1846 was the first year that Jake Patton served in the Missouri General Assembly as a State Representative for his region. He met with people regularly to represent them well. The valley continued to grow, with new folks arriving and babies being born. Job roles changes, as well.
Jake discussed the changes and improvements that continued to be made across the valley as life in the valley moved toward maturity. Babies were born. Roads were improved. Texas County came into existence as the western neighbor as the road over and back improved. Fourth Sunday continued monthly.
Ralph Campbell was very helpful to Jake in getting the Hotel and Livery Stable up and running. Ralph and Sally Rhodes were the first couple married in the Community Building. Before long, the benefits were obvious of the General Store, the Tavern, the Hotel and the Livery Stable all working together
Jake recounted the improvements in the roads leading into and out of the township by 1843. The partners brought Ralph Campbell to the central valley to work with the mule breeding and other tasks. Jake began work on the Patton Hotel. Grandson Lewis Truesdale was born in 1843.
Jake applied for and was named the first first Postmaster of Oak Springs, the name chosen after they found Oak Creek was already taken. He noted that the valley population now exceeded 40. The addition of the community building and the tavern really added to the feeling of becoming a town.
Jake shared his recollections of the process of county reorganization that resulted in the creation of Oak Creek Township. One new family arrived in 1841. By the end of the year, a Community Building had been added and a tavern for travelers was under way. A town was taking shape
Jake recalled that 1840 was marked by heavy rains and much flooding in a fairly short period of time in the spring. Crops were late getting in but recovered well later in the year. Jake and Victor returned to the south to find changes underway. Jake agreed to be involved in the discussions.
Jake discussed getting to know new resident Eli Rhodes and his potential contributions to the residents of the valley. Jake and Victor went south to record the purchase of more land by Victor. While there, they learned of likely future county reorganization and ramifications.
In 1838 Jake recalled the arrival of two more families settling in the west valley on the recommendation of Victor Campbell and his successes there. Jake enjoyed another visit to the south. Following the 4th of July celebration, Laura McDonald gave birth to a second son, Daniel. The weather changed.
Two new families in the valley were soon joined by two newborn girl babies to increase the valley population above 20. The two new young couples began to fit into the community. Jake noticed maturity all around the valley as he and Kate looked ahead.
Jake and the other Oak Valley settlers welcomed the Campbell family to the valley. Jake wondered if there would be others arriving yet this year. Jake and Victor rode south to record the purchase of Victor's land. They bought two more mares while they were there.
The winter of 1835 differed a lot from the winter of 1834 they had experienced. Jake provided some details. In the summer, Victor Campbell visited with Jake and the others about settling in the valley the following spring. He decided to settle in the west valley with his family.
The fourteenth member of the settlement group on the Oak Creek valley was born on July 10, 1834. Jake went to the Big Piney on the freight wagon with Henry and Harry McDonald. While there, he found and bought the bay stallion he sought to breed his mares.
The harvest of 1833 went well. Their crops were good, but small because they were just getting started. They butchered the two hogs they had fattened for that purpose. The snow the season surprised Jake and settlers in early December. Milder weather let them explore the caves in the area.
As some started their fall harvest, Henry and Harry McDonald made another useful freight run to the Big Piney. Jake noticed that each settler family approached the harvest with some difference. These related to their winter animal feeding intentions. Fourth Sundays continued in importance.
Jake as well as the other valley settlers began to focus their planning efforts on the fall harvest and other fall activities. Jake wanted to get one more mare for his 'herd' before winter set in. He found his exploration trip into the west valley to be very useful.
After completing the new wagon, and testing it, they made a run to the Big Piney region and returned on a partially new trail. The final cabins were raised for the families before winter weather arrived. Hugh and Victoria were married amid celebration by all the residents.
A few days after raising the cabin for the McDonald family, everyone gathered to celebrate the 4th of July Independence Day in 1833. Jake rode about his and the nearby properties to better understand what was there that would be of value to the valley settlers. Wagon construction continued.
The first modest freight run back to the Big Piney region was a success. Everyone appreciated items they received on the return trip. Jack was surprised by an order for a four-wheeled wagon. Fourth Sunday was an active occasion by everyone in the valley.
