Sixty nine years of living have gifted me with ample experiences to write about. My heart is filled with Native American culture.
My dad’s parents were Zeno Merritt Cox of English and Cherokee Indian heritage. He built and opened the 1st general store and gasoline station in Estella, Oklahoma. As postmaster he established his store as a general delivery mail drop and pickup site and also as the voting place for the district. He and James Casto built and ran the first area school. Dad’s mother was Emma Jane Beck-Cox a Cherokee medicine woman who could make 1 trip into the woods and come home with roots, bark and berries capable of curing everything from colic to pneumonia.
My mother’s maiden name was Reiter originally Von Reuter but changed when her father’s ancestors crossed the ocean from Germany to America. Her dad, William Raymond Reiter was an architect, fresh water “well witcher” and dry cellar builder. Her mother Hilda Henrietta Gerdes-Reiter was from the German Morgenstern’s (morning star). Her parents both spoke fluent German and provided my youth with rich stories of immigrant heritage. My 5 grandchildren have provided a countless treasury of tales. With my history, writing comes easy! So where should I start today?