Buccaneer hat - Size 23

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Convention badge found in a box of her travel keepsakes.

Convention badge found in a box of her travel keepsakes.

   Castilleja  , commonly known as   Indian paintbrush   or prairie-fire on Mesa de Maya. My great grandmother wrote of a spring after being snowed it at the Tobe school for months. “It was the most beautiful spring I have ever seen. The grass was soon knee high, wild flowers bloomed everywhere, dozens of varieties, acres of Indian paint brush and Blue Beard tongue.”  Frontier Times article March, 1981

Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire on Mesa de Maya. My great grandmother wrote of a spring after being snowed it at the Tobe school for months. “It was the most beautiful spring I have ever seen. The grass was soon knee high, wild flowers bloomed everywhere, dozens of varieties, acres of Indian paint brush and Blue Beard tongue.” Frontier Times article March, 1981

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 The Lone Oak post office in Duncan, CO . Great Grandma wrote that Grandaddy Dick would stop here on the way to visit her at the Cobert school during their courtship.

The Lone Oak post office in Duncan, CO . Great Grandma wrote that Grandaddy Dick would stop here on the way to visit her at the Cobert school during their courtship.

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 Mice Pin and earring set in varying states of polishing.

Mice Pin and earring set in varying states of polishing.

 Great Grandma Zita necklace

Great Grandma Zita necklace

 100% Wool - Glenover - Henry Follar, Inc - NY  1950s

100% Wool - Glenover - Henry Follar, Inc - NY

1950s

 Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.  She traveled all over the world bringing back mementos to her home.

Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.

She traveled all over the world bringing back mementos to her home.

 1920s Cloche

1920s Cloche

 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

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 On the Louden Ranch.  One of Zita Loudens descendants recalls her saying, “I’ve been all over the world and there are still places on this ranch I haven’t seen.”.

On the Louden Ranch. One of Zita Loudens descendants recalls her saying, “I’ve been all over the world and there are still places on this ranch I haven’t seen.”.

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 A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.  Sometime during those later years, after wrecking a car, her sons were trying to figure out how to get her to quit driving.  So they decided they would just keep telling her the car hadn’t been fixed yet.  It worked for a time, until Great Grandma came home with a new blue Plymouth to replace the Oldsmobile she ran into the cattle guard.

A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.

Sometime during those later years, after wrecking a car, her sons were trying to figure out how to get her to quit driving. So they decided they would just keep telling her the car hadn’t been fixed yet. It worked for a time, until Great Grandma came home with a new blue Plymouth to replace the Oldsmobile she ran into the cattle guard.

 Glenfluffy by Glenoit 1970s?  She wore this to her son, Willard’s wedding on the ranch in the 70s.

Glenfluffy by Glenoit 1970s?

She wore this to her son, Willard’s wedding on the ranch in the 70s.

 Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.

Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.

 1950s Hat from the Denver Dry Goods Company Size 23  She loved lavender, it was her signature color.

1950s Hat from the Denver Dry Goods Company Size 23

She loved lavender, it was her signature color.

 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses

 1920s cloche   Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 A mourning ring photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. She kept every card she received in a box alongside flower cards, newspaper announcements of his death and memorial cards.

A mourning ring photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. She kept every card she received in a box alongside flower cards, newspaper announcements of his death and memorial cards.

 String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

 Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home on the ranch.

Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home on the ranch.

 1950s fascinator?

1950s fascinator?

 Great Grandma Zita outside her home with her dog, Twister.  The dog tag was found in her possessions.  1970s or 80s

Great Grandma Zita outside her home with her dog, Twister. The dog tag was found in her possessions. 1970s or 80s