Jake, Kate and Victoria met Owen and Anna Olson for the first. Recently married, Owen wanted to be a blacksmith and farmer and hoped that Jake would help him reach those goals. Jake sought to help them. The trader Big John also visited the valley. Harry McDonald got his first lessons on negotiations
Jake discusses the Fourth Sunday concept they used in their planning process. The Patton cabin was raised followed shortly by the Baldridge cabin. A circuit-riding preacher arrived in town. Everyone settled into their new roles in the homes in the valley
Heather attended the state FFA convention with her FFA instructor and his wife. She made her competition presentation and answered their questions. She won a blue ribbon. Scott Gates and Rachel Nixon were married. Heather was a bride's maid at the ceremony.
Jake made the trip south along the Current River to Van Buren to record the purchase of the land in the Oak Creek Valley. Along the way he stopped at a new lead mining settlement. He met a man with pack mules. While in Van Buren, he purchased a horse to ride on his return trip home.
Heather celebrated her sixteenth birthday by getting her driver's license. Paul gave her a pickup truck for her birthday. The annual fair had new exhibits that stimulated Heather's thinking about her future. The news in the community was varied and interesting.
Jake Patton continued his personal story of the early days of arrival in the Oak Creek Valley. He discusses both his individual endeavors and his work with the community. He shares his experiences with Robert and David in the early surveys required to purchase their farm lands in the valley.
The group spent the winter of 1832-33 preparing to move to the new valley they hoped to locate for certain in the spring. In the spring, the four adult men made the trek to the valley of choice. They found it unoccupied, so set about claiming it for their families. They returned for the families.
Heather and Jennifer worked with each of the new foals at the stable each day during the summer. Some of the family took vacations. Scott graduated from Ozark Community College. News from the past raised questions with Heather as she read the newspaper.
Jake slowly identified and gathered like-minded people to his plan. They sought a valley to settle where they could grow a community. The Baldridge family wanted a mill. The McDonald family were farmers and more. Hugh Truesdale wanted to be farmer and to marry Victoria. Jake and Kate approved.
Each year brought many school year end activities. Heather enjoyed participating in them. With the school year over, Heather settled into a new work routine. Changes in the community continued. Jennifer and Brian were married in June. The Enterprise agreed to publish the Founding manuscript.
Colonel Jake Patton had promised to write his memoirs. This is how they start. Come along and see 'the rest of the story.' With a little background to get us started, Jake begins his narrative with the lumber camps where the plan was hatched to settle their own valley. Let's carry on...
Christopher was introduced to his new foal. He named the foal Cloud. Heather was able to attend the birth of her Palomino foal. She named it Azuza. Heather was recognized for her FFA Project. Dr. Raynor Crimmons was the Commencement Speaker at Oak Springs High School.
Ora B. celebrated his 11th birthday. Traditional patriotic events were still an important part of the community life in Oak Springs. The annual fair continued to be an important part of life for Ora B., Myrtle and Caroline. Final note on this series of stories.
Heather and Jennifer talked of horses and St. Patrick's Day at the Stable. The Annual Alumni Basketball game was a success. The Oak Springs Enterprise agreed to sponsor publication of the 'lost manuscript.' New float opportunities were offered on Oak Creek.
Ora B. and his mother viewed life of the farm differently now that they lived in town following the death of the father and husband, Howard. Ora B. enjoyed his visits to the Waters' farm. Young folks continued to get married each year. New businesses arrive in Oak Springs during 1901.
The Community Theater at the Community College provided entertainment for the community. The Bevins Trust continued to share restructuring information with the community. Heather knew about some of the planning but not about the Central Office changes.
Ora B. Bevins celebrated his ninth birthday with his family. He was surprised to receive a pony as his birthday present. Following rain in July, Howard Bevins went onto his roof to repair a leak, and fell victim to a freak accident. Life continued in the valley following a second tragedy.
Heather and her girl friends enjoyed a Saturday Night movie to begin the new year. Heather enjoyed getting back to her regular school year routine of stable work, morning and evening. Volunteer work at the library was satisfying, and, disclosed some surprising new information.
Two new farmers moved into the valley and each was able to purchase some of the last virgin land. Deaths of two valley long-time residents saddened the entire community. The first horseless carriage was driven around the neighborhoods of Oak Springs.
Four of the experienced teachers in the school district asked for consideration of a new policy that affected each of their lives. The School Board made a new policy to address those needs. Many other changes took place across the Oak Creek Township valley as the century neared an end.
The death of Lewis Truesdale had far reaching implications for the Oak Springs community was well as his family and associates. Other changes continued to occur across the valley and in the town. Howard and Myrtle were directly affected, of course.
