Dark Brown Is the River: A Memoir

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Ruth Mugridge Snodgrass has written a memoir of childhood in the 1930's entitled DARK BROWN IS THE RIVER, set in the small town of Hollsopple in western Pennsylvania. The twelve chapters center around family events, such as the serious illnesses of diptheria and St. Vitus' Dance, childhood games in the neighborhood, and daring adventures in the nearby Stoneycreek River. (The first chapter, "Faraway Across the Yard," won first place for non-fiction at the 2003 Midwest Writers' Conference.) Other chapters entitled "The Playhouse," "Run, Sheepy, Run," and "Little Jimmy and the Great Fall of China" reveal the strength and optimism that could not be defeated by the poverty of the Great Depression or even the Johnstown Flood of 1936 that threatened to destroy her father's store. Far from being gloomy, this 160-page book celebrates those who survived hard times with humor, faith, and compassion. The book's title refers to the Robert Louis Stevenson poem learned by all second-graders in the little three-room school on the top of the hill, which begins with the words "Dark brown is the river."

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Ruth Mugridge Snodgrass grew up in Hollsopple and Somerset, Pennsylvania, during and after the Depression and the Johnstown Flood of 1936. She graduated from Otterbein College in 1951 and later received a master's degree from Kent State University. During her 34-year career in Ohio's public schools, Ruth taught English, French, speech, and dramatics, among other subjects; led student tours to Europe; directed approximately 100 plays, including various contest winners; and coached competitive speech teams. Since retiring from Tuscarawas Valley High School in 1985, Ruth has focused on other passions: singing bass in a women's barbershop chorus, teaching rubber stamping, being active in her church, volunteering with an immigrant advocacy group she helped establish, and writing. Ruth has written a musical and many short stories, songs, and poems, but DARK BROWN IS THE RIVER is her first published work. She has one daughter, Mary Buckley, and lives in Dover, Ohio, with her two cats, Sister and Emory.

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