Growing up Rich in a Poor Family: Childhood Memories from the Great Depression

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In sharing memories of her humble childhood, Doris Hermundstad Liffrig reminds us all that material possessions and creature comforts are not necessary for a happy home.

Growing Up Rich in a Poor Family is written for young people but will appeal to readers of all ages. Children will enjoy stories about Doris and her brothers, who entertained themselves for hours in make-believe worlds. Todays parents will wonder how this pioneering family managed to enjoy life with no money and few luxuries. And seniors will travel back in time reading Mama! I See a Tramp Coming Over the Hill, and recall the hopelessness that plagued people during the Great Depression.

 

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Contents

A Little Girl Named Doris and Her Brothers Jerold and Orin
1
A Penny from Heaven
10
Mama A Tramp Is Coming Over the Hill
17
I Hear the Lump Now Mama
24
A Tale about Herding Cows
32
The Land of MakeBelieve
39
Ice Cream Every Summer
51
Jerold The House Is Locked
61
But Mama I Dont Wanna Go to School
67
An Early Morning Sleigh Ride
74
Best Friend Betsy
80
Christmas on the Farm
86
Back Cover
106
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About the author (2011)

Doris Hermundstad Liffrig is a mother of eight, grandmother of 31, and great grandmother of a dozen and counting. Throughout her life as a mother and caregiver, Doris has expressed herself creatively through writing and music. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for years and recently published an autobiography titled, I’m Strong. I Can Make It, which chronicles her experiences as a child of a Norwegian immigrant growing up on the unforgiving North Dakota plains.

In writing her autobiography, Doris penned a number of short stories about her childhood. These stories are the inspiration for her second book, Growing Up Rich in a Poor Family. Through these stories, Doris hopes to help children today better understand the humble roots of their ancestors and the struggles people endured in developing this country. Most importantly, she hopes readers might realize the joy children of yesteryear found without the toys, electronics and scheduled activities that define modern-day childhood.

Doris and her husband of 60 years, Duane, have lived in North Dakota their whole lives, but for a brief stint in Alabama in the Army . They reside in Bismarck and fill their lives with reading, writing, daily mass and ongoing service to family and friends.

Doris Hermundstad Liffrig is a mother of eight, grandmother of 31, and great grandmother of a dozen and counting. Throughout her life as a mother and caregiver, Doris has expressed herself creatively through writing and music. She wrote a weekly newspaper column for years and recently published an autobiography titled, I’m Strong. I Can Make It, which chronicles her experiences as a child of a Norwegian immigrant growing up on the unforgiving North Dakota plains.

In writing her autobiography, Doris penned a number of short stories about her childhood. These stories are the inspiration for her second book, Growing Up Rich in a Poor Family. Through these stories, Doris hopes to help children today better understand the humble roots of their ancestors and the struggles people endured in developing this country. Most importantly, she hopes readers might realize the joy children of yesteryear found without the toys, electronics and scheduled activities that define modern-day childhood.

Doris and her husband of 60 years, Duane, have lived in North Dakota their whole lives, but for a brief stint in Alabama in the Army . They reside in Bismarck and fill their lives with reading, writing, daily mass and ongoing service to family and friends.

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