Christmas came in cold but not white in Oak Springs. Children all enjoyed their presents in the morning and playing with their toys. The noontime meals and afternoon conversations featured stories of families, activities, and talk of the future for the community.
Oak Springs received an offer they could not refused and moved forward with Electricity for their community. This created both anxiety and many new opportunities for the residents. Ora B. Bevins arrived home from his first day of First Grade to questions from his parents, Myrtle and Howard.
Karen gathered her children, her siblings, and their families at the Heritage Room for a Christmas Eve supper and conversation. They talked of 'the olden days' and their family history. Each had a different perspective and they shared memories. Later, some attended the church services.
The Nagle Brothers brought local telephone service to Oak Springs. They trained local personnel to operate the Switchboard. Several marriages were reported. Howard and Myrtle knew that their farm would have to wait a few years to receive telephone service.
More family members arrived in Oak Springs for the holidays. One soldier returned after nearly a year away in Bosnia. Erin arrived in spite of her advanced pregnancy. Peter and Jeremy were creating handmade Christmas ornaments. Brian and Jennifer planned their engagement announcement.
Birthdays were always causes for family gatherings. The annual fair expanded to a two day event. New young men arrived in town to refresh the thinking in the business community. Young couples prepare for their lives ahead. Another pioneer comes to the end of his days.
Heather and her friends enjoyed the Tom Cruise movie, "Jerry Maguire." They talked about the movie at the Ice Cream Parlor later over malts. They also talked extensively about their family history interests. With the upcoming Christmas holiday, they talked of asking their grandparents questions.
Dr. Ollie worked with his new step-son to see if he would qualify as a blacksmith apprentice. Changes were taking across the town and across the valley. The Town Council recognized changes needed to be made, again, and took some action. Neighbors helped neighbors in the rural community.
The Mill Market was busy as Christmas shoppers bought locally produced goods. The Winslow family gathered fulfilling Karen's wish for Christmas. Raynor and Randi reminisced with the Winslow family. Peter, Sheila and Jeremy found this Christmas tree in the nearby forest.
Everyone familiar with a rural community can enjoy the stories of "The Homeplace Saga." This creation sharing piece suggests a new way of making this writing available to readers. Curation is especially important where the stories have been told at different times in different ways.
Steve Bricker and his son, Gary, opened a Coal Distributorship and a Bike Shop in Oak Springs in 1894. Some folks talked of electricity but Bricker did something about it. Howard and Myrtle considered all of their options carefully as to how to allocate their resources on new technology.
The Oak Springs Historical and Genealogical Society held its Organizational Meeting on a Tuesday night in mid-December. The Annual Bevins Trust Christmas Dinner was held the following Friday. Family members living afar began to arrive 'back at the homeplace' for the Christmas holiday.
Howard and Myrtle spent time talking with Lewis and Caroline. Tragedy struck a nearby farm family. Recovery took months for the family. Some community members sought to establish a new church in the community.
Heather and Lori discussed their family history recorded at the Inn. Carter Odgen was memorialized upon his death from cancer. Paul shared the end of the years trustee's meeting for his children.
The Garrett family decided to move into town from the farm. In the Medical Clinic, Myrtle learned that a new doctor would be coming to town. Ora B. turned 2 and Joe turned 5, as the years passed by in the valley
Paul was frustrated with the progress working with Big Thunder Lodge on the Oak Creek float project. Lyle and Peter met with Community College instructors on internship possibilities. Amy and Mike were married. Heather learned that Lori had moved to Oak Springs permanently.
As our stories have moved into the early 1890s, this one brings us up to date on a few of the families making changes in the 1888, 1889, and 1890 time periods. New families moved into the valley, young folks got married, some old folks died, and others considered retirement.
The 19th Century stories of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family-related, historical fiction have now moved into the 1890s. This has taken additional background research and creation of the details of the growing fictional community. This process is discussed herein along with a few examples.
Vic and Kate Campbell had a son that they named Theodore. The Garrett family planned a move from the farm into town. New businessmen visited customers all over the valley.
Jennifer surprised Diane, Bart and Heather as they sat talking in the stable. The Gates family had discussions to share what the had been doing. The impact on the valley would surprise a lot of people.
Ora B. Bevins was born in the Oak Creek Valley to Howard and Myrtle Bevins. He was the first grandchild for both of his grandparents. The extended family welcomed Alex McDonald home from his world travels. He was quite a contrast to the hearth and home of Howard and Myrtle
Heather enjoyed working in the stable with the various horses there. Heather and her friends went to the community meeting about forming the "Oak Springs Genealogical and Historical Society" at the library. They talked about the meeting at the Ice Cream Parlor later on a Saturday night.
