Sunday Stories

Last week marked the 119th installment in the "Sunday Stories" series that I began back in November of 2012, excerpting stories from the three history books that make up the bulk of my own family's history - Sutherland, McPherson County, and Arnold.

Beginning in January of 2015, I committed to posting a new story from one of these history books each Sunday, and now, on the final Sunday of 2015, I am pleased to report that I succeeded in this very modest goal.

Over the course of 2015, we heard the story of the Coker and Harshfield families, the McCance and Snyder families, and their offshoots, the Elfeldt's and the Yosts. We were also treated to the history of McPherson County, as well as a number of other stories of interest from the area.

I have been the appreciative recipient of many comments and compliments for posting these stories, though I do nothing than transcribe the words already put down in these history books. They are stories too good to be relegated to a local history book read by only a few. By posting in these "snackable bites", readers can enjoy them at their leisure without lugging around a thick and imposing history book.

I always try to include the full names of the heroes and heroines of these stories, making them searchable for genealogists, and I have been very gratified by a number of comments by those who were able to find out more about their families through the availability of these stories.

So, here's to 2016. I will continue to work hard to send the stories of our intrepid ancestors out to be enjoyed by a new generation.


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