Among the papers of the mother of Clabe Wilson, was the address of her house in Panora, where she lived with her younger daughters after she was widowed.
One one of our family history excursions, in 1996, Mom and I started at the City Hall in Panora. A large map of the original town hangs on one wall, with the old addresses. The woman there determined that the new address of the house, which is still standing.
I haven’t included the address since folks live there on a narrow busy street. They may not enjoy having “Clabe and Leora tourists” checking them out!
Leora’s Early Years: Guthrie County Roots
Georgia Wilson’s Panora house is on the cover of the book.
I enjoy seeing photos of places “then and now.”
Especially since there are so few of those older places still standing!
The photographs you include in your posts bring your historical accounts to life. They’re wonderful.
Nancy, thank you for your encouragement. I’m so thankful to be the caretaker.
How fun that trip must have been with your mom. I regularly do Google Map tours of all the places we or relatives lived back in the day.
Thank you, Kellye. Mom and I also spent time copying old newspaper articles in the State Historical Society (with pizza at Noah’s afterwards), drove through Guthrie County looking for the railroad grade of the Liza Jane branch train, and hunting for places Grandma Leora (Mom’s mom) wrote about in her memoir. Precious days.
Your grandparents were married the year my father was born. Great to see the house, I bet. Your mother must have been thrilled!
I might have been more excited because of the “hunt” for answers. Great Grandmother Georgia died (at a state hospital) three years later. By then, Clabe and Leora had two sons (the two who joined the navy in 1934) in 1915 and 1916. Mom was born in 1918 (on her uncles’ popcorn farm since they’d been drafted and sent to France). When Georgia died, Fonnie and Verna were orphaned, ages 14 and 10.
The research trail is usually the most exciting part.
Amen! Although I do enjoy sharing what I’ve discovered.
Looks like a nice place.
The last time we drove by, it was kinda run down, but I’m delighted it’s still standing!
Such a pretty little house. You must have been very excited when you found it.
I sure hope they keep it up. The hunt for it with the change in address was fun.