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

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

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

Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s?

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.

Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.

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

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

 Their marriage certificate - August Second, 1916

Their marriage certificate - August Second, 1916

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

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

 A ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. I had a relative ask me if I found the diamond ring. It is said that Grandma Zita had a diamond ring that she hid around the house. Last known whereabouts was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.

A ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. I had a relative ask me if I found the diamond ring. It is said that Grandma Zita had a diamond ring that she hid around the house. Last known whereabouts was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.

 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.

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

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

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

Flower pin on dried flowers 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.

 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.

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

 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?

 1940s - NY Creation label  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s - NY Creation label

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

Old homestead in Cobert Canyon

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

Straw Hat - 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 Convention badge found in her keepsakes.

Convention badge found in her 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.”

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.”

 Great Grandma Zita’s heart bracelet on a letter she wrote to her sister.

Great Grandma Zita’s heart bracelet on a letter she wrote to her sister.

 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.

 Great Grandma Zita necklace

Great Grandma Zita necklace

 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

 Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days, held by the granddaughter named after her.  She recalls that Grandma used to say she was named after a European empress.

Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days, held by the granddaughter named after her. She recalls that Grandma used to say she was named after a European empress.

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

1920s cloche

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.

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

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

 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.”.

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

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

 Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

 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.

 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

 Mourning ring(?)  photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed.  There was a box full of cards she received, judging from the box she kept every, single one.

Mourning ring(?) photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. There was a box full of cards she received, judging from the box she kept every, single one.

 String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

Gilstrap_GGZ_photo_evidence_62019_307.jpg
 My grandparents home in 2019 in the middle of restoration.

My grandparents home in 2019 in the middle of restoration.

 Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home.
 Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s?  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.
 Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress.
 Their marriage certificate - August Second, 1916
 My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing.
 A ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. I had a relative ask me if I found the diamond ring. It is said that Grandma Zita had a diamond ring that she hid around the house. Last known whereabouts was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.
 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.
 A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.
 Flower pin on dried flowers 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.
 On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.
 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings with a photo of her wearing them.
 1940s hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Poison or perfume ring?
 1940s - NY Creation label  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
 Straw Hat - 1920s   Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Convention badge found in her 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.”
 Great Grandma Zita’s heart bracelet on a letter she wrote to her sister.
 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.
 Great Grandma Zita necklace
 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings
 Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days, held by the granddaughter named after her.  She recalls that Grandma used to say she was named after a European empress.
 1920s cloche   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.
 Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.
 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.”.
 Necklace with a photo of my Great-Grandmother wearing it.
 Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.
 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail
 Mourning ring(?)  photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed.  There was a box full of cards she received, judging from the box she kept every, single one.
 String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.
Gilstrap_GGZ_photo_evidence_62019_307.jpg
 My grandparents home in 2019 in the middle of restoration.

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

Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s?

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.

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

Their marriage certificate - August Second, 1916

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

A ring found in my Great Grandmother’s belongings. I had a relative ask me if I found the diamond ring. It is said that Grandma Zita had a diamond ring that she hid around the house. Last known whereabouts was a flour sack. She’s been dead 36 years and the ring is still hidden.

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.

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

Flower pin on dried flowers 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.

On the ranch with Mesa de Maya in the distance.

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

1940s hat

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Poison or perfume ring?

1940s - NY Creation label

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

Straw Hat - 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

Convention badge found in her 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.”

Great Grandma Zita’s heart bracelet on a letter she wrote to her sister.

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.

Great Grandma Zita necklace

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

Great-Grandma Zita’s school bell from her teaching days, held by the granddaughter named after her. She recalls that Grandma used to say she was named after a European empress.

1920s cloche

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.

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

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.”.

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

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

Mourning ring(?) photographed on a sympathy card my Great-Grandmother Zita received when my Great-Grandfather passed. There was a box full of cards she received, judging from the box she kept every, single one.

String of broken pearls in an old prescription box.

My grandparents home in 2019 in the middle of restoration.

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