Earlier this summer during a call to Kate, one of the reunion organizers, I asked if I could send a picture to her to see if she might be able to identify the couple. And that she did! The picture was of her mother and father, Mary and Ferdinand Theis. The occasion was a trip the couple took after their wedding. One of their stops was to visit Mary's aunt Elizabeth (Foss) McPherson, who was my grandmother. I also liked this photo because although everyone looks to be leaning to the left. They really are standing upright, but they are on a rather steep hillside above Crater Lake which was my grandparent's favorite place to take out of town folks. To bad the lake is not visible, but nevertheless, I do recognize the location.
One puzzle solved. Now I have a notebook of more pictures-- some with names, some without -- and I am hoping for names and stories galore to come my way at the Foss Family Reunion.
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, is a far piece from my Oregon home, but I am looking forward to meeting these Foss folks of mine.
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© Joan G. Hill, Roots'n'Leaves Publications