Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday-Barbara Elizabeth Troyer


Barbara Troyer was born 15 Oct 1884 in Iowa City, Johnson Co., Iowa to Andrew Troyer and Sarah Stutzman. "Lizzie" as she was known was truly a "beautiful" young lady. She was my husbands great Grandmother. Lizzie, as a young woman, lived a lot of the early history of Wyoming, her father being a foreman of the Two-Bar Ranch which was part of the famous Swan Land and Cattle Company ranch system in Wyoming. She met and married Benjamin F. Smith, he being a cowboy for the ranch and they were married in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1905. Barbara Elizabeth Troyer Smith had three daughters, several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She passed away on 5 May 1968 in Wheatland, Wyoming.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11...We Weep!


We Weep

On this day of not so long ago...
We lost the smiles of so many good Americans
to the senseless actions of a few.

On this day of not so long ago...
The whole of our country did weep at the sad
and fateful outcome of our day.

On this day of not so long ago...
All of our lives were forever changed by the
grievous loss brought about by the actions of a few.

On this day of not so long ago...
Our beloved America was struck hard and could
easily have failed under the onslaught of the day.

On this day of not so long ago...
We managed to rally and come together as
one to condemn the heinous actions of those few.

On this day of not so long ago...
Our country began to rise up and be stronger,
we were not beaten and this was not the end of our day.

On this day of not so long ago...
The souls of nearly three thousand showed to the
world that they were stronger than those of the few.

On this day of not so long ago...
The God and creator of our Country stepped in
again and offered to help save us and our day.

On this day of not so long ago...
Our memories were vivid, our hearts full of sorrow,
man had struck man with hatred in the hearts of but a few.

On this day of not so long ago...
Our people cried and prayed as we grieved those dead,
as this would forever be... their sacred day.

On this day of not so long ago...
Our President stood tall as his people turned to God,
they had not won... those lowly few.

On this day of not so long ago...
Slowly we began to heal, the strength of all our souls
combined and ensured; this would not be the end of our day.

Today we remember that day of not so long ago...
With help from our God, our America still stands, her people
yet steadfast as we again mourn... and condemn the few.


© Cheri Coleman Hopkins, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Follow Friday: Fishkill Supply Depot Revolutionary War Site


For the Geneabloggers sponsored Follow Friday , I would like to recommend a relatively new site: Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot. Below is a small excerpt taken from their site. We are fast loosing many of our historical sites and these folks are working to preserve this important part of our history from sale and development. Many or our revolutionary ancestors are believed to be buried here.

The Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot have several aids on their website of material of use to researchers and historians. Many of us may have ancestors who served and were possibly bivouacked in this area during the Revolutionary War.

What is the Fishkill Supply Depot?

Named over three decades ago as "the last of the important Revolutionary War sites yet to be properly explored," the Fishkill Supply Depot remains so today: a one-of-a-kind site of national importance that has never gotten its due. Fishkill, New York, contains a key strategic center of the American Revolution, established and visited repeatedly by George Washington. Hallowed history happened here - hundreds of the original soldiers who fought to found the nation died and were buried here in unknown graves.


Check out their site if you are interested in Revolutionary History or in helping to preserve this land.


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