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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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Family Searcher
Interesting journey
Just read your short bio. Very interesting how we sometimes find ourselves connected to people of the past.
Added by Family Searcher on Jan 31, 2017 3:26 PM
Carolyn (Woletz) Timlick
I have a list of burials for Woods Chapel
Warm Greetings Judi :) THANK YOU so very much for all you do for F.a.G. I see your name on many of the memorials for Woods Chapel Cemetery, in Lee Summit. In the chapel there is a list of the history and names of interments, for the cemetery. I have scanned these. Can I please send them to you? Or can I just add these scans to the cemetery profile page? My plate is full and I do not have time to cross check the names. Blessing
Added by Carolyn (Woletz) Timlick on Nov 28, 2016 8:57 PM
Lucille McCanuel
Hi! There is a duplicate of this memorial, however, since we are not sure if she has died or not, please remove both memorials until we are sure. Thank you!
Added by Sarah on Oct 24, 2016 6:45 PM
RE: Find A Grave memorial for Florence Rohloff.
No problem...working on some Rohloffs and I saw it. :)
Added by LMM on Aug 29, 2016 11:59 AM
johanne denommee
RE: Henri Rousseau - memorial page
Thank you for the suggestions to get me started. Johanne
Added by johanne denommee on Aug 27, 2016 8:50 AM
johanne denommee
RE: Henri Rousseau - memorial page
web address:
Added by johanne denommee on Aug 26, 2016 11:04 PM
johanne denommee
RE: Henri Rousseau - memorial page
My apologies, I did not think to mention that I am from Ontario, Canada. I hope you will still be able to help me.

The memorial# is 159352249 - Hurkett United Cemetery. February 6, 1976

Thank you again,
Added by johanne denommee on Aug 26, 2016 10:58 PM
johanne denommee
Henri Rousseau - memorial page
Hello Judy,

I have recently found a memorial page for my uncle, Henri Rousseau on Find a Grave. This is the first information I have found and only remember seeing the memorial cards that my mother had of her brother and his 8 children - they died in a house fire in 1976.

I wondered if you could tell me if this event would have been recorded and how I would go about researching and locating information surrounding the circumstances of this tragedy.

Thank you,
Added by johanne denommee on Aug 26, 2016 8:13 PM
Valice Raffi
Rudolph Berthold Tarras
Thanks for adding his info and links!
Added by Valice Raffi on Jul 12, 2016 6:23 AM
Andrew Daft
Thank you!
Added by Andrew Daft on Jul 04, 2016 9:54 PM
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