I grew up in Illinois and in Arizona during the 1950s and 1960s. We lived on our family farm in central Illinois until I was in the 3rd grade. My dad quit farming and moved us out to Arizona where he was employed as an Agricultural Extension Agent. I attended grade schools and junior high school out there. He resigned his position there and moved us back to our central Illinois farm just as I was ready to enter high school, this in our old hometown where all my friends from early years in the grade school were waiting for me. So, I enjoyed rural living as well as town life in my youth. Perhaps that "bit" me with the wanderlust bug. In my adult career I lived in several states, mainly as a result of my career in grain marketing, accepting re-assignments with the various grain companies that employed me. My camera hobby and an enduring interest in genealogy went with me wherever I went. My ancestors literally pioneered many of America's communities.