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When I started to write this book, I thought, How in the world can I write a story that traces on both sides my Pre-Revolutionary War roots, touches on Missouri history (Mormon wars, Bushwhackers, Frank and Jesse James), tells the tale of Grandpa Tarwarter, who helped fight Chief Crazy Horse, or Grandpa Doak, a Methodist minister, who performed drive-up buggy wedding ceremonies? How best can I recount the struggles and resilience of my parents, raising seven children on small Midwestern farms throughout the Great Depression, severe drought, pestilence and disease, only to send five of them off to fight two wars? How can I weave all of this together to include my story, a seeker who did not want to stay in the life to which I was born?
And why do I feel so compelled to record this history? Because those small Midwestern farms are mostly gone now. Where there were once fifteen or so farmsteads, there is now only one. Children cannot be raised in the free-range style we were, swimming and fishing in creeks and rivers that are now polluted. I have been a storyteller most of my life, whether anyone wanted to listen or not, and I want our time remembered, long after I’m gone.
I believe I have done the best I could to portray this once-upon-a-time life, consulting various sources, talking to my remaining brothers and my cousin Barbara, but sometimes I have run into a blank wall. And there’s no one left to ask.
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Book Description Wise Media Group, 2015. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M162967057X