My aunt Irene Steppe started and encouraged me in family research. She prepared this souvenir quilt block for me, adding the dogwood blossom, cardinal, and notes. And she provided the thought that gives a purpose to this album.



“Goodness makes History real when it actually lets you see the names of loved ones be shown in the accounts.  It makes one realize how short time really is and how far we are advanced from them but yet not much different.  With all your resource come alive it is like actually living through some of the same ordeals seemingly…“ Irene Steppe in e-mail to Bailey Steppe, September 2000.