FAREWELL TO THE FARM by Col. Frank B. O'Connell


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A real rustic recount of a boyhood spent on a farm in Nebraska at the turn of the century where, as one of eleven children, the author remembers a way of life which was then common to most and now no longer exists. There are memories of his neighbors, relatives, and in particular his mother whose ambition was first centered on Frank and his ""amounting to something""- a college education. There are scenes of the schoolhouse which was the focus of their community life as well- country dances and church socials. With the turn of the century, his father's hopes of making more than just a hard living is achieved- through blue-blooded pigs (although a cholera epidemic cancels out his first year's profits) but Frank never fulfills his mother's hopes for him- he goes west to mine, and then to look for further adventure before his enlistment in World War I.... Indigenous, and the best that can be said for the writing is that it is appropriate.

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1961
Publisher: Caxton