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Papa Said
     

Papa Said

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by Winona Ruth Gunther
 

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I was born on the 240-acre farm my great-grandfather homesteaded in 1834, in Carroll County, Indiana. The farm was located between the Tippicanoe and Wabash Rivers, approximately 20 miles northeast of what was then known as Prophetstown, the site of the Battle Tippicanoe, in which the followers of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh were routed by the forces of William Henry

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I was born on the 240-acre farm my great-grandfather homesteaded in 1834, in Carroll County, Indiana. The farm was located between the Tippicanoe and Wabash Rivers, approximately 20 miles northeast of what was then known as Prophetstown, the site of the Battle Tippicanoe, in which the followers of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh were routed by the forces of William Henry Harrison in 1811. The land had been occupied by many Indian tribes who left behind artifacts including arrowheads, stone axes, and grinding stones, which we found in the fields after Papa had plowed.

Papa was the first educated veterinarian for miles around. He bred and trained racehorses and Percheron workhorses. We had had dairy cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens, etc. This was a self-sustaining farm. Mamma had a huge garden and kept her cellar filled with canned meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Pittsburg was the nearest town. I remember Papa taking me to its general store when I was small. I can still see the potbellied stove with its chrome footrests on all sides, circled with old oak chairs where the old-timers sat exchanging stories and jokes. Well-used brass spittoons were strategically placed nearby. This was the gathering place for the farmers and old-timers in the area.

Papa knew, when he went into the store, that he would be giving free veterinary advice to anyone who asked. He didn't mind until they tried to treat an animal themselves and waited until it was near death before calling him, expecting a miracle.

No children lived near us, so our sisters and brothers were our playmates and friends. My brother Raymond had bright red hair and freckles. He was 5 1/2 years older than me and I learned very young not to do anything he told me, not to eat anything he offered me, and not to repeat anything he said.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781462402434
Publisher:
Author Solutions
Publication date:
07/25/2012
Pages:
143
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Winona Ruth Gunther, the fourth of twelve children, writes of her childhood memories in Papa Said. After high school and one year of medical school, she worked as an apprentice pharmacist, then joined the Navy WAVES in World War II, serving as a Pharmacist's Mate. After the war, she married Herb Gunther, who became a teacher, coach, and school administrator. She created and hosted a radio interview program. She later became a Realtor in Solana Beach, California, where she still lives.

Ruth tells the story of her life during World War II in her second book, What Would Your Father Say?

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Papa Said 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My copy arrived in the mail today and I couldn't put it down until I came to the very end!!! I am the youngest grandchild of the autor's "Aunt Mae" so it was a wonderful trip down memory lane for me. The author really brought out what everyday living was like in those days.
MoeKA More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book, I had no idea that my dad and brothers and sisters all lived in a time where Indians still lived around the area and how they had nothing modern compared to my generation growing up. The trading and horse farming described in detail is fantastic of their generation. It's a fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An easy read that kept my attention throughout. Helped me see more of what pre-depression era rural America was like. I really enjoyed the way she explained the common everyday parts of life such as canning and butchering. You really got a feel of what family really meant to people at that time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Each chapter is a great read on its own, and together they paint a very real picture of how families got along in that time period. Also interesting is that the stories are shared from the perspective of a younger child's eyes, but granted the humor and experience of age. I loved it.