LIFE WAS SIMPLER THEN by Loula Grace Erdman


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A round of the seasons in the author's Missouri hometown offers yet another view of the bountiful life of yesteryear. Spring brought new hired men, always of interest, and therapeutic spring cleaning, as good for the soul as for the house; Summer heaped up the joys of the Ice Cream Supper and revivals, Family Reunion Day and Chautauqua; Fall turned thoughts to school, to the Literary Society events and making apple butter; Winter offered a time for small town charity, putting up ice, and the highlight of the holiday season, the Three Groves Christmas Tree. In all seasons there was Central, the clearing house for the community; there were friends of the family -- John and Julius duck, Striped Kitty, Nell the horse, Shep and Fleas. The territory is familiar but the telling is deft.

Publisher: Dodd, Mead