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

 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.

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

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

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.

 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

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

Straw cloche- 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

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

 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.

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 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.

 1940s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

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

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 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.

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 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, Buccaneer hat  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

1940s - NY Creation label, Buccaneer hat

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

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 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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 Great Grandma Zita necklace

Great Grandma Zita necklace

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 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

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

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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 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.

 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.

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 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.

 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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 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.”.

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 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.

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 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

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 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.

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 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

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 My grandparents home in the process of restoration. June 2019

My grandparents home in the process of restoration. June 2019

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 Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Self-portrait - Wearing a dress and apron of my great grandmother’s at my childhood home on the ranch.
 Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 Great Grandma Zita’s wedding dress and shoes in the ranch headquarters and her home.
 A photo of Great Grandma Zita on the day of her wedding dance with her dress. 1916
 Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916
 Straw cloche- 1920s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 My Great Grandmother Zita and my Great Grandaddy Dick with the watch necklace she is wearing.  Date unknown
 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.
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 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.
 1940s  Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
 A passport photo marked ‘later year’ with the earrings she is wearing.
gilstrap_GGZ_hat_72019__122.jpg
 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.
gilstrap_GGZ_hat_72019__169.jpg
 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, Buccaneer hat  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
gilstrap_GGZ_hat_72019__389.jpg
 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
Gilstrap_GGZ_hat_onsand_122019_120.jpg
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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
 Great Grandma Zita necklace
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 Great Grandma Zita’s earrings
 1920s cloche   Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home
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 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.
 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.
Gilstrap_GGZ_hat_onsand_122019_061.jpg
 Great-Grandma Zita’s purse with it’s packaging.  She traveled all over the world bringing back mementos to her home.
 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
 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.”.
Gilstrap_GGZ_hat_onsand_122019_336.jpg
 Aunt Dot’s (Great Grandma Zita’s sister) painting hanging in the ranch headquarters.
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 Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail
Gilstrap_GGZ_hat_onsand_122019_378.jpg
 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.
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 Great Grandma Zita outside her home with her dog, Twister.  The dog tag was found in her possessions.  1970s or 80s
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 My grandparents home in the process of restoration. June 2019
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Victorian top hat for women - 1880s-1890s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

Pearl Hat - 1920s cloche - Chicago

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

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

Their marriage certificate - August 2nd, 1916

Straw cloche- 1920s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

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.

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.

1940s

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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

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.

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, Buccaneer hat

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

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.

Great Grandma Zita necklace

Great Grandma Zita’s earrings

1920s cloche

Found in my Great-Grandmother’s home

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.

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.

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

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 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.”.

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

Great Grandmother Zita’s purses detail

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.

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 restoration. June 2019

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