|Judi Wollenziehn (#46620052)|
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Ten years after I was hired as the library media specialist at Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center in Independence, a neighbor stopped by to chat with my husband, who was mowing the yard. "Guess you folks know that you're livin' on Bridger's old farm," he said. My husband rushed into the house to tell me, igniting a journey that included extensive research, trips to the Old West, new friendships, deep disappointments, and thrilling victories. The startling discovery that I lived on the former farm of my school's namesake fueled my interest in the mountain man who previously was of little interest to me. |
I began researching his life, using books and the Internet to find information about this man who had walked on the same ground on which I was walking. As I learned about the intrepid frontiersman who guided more wagon trains out west than all the other scouts combined, I began wondering about his descendants. I discovered that three of his great-grandchildren were still living - one in Modesto, California, one in Belle Plaine, Kansas, and one in Columbus, Kansas.
I joined the Westport Historical Society and met their historian, Peggy Smith, another Bridger enthusiast. She told me that Bridger's granddaughter, Louise Lightle Wachsman, was buried in an unmarked grave at Mount St. Mary's Cemetery. With the support of my principal, G. W. Gelven, I initiated a fund-raising campaign with Bridger students that allowed us to dedicate Louise's headstone within a school year. This event whetted my appetite for more opportunities to educate the community about the unknown hero who had played such a key role in the Westward expansion.
Several years later, two groups of gifted students from Jim Bridger Eighth Grade Center raised $26,000 during a two year period to commission a statue of Jim Bridger by renowned sculptor, Tom Beard. The completed work (at the National Frontier Trails Museum in Independence) was unveiled by two of Bridger's great grandchildren at a reception held a few days before the Old Scout's 200th birthday.
I am now the library media specialist at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, KS. My history club members are part of the findagrave.com team. For the past several years, the students have adopted the children's section of Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. Once a month, they clean the area and raise funds to purchase headstones for children in unmarked graves (http://www.theleaven.com/past_issues/_pdf/v31/Leaven10-30-09.pdf).
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|Donnie Ruyle||Amanda "Arminda" Maxwell|
Judi: Thank You very much for the transfer.
Myron Pagel Memorial# 28106762 is a duplicate.
|Ruth Ann Roberts Coker||George Warner Coker|
Thanks, Judi. I will put him in Union Cemetery for now. I have an e-mail in the works for the buriedsecrets website asking if she knows why he is listed in two cemeteries. Will let you know.
Thank you so much for the transfer, and I apologize again for the other (wrong) message.
Added by Blanche on Aug 13, 2013 10:05 PM
No real need to transfer them. I have them in my virtual cemetery and as long as they're all linked, I see no reason to manage them. I don't know why but I somehow feel a need to have all family members linked, but not necessarily manage them.
Thank you for all your work.
Added by SMD on Jul 13, 2013 9:46 PM
Thank you so much for deleting the older one, it should have been mine deleted, but I truly appreciate it.
Added by SMD on Jul 13, 2013 11:06 AM
In error, I have duplicated one of your memorials,
Roseann Manney # 10007515
The memorial I created is Roseanna Burdick Manney # 91840443.
I know I'm to delete mine, but I would very much like to have the pictures (brand new) and the links made to family members, and the additional information added before I delete it. She is my Great Grant Aunt. Please let me know how you wish to handle it.
Added by SMD on Jul 12, 2013 9:22 PM
|Echo Fisher Renner||Thank you|
Thank you for transferring the Hillberry memorials in Wyoming to me! I appreciate you creating these memorials.
|GBern.O||RE: Memorial for Robert Osborn|
No Judy, you keep the memorial, I'm just an avid bicycle enthusiast which we all know Robert was as well. Plus his ending was such a wasteful tragedy.
Added by GBern.O on May 27, 2013 1:30 PM
LOVED reading your profile, so glad you shared that, nicely written too. I've transferred Mark Mueller's memorial to you. Such a beautiful photo you added to it.
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