Katie Gocken was born in September 1873 in Marion Township near Oregon, Ill. She died in August 1948. Her granddaughter, Lorena Robinson, lives in La Salle and submitted the photo with this note: "I loved going to my grandmother's for Christmas. There were cousins by the dozens to play with and always a beautiful tree and a delicious meal. With her passing, the large family get-togethers stopped. We no longer gathered at her home for Christmas. I never will forget her rushing out the kitchen door as we arrived to be the first to wish us a 'Merry Christmas.' "