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Author Signing: Virginia Johnson, IRA’S FARM: GROWING UP ON A SELF-SUSTAINING FARM in the 1930’s and 1940’s

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Date:
December 20
Time:
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Website:
www.horizonbooks.com

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Season
All Seasons
Age
Adults

Venue

Horizon Books downtown Traverse City
243 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI United States
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Phone:
(231) 941-6584

A WWI veteran with a young family, Ira bought a sixty-acre farm in the rural community of Harlan, Michigan just ninety days before the October 1929 stock market crash and its ensuing financial crisis.
He fashioned a living with a team of horses and a never-give-up work ethic on land his wife often called “sand banks” when a harvest failed. This memoir covers a thirty-year span of farming through the eyes of Ira’s daughter who went from a bare-footed carefree girl to a “hired hand” when her older brother joined the Navy in 1942. She drove horses, hauled hay, picked up stones, bagged milkweed pods and a myriad of other tasks. For senior citizens it may bring back childhood memories. Young readers will perhaps experience a tinge of fantasy or a scene from TV’s Walton family. An easy read about rural farm life in the thirties and forties