While doing research about gravestone lettering in Wichita, I came across the book The Arts and Architecture of German Settlements in Missouri: A Survey of a Vanishing Culture, by Charles van Ravenswaay. It is a thorough and informative book and van Ravenswaay's warm, clear writing reveals his close personal connections to the areas of Missouri settled by Germans.
|Charles van Ravenswaay|
My father was one of the "crop of sturdy sons," kept from education by his father. Thankfully, as a younger son he had little to stay in Kansas for, and left to build a life away from the family farm.