Pam Whitmore, Buckingham, authored the book, Dysart's Orphan Train Children, in 2001, and earlier this year began contacting her 25 living cousins whom she asked to contribute memories of their Grandma to the new book which she just finished compiling.
It is 51 pages and contains stories from all the living cousins and many pictures of all of Lauras grandchildren while their grandma was still alive. Pam said that it was really fun talking to and exchanging e-mails with cousins whom she has not seen in a long time - some for 50 years.
Wilma Krug (left) and Laura Etta Metz (right) both of Tama with their cousin, Pam Whitmore of Buckingham who had just presented them with their copies of I Remember Grandma. The three are cousins whose Grandma, Laura Morris McNamee, came to Dysart, as the oldest of five siblings on the Orphan Train from New York City in 1893.
It is interesting that similar themes throughout the stories are about grandma's good cooking, her great sense of humor, and her ability to remember all of her 13 children and (then) 34 grandchildren, and all of their children and what they were up to.
Almost everyone mentioned her ability to crochet - often making 13 of the same project for her children - and her long hair which she never had cut. Other grandchildren in the area who contributed stories are Donna Lindeman, Buckingham and Reda Charmichael, LaPorte City.
Interested readers can find the book at the Tama Library or the Dysart Historical Museum.