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Detail from Nashville, Mo. Cemetery Gate

Nice Detail of Nashville Building


This Pickup is in Liberal, Missouri, where my mother grew up and where she met my father. We lived in this town for a while during World War II. I really like this picture.


Helen and Dick kept this place open over fifty years. I took this picture when we went back for Dick's funeral. The reflection is intentional. You can tell by the way I am holding the camera and the fact that Pat and I are posed. I spent a lot of time in this place. This is where we got Pat's wedding ring 38 years and one week before this picture was taken. We were married two blocks north of this spot.


There is nothing special about this picture. But most of my aunts and uncles and my father went to high school at Mindenmines, Missouri. I once ran into a man in a bar in California who told me he was from Mindenmines, Mo. I told him my father had gone to high school there. He didn't believe me. He'd never heard of Nashville, Mo. I never could figure out why he thought I'd lie about something like that.

This picture was taken after we buried Dick at the Nashville cemetery. I was doing all right, but at the cemetery I found out Louise Peterson, the wife of my father's best friend, had been buried ten days earlier and twenty yards east of us. I had been to Miami, Ok. the previous Thanksgiving but hadn't been able to run over and see Louise. I was devastated. It was like I had violated some kind of unwritten trust. I sat in Mindenmines awhile and took this picture. I don't think I'd ever been there before. Dick and Helen and Wayne and Louise had always gone to the Mindenmines reunions, even after Wayne began to suffer from Alzheimer's. 


This is Dick and Helen's home in Miami, Oklahoma. They were very proud of it with good reason. The house was beautifully furnished, but they lived in the basement which was nice enough. Of course Helen didn't cook (or eat) much.


The Nashville, Missouri, cemetery gate looking out onto Highway 43. Dick's funeral had been sunny, but Dixie and  Mildred wanted to go back to the cemetery a couple of days later and the weather had changed. There was a terrible tornado in the area a week later.


The Nashville Farm House

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Larry Crouch