Shari (Searls) Adair, a cousin in the Glenn family line who I've been in contact with for several years now, was surprised to learn that she knew two other sides of my family! She was in school and 4H with my grandma Sharon (Jorenby) Luze. When the families lived in the Lake Campbell area, the Searls farm and the Jorenby farm were adjacent to each other. Shari's family had also lived near Lowell Workman in Eureka township.
Now with the realization that the cousins from the east (Glenns from Aurora) knew the cousins from the southwest (Jorenbys from the Lake Campbell area) and the cousins from the north (Workmans in Eureka township), I began to wonder how far apart these families really were. So I pulled up Google Maps and started mapping the childhood homes of my great-grandparents. Here's the result:
View It's A Small World - family beginnings in a larger map
Not bad! Brookings is almost the center point of all of their childhood homes. I'm willing to bet that at some point or another, the families all crossed paths in Brookings. Moral of the story: It's a small world after all!