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This is a companion website for the book Cruel Irony by Gary W. Clark. The photographs, documents, and other images are here to enhance the story and reading experience. The sections on this website correspond to each section in the book.

Cruel Irony is the dramatic story of a woman born on a Kansas prairie in 1896; she saw and experienced much of the good and ugly of the first half of the 20th century. Esther E. Johnson's life is a true story and the events in the book are documented from genealogical and historical research of Esther and the era.

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Esther's Own Photographs

Many images in the book and on this website are photographs from Esther's scrapbook or personal collection. She evidently enjoyed having her picture taken, and the photos help document her life and give us hints as to her personality.

After her death, the photos were passed to several descendants until they were so graciously given to this author.

Esther was a complex woman, yet with all the hopes and fears of most of us.

"I guess I am a old maid proper" - 1921, Age 25, in a letter to her mother.

I hope you enjoy the book and this website.

Gary W. Clark

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