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  • Front row 2nd from the left is my dad's mother, Nellie Wheeler Tippett. Next to her is my great grandma Eva Wheeler, the mother of all the women in this picture taken in 1942 (Eva lost two babies at birth.) The pictures was taken in a house that Nellie and husband Dent build during the depression of the 30's ... many of these sisters and their families sleep over a few nights - more then once.

    I have 9 journal books grandma Nellie wrote from the early 1920's (my dad was under 10 when she started them). The last book ends half way thru it ... that was a few days before she died, in 1943 due to complications in a surgery - her Dr. had to rush and get back to the war - might have made a few mistakes! I have slowly started dictating nine these journals into my new iPad ... next I plan to edit and use as part of a book about her life and mine some years later.

    My favorite aunt growing up was Nellies youngest sister Lafuan (back row 2nd from left). Her son was like a little brother to my dad when they were growing up. A few Christmas years back, Lafaun's son gave my family a special gift. It seems that Nellie Wheeler as a teenager on a farm in the NW corner of MO in Scotland CO started journal writing and made two books that end right after her marriage to Dent Tippett in about 1913 (my dearly loved grandpa).

    The two early books were given to one of her sister after Nellie died (while my dad got all the one that came to me). A large family history had been written into the books by Nel and her sisters along with Nel's daily comments on life. Lafauns son had the family history (going back to the 1700's) plus my grandma's teenage comments of boys, family, cooking and church all recorded. The bound books are a wonderful record - one that inspires me to work on the 9 more I have that she wrote the last 30 yrs of her life.
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