About the Book
The Author was born and grew up on a dairy farm near the small town of Hebron, Illinois. He was the last of six children . His youngest sibling was a sister, ten years older. His Mother, Beth, was able to spend more time with him than the others. Because of his dog, who was a mixed German Shepherd-Collie, he was allowed a freedom to roam over the farm land not usually granted to children of his age. Speeder's large tail stood above almost everything, with the excep-tion of the tall corn. In addition, his mother had a voice that could carry most every where on the farm. There were many interesting things to be explored. A gravel pit that had tiny pond almost year round. The Back Forty which seemed like it was completely isolated from the farm buildings. The only sounds to be heard were distant tractors, an occasional cow mooing or horse whinny. It was a magic land, where a Gopher snake was poised to strike and carry him to his den. Or perhaps a Crawdad would snap his finger and pull his arm into the ground. The place of childhood fantasies.
Features & Details
- Category Pets
Small Square, 7×7 in, 18×18 cm
- Publish Date Jul 02, 2007
- Tags Memoir of the Author growing up in the midwest, Children: How children were brought up on farms in the early 20th century, Pets: The importance of pets to children in lonely situations, Parenting: The effect of good parenting on children growing up alone
I was born. Grew up on a dairy farm in Northern Illinois with a Dog Nanny called Speeder. He followed me, did what I did, (including climbing ladders & trees), took care of me and reported constantly to my secondary caregiver, my mother. I spent four years in the Air Force, learning to fly fighter aircraft, propeller and jet driven. Married fifty-nine years, have nine children and sixteen grandchildren. Was a research chemist for Nalco, Chicago, IL and Pierce Organics, Rockford, IL. Masters from U. of Chicago. A licensed Electrical Contractor and Real Estate Agent in California. Retired from the City of Redlands, CA, as a Senior Seismic Plans Examiner in 1992. Am currently living in a RV community, in Surprise, AZ. Summers are spent in the White Mountains of Arizona in another RV community in Show Low. I have self published my family genealogy book, not because Blurb was uncooperative, the Smart Book software is not equipped to handle the format size, # of pages & graphics I needed.