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Nancy Bellzona's Picture Book
Osage Wedding - 1943

This snapshot was taken in the exact location these Osage wedding snapshots were taken, twenty-three years later.The value of snapshots as a remembrance.

This snapshot was taken in the exact location these Osage wedding snapshots were taken, twenty-three years later. The front of the ranch house had been changed from wood to a rock porch. Bertha died in 1938 making this some five years after her death. The rock porch was added after her death.

Velma and Ura May stand in the middle. Ura May is holding her hair against the ever present wind. Louise, Woodson's wife is barely visible.

Woodson, Gertrude's son, is to the far left. Lee Otis stands next to him. Dennis H. Jones is standing to the far right holding gloves in his hand. The children are Dennis Michael Jones and Donna Colleen Jones Flood. Bellzona is peeping into the window at the back.

After Bertha's death the house remained mostly unused except to house guests such as these kinfolk who flew their light plane in and landed on the meadow beside the house. The last people to occupy the house in it's fully furnished condition was Rodney and Donna Jones Flood in 1958. The house was always kept in preparation for a guest with towels and linens on the bed changed and in place. There was such a strange feeling when one stepped into the door, almost as if a page in history had been turned back to these years of 1920. After Dennis's death, the house did fall into disrepair and stands alone now in the middle of the vast grasslands of the Osages. The guest houses, the dairy barn, the two car garage, the hay barn, the chicken house all have fallen either to neglect or prairie fire.

A strange happening was the prairie fire of the eighties which destroyed so many cattle, pastures and old buildings. The fire burned to the front of the chain link fence, split directly in front of the house and burned around the structures within the fenced area.



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