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.
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.
This book made me picture my life in the years to come. What will I think about and remember? What will I dwell on when there is only my and my active mind against an inactive body? A good read.
Gone With The Wind has touched the hearts of millions. It has been a classic both in novel and film. However, I would like to explore it's misrepresentation: that it is a love story.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.