We've had a great time devouring fabulous Italian cuisine prepared by Fred, lots of road time tracking out of the way places where our kin lived, exchanging updates on our own families and just plain taking a break. Mahalo, cuz!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
After the hectic departure from Norfolk, NE yesterday I make it down to Stilwell, Kansas to catch up with my first cousin Fred Wilburn, retired American Airlines captain and bi-continental homemaker at his Italian villa near Castiglion Fiorentino and his creekside spread in Kansas. Fred and I were reconnected last year when we join two other senior cousins to track down ancestral data in Oklahoma and Texas. On his own, Fred has undertaken the research on our Missouri kin, notably our great great grandfather and his family who were celebrated Bushwhackers during the border wars in Kansas and Missouri during the American Civil War period (aka the War of Northern Aggression.)