Photos of Helen – in the 1960’s

Helen and Paul in Edgemont Helen, Susanne and John – Liberty Bell – Philadelphia – November 1963 Helen – Tired after arriving in Ferndale, MD – November 1963 Helen – Looking at Alan Shepherd’s Mercury capsule at Smithsonian – November 1963Helen, Susanne, John and Mike – Washington, DC – November 1963Helen – Mercury Capsule – […]

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Helen and Paul Peterson

In 1960, Helen married Paul Peterson who grew up in Harding County in northwestern South Dakota. He operated a ranch and later owned the Peterson Implement Company in Buffalo, SD. He later was a banker in Edgemont, South Dakota.

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“Bess” has been published.

Bess has been published. It is HISTORICAL FICTION . . . based LOOSELY on the adventures of the real Bess.  The intent is to describe the adventures of the early homestead and the challenges faced by a young woman venturing out into the prairies of far southwestern North Dakota in the early 1900’s. Remember . […]

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“Marlaine’s Spaghetti”

This recipe is appropriate for all Cranstons!!  Easy to make . . . and delicious! Marlaine’s Spaghetti This recipe will serve four people generously. The important thing to remember with this recipe is to use excellent quality ingredients. Particularly important are the super fresh or sun-dried tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, fresh basil, ripe olives, Parmesan cheese […]

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Helen’s Sense of Humor

In the early 2000’s when Helen was in an “assisted living” home, I visited her a few times.   The first time I visited, she was telling me about some of the activities around the place.  And she had a BIG complaint.  “Charlie,” she said.  “This place isn’t much fun.  People around here are so […]

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Tip’s Story – Introduction by John Ashford ~ 2003

These pages are scanned from “Tip’s Story” written by John Ashford ~ 2003 They cover a lot of fun things about his early life and his memories – these are how he is communicating with us! All stories can be found by going to the MENU bar and clicking on “Tip’s Story.” Sidney “Tip” Melby All […]

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Woodstock, Ohio Cemetery – Cranstons

Thanks to Janice Opsahl, here is where John Cranston (from Rhode Island), his wife, Phoebe, Lora Parks (Christopher Cranston’s first wife), Josephine P. Cranston and Mary Cranston are buried.  The cemetery is in Woodstock, Ohio – near the place where John Cranston first settled.

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John Cranston (1803-1858)

Not much is written in the “Story of the Cranstons” book by Edna Barns about John Cranston.  The only reference to him is that he was the son of Thomas Cranston and that he had, “among others,” one child who was Christopher (born in 1803). Here is more detail on John Cranston provided by cousin […]

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