Nelson Kerns, his biplane notes, and the Missouri State Fair
I like the idea of writing about and remembering Warren and Nelson Kerns, two unknown young men who lived real lives a long time ago. Above is a photo of two tags that would have been attached to projects entered in competition at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. These projects belonged to Nelson Kerns,…Keep reading
Warren Kerns writes July 17, 1930: I suppose things are much different where you are.
Photo: Warren Kerns Here’s another letter I’ve transcribed from my grandmother’s brother, Warren Kerns. Warren was killed in an airplane accident with his brother, Nelson, 15, on July 24, 1930, one week after this letter was written. You can read about the accident here. He wrote this letter to his mother, Caroline (called Callie) who was…Keep reading
Nelson Kerns writes July 9, 1930: Radio Springs, mowing hay, and 108 degrees
Here’s another letter from Nelson Kerns to his mother.Keep reading
How to get more out of life: Honor your ancestors
Photo: Nelson Kerns attended Brush College School. Taken at the end of the school year in 1929. I guess you could say I’m fascinated. It’s fun to learn about your distant ancestors. Then you learn that two of them died in their teens in an airplane accident. Recognizing the pain that their family and community…Keep reading
87 years ago today, Warren wrote to his mother.
Below, I’ve transcribed a letter from my grandmother’s brother, Warren Kerns, 17, who was killed in an airplane accident with his brother Nelson, 15, on July 24, 1930. You can read about the accident here. He wrote this letter to his mother, Caroline (called Callie) who was visiting her parents in California at the time. Some…Keep reading
I want to write something we can learn from.
The valentines in this picture will probably lead you the wrong way. They make this picture look colorful, nostalgic, and cheerful. If you study the other documents in the picture, you will see a tragedy emerge. And it’s one that is very difficult for me to think or write about. Here it is: when my…Keep reading