Writing about recent history, which all of Mormon history is, has a risk other types of historical writing do not: running into people with a personal connection to your subject. In this case, it was a great-granddaughter. Jean contacted me shortly after finding my post on Sawdust. But this risk comes with great potential reward too. This time the reward was spectacular. Jean sent me two things: Photos and biography. Charles is seated in the center in the photo below with three other missionaries who were serving in Tennessee at the time. The biography includes quotes about Charles A Hickenlooper from family records. The first is from Charles' autobiography.
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