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This heirloom quality coffee-table-size hardcover book chronicles the evolution of society in Plum Branch, a tiny and unique unique rural community in South Carolina. The book features 144 photos, 21 maps, and 43 scanned plats and documents. The author begins with a framework of regional and national events. Onto this backdrop he weaves the mesmerizing true story of a small rural community. With meticulous detail he relates perils endured by pioneers and subsistence farmers during the early-to-mid 1700s. Readers experience brutality and unspeakable horrors of rural strife during the American Revolutionary War. Thereafter a textual window allows readers to examine community life, newfound stability, and prosperity in the fabled Cotton Kingdom. The author paints a graphic picture of initial euphoria, followed by privation and suffering, during the devastating Civil War in the mid 1800s. After the despised Reconstruction Era the community grew and flourished. Yet, tragedy struck during the early 1900s. The dreaded boll weevil, demise of the small farmer, death of King Cotton, and the Great Depression combined to crush economic lifeblood out of the little town. In droves, residents and merchants moved away in search of a viable livelihood. Adults who remained faced many years of bitter economic struggles. Nonetheless, for children after daily chores were done, life in the community provided adventure and challenge in a rural paradise with unfettered freedoms and joys. In a battle for economic survival, shared hardships forced families to bond together. Privation forged creativity and perseverance. Togetherness honed interpersonal skills and responsible citizenship. Consequently, community residents excelled when they ventured into mainstream America. In the sciences, arts, humanities, and professions they rose head-and-shoulders above the masses. Most of them credit their experience in the rural village for their many worldly successes. Further, no matter where life's road has taken them, most consider the little town to be their true home. The author weaves a spellbinding story. He uses plats, maps, deeds, old letters, records, newspaper advertisements, photographs, and etchings to breathe life into this riveting saga of society in a unique American village. He concludes with the present-day retiree industry and connectivity revolution. The mystical lure of this laid-back little town has prompted many former residents to return in their later years. Most agree that their utopian home is truly Heaven in South Carolina. The author lives in the town. This literary masterpiece is one of his 13 books.
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Marion Sturkey was born in rural Plum Branch in 1941 and spent his childhood there. Circumstances took him away at age 12, but he always considered the little town to be his home. In adulthood Marion served as a combat-assault helicopter pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps. With the rank of Captain, he left military service behind in 1968 and worked as a commercial pilot for the oil and gas industry. He later held managerial positions in the Engineering, Human Resources, and Corporate Security departments of AT&T for 25 years. During the last 10 years of that career he served as a guest instructor at Bell Communications Research. After retirement from the corporate world, Marion came home to Plum Branch. Here he researches, writes, and publishes technical books about military history, aviation history, and South Carolina history. This is his twelfth book.Review:
PLUM BRANCH-Heaven in South Carolina. Marion Sturkey begins with a framework of relevant regional and national events. Onto this backdrop he weaves the mesmerizing true story of societal evolution in a small South Carolina community. Marion is an author of excellence. His book PLUM BRANCH is superbly readable. His research for a manuscript of this caliber is without parallel. PLUM BRANCH is an excellent contribution to history - local, state, and American. Marion has published 12 books . . . . He lives in the quaint little town of Plum Branch. --McCormick Messenger newspaper
PLUM BRANCH: HEAVEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA qualifies as a magnum opus. The author has done an amazing amount of work in documents, visuals, public records, and oral histories. He has effectively placed the history of Plum Branch and its people in the context of our national experience. We are delighted to have PLUM BRANCH: HEAVEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA in the South Caroliniana Library. --The South Caroliniana Library
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Book Description Heritage Press International, 2014. Condition: New. Marion F. Sturkey (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0991301102