Dallas County Freedom Rock Selfies

Memorial Day is when we Americans remember our combat casualties. If you don’t know someone who lost his/her life defending freedom, you might visit one of Iowa’s 99 Freedom Rocks. The one close to my heart is the Dallas County Freedom Rock at Minburn, which honors all five of my mother’s brothers.

Here are a few photos that people have sent with the Wilson brothers: Donald, Delbert, Dale, Daniel, and Junior. They with their sisters, Doris and Darlene, grew up in Dexter during the Great Depression. Four of the brothers were tenant farmers with their parents, Clabe and Leora Wilson, at Minburn during WWII.

Clayton Wilson from California was the first in the family to see “our Freedom Rock.” His great grandfather was Delbert G. Wilson, the oldest brother who is second from the left on the Rock.
Some of the Young Patriots Club who sang at the dedication of the Dallas County Freedom Rock
I’m with Emina Nisic Hastings at the dedication at the Dallas County Freedom Rock at Minburn. She took photos for me that day and my author photo on “Leora’s Letters” and “Leora’s Dexter Stories” is one she took.

The photo on the left popped up on Instagram in July 2020 by c6_crazy. I sent him a little history of the brothers, and he showed up a couple of weeks later on his “other Corvette.”

My high school classmate, Steve Radakovich, sent a photo of himself with the rock.

Steve Radakovich at the Dallas County Freedom Rock

Val Plagge is the blogger at Corn, Beans, Pigs, and Kids. After reading “Leora’s Letters,” she told her kids the story of the Wilson family and they visited the Freedom Rock at Minburn. Her oldest daughter took the photo.

Jorja Jensen Dogic is with me, the day the Dallas County Freedom Rock was dedicated. She’s been an encourager from early in my writing about the Wilson family, and was a beta reader of the first two books.
This is Jorja’s dad, Rodney Jensen, who is from northern Iowa. He read both Leora books earlier this year, then drove down to Minburn to see the brothers on the Freedom Rock.

Leora’s Letters: The Story of Love and Loss for an Iowa Family During World War II


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