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October 31, 2013

Worcester women make journey to honor relative

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Cooperstown Crier

---- — Nancy and Lauren Milavec, members of the Iroquois Chapter, NSDAR in Worcester, traveled to Spokane, Wash., in September to attend the dedication and unveiling of a monument honoring their ancestor Carrie Adell Green Strahorn, according to a media release. 

The ceremony was part of the Washington State NSDAR Board of Management meeting held that weekend.

Strahorn and her husband Robert were pioneers in the northwest who documented their travels and business ventures in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Strahorn, who vowed “never to be a pioneer,” was a respected journalist and author who wrote “Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage,” in 1911, a recollection of her experiences during her extensive travels. Nancy received the Certificate of Award for Women in American History in memory of Strahorn.

Nancy and Lauren were guests of the Jonas Babcock Chapter. Jonas Babcock was a Revolutionary War patriot, a native of the Worcester area who is buried in Westford. Jonas was also an ancestor of Strahorn, Nancy and Lauren. 

Rae Anne Victor, Jonas Babcock Chapter member and co-author of The Amazing Strahorns, introduced the book at the dedication ceremony as well. Nancy Milavec contributed the foreword for the book. Nancy and Lauren said they were honored to participate in this event in celebration of their cousin.