This old suitcase is full of memories. Mom kept all the old family pictures in it.
I loved going through it and wondering about all those people.
One of my favorites is this old photo of cowboys and what appears to be an old store. I wondered about it. Who were the people? Why is it in the family collection?
The quest began.
Over time I learned this was the headquarters for a ranch in southwestern Kansas. Prior to
that it was a store/restaurant in Cash City. My family helped build the town and owned the
store before the building was moved to the ranch. .
I also learned the cowboy on the left was named Mr. Peeples and according to local stories
he chased down an old wolf that was killing stock in the area.
Some of this information and this old photo ended up in an article I wrote for Wild West Magazine.
One of my first paid for writing assignments.
Another favorite photo from the suitcase was this one from Fowler, Kansas. None of these ladies is related, at least as far as I know, but Grandma did remember some of them. Grandma was always a quilter. She had a large frame that hung from the ceiling and they would lower it to balance on the backs of chairs and the ladies could gather around to practice their tiny stitches.
Questions lead to a quest for answers. Don't wait until it's too late to ask the people who may remember the who, what, when, where of your family photos.