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
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
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.
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
If you have information or photographs concerning the
descendants of Stephen Douglas Crouch or the Barton County village of Nashville,
Missouri, please contact me. I share my pictures and I return any photographs
entrusted to me promptly.