Howard and Myrtle found the year 1890 a year of change and decisions to be reached. Howard must decide which animals to keep and which to sell. Myrtle must decide if her apple pie is ready for the Annual Fair competition. Fall brings a new challenge and great happiness.
Heather enjoyed a catered traditional family Thanksgiving Dinner at the Heritage Room with many of the extended family and friends. Following the game, Heather was careful to 'work the room' to learn all she could about the conversations that were taking place, to keep up to date on things.
Another pioneer of the valley passed away, Myrtle's grandmother, Victoria (Patton) Truesdale. Work on the farm continued as Howard and Myrtle found their routine in their work. Howard and a good friend joined the Masonic Lodge together. Alex McDonald took on a new challenge.
Jeremy had several opportunities to meet extended family and neighbors. Heather invited Jeremy to visit the stables. The Bevins Trust opened their holiday year end activities. Paul worked on a new major project with the Big Thunder Lodge and the National Forest.
Howard and Myrtle were married in February and began their life together on the farm. Their neighbors had a boy. In spite of unusual weather conditions during the year, the crops were satisfactory for their first year on the farm. They visited some historical locations out on a ride.
Heather learned that Peter had fathered a son he had never met while he lived in Oregon. He Sheila were going there to bring Jeremy home. Heather and Jennifer talked of their forming a Historical and Genealogical Society. Diane shared news of the community.
Howard and Myrtle worked together through his transition from a hired man on the farm to become a real farmer. Her trust helped purchase the items from Ted that were need for them on the farm. Ted was able to purchase the house in town that he and his wife had chosen from those available.
Christopher and Nicole got married. Many were thinking of Christmas plans. Who would be able to be home for Christmas this year? The Bevins Trust was considering conservation and preservation. Halloween was celebrated at Heritage Hall. Favorite TV Show in Fall 1996?
Howard and Myrtle continued to learn about the needs of being a farmer in the Oak Creek valley. Whether in the garden, in the chicken coop, in the fields or in the barn, tending to the details was essential. Getting ready for their Senior Year in High School got under way.
The girls went to the hometown football game again. The Arts and Crafts Festival ran all day on Saturday at the Mill. Christopher and Nicole rode to Cardinal Corner again...what happened there?
Howard and Myrtle moved though the year growing closer and closer together through common interests. His inclusion at the Thanksgiving family dinner was highly indicative of the family feelings.
Beverly began her promised visit by meeting with Heather and Scott to get caught up on their activities. The reception the next afternoon allowed them to meet her new husband and him to meet them.
A pioneer of the valley died after the January snowstorm. The patriotic holidays were the highlight of the summer this year. Myrtle and her mother added a chicken exhibit to their fair entrants.
Paul and Heather talked about Beverly's upcoming visit. Jennifer shared with Heather details of her weekend with Brian. Heather observed Christopher and Nicole on their ride to Cardinal Corner.
This new numbered series of Episodes in "The Homeplace Saga" begins with the arrival of the Bevins family in Oak Springs in 1882. We examine the background of both Howard Bevins and Myrtle Truesdale.
Heather and Jennifer carried on the FFA Learning Project activities at the stable and clinic. Paul told his family of the upcoming visit from Beverly. Friday Night Football was alive in Oak Springs.
Heather and Diane discussed the job description statements for the stable. Heather and Jennifer reviewed the material Jennifer obtained in her research in the St. Louis library. Paul reviewed the info
The Labor Day Weekend provided opportunities for family and friends to gather together to bring themselves up-to-date on the activities of the Oak Creek valley. Visitors and new residents were met.
Heather worked with Cletus in the horse stables. She paid a visit to her cousin and his family at the Homeplace Inn. Heather and Paul review The Bevins Trust meeting results.
Heather learned her FFA project would result in the foal becoming her horse. Paul and Sheila discussed energy efficiency techniques. The girls went to another Saturday night movie.
A complex FFA Project came out of normal discussions among Diane, Jennifer, and Heather at The Bevins Stables. Heather got more family history information from her father and shared it with Jennifer.
Heather began to gather family history information from her father, Paul Gates. She was surprised that he said there was little to gather. Jennifer aided Heather with suggestions of what to ask.
