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Jones Place on the Osage Highlands
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The most favorite place for me in the house was this window bench. Here is where I would line my dolls up all in a row. They each took their turn allowing me to change and dress them as I pleased.

No drapes or fabric was ever hung over these windows. They were allowed to stay uncovered. After all, who was there to look into the house at night.

Bell and the family kept "knick knacks" at a minimum.  There were souvenirs and they were stored in the cabinets which acted as a divider between the living and dining room. The cabinets had glass doors on them and the things inside could be seen through them.

Bell's asthma kept her dusting and making regular cleaning as easy as possible. This is the one chore which fell to me. I did not like dusting the carved places in the dining room furniture.  Anything that was of a nature to catch dust just was not used. Bell exercised a tight fisted control on this part of their lives.

My sister made the comment,  "How can you take these pictures knowing how beautiful this once was?"  Upon thinking about her question I replied, "I guess someone has to be the family historian."


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