A Town Called Isle:A Collection of Short Stories

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Isle was once in the center of a huge white pine forest that stretched from southeastern Wisconsin to the Canadian border and beyond. When the timber companies finished clear-cutting the land in the 1880s and 90s the railroad companies sold it to the poor immigrants of northern Europe who were told that if the land could grow trees it could grow crops. It took three generations to learn otherwise.

In these stories you will discover people who came across the ocean from Sweden, ...

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Overview

Isle was once in the center of a huge white pine forest that stretched from southeastern Wisconsin to the Canadian border and beyond. When the timber companies finished clear-cutting the land in the 1880s and 90s the railroad companies sold it to the poor immigrants of northern Europe who were told that if the land could grow trees it could grow crops. It took three generations to learn otherwise.

In these stories you will discover people who came across the ocean from Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Germans and French were there too. As well as the Poles and Finns and Russians. These were the first people to grub out the tree stumps and pick the rocks to clear the fields and plant the crops that grew so poorly in the sandy soil.

Within these grand sweeps of history people came, lived and died in Isle. These are their stories, written so the young strangers who reside in present day towns like Isle will know of the giants that had gone before them.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595239696
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    Earthy and Spiritual, all in one

    Mr. Lofgren's short stories offer tidbits taken from a life of the past...a time when European settlers brought their determination, their wisdom, humour, and hard work ethics to remote places in the U.S.A. I love the first of these stories most because it is an excellent potrayal of the life of a fisherman who is wed to one woman and to the sea. Mr. Lofgren captured the mood perfectly. This tale reminded me of ancient folklore. It is about love and trust - love between man and woman, grandfather and grandson, love for nature and life. It is about courage and much more. The other stories touched me, amused me, or shocked me, according to the author's intention. The last third of this slim book is comprised of letters written by the grandfather to his grandson. Whether these letters were embellished fictitiously or not, they contain sage advice, much insight, and a great deal of spirituality. The reader may not embrace every remark or statement as given truth. I did not, but I found a lot of 'food for thought.' If you enjoy taking a look at times past and are interested in the way a certain group of pioneers lived and thought, you'll find 'Isle' a book worth reading. Mr. Lofgren writes in a style which is easy to read and fits the voices of his cast.

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