My husband's Great Grandma Efie Mae Minard once told us an amazing story about how she lived close to the site of Custer's Last Stand, but didn't know it until six months after the battle.

Efie was eight years old and lived in the Dakotas in a sod house. Her parents were homesteaders and went to the Dakotas to claim land that would be their own. There they would raise their family.

As it turns out, the homestead was about 60 miles from the Little Big Horn where Custer and the 7th Calvary fought the Custer's famous Last Stand.

Efie Mae and her family did not know about the massacre of Custer and his men until 6 months after it happened. Remember, they lived about 60 miles away. That's how long it took for the information to reach her family.

When they heard of this horrible fight, they decided to move back to Iowa where she lived to the ripe old age of 96.

It's a far cry from live coverage of recent wars, such as the one in Iraq. We now receive coverage of major events immediately. Just an example of how times have changed.

Grandmother. Gardener. Mardi Gras fanatic. Guest writer Suzy Ryan does it all. Check out more of her heartwarming memories and funny stories here. If you have a question for The Woo or want to share your own story, drop a line: