The Quiet Season

The Quiet Season

Remembering Country Winters

eBook - 2013
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The Quiet Season
Remembering Country Winters
Jerry Apps

"As I think back to the days of my childhood, the frost-covered windows in my bedroom,
the frigid walks to the country school, the excitement of a blizzard, and a hundred other memories, I realize that these experiences left an indelible mark on me and made me who I am today."--From the Introduction

Jerry Apps recalls winters growing up on a farm in central Wisconsin during the latter years of the Depression and through World War II. Before electricity came to this part of Waushara County, farmers milked cows by hand with the light of a kerosene lantern, woodstoves heated the drafty farm homes, and "making wood" was a major part of every winter's work. The children in Jerry's rural community walked to a country school that was heated with a woodstove and had no indoor plumbing. Wisconsin winters then were a time of reflection, of planning for next year, and of families drawing together. Jerry describes how winter influenced farm families and suggests that those of us who grow up with harsh northern winters are profoundly affected in ways we often are not aware.

Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780870206085
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 147 p.)


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Jul 27, 2017

The perfect thing to read in the midst of a long, quiet winter.


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