Stories Of Saltilloby Thomas J. Minter
A collection of true stand-alone stories about people and events centered around a small prairie town in East Texas. Most people can relate to the various aspects of these stories, as they embody the American Experience, which transcends particular regions.
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This is a great book for anyone interested in history. Its appeal is not only to those who remember Saltillo but to anyone wanting to get a feel for the way people lived in a small town during the 1930s and 1940s. I particularly enjoyed the colloquialisms in many of the stories.
Stories of Saltillo, compiled by Tom Minter, is a collection of personal anecdotes of life in the 30s and 40s in a small northeast Texas town. The stories provide a glimpse into a now nearly vanished world where people worked hard, were grateful for what they had, believed in God, and exercised common sense. Places like Saltillo practiced the philosophy that in a village the proper raising of children was everyone's responsibility long before Hillary Clinton ever thought of it. Children of that era could run and play and have adventures in the woods without fear of being abducted or reported to the authorities. An individual foolish enough to attempt to ravage the peace and innocence of such a town would have been dispatched with deadly efficiency by men whose ancestors had fought Mexican soldiers, Comanches, Yankees, and your everyday desperadoes. A trial was optional. A man might live his whole life in Saltillo and pass away happily, having never seen a film or ridden in an automobile. But that same man had known something else, the tranquility and sense of belonging that came from living some place where people knew and cared how you and your loved ones were and would actually risk their own health and fortune to help in times of trouble. It is a story of a better America, less materially secure, but far wealthier in terms of values and decency.
Stories of Saltillo provides wonderful insight into what it was like growing up in a small Texan town in the mid-20th century. The stories are straightforward and down-to-earth. For anyone who was born or raised in the South, this book will most likely make you homesick! The photos inside the book are amazing and provide particular visual insight. I also like the fact that each story was written by an individual who really lived it - not from a third-party viewpoint. Stories of Saltillo is a great read for anyone nostalgic for a time when things moved just a little bit slower .... a true testament of our American culture and heritage.
This wonderful book is made up of about 35 stories that everyone can relate to. It covers some great history about a small but very important town in Texas and people that settled there. One story is about a traveling show called The Caudle Family Entertainers that traveled by covered wagon and their perils.