Roderick and Frances homesteaded west of Mayfield, and raised their four sons, Elmer, Ralph, Roderick Porter, and John, there.
Their Great-granddaughter, Sherry Stocking Kline, was raised across the road from her ancestor's homestead, on the same farm that her father grew up on.
Kline is an award winning blogger and free-lance writer and wrote for Wichita Eagle's Special Publications for ten years. She wrote about genealogy and family history in her "Family Tree" column, and also wrote gardening, faith, finance, and educational articles for the Eagle's Magazine "Active Life" until the magazine was discontinued in 2010.
Kline is a genealogist, writes on her own blog at www.FamilyTreeWriter.com, and on the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society blog at: www.ks-schgs.blogspot.com and is the 1st Vice President for the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society in charge of programs.
Elaine was a retired teacher, wrote a weekly educational column for the Wellington Daily News, wrote and helped write memoirs, was a past president of the Sumner County Historical and Genealogical Society, and was a dedicated volunteer for the SCHGS each week.
When the Sumner County Historical & Genealogical Society was given a package of letters written to and by Emily Sell, early Kansas homesteader's wife, Elaine knew they had a historic treasure that should be preserved and shared with others. So, building on her experience writing "Mayfield: Then & Now", Elaine began the "Prairie Letters Project" in 2013.
She applied for and won a Kansas Humanities Council grant, and began transcribing the fading letters.
Before Elaine's death in July 2014, she finished transcribing the Prairie Letters, and the "Prairie Letters" book was published.
You can check out more of Elaine's work and dedication to that project here: http://www.ks-schgs.blogspot.com/p/books-4-sale.html.
You can read Elaine's obituary here: http://www.winfieldcourier.com/obituaries/article_7d673b46-0658-11e4-90ea-001a4bcf887a.html
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