Heather and her friends enjoyed a Saturday night at the movies. After the movie, at their favorite Ice Cream Parlor hangout, the discussed the movie and the FFA projects for the coming year.
Heather learned that the attorney for The Bevins Trust, Carter Ogden, had cancer. Trail rides continued at the Bevins Stables as Heather enjoyed her summer work there. What would her FFA Project be?
Heather and her aunt Karen (Bevins) Winslow had a distinctive relationship going back to Heather's first arrival in the Oak Creek valley as a child. She knew Karen had raised two fine daughters.
Peter Bevins had been a man of mystery to the family, but to Heather he was a partner of Sheila and they lived in a fascinating new geodesic dome home in the woods on the ridge to the west of the Mill.
Bart is featured in the Introduction to this episode. His home farm includes his cow and calf operation, croplands, the stable and trails along with the veterinary clinic as the latest addition.
This episode begins a new series in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical stories featuring Heather Gates. Heather was a child in "Back to the Homeplace." Here we see her grow up.
With occasional gaps in production, the continuing growth of The Homeplace Saga as part of our family saga, historical fiction literature in many forms, we discuss recent and future activity there.
Discussion of using the 'fictionalize' concept in writing of family saga, historical fiction stories. The discussion is related to the body of work of the author with examples to illustrate.
1890 was a very special 4th of July weekend for King Family. They were all together for the first time in a year. Baby Kay was baptized. Oldest son Keith announced his engagement to Kerry O'Donnell.
The Family Saga has many facets. Using "The Homeplace Saga" as an example, this article suggests ways to use multiple perspectives to tell a more complete story. This is possible in multiple ways.
Everyone in the valley participated in the Independence Day Celebration in Oak Springs on the 4th of July in 1885. Many new activities filled the entire day for families and everyone taking part.
Discussion of the development of intent, the motivation, at the heart of the story of the first novel of what became an eight-generation family saga. Includes an examination of the history of family.
This story of the McDonald family began when they arrived in the Oak Creek valley in 1833 and extends through the 20th Century in a continuous set of stories of the family. It is "The Homeplace Saga."
We catch up on some of the new infants in the community. Land changes hands over time as a few new folks arrive. New businesses join the list of community merchants. Billiards, anyone?
William and Charlotte McDonald welcomed their cousin, Alex McDonald back from his world tour with a family dinner party. Alex and Nellie Truesdale began a business relationship to support his work.
The new decade began with reflections of the past and hope for the future. Joseph and his family recognized his 2nd birthday. Would the community be getting electricity in the near future?
1889 brought growth, happiness, sadness, and other changes to the Oak Creek valley and the town of Oak Springs in particular. Life went on, as William and Charlotte raised their son, Joseph, there.
Three new businesses came to Oak Springs during 1885, a professional photographer, a jewelry shop and a saddlery. Several of the young couples of the community decided 1885 was the year to wed.
New neighbors and a new baby boy highlighted 1888 for William and Charlotte. Later in the year, the entire valley mourned the loss of pioneer blacksmith Owen Olson. Everyone remembered him fondly.
William got his much desired mare, carrying colt, for his birthday in 1887 from his parents. She became the start of his Morgan horse herd. Charlotte had a pleasant year-end surprise, as well.
Here I respond to a Comment by Bill Holland aka billybuc on The Homeplace Saga blog. I outline my process for keeping track of the many characters and businesses in my novels and 100 plus hubs.
William and Charlotte learned of his uncle Harry's estate plans and how it would affect his family directly. They were reminded of the responsibilities they had looking ahead. He became a Mason.
For William and Charlotte McDonald, 1885 was a very active year in their young married couple life. Active in the community in their rural neighborhood, they sought to build a good life together.
By the late spring of 1884, some of the young married couples at the Methodist Church had created a new Sunday School class that not only met on Sunday, but had a monthly social gathering and a commitment to do community service projects. They...
This episode wraps up "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of 60 short stories in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories. They start with the founding stories...
1885 was a year of changes in Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley and around the nation as "good times" began to appear. Mergers and acquisitions brought new approaches in business and life alike.
Many people took on new roles in Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley during the year 1884. There was also a major change at the national political level. Young people were taking on responsibilities.
The nation was still in depression throughout 1883 but the residents of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek Valley went about their rural lives in a fairly normal manner, celebrating birthdays and holidays
His 'new life' underway, William McDonald committed to keeping a detailed daily journal. The summer and fall of 1882 were filled with work for William and Charlotte on their farm looking toward 1883.
