My grandmother, Harriett Elizabeth "Bessie" McBee Ficke was born January 18, 1883, Ray County, Missouri. She was one of 17 children, all whom lived to adulthood. There was only one set of twins - Grandmother was not a twin.
Grandmother died May 29, 1954. I was 11, and I don't remember a whole lot about her, as we lived in Stephenville, Texas, and we were not able to visit her in Midland, Texas, that often. She was a beautiful woman with white hair and black, black eyebrows. She told me we were Scots-Irish, but after doing the DNA test, I found mainly Irish in my DNA.
Grandmother married my German grandfather, John "Johannes" Ficke on March 8, 1905. This was taken about the time of their wedding. Grandfather had arrived in the United States from Germany in 1888. He had become a citizen and established a huge ranch in Wheeler County, Texas, close to his brother who lived in Canadian, Texas.