Introduction

“Life is like a tale that is told. . .”

The following story and documents represent a labor of love for my brothers, sister, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It was a long time in coming and long overdue, yet a work still not complete, for it includes only a few of my own memories, and a few more that I have come across from others in the family.

Only when all in the family have shared their remembrances of “Wesley and Nellie” will the story be complete. And yet . . . not really. For the lives of Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa--as the case may be--have had much more of an impact on all of us than just the accumulation of our shared memories. The influence their lives have had on ours cannot be underestimated. Their sense of fairness, good judgment, trust, and godly character are just a few of the attributes which are passed on to us by example. “Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in his commands. His children will be mighty in the land; each generation of the upright will be blessed. . . . Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever.” Psalm 112

Just a word about the organization of this book. The following pages begin with a brief history of the known Vickers generations, ending with Wesley and Nellie. This was compiled from memory, research, interviews, and numerous newspaper articles. The same follows with the known Falkner generations on Grandma’s side. After this is transcribed the known correspondence of Wesley and Nellie. Extra special thanks to our cousin George Handlon who had the foresight to salvage the majority of this correspondence before the “old house” was destroyed. The Correspondence helps to provide a wider, more well-rounded picture of Wesley and Nellie. Their children and grandchildren knew them primarily in their middle to advanced years. Through this correspondence Wesley and Nellie share with us their lives in their youth--a part of the picture that otherwise would be lost to our experience. As with Mom and Dad’s correspondence in the previous volume, all the letters and postcards are in chronological order. They have been typed exactly as they were written. Mispellings, capitalizations, or lack thereof have been retained. Following the correspondence is a listing of all of the descendants of Wesley and Nellie (accurate through April of 1996) and then the family tree of both Wesley and Nellie. Next comes The Transcripts of two recorded interviews of Wesley--one by cousin George Handlon, and one by Davy. The transcriptions of the known newspaper articles follow the interviews. And last are the stories of the collateral lines on Grandma and Grandpa Vickers’ sides. These will necessarily be brief since less information surfaces the further back we go. Updates to this volume will be made for you to add in as I discover more of our family history.

In closing, an invitation (and challenge) is extended to the children and grandchildren to write down some of the memories we have of Grandma and Grandpa and to share them with us and with each other. Even more so, let the stories and memories provide a model for us to follow, especially in reference to their lifelong commitment to God and a godly lifestyle, for these contain the values that are eternal in nature. “As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and it’s place is remembered no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children--with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.” Psalm 103

I love you all, Kelly

April, 1996

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