Commission of Child and Animal Protection

Commission of Child and Animal Protection

by Lucille Lovestedt


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This short novel covers a span of five years, from 1924 to 1929, in the lives of the four motherless Hughes children, Evelyn, Floyd, Dale, and Vernon, who range in age from three to twelve years. They are left at the Wyoming State Orphanage in Cheyenne by their alcoholic father, Thomas. When he does not return for them, as he has promised to do, or pay forty dollars a month for their support, they become wards of the State Commission of Child and Animal Protection.
The children have lived in poverty in a small broken-down house next to a railroad coaling station in Worland, Wyoming. Nevertheless, their very young mother somehow taught them to honor their father despite his flaws, and they have become an affectionate, close-knit family with deep loyalty to each other.
When the children are placed separately in potential adoptive homes in various parts of Wyoming, they lose all contact with each other for a period of time, but regain their connection under circumstances that reinforce Evelyn's belief in a protective spirit.
At the age of eighty, Evelyn begins an attempt to reconstruct this portion of her early family history, relying on snippets of memory, fragments of conversation, over-heard remarks, and a sketchy official record of the Hughes family obtained from the Wyoming State archives.
What gradually emerges is not a true biography, but a story of love in many guises, which is as simple and as true as if it were a fairy tale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482715378
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/30/2013
Pages: 174
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Lucille Lovestedt is a retired speech pathologist. During her tenure at Los Angeles County University of Southern California Medical Center, she was co-author of a professional paper and author of a workbook for aphasic patients, Reclaiming Functional Communication, Thomas Publishing Co.
Since her retirement to Grass Valley, California, she has been active in a writing group. Her short essays and articles have appeared in the Grass Valley Union newspaper, the Sacramento Bee and Bark magazine. One of her essays was selected for inclusion in the anthology Open to All, published by the Nevada County Library Association. She also won an honorable mention for a poem entered in one of the annual Writers Digest writing contests. She is also the author of an autobiographical novel, Commission of Child and Animal Protection.

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