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Marietta Younkin Showalter

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“The place of my beginning was Great Bend, Kansas on Saturday, February 5, 1916 ... ”
Thus begins the story of 96-year-old Marietta Younkin Showalter’s life now in her book “Marietta’s Stories: From Kansas to California, Memories Of My Life.”
Showalter was born into an era before immunizations and antibiotics when many children died, including six of her siblings. Her family struggled through the Great Depression, her brothers fought in World War II, and she was uprooted from the security of hometown and extended family to accompany her husband. Motherhood, relocations, and unexpected anguish followed, along with newly discovered joys ...


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