Chapter One

The Early Years of my Childhood

D.O.B.
August 17, 1981
LOCATION
Topeka, Kansas
FATHER
Lawrence Mapes
MOTHER
Mary Virginia
GRANDPARENTS
Grandparents

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Today is my one month anniversary

I love my husband who is in the kitchen

Mary Madon Minnis is born

They say that March comes in like a lion. That was certainly the case in 1949. In Stafford, Kansas, the wind was howling, snow was piling up, and the whole town was in the middle of a true blizzard. Don Minnis (Donald Frank Minnis, born April 3, 1917) was sitting on a wooden bench in the hallway of the Stafford County Hospital. It was 9:30 P.M. His wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Guhl, born September 20, 1927) was with the doctor and nurse, delivering their first child, a girl they’d name Mary Madon. The first time Don saw his child, the nurse was walking toward him carrying a naked baby by the feet. The baby was crying, and the nurse said, “Congratulations, it’s a girl.” Don had made a promise that the new family would have a new house to live in. He’d worked three jobs to make extra money. He did bookkeeping for the local grain elevator. He drove a delivery truck for a gas company. He also worked nights and weekends at the local movie theater, where he’d pop the popcorn and usher people to their seats. Ushers would have a flashlight and help people find empty seats if they came in after the movie had started when the theater was dark. Don had enough money to get a home loan, and with the GI Bill they could start building their new home. So late the night of March 1, 1949, he went out to the vacant lot he’d purchased. He took a shovel and a pickax to dig a hole in the frozen ground. It was only a small hole in the frozen earth, but he’d started the home, and kept his promise.

About my grandparents

Qustion 6 describe my grandparents

About my siblings

first for my mother, second for my father

I was the only child 'til I was 10 years old

My earliest childhood memory

my earliest chidhood memory is

My most vivid childhood memory

my most vivid childhood memory is

My fondest childhood memory

my fondest childhood member is

What I remember about my parents

the people who raised me

I appreciate what about my folks - that they taught me to be kind to everyone

a childhood memory or tradition that I know impart upon those after me is something like this and goes a little something like this

Today is my one month anniversary

I love my husband who is in the kitchen

Mary Madon Minnis is born

They say that March comes in like a lion. That was certainly the case in 1949. In Stafford, Kansas, the wind was howling, snow was piling up, and the whole town was in the middle of a true blizzard. Don Minnis (Donald Frank Minnis, born April 3, 1917) was sitting on a wooden bench in the hallway of the Stafford County Hospital. It was 9:30 P.M. His wife Mary (Mary Elizabeth Guhl, born September 20, 1927) was with the doctor and nurse, delivering their first child, a girl they’d name Mary Madon. The first time Don saw his child, the nurse was walking toward him carrying a naked baby by the feet. The baby was crying, and the nurse said, “Congratulations, it’s a girl.” Don had made a promise that the new family would have a new house to live in. He’d worked three jobs to make extra money. He did bookkeeping for the local grain elevator. He drove a delivery truck for a gas company. He also worked nights and weekends at the local movie theater, where he’d pop the popcorn and usher people to their seats. Ushers would have a flashlight and help people find empty seats if they came in after the movie had started when the theater was dark. Don had enough money to get a home loan, and with the GI Bill they could start building their new home. So late the night of March 1, 1949, he went out to the vacant lot he’d purchased. He took a shovel and a pickax to dig a hole in the frozen ground. It was only a small hole in the frozen earth, but he’d started the home, and kept his promise.
Kerrice Mapes

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