January 1883 opened with bad news for the Oak Springs community but everyone hoped for better times as the new year unfolded. A marriage in February brought joy to the community.
This essay provides current insights into the writing process I am using to create "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories both in these HubPages articles and the blog.
Edwin Bevins, the new custodian at the public school, and his son, Howard, met Caroline (McDonald) Truesdale and her daughter, Myrtle, near the flowerbeds by the Patton School.
The King family, and their friends and neighbors, enjoyed having holiday visits from family members now living away at college and elsewhere. The visitors enjoyed being 'back home' if only for a bit.
An abundant harvest of field crops in the fall of 1882 led to a holiday season that everyone celebrated, each in their own ways. The Missouri governor accepted the surrender of Frank James.
The McDonalds and the Cranes were each involved in getting the former 'Gower place' in shape for harvest and ready to be William and Charlotte's home the following year. Changes were made.
Karl King served as President of the Public School Board during the 1882-1883 school year. Two board meetings each month provided regular topics of conversation in addition to the work of the board.
This week we examined the families of Jacob Carver and Irene Cunningham a bit closer as they had the reception after their marriage on June 25, 1882. Wedding traditions changed over time it seemed.
It was an active summer in Oak Springs with weddings, the fair and elections to town council and the school board to consider. Many families enjoyed getting together to participate in these events.
Daniel, Jane and William McDonald considered all of the implications of buying the Gower farm now that it had been abandoned by the tenant. William and Charlotte could begin their lives together here
June brought Keith King to valley for a visit as well as two weddings. Keith participated in his friend Earl's wedding while in Oak Springs. Turmoil arrived in the valley with a minister change.
Clyde Orchard and Harvey Williams were in business together to harvest and store ice for Oak Springs residents for a first year. Clyde sold the iceboxes in his store. Harvey's Ice Wagon delivered.
May 1882 was a busy month in Oak Springs. Karla King had her 11th birthday and Kate King and her classmates graduated from high school. Memorial Day was celebrated in Centennial Park on May 30.
Nellie Truesdale and her sister, Jane (Truesdale) McDonald enjoyed their Saturday afternoon chats. This one was especially critical being surrounded by critical events in the lives of their family.
Two businesses in Oak Springs celebrated their anniversaries in town. The townspeople always looked forward to each of them. The King family members were involved in valley activities as usual.
The long-term residents at the Boarding House had become a very close-knit group. Their conversations were often worth overhearing. We share one of those with you in this episode.
Kent King invited his fellow classmates to his 16th Birthday Celebration, but the day ended in tragedy. Jimmie Truesdale insisted in getting too close to the high water of the swollen creek.
Kate King got a pleasant surprise for her 18th birthday from Ralph Campbell at the bank. Oak Springs added Mayor to its offices. Jesse James was killed. Parks Sales Office had third anniversary.
Jane McDonald had a long discussion her brother, Lewis Truesdale, about their families, businesses and land holdings. They looked ahead together and discussed each of their goals in related areas.
February 1882 was one of the coldest and snowiest the Ozarks had seen in years. Oak Springs stores continued to celebrate their anniversaries, with added twists. Love was in the air; who got caught?
The Parks, Weston, and Cornelius families gathered together to learn the latest family news. Trey and Rebecca were expecting their first child. Rowena had accepted Alfred's marriage proposal.
William McDonald celebrated his 18th birthday with the families of his senior classmates. The five families were an interesting mix of interests and ages. Some new combinations evolved.
Jane and Caroline talked about the Truesdale family and the challenges they were facing. Jane offered advise and later talked to her brother, Caroline's husband, as well. She hoped they would do well.
Conversation among some participants at the Chamber of Commerce annual banquet ranged from babies to the town council to building houses. There was speculation on the careers of their sons, as well.
Town Marshall Andrew Fetter had apprehended two young men in the act of vandalizing personal property in Oak Springs. The Municipal Judge admonished the men and gave his sentence.
Town Marshall Andrew Fetter had made a difference since he came to town, as the Town Council had hoped when they hired him. Vandals were a secondary but critical part of his investigative duties.
Karl King was an active member of the Board of Directors of the Public School District of Oak Creek Township. The board discussed their future plans at a January meeting of the five member board.
William McDonald, and his parents, Jane and Daniel, navigated his school years together with his best friends and classmates. There were unknown times ahead, but good preparation laid good foundations
This Episode focuses on Kent's farm responsibilities as well as school activities in the winter at the new year began. Each of the children had a number of classmates to relate to and share their time
Four teachers at the public school met for dinner and social conversation every Friday night. Alex has announced he will be moving on. This may be the last time they all meet together.
