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I was born in Chadron, Dawes County, Nebraska at the Chadron Community Hospital. Chadron is a town of about 6,000 people in northwestern Nebraska at the edge of the Pine Ridge. No vast fields of corn or wheat here, this is thin Ponerosa pine forests with scattered sandstone outcrops we called butte rock. Beautiful cattle country.
My father was in pre-med and we soon moved to Chicago where he went to med school at Northwestern. He did his internship and residency at Toledo, Ohio and then set up a private practice in Broken Bow, Nebraska, about dead center in the state. He joined the Air Force when I was in third grade and over the next 10 years of so we lived in 13 different places in the US. My parents divorced in 64 and I moved back to Chadron with my mom, graduated from high school there in 1967.
I graduated from college with a BA in biology in 71, Draft number 15!, so I enlisted in the Air Force, in Officer Training for 6 weeks. When we started flight training they discovered I had an abnormal left eye that disqualified me for flying status (an extra blood vessel that distorts my retina), so they offered me a medical discharge or 4 years as an Airman. I got out and found out that I had just enough service to qualify as "prior service" so I wasn't eligible for the draft anymore!
After the Air Force, I worked (among other things) as a photographer at the local photo studio, took classes in anthropology at Chadron State College and worked at the Hudsen-Meng archaeology site near Crawford, Nebraska.
Over the next twenty years I worked as a photographer and video producer, married and divorced twice and moved to Alaska, first to Sitka, then to Valdez (just in time for the Exxon Valdez oil spill) and finally to Fairbanks in 1992, for graduate school, Ph.D.. and eventually work at the University of Alaska Museum. In 2000, I took a position at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
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"History and Genealogy Record Of One Branch of the Stilwell Family, Sept. 1, 1914, by Dewitt Stilwell, pgs. 45-46. It is available on Google Books.
On 6 Feb 2016 at 02:55 GMT S (Hill) Willson wrote:
Re Jacob Carpenter Zimmerman merge, there are sources on Carpenter-30 that may help your research. DAR's information I have generally found to be very good. There is another reference that discusses his name change. Please let me know if there are any questions I might be able to help answer. Thanks, Sharon
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Thank you for adding me to Richard Kimball's trusted list.
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On 16 Oct 2014 at 20:54 GMT Cynthia (Billups) B wrote:
These profiles are part of the Puritan Great Migration project, and Elizabeth Ballard is mentioned by Robert C. Anderson in his volume A-B http://www.americanancestors.org/PageDetail.aspx?recordId235165556&viewerstatic per the biography in both of her profiles. I do not understand your reason for making this an unmerged match. You wrote "Too much unconfirmed information for a merge at this time." This is the second time you have postponed this merge (first proposed June 30, 2014). Please explain, as our goal at WikiTree is to have one profile per person. If you do agree the profiles represent the same person, the merge should go forward. If you believe they represent two different people, then it is customary to provide evidence.
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