Jayco RV Owners Forum
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-20-2020, 08:07 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Iraqvet05's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Kansas City
Posts: 1,671
Local history - I got lucky

I live in a suburb of Kansas City that was founded in 1867. I've lived here 20 years and became interested in the town's history when I started metal detecting a few years ago. After talking with some of the older locals and my neighbor, Grant, we started collecting stories and family histories but needed a place to organize it all. Grant and I started a local history website over the winter and kept researching people, families and land tracks when we had time.

Grant came across the name of a MLB catcher that played for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1920 and 1923. All I had was the name Frank Withrow, born in 1891 here in my small town of 3,000.

After scouring Ancestry.com and a great, subscription based site called Newspapers.com, I found the Withrow family moved to the small town of Tarkio, Missouri between 1900 and 1910. I found several family members buried in Tarkio and with little hope of finding a living family member to get more information from on Frank, I sent a Facebook message to the Tarkio chamber of commerce asking for help. Low and behold I was contacted a few days later with a name and phone number....to a son, Frank Withrow Jr. that was born in 1932 and still very much alive!

Frank Jr and I played phone tag a few times but we finally spoke last night. I asked him some information on his dad and gave him information I had found that he wasn't aware of. Frank Sr played in several minor league baseball teams in the US between 1913 and 1924 but Frank Jr didn't know the extent of his father's baseball career. I e-mailed Frank a picture of his dad I found from a 1915 newspaper article and he's having a picture of his late father sent to me. I am sending Frank copies from those old newspaper clippings that mention his dad. I could hear the excitement in Frank Jrs' voice that someone still showed interest in his dad who died in 1966. At the end of the conversation, I don't know who was more excited but sure glad I made a connection to my towns' past.
__________________

__________________
2018 28BHBE
2017 Ford F250 XLT, 6.2 gasser
2013 26BH (traded)
Iraqvet05 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2020, 08:18 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
stateboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: St. Joseph
Posts: 623
What a story! Talk about bringing dusty memories back to living color for the most important person on the face of the earth to want to know - his son. That's got to be one gratifying piece of investigative work for both you and his son. Cool story.
__________________

__________________

Jerry B.
"Stateboy" (Formerly "36fire412")
SW Lower Michigan
2016 X254
2012 Toyota Tundra Crewmax TRD 4x4
stateboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2020, 10:05 PM   #3
Site Team
 
JFlightRisk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Newark, NY
Posts: 5,827
What a great endeavor, and to find it's touched lives in such a positive way. Very special!
__________________
Every day's a learning experience, though sometimes not what we expected.

2012 Jay Flight 19RD
2016 Ford F150 XLT 2X4 SC 3.5L Eco Max Tow
2010 Tundra TRD DBL Cab (Traded)
1 Spoiled Dog
JFlightRisk is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Jayco, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:02 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2002-2016 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×