The Kings and the Campbells enjoyed a New Years Day together to open 1882 with all it's hope and promise for new activities and new beginnings. Both Keith and Vic looked forward to college days ahead.
In the McDonald Tale, we examine the relationship of Nellie Truesdale and her older sister, Jane (Truesdale) McDonald, as the mid-1870s approach. Family changes are examined and discussed.
The early years of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley through 1881 are summarized in this twentieth episode of this series. The stories continue with Episode 41 of "The Kings of Oak Springs."
Bill Holland provided a photo prompt I could not resist - again. Here we revisit the Dent goat herd to see the 2 new kids...Thanks, Bill! The King family from across the Patton Road visit, as well.
We close out Life in Oak Spring at the end of 1881 with a flurry of activity. A major business changes its name, the Public School Open House is a success, and Oak Spring businesses are flourishing.
The 4th of July, Jesse James, the new Public School year began and a new business opened in Oak Springs. Powell Furniture was well received. A Presbyterian minister arrived to town to form a church.
A chat with my readers about the Family Saga stories I like to write. Noting that I will be taking a short hiatus from these series of stories. Thoughts on my writing future. Comments appreciated.
Businesses celebrated their anniversaries. The High School had new graduates. Church activities picked up bringing on new challenges. National holiday preparations were being made and announced.
Let's visit the neighborhood barber shop to see what exciting things the men there are talking about today. Women, rain, and rentals. Really exciting, but, keeping it real. Can you visualize Shorty?
Jane and Daniel McDonald had numerous interactions with close family members during the early 1870s. Three pioneer family members died during this time. We begin to see changes in sibling interactions
A look at the life of Jane and Daniel McDonald in the early 1870s after their son, William, began going to school each day. Jane developed some special interests of her own. Book Clubs were active.
We follow the residents of Duncan Boarding House in Oak Springs after their evening meal. Bailey walks down the street and talks to friends. The men talk in the parlor. The women talk in the kitchen.
Let's stop in at the Duncan Boarding House, meet the guests, and share an evening meal with them. They are an interesting collection: merchants, banker, dentist, teacher and minister on this evening.
Snow and ice were the highlights of the winter. 1880 activities were celebrated in Oak Springs. The new Public School District moved ahead toward official opening in the fall. The Judge married them.
The first of a new series of stories in "The Homeplace Saga" series that takes you in more details into family life of the residents of Oak Springs c. 1880. These stories complement the chronology.
An image prompt in the recent Bill Holland blog post gave rise to this story from "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories, told from a different perspective.
The new Town Marshall quickly justified his appointment. The General Election was hotly contested. A new furniture store, with undertaker, opened in town. The school district moved along smoothly.
July and August featured community celebrations. The community supported the tax-based public school concept as well as the board to operate it. Families continued to grow across the valley.
The Chamber of Commerce of Oak Springs began to act on behalf of the town merchants and the general public. Business anniversaries were celebrated with prizes and special offerings. More babies born.
Oak Springs entered the first decade of the 1880s with increased activity in business, government and among the general citizenry. New people, new opportunities and a new decade all came together.
Business expansion was on a lot of minds in Oak Springs closed out the 1870s decade. Russell Nixon makes a move. The church took a step forward. The school received a second year grant.
Alex recuperated from his injury at the Potts family home. They had a fine library. When feeling better, Alex began working at the print shop, and lived above the shop. Later, he also taught school.
Abigail Adams told her husband to 'remember the ladies.' In writing my family saga I have adopted that approach. What has been done, and discussing what is to be written, focuses on the women's roles.
Alex McDonald, along with his GranPa Henry McDonald, stayed on their Homeplace during the Civil War, living in a cave, and living off the desolated landscape left my marauding guerilla bands.
The 4th of July Celebration and First Annual Oak Creek Valley Fair planning and execution led to the formation of a Commercial Club in Oak Springs. Weddings and more births occurred in the community.
Jane and Daniel worked out a plan with the others to manage the crop land and the cow-calf operations with the addition of hired men. Before long, they built a new home for their family with a well.
Jane and William were able to ride back to the Oak Creek valley with Colonel Patton in his carriage which made a much more comfortable journey. The cabin was crude but the family was together.
