How I Got This Way: The Last Real Farm Boy

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Xlibris Corporation, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 460 pages
How I Got This Way chronicles the true story of growing up in the 1950's on a primitive farm. With very little knowledge of his own ancestor's history, the author was inspired to record his own life history so that future generations of his family would understand How I Got This Way.' He also felt that it was important to preserve a record of what it was like to grow up in a rural primitive farm setting so that a unique and important time in American history would not be lost forever. The lessons he learned throughout his childhood infl uenced the man he became through his years in the Navy and later as a Telephone Man.' While some may feel that the farm life experienced was cruel and unforgiving, he would say that it taught him the values of hard work, responsibility, and a sense of ethics that provided great strength of character that served him well throughout his life. His story telling' is mixed with humor and honesty as it uniquely describes his childhood experiences through the tender perspective of a child. It is the story of overcoming and loving life amid sometimes great diffi culties and trials. How I Got This Way' is a poignant story of a life that few will have the opportunity to experience in the future.
 

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Contents

THE CAT HUNT
233
THE CHICKENS
241
THE FEATHERED DEMON
253
THE GEESE SHEEP GOATS PIGS WHATEVER
260
BEE HIVES
268
THE GARDENS
280
FRUIT AND NUT TREES
284
PASTURES AND CROPS
294

LIFE IN THE CITY
57
TWOMILE CREEK
68
PART THREE
75
NEW HOME NEW SCHOOL
77
PART FOUR
101
HISTORY OF THE FARM
103
OLD PAUL STORIES
107
CHORES
115
INJURIES
126
KICKS LIKE A MULE
145
THE PILES
148
WATER
170
THE RESERVOIR
176
THE POND
183
THE HORSES
195
THE CATTLE
208
DOGS AND CATS
219
HAY FOR SALE
302
THE FARM EQUIPMENT
308
THE BUILDINGS
315
THE PRIVY OUTHOUSE
329
THE WOODS
337
DEATH OF A TURTLE
341
HUNTING STORIES
350
VISITED
371
YALE HARVARD SCHALK SR
394
PART FIVE
405
THE NAVY
407
PART SIX
429
THE TELEPHONE YEARS
431
PART SEVEN
449
THE FINAL YEARS
455
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