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Judi Wollenziehn (#46620052)
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Bio Photo 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 former history club members were part of the team. During my club sponsorship, the students adopted the children's section of Elmwood Cemetery in Kansas City. Once a month, they cleaned the area and raised funds to purchase headstones for children in unmarked graves (

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RE: Pending Edits
Thanks for all you help!
Added by AlongTheWay on Apr 03, 2014 8:45 PM
Pending Edits
Just wondered if you are aware of a fairly new Edit system that rolled out early this year? When you are signed into Find A Grave, on your Contributor page, you will see a new tab labeled Edits. If you have pending edits, that tab will display a number. Click on that tab, and choose from a variety of options. In your "Edits sent to me that I need to review", you should see edits for: Ruth Hucek, Doris Chaudoir, Bernard Chaudoir, Minerva Hucek. Again, just wondered if you were aware of this new system. Thanks for your help & all you do on Find A Grave!
Added by AlongTheWay on Apr 03, 2014 1:14 PM
Hallie Rorrer
Thanks for linking the father. The spellings are different, I first noticed it on the census and then Hallie (Sr.) death certificate. I knew the Rorrer family growing up in MO. Thanks. Genealogist.
Added by Genealogist on Apr 02, 2014 7:32 PM
Donnie Ruyle
Amanda "Arminda" Maxwell
Judi: Thank You very much for the transfer.
Added by Donnie Ruyle on Dec 06, 2013 11:00 AM
Cheryl Rowe
Myron Pagel Memorial# 28106762 is a duplicate.
Added by Cheryl Rowe on Nov 25, 2013 9:08 PM
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.

Thanks again,
Added by Ruth Ann Roberts Coker on Sep 22, 2013 9:46 PM
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
RE: Manney
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
Manney Memorials
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.
# 47607515
Added by SMD on Jul 12, 2013 9:22 PM
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