Linda Howard Ross gave this site a kind welcome, and has given me permission to post some of her photos and her reminiscences of visits to the cemetery:
Jan, as I told you my parents were from Mulvane and some of their relatives lived in Winfield and Udall. Daddy went to a one room school in Cowley County, Kansas. I am 70 years old and a retired school teacher. When I was young (before TV) we always went for Sunday drives with the grandparents (I was an only child) and one of the places we visited a lot was cemeteries. I knew the cemeteries so well I could give tours as knew where most of graves were and stories of the people buried there. This was way before perpetual care at cemeteries and folks had to come out and clean the graves, weed, plant flowers, etc. While Daddy and Grandpa did that my Mother and I would walk around searching for pieces of history. I made collections of it. We took a little pail and walked around until we discovered something we liked as a remembrance. I have kept all of these over 65 years.
The wood is from a tree branch that fell to the ground at Redbud in the 1950’s. We took it home and Daddy cut a cross section, sanded it and on one side made decorative grooves around it.
The acorns are from the trees at Redbud that Mother and I collected off the ground. Around the foundation of where the church was…church was gone in the 1950’s as I don’t remember it Mother and I collected pieces of glass, some of it is colored glass maybe from stained glass window, pieces of pottery and nails that look handmade.
Linda sent an update, with additional photos: