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  • As a child growing up in a small MO town, I was part of a large extended family with many deaths before I was seven. We use to take flowers to the Lee's Summit Cemetery often, especially around Memorial Day. My sister and I were always interested in going to see a old grave stone at the back of the oldest section – the stone never had flowers on it, was small and worn ... at that time the town was not really proud of having an outlaw and murder buried near all the good family folks. But Cole Younger’s family was from Lee’s Summit and at the end of his nitrous life Cole was buried near his family home and near my folks too.

    I lived in this town until I was 16 – in 1962 we moved away. 30 years later we returned to bury first our step dad and later (in 2011) my mom ... she now lays between her two life mates – the two fathers of our family of five children (that’s another story). Cole’s grave has changed – they added a large monument and plastic flowers as well as the standard red peony the cemetery approves. I have been amused and amazed that the town considers Cole a famous person now – even has a Cole Young day parade! Makes me glad I moved away before the good values and honor got traded in for tourist dollars.

    NOTE: In late 1990's I toured the Midwest grave yards of my family and made rubbing; did this one a that time.
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