Cynde Brown Keating, an Ankeny descendant, who met with me and shared many wonderful photographs and stories.
Jan Neal, my cousin, for trudging with me to the bowels of the museum archives in downtown Des Moines and for attending my "talks". Something a "Mom" would do!
Janet Cox Lenburg, an Ankeny descendant, for your positive encouragement and many good leads and being my facebook friend!
Jo Ankeny Lindamood, an Ankeny descendant, for being one of the first to send me Ankeny information.
Kay Coats, Archivist, Iowa Historical Museum for your generous time in digging out, displaying, and allowing me to take photographs of many of the Ankeny family artifacts donated to and stored at the museum.
Larry Wright, my husband, for reading the final manuscript straight through from 10 pm to 4 am! When I asked "what do you think?" he replied "who wrote this?" Ha Ha Ha. That is his way of complimenting me. He then said it was "very very interesting" and offered NO suggestions (first time ever). Ha Ha Ha.
Leo Landis, Curator, Iowa Historical Museum, for graciously showing up and bringing Ankeny family artifacts to the Ankeny Museum "talks" -- and for all you do to support Iowa history.
Marilyn "Lynn" Cox Titus, an Ankeny descendant, who gave me so much information, and wonderful Ankeny "gifts", including the best gift of all -- friendship!
Nathan Wright, my son, for illustrating the Ankeny family so well. I loved all of his illustrations -- especially the book cover!
Rosemary Taylor, Director of the Ankeny Area Historical Society, for your interest and enthusiasm and for all that you have done to promote "Iowa's Devoted Daughter" and thanks for your friendship.
S Hilary Brown, an Ankeny descendant, for your generous time and allowing me access to boxes and boxes of photographs and documents and artifacts. I learned so much from you! I am so grateful!
Todd Brown, an Ankeny descendant, who responded to my first sheepish request for Ankeny information.