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Signs-coverAnybody who has read even one of the hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton knows that she cured her own decades-long depression with contour drawing. Tantalizing tidbits of her life and struggles have been told on television shows, public radio, and art galleries across the nation. However, it is not possible for a short set of words to explain the myriad facets of this amazingly talented woman, many people have asked for details of the rest of her story. Hence – the book of her life.
This 360-page, soft cover, full-color memoir/ biography is filled with photographs and drawings that illustrate Elizabeth’s life story – most of which is in her own words (printed in green the color of her beautiful eyes). Price: $20 plus shipping (+ sales tax for Kansas residents). To order, go to

May and Elizabeth Converse
May and Elizabeth Converse

Introducing May Frink Converse, Elizabeth (Converse) Layton’s mother…The following is an excerpt from Signs Along The Way:
“May penned literally thousands of beautiful poems and Convers-ation columns, drawing inspiration from many sources: her past, the Wellsville community, world affairs, and especially her family life. Besides writing for the Globe, May sold verse and articles to the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Sunday School publications, school papers, the syndicate Capper’s Weekly, The Harp, Pictorial Review, American Home, Better Homes & Gardens and Sunset. She won a number of prizes for poems and short stories and various literary honors. She had two poetry books published, Space Fillers and Homespun. May chronicled the events of the first half of the twentieth century through her writings, touching on all aspects of life from family to world events. Always proper and dignified, May’s writings reflected her need to maintain the status quo. She was a veracious woman, but an enigma to her family. While she was very open about her feelings in the Globe, May was not always up front with her kindred about the more serious family issues. Elizabeth often complained that she was uneasy with her comings and goings being documented for the entertainment of the readers of the Globe.”


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