Thursday, August 25

Slippery Rock

We were recently able to reconnect with some of my Mother-in-laws family.  As it turns out Lori (my Mother in law) grew up a mere hour and a half from where we live now.  She grew up in Slippery Rock, PA.  So when they were here it was only natural that we would take a venture out there to learn a little bit more about our family and their history.  Plus it was only 10 minutes from some huge outlets so we were sure to stop in there too!

 This is the house that Lori grew up in!  It is a very historical spot and is very old!  We hear some of the stories of its past and they were so interesting.  I can't remember exactly when it was built but it was well before indoor plumbing, electricity, and modern conveniences!  I believe it was before the war of 1812.  (Am I correct Lori?)  Recently it was sold to someone outside of the family but they have agreed to keep the Kiester House sign up and have done some remodeling on the inside.  It looks beautiful.  Above is a picture of the Kiester descendants.  Myers, Justin, Ruby, Lori, Jon, and Auntie Donna (grandpa Kiester's sister) 
And one of just the men in front of the house.  (Probably the hardest thing in the world is to get 4 Snell men to all be focused on taking a picture at the same time- pure torture.  This is the best I could get.)

We met many relatives and I was especially glad to meet Auntie Donna.  She has done so much research and work on genealogy.  She knows all the stories and has all the pictures.  She has compiled a whole bunch of letters that were written by Kiester ancestors during the 1812's.  She knows every story and was able to give us some insight into Grandpa Kiester.  It was really neat and I am glad that we were able to go.  It was interesting to be able to see the area where the Kiester's have made a great impact.  There was even a road there named after them- that is how important they were!  And it is always neat to see where someone you know and love grew up... and to see them rediscover it.

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