Approaching mid-year of 1879, the economy of Oak Springs and the surrounding valley was blossoming. New stores, shops and offices were opening for the benefit of the residents of the valley.
The late State Senator and community founder was memorialized and buried. The new Drug Store and Sundries opened with new merchandise. A farm implements store opened. New neighbors were introduced.
Jane and Daniel wrote letters to each other during the war. He was able to get some furloughs. Their son, William, was born. At the end of the war, Daniel and Lewis were the first to return home.
This begins the story of Daniel McDonald, his wife, Jane Truesdale, and their son, William McDonald - the roots of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories.
Can a single theme encompass the life span of a family saga from 1833 to 2015? What are the implications of the answers to that question? These are some of the things we discuss here to consider.
Good news for the school board. More businesses announced they were moving to Oak Springs. The doctors in town announced partnership. A major cattle sale was held. A community pioneer passed away.
The new High School Principal was introduced and he got right to work. Later, he announced the school would open on schedule on September 10. Other news about people in the community was shared by all
To write authentic family saga, historical fiction it is necessary to research the time and place of your stories. I sought authentic 1880 occupations, names and situations as background for stories.
Levi Weston made an emergency trip to Jefferson City and returned with two of his nephews, hoping to give them a fresh start. More new residents arrived in the valley, including a doctor.
The weather seemed to play an unusually large role in the early months of 1878 in the Oak Creek valley and Oak Springs. With the approach of spring, however, new folks began to arrive to live there.
Life changes continued for the residents of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley during the 4th Quarter of 1877. Building construction was picking up and plans were finalized for the high school.
As the new school term began, members of the community stepped up their efforts to have a high school in place by the following year, in Oak Springs and in the Oak Creek valley.
The author's latest comments on a new novel project, working title: "3 Threats to the Homeplace," part of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories.
Beginning with August 1877, "Life in Oak Springs" is a new series of stories as part of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories. We feature Russell Nixon, a new writer.
This story is my response to a Bill Holland Challenge creative writing project based on the image and title provided - The Lone Sentinel. It was also created within the context of "The Homeplace Saga"
This concluding introduction to the six POV characters for the "3 Threats" novel is Beverly (Bevins) (Gates) Threshold. She is also the focus of the first of the 3 threat in the story.
Karl and Kent King were anxious to visit the new harness shop in Oak Springs. Harness and accessories were critical to work on the farm. Fourth Sunday in July introduced two babies and was very social
It was a very special Independence Celebration in 1877. Roads and bridges got the attention of many of the western valley farmers that summer. Karl King was actively involved in the planning process.
Keith King completed his two weeks back in Oak Springs. Hiram Parks opened his harness shop near Levi Weston; he was introduced at Fourth Sunday. Molly, at the King farm, birthed a new filly: "Kitty."
Karl and Katherine King took leadership roles in the new high school planning process. Keith returned from school in Jefferson City and had a whirlwind two week visit, including his 15th birthday.
Dr. Bill interviewed as a writer. Personal background, interests, and insights as part of a writer's challenge series. Comments welcomed and encouraged.
Peter Bevins, with his demons and troubled past, is introduced as one of the 6 "alternating persons" through whom we will see "3 Threats" in the next novel of this series of historical fiction stories
Keith wrote a letter to his parents that clearly indicated his interest in pursuing his education with vigor. They were pleased. May 1877 Fourth Sunday was filled with hope for the future.
In creating a family saga, the third element after the family and the village is relationships. Relationships can be either family-related or non-family-related. Are you ready to write a family saga?
Karl received a mysterious wooden crate from his brother. Ace Donagan died this week. Karla had her birthday while Karla and Kent worked in the orchard. Kate learned more about her gardening skills.
Karl and Katherine King received conflicting stories in letters from Jefferson City regarding their son, Keith. Three new families, and three new babies, were introduced at Fourth Sunday.
The Oak Springs Sunday School got underway with good attendance with enthusiasm. Karl Karl visited with both Levi Weston and Simeon Bishop. Kent King celebrated his 11th birthday with friends.
This article describes how the original families of "The Homeplace Saga" were created and put in place in the context of the first novel and the story of The Founding. Constraints are discussed.
Today we meet Jennifer Bevins, a central figure in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories. We discuss what role or roles she is likely to play in the "3 Threats" novel.
Approaching their first anniversary on their farm in the Oak Creek valley, near Oak Springs, the King family prepared to attend their twelfth consecutive Fourth Sunday monthly community-wide meeting.