Photo Gallery Photo Gallery "The Ticket" Images Jake’s brother Carl who was killed in the Philippines in WWII Jake & Rosie’s Wedding Picture Karen and her Great Grandmother Katja Wreath from Carl’s memorial service Katja’s family (The Mell family) Katja’s mother & sister in law and her children Karl & Katja’s wedding photo Jake & Rasia Wedding Picture The Mell house in Surtchin, Hungary Katja and Karl on their 50th Wedding Anniversary "Seed of the Volga" Images Map shows the Upper Volga River with Susannethal marked A Steiner Genealogy Chart Lutheran Church in Susannethal, Russia Map of town – Landstrasse home on the top left end was the birthplace of Rosie David & Sophie Steiner after their children were grown David & Sophie with their family after they left Russia; Oldest child (far right) is Rosie Rosie & her sister, who bore the facial characteristics of their Mongolian DNA David’s workhorses The S.S. Main landing in Baltimore, MD – David & his family came to America on this ship. Catherine the Great, who first took the Germans into Russia by offering them free land (she was a German) "Flesh on the Bone" Images Painting by Dorothea Lange Jake & Rasia Wedding Picture Rosie dressed in the latest fashions Karen on the back of Old Jack Karen’s mother and uncle Jake and Rosie dressed in the latest style Karen & her mother around 1945 The dragline that Jake helped work on digging canals around Lovell, WY Jake, Rosie, Karen’s mother, father and Karen in front of their farmhouse Jake and Rosie on their 50th Wedding Anniversary The car that Karen’s grandmother almost turned over while learning how to drive in Port Huron, MI Arnold & Beth Wamhoff on their wedding day Arnold & Beth Arnold & Beth Four generations: Karen with her grandmother, great-grandmother and mother. Rosie (Flesh on the Bone), Sophie (Seed of the Volga) Karen’s mother Beth & Arnold as children (Beth, 8, Arnold, 5) Karl and Katja & their family of 8 children (Jake is the older child all the way to the left) Beth at her high school graduation Jake with the children in Port Huron, MI Beth’s confirmation photo at age 14 (Arnold is about 11) Jake and Rosie with the children in Port Huron, MI "Tank Commander" Images A map of Hurtdgen Forest – Arnold’s unit was trying to take the dams in this map, along the border of Belguim & Germany An overview map of the campaign LT Ship that carries tanks on the beach at Normandy The brick silos that Jake helped build during the depression The car that Karen’s grandmother almost turned over while learning how to drive in Port Huron, MI A Sherman Tank Beth and her brother, Arnold, the day he shipped out One of six bronze medals found in a box from WWII & Korea Some of the medals that Arnold was awarded in WWII A map created after the war, showing different areas occupied by the Allies by country A Panther IV tank – This was the German workhorse Arnold and his wife, Noreen Arnold in his 70s with his military uniform – the first time it had been out of the box in years – he said putting it on brought back too many memories In the trenches in the Hurtgen Forest "German Yankee" Images Middle section of Greater United States was a critical division of slavery indecision. 1863 Posters to recruit men to join Union Civil War Cavalry UNITED STATES slavery states THE hell of a hand to hand Civil War battle Civil War Battlefield after the battle French Minie lead bullets used in the Civil War Union Pontoon Bridge used to cross wide, deep rivers Elizabeth Klingermuller Westerhoff (author’s great-grandmother) Civil War Union portable Bellows which John used to tend to the iron works of horses and wagons Captain Louis Merrill, leader of Merrill’s Horse Union elite cavalry John Westerhoff’s official military papers Medal for service in the GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC Layout of Precinct H in Seward County, Nebraska – outlined areas are John Westerhoff’s farming lands A type of dugout/adobe house used on the prairies Attempting to plant/grow corn in the rolling arid hills of Nebraska Minnie, Lizzie, (author’s grandmother) Mary, and Elizabeth Westerhoff Willie, Robert, Charles, Ludwig, John J.W. Westerhoff---sons of John and Elizabeth Seward County Census 1885 The Deadly Children’s Blizzard 1888 Westerhoff ‘Home Place’ near Germantown (Garland), Nebraska Original letter from Private Robert Westerhoff to his mother in 1918 John Westerhoff Like Karen's author page on Facebook Follow Karen's posts on LinkedIn Follow Karen on Twitter Review Karen's books on Goodreads Sign up for Karen's Mailing List Name* First Last Email* EmailThis field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.