As I Remember It

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The autobiography of a son, navy man, farmer, father, and grandfather from the Summer Lake Valley in Oregon.

This is a story of my life as I remember it, beginning in the Summer Lake Valley in the year of 1916. Most families in the early 1900s didn't have much and didn't expect much. Even after my folks were able to buy the farm in Summer Lake Valley it was "nip and tuck," you might say, to survive and to keep up the payments. Even after I got married in 1944 our life wasn't ...

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Overview

The autobiography of a son, navy man, farmer, father, and grandfather from the Summer Lake Valley in Oregon.

This is a story of my life as I remember it, beginning in the Summer Lake Valley in the year of 1916. Most families in the early 1900s didn't have much and didn't expect much. Even after my folks were able to buy the farm in Summer Lake Valley it was "nip and tuck," you might say, to survive and to keep up the payments. Even after I got married in 1944 our life wasn't easy. Wages were low, even after World War II. I could have gone to college under the G.I. bill since I had been in the Navy, but I was more interested in buying a farm and raising cattle and sheep. Most ranchers were having to go see the banker every year to borrow operating money so farms were not really a very good investment. Still, I think that when we were able to buy our little ten-acre farm it became the highlight of our family's life. I enjoyed the fishing and deer hunting in Lake County, and took good advantage of it while we were there. That was all fun at the time, but now that the retirement years are here it has to be okay. I will always remember the days on the little farm and raising a family as being my best days.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595192243
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Life in Summer Lake Valley 1
Chapter 1 The Beginning of the Story 3
Chapter 2 Farming at Summer Lake 10
Chapter 3 Us Kids 13
Chapter 4 Farm Life--Of Cows and Kids 26
Chapter 5 A Lot of Bull 28
Chapter 6 The Fruit of the Land 30
Chapter 7 Boys Will be Boys 31
Chapter 8 Our Work on the Farm 33
Chapter 9 Our Herd of Sheep 43
Chapter 10 The Oranges 45
Chapter 11 Typhoid Fever 46
Chapter 12 Another Bad Time 47
Chapter 13 My Horse Tom 49
Chapter 14 Working for the Irish 51
Chapter 15 It's A Cow's Life 52
Chapter 16 School Days 54
Chapter 17 My Sister and her Horse 62
Chapter 18 The Worst Story 64
Part 2 Working Man 67
Chapter 19 The Campbell Ranch and Aunt Mary 69
Chapter 20 Paisley Social Life 74
Chapter 21 Lambing Season 77
Chapter 22 Cattle 83
Chapter 23 More Ranch Work 85
Chapter 24 Working for the Curriers 93
Chapter 25 The Forest Service 95
Chapter 26 Working for Jess Roberts 97
Part 3 Navy Man 101
Chapter 27 I Join the Navy 103
Chapter 28 A Few Free Rides With Ray 116
Chapter 29 A Sickening Rescue 119
Chapter 30 Our Special Training 126
Part 4 Family Man 135
Chapter 31 My First Job After the Navy 137
Chapter 32 Our First Home 157
Chapter 33 Mill Work 160
Chapter 34 A Tough Boss 164
Chapter 35 Some of the "Don't"s in Skidding Logs 169
Chapter 36 The Pardue Place 171
Chapter 37 Two Little Pigs 173
Chapter 38 The Urcie Lamb Place 176
Chapter 39 A Scary Time in our Lives 180
Chapter 40 The Stupid Move to Reno 182
Chapter 41 Another Farming Experience 184
Chapter 42 The Barn 190
Chapter 43 "Jers"--The First Cow on our Farm 192
Chapter 44 Lambing 194
Chapter 45 The Two Rams 198
Chapter 46 The Wild Red Heifer 201
Chapter 47 Our Experience with Breaking Colts 204
Chapter 48 The Kids and 4-H 207
Chapter 49 Hunting and Fishing in Lake County 210
Chapter 50 Hunting the Wild Geese 215
Chapter 51 Our Kids and their Summer Jobs 217
Chapter 52 Mom Takes Her First Job Outside the Home 218
Chapter 53 Our First Graduate 220
Chapter 54 Connie and her Mustang 221
Chapter 55 Connie and Phil 222
Chapter 56 The Farm 227
Chapter 57 The Calf Buying 228
Chapter 58 Another Calf Story 230
Chapter 59 Another Good Luck Story 233
Chapter 60 A New Job 237
Chapter 61 Another Odd Job 243
Chapter 62 Frankie, Our Navy Man 245
Chapter 63 Tom and the Forest Service 248
Chapter 64 Lots of Elk Hunting 250
Chapter 65 Tom's Wedding 256
Chapter 66 The Puppy 258
Chapter 67 Pam, Our Last Child 259
Chapter 68 Pam and her Horse, Bucky 262
Chapter 69 Pam and Jeannie 264
Chapter 70 Pam and I and Corn Dogs 266
Chapter 71 The Welsh Mare 271
Chapter 72 Selling the Farm 276
Chapter 73 The Move to the Coast 279
Chapter 74 April and her Kitty 282
Part 5 Remembering the Nelson Family Tragedies 287
Chapter 75 Mother 289
Chapter 76 Merle 290
Chapter 77 Dad 292
Chapter 78 Herb 293
Chapter 79 Don 294
Chapter 80 Lucille 295
Chapter 81 Maynard 296
Chapter 82 Ray 297
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