Fetched-Up Yankee: A New England Boyhood Remembered

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A boy's adventures growing up in the 1930s in Northern New England.

When Lewis Hill first walked to school in 1930, it was to a one-room schoolhouse with no running water. "The nearest electricity," he writes "was about ten years away." He and his schoolmates had never seen a paved road, a fire truck, or a tractor. While Hitler was remaking the map of Europe, their tattered geography books were pre-World War I.

By focusing on his neighbors, his...

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Overview

A boy's adventures growing up in the 1930s in Northern New England.

When Lewis Hill first walked to school in 1930, it was to a one-room schoolhouse with no running water. "The nearest electricity," he writes "was about ten years away." He and his schoolmates had never seen a paved road, a fire truck, or a tractor. While Hitler was remaking the map of Europe, their tattered geography books were pre-World War I.

By focusing on his neighbors, his family, and the small details of everyday life, Hill shows how the twentieth century came thirty years late to the backwoods of his boyhood. This was a simpler time of square dances and school pageants, when women spent much of their free time "rubbering" (listening in) on the new-fangled party lines and men drove their first cars as if they were horses, stopping often to let them rest.

Democrat was a nasty word during those years of the New Deal. Children would happily divide into North and South or Cowboys and Indians for the sake of a good game of Prisoner's Base, but if anyone suggested Democrats versus Republicans, no one would volunteer to be a Democrat.

Hill transports us back to a faraway time and place, a world poor in such things as electricity but rich in family life and honored traditions. It was a world that would disappear forever with the coming of World War II and the incursion of modern life.

Hill's sly sense of humor and his keen ear for the cadences of Yankee speech make this book shine. You will savor every chapter of his funny, fascinating and wonderfully warm-hearted memoir.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A Vermont farm in the 1930s where ``the 20th century was late in arriving'' is the backdrop for this boy's-eye view of his ``fetching up'' (i.e., the way he was raised). In the one-room schoolhouse where memorization was the learning style, or avoiding an attack rooster on the 15-mile walk to get there, Hill, a freelance writer, offers pithy, humorous scenes of a perhaps gentler time. Amusing anecdotes include an account of ``rubbering,'' or listening in on the newfangled party line. Couched in Yankee cadences, these vivid recollections preserve the hardships as well as the pleasures of growing up in rural America during the Depression. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595194001
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Front Seat 1
Fifteen-Minute Walk--Sometimes 11
Book Larnin', Schoolyard Larnin' 17
Party Line 25
Black Cats and Horse Hairs 34
Halloween 40
Wheels 52
Hunting 58
Politics, Prosperity, and Good Spirits 62
Christmas 68
Midwinter Day 78
Buzzing Bees 91
Teachers and Their Trials 99
Never Look for the Silver Lining 107
Folks from Away 111
God and Man in the North Country 117
Of Work and Worry 126
Generation Gap 134
A Trip to Town 137
Waste Not, Want Not 142
Town Meeting 149
Sugar and Mud 156
Recess 167
North Country Weather 175
Yankee Health 183
Spring Hooky 192
The Blue and the Gray 196
Picnic 200
Useful Yankee Expressions 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    Memories of a by-gone era

    Lewis Hill grew up in rural Vermont in the late 1920s and 1930s and is now a thriving author in the 21st century. The Vermont that he knew as a boy, however, was close to the 19th century. Hill is a brilliant raconteur who presents a fascinating glimpse of a long-forgotten America. Must reading for anybody interested in social history of the US.

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