 My grandparents home in the process of renovation. June 2019

My grandparents home in the process of renovation. June 2019

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 Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home.  Once “well fixed” in Rocky Ford, Great Grandma Zita’s family lost their footing due to bad investments so they moved further south to help her brother homestead.
 Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days at the Tobe and Cobert schools.  She described Tobe in an article, “The schoolroom was about ten by fifteen feet with two windows on the north side, one partly boarded up as the panes had been broken out and never replaced during the term.  There were two doors on the south side with small panes in them.  The dirt floor was not even smooth.  Dottie (GGZ’s sister) used to say we’d fall off a caprock somewhere in that room.”  Frontier Times, March 1981.
 Straw cloche- 1920s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 What remains of the Cobert school where my grandmother taught in the early 1900s.  Now only some of the cold room remains amongst a hundred years of oak brush and cedar growth.
 Made in Italy 1960s
 Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.  Her wedding outfit, including stockings were found folded in a Richard Simmon’s shoe box.
 A photo of Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress. 1916
 Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916
 Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago
 My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing. Date unknown  Today these two might be considered an odd couple but during the era, I was told that was just how it worked.  Great-Grandaddy Dick was small and funny.  A man that spent most of his time in the wilderness and known to ride into a pond and dip his hat in for a drink.  Great-Grandma Zita was always dressed for any occasion, whether out and about or their at home.  She ran a tight ship and
 A relative ask if I found the diamond ring that Grandma Zita hid around the house for safe keeping. Last known hiding spot was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.  This is a ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings.  We don’t believe it’s the ring she kept in hiding.
 Genuine Velour Size 22 1/2 - 1960s?
 The final wild rose of the season. Family says that my Great Grandfather dug up a wild rose bush for my Great Grandmother.  The bush has taken over that section of the yard at the ranch headquarters where they lived their entire married life.
 Johnson pasture landscape, Branson area.
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 Necklace with a photo of my Great-Grandmother Zita wearing it.  Great Grandma Zita always said she was named after a European Empress.  A grand daughter recalls that, “She was regal in her posture (bearing).  I never experienced her tearing into anyone, but somehow she wasn’t one to be pushed around.”.
 Great Grandma Zita liked things just so and everyone knew it, to the point family would quickly remedy a disturbance so as not to alert her.  Living out as far as they did there were always surprises.  My uncle recalled the time he and Grandaddy Dick found an unwelcome guest in the kitchen.  “He opened up the breadbox and there's a little rattlesnake in there.  He killed it and he looked at me, he said, don't you tell Zita!
 Flower pin on dried plants my Great Grandmother kept from a trip to Hawaii.
 1960s - home decorated hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Photograph of Great Grandma Zita on the jacket she is wearing in the image.
 Doeskin Hat Size 22 1960s
 On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.
 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings with a photo of her wearing them.    She was known to speak her mind.  Once at a PTA meeting, which back in the day was a community function whether you had kids or not, a granddaughter remembers an argument between a couple. Everybody was filing into the cafeteria to get dessert and coffee after the meeting and this couple was getting into it.  Really kind of, snipping at each other.  Then I heard Grandma Zita, "You know, some people should do their dirty laundry at home."  You could hear a pin drop!
 1940s hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Poison or perfume ring
gilstrap_GGZ_hat_72019__299.jpg
 Her great-grandson on the way to brand cows.  He’s fourth generation running a ranch on that land and raising the fifth there.
 1940s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Cactus flowers on the ranch
 1920s cloche  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Great Grandma Zita necklace photographed on an old school book.
 Old homestead in Cobert Canyon.  My dad remembers a time when the creek ran down in this area but it hasn’t in some time.  Ranchers count on 7 years of drought and 7 years of rain, one joked they were on their 10th year of drought.  This June was beautiful but water still had to be hauled from one pasture to another.
 1940s - NY Creation label, Buccaneer hat - Size 23  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Convention badge found in a box of her travel keepsakes.
   Castilleja  , commonly known as   Indian paintbrush   or prairie-fire on Mesa de Maya. My great grandmother wrote of a spring after being snowed it at the Tobe school for months. “It was the most beautiful spring I have ever seen. The grass was soon knee high, wild flowers bloomed everywhere, dozens of varieties, acres of Indian paint brush and Blue Beard tongue.”  Frontier Times article March, 1981
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 The Lone Oak post office in Duncan, CO . Great Grandma wrote that Grandaddy Dick would stop here on the way to visit her at the Cobert school during their courtship.
Gilstrap_GGZ_hat_onsand_122019_272.jpg
 Mice Pin and earring set in varying states of polishing.
 Great Grandma Zita necklace
 100% Wool - Glenover - Henry Follar, Inc - NY  1950s
 Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.  She traveled all over the world bringing back mementos to her home.
 1920s Cloche
 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings
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 On the Louden Ranch.  One of Zita Loudens descendants recalls her saying, “I’ve been all over the world and there are still places on this ranch I haven’t seen.”.
gilstrap_GGZ_hat_72019__141.jpg
 A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.  Sometime during those later years, after wrecking a car, her sons were trying to figure out how to get her to quit driving.  So they decided they would just keep telling her the car hadn’t been fixed yet.  It worked for a time, until Great Grandma came home with a new blue Plymouth to replace the Oldsmobile she ran into the cattle guard.
 Glenfluffy by Glenoit 1970s?  She wore this to her son, Willard’s wedding on the ranch in the 70s.
 Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.
 1950s Hat from the Denver Dry Goods Company Size 23  She loved lavender, it was her signature color.
 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses
 1920s cloche   Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 A mourning ring photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. She kept every card she received in a box alongside flower cards, newspaper announcements of his death and memorial cards.
 String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.
 Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home on the ranch.
 1950s fascinator?
 Great Grandma Zita outside her home with her dog, Twister.  The dog tag was found in her possessions.  1970s or 80s
 My grandparents home in the process of renovation. June 2019
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Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home.

Once “well fixed” in Rocky Ford, Great Grandma Zita’s family lost their footing due to bad investments so they moved further south to help her brother homestead.

Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days at the Tobe and Cobert schools. She described Tobe in an article, “The schoolroom was about ten by fifteen feet with two windows on the north side, one partly boarded up as the panes had been broken out and never replaced during the term. There were two doors on the south side with small panes in them. The dirt floor was not even smooth. Dottie (GGZ’s sister) used to say we’d fall off a caprock somewhere in that room.” Frontier Times, March 1981.

Straw cloche- 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

What remains of the Cobert school where my grandmother taught in the early 1900s. Now only some of the cold room remains amongst a hundred years of oak brush and cedar growth.

Made in Italy 1960s

Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home. Her wedding outfit, including stockings were found folded in a Richard Simmon’s shoe box.

A photo of Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress. 1916

Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing. Date unknown

Today these two might be considered an odd couple but during the era, I was told that was just how it worked. Great-Grandaddy Dick was small and funny. A man that spent most of his time in the wilderness and known to ride into a pond and dip his hat in for a drink. Great-Grandma Zita was always dressed for any occasion, whether out and about or their at home. She ran a tight ship and

A relative ask if I found the diamond ring that Grandma Zita hid around the house for safe keeping. Last known hiding spot was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden. This is a ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. We don’t believe it’s the ring she kept in hiding.

Genuine Velour Size 22 1/2 - 1960s?

The final wild rose of the season. Family says that my Great Grandfather dug up a wild rose bush for my Great Grandmother. The bush has taken over that section of the yard at the ranch headquarters where they lived their entire married life.

Johnson pasture landscape, Branson area.

Necklace with a photo of my Great-Grandmother Zita wearing it.

Great Grandma Zita always said she was named after a European Empress. A grand daughter recalls that, “She was regal in her posture (bearing). I never experienced her tearing into anyone, but somehow she wasn’t one to be pushed around.”.

Great Grandma Zita liked things just so and everyone knew it, to the point family would quickly remedy a disturbance so as not to alert her. Living out as far as they did there were always surprises. My uncle recalled the time he and Grandaddy Dick found an unwelcome guest in the kitchen. “He opened up the breadbox and there's a little rattlesnake in there. He killed it and he looked at me, he said, don't you tell Zita!

Flower pin on dried plants my Great Grandmother kept from a trip to Hawaii.

1960s - home decorated hat

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Photograph of Great Grandma Zita on the jacket she is wearing in the image.

Doeskin Hat Size 22 1960s

On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings with a photo of her wearing them.

She was known to speak her mind. Once at a PTA meeting, which back in the day was a community function whether you had kids or not, a granddaughter remembers an argument between a couple. Everybody was filing into the cafeteria to get dessert and coffee after the meeting and this couple was getting into it. Really kind of, snipping at each other. Then I heard Grandma Zita, "You know, some people should do their dirty laundry at home." You could hear a pin drop!

1940s hat

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Poison or perfume ring

Her great-grandson on the way to brand cows. He’s fourth generation running a ranch on that land and raising the fifth there.

1940s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Cactus flowers on the ranch

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Great Grandma Zita necklace photographed on an old school book.

Old homestead in Cobert Canyon. My dad remembers a time when the creek ran down in this area but it hasn’t in some time. Ranchers count on 7 years of drought and 7 years of rain, one joked they were on their 10th year of drought. This June was beautiful but water still had to be hauled from one pasture to another.

1940s - NY Creation label, Buccaneer hat - Size 23

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Convention badge found in a box of her travel keepsakes.

Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire on Mesa de Maya. My great grandmother wrote of a spring after being snowed it at the Tobe school for months. “It was the most beautiful spring I have ever seen. The grass was soon knee high, wild flowers bloomed everywhere, dozens of varieties, acres of Indian paint brush and Blue Beard tongue.” Frontier Times article March, 1981

The Lone Oak post office in Duncan, CO . Great Grandma wrote that Grandaddy Dick would stop here on the way to visit her at the Cobert school during their courtship.

Mice Pin and earring set in varying states of polishing.

Great Grandma Zita necklace

100% Wool - Glenover - Henry Follar, Inc - NY

1950s

Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.

She traveled all over the world bringing back mementos to her home.

1920s Cloche

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

On the Louden Ranch. One of Zita Loudens descendants recalls her saying, “I’ve been all over the world and there are still places on this ranch I haven’t seen.”.

A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.

Sometime during those later years, after wrecking a car, her sons were trying to figure out how to get her to quit driving. So they decided they would just keep telling her the car hadn’t been fixed yet. It worked for a time, until Great Grandma came home with a new blue Plymouth to replace the Oldsmobile she ran into the cattle guard.

Glenfluffy by Glenoit 1970s?

She wore this to her son, Willard’s wedding on the ranch in the 70s.

Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.

1950s Hat from the Denver Dry Goods Company Size 23

She loved lavender, it was her signature color.

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

A mourning ring photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. She kept every card she received in a box alongside flower cards, newspaper announcements of his death and memorial cards.

String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home on the ranch.

1950s fascinator?

Great Grandma Zita outside her home with her dog, Twister. The dog tag was found in her possessions. 1970s or 80s

My grandparents home in the process of renovation. June 2019

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