Regetmeier Reunion On The Homestead

My mother’s paternal great grandfather Frederick Konrad Regetmeier,  immigrated from northern Germany in the mid 1860’s.  He ended up in Jewell County, Kansas, a journey that took a decade.  The legs of his trip followed the model of many of his country men at the time: 1863 – left Germany as a stowaway with his brother, […]

Tora 101 – The Last Flight – Tora! Tora! Tora!

 Living in Wichita, Kansas, the Air Capitol of the World, I am privileged to know many aviators.  Men and women who influence the world, without necessarily being well-known.  I attended the memorial service of one of those special people recently, the pilot of Tora 101. I met Douglas Roy Jackson during the restoration of […]

A Day At The Kansas State Capitol – Aviation Style

Last Fall I contacted a fellow pilot/mechanic, Spencer, to inquire about the dates of the 2018 Kansas Air Tour.  I have been wanting to do some kind of event like this, but the Women’s Air Race Classic is out of both my and my Aircoupe’s league, so this sounded like a good alternative. Besides, Kansas […]

Grosspapa’s Passing – Most Viewed Post of 2017

In 2017 one of the last of the Steinbüchels to live in our home passed on.  The post about the passing of his ancestor, Herr von Bernard Karl Steinbüchel, was one of the most visited posts this year.  I am pleased that in this time of loss, we were able to reconnect with several of […]

Thanksgiving Love, Peace And Blessings From Maison Steinbuchel

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson The day before Thanksgiving is the heaviest travel day of the year.  This true of all modes of transportation, but none more […]

Happy And Blessed Thanksgiving – Practicing Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus I am writing this several weeks before it will post.  It has been a gloomy few days and even though I hate to admit it, my grumpy level […]

The Practicality, Mystery and Beauty of An Attic

“As the years pass, I keep thinking that our greatest lack today is attics.  Modern homes never have them, with the result that young people live only in their own generation, feeling no intimate connection with the past.  Their roots will go deeper if their homes have attics?” from “More Than Petticoats” – the chapter on […]

How To Uncover Fake News – Discovering Family Lineage Secrets

Fake News?  The thing that interests me most about family history is the gap between the things we think we know about our families and the realities. – Jeremy Hardy In a recent post about a circa 1907 family reunion on the Rightmeier homestead in Jewell County, Kansas, I mentioned a great great uncle, August, […]

Butterflies at Maison Steinbuchel – Monet in Kansas

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough – Rabindranath Tagore Every September I am enamored with the convergence of all matter of butterflies on Maison Steinbuchel.  The flurry of peaceful activity brings out the child in me as i stand right in the middle of my flower bed and let the […]