O Little Town: Remembering Life in a Prairie Village
Through Harlo Jones's eyes, we explore the prairie landscape from coulee to slough; watch the construction of the first buildings, with basements dug by fresnos, and walls insulated with wood shavings; and peer inside village landmarks, from that "most excellent of jakes" with the knothole that turned the structure into a giant pinhole camera, to his father's garage, scene of many semi-official town-hall meetings. We learn how the town's electrical system worked, during what hours, and why, and discover the dedication of the volunteer fire department, where the men pulled the engines while the horses hauled the water tanks. We explore the town - and come to know it with the author as he grows from a boy hunting gophers to a young man newly enlisted as a pilot, leaving the familiar behind as he departs for service overseas.
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