When Grandpa went to war, two families supported his service.
Father: William Alderson (1847-1930)
Mother: Viola Filer Alderson (later Bean) (1869-1958)
Sister: Ethel (1889-1982)
- GRANDPA: Thomas William Alderson (1891-1967)
Brother: Marshall (1893-1989)
Father: Albert Sidney Johnston “S.J.” Dykes (1862-1957)
Mother: Estella Ann Martin Dykes (1868-1950)
Sister: Mattie (1887-1982)
Brother: Charles (1889-1946)
- GRANDMA: Marcia Inis Dykes (1892-1988)
Sister: Mary (1896-1979)
After the war . . .
My grandparents married in January, 1920.
Son: Virgil Wayne (1921-1923)
Son: Donald Keith (1923-1981)
Donald married my mother, Betty Jeanne Whitney, in 1946.
Children: Marcia, Tom, and Susan
I dedicate the project to my mother, Betty Whitney Alderson. She has devoted her long life to her family, her career as a pharmacist, and to the many communities she has enriched with her passions for responsible local government, good public schools, a vibrant church, social justice, historic preservation, and a variety of student and alumni programs at the University of Kansas. She rarely misses a meeting of her bridge club. I admire the way she has conducted her life. And I am so grateful that when people said, Betty! Get rid of those boxes! she stubbornly refused.