The Farm: Growing up in Abilene, Kansas, in the 1940S and 1950S

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Trafford Publishing, Oct 30, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 204 pages
"The Farm" is not in the form of a novel nor is it necessarily chronological. Sections 1-29 however will follow the memories as recorded by the author. Part one is the essence of the narrative; Part two is an addendum written years later to reflect life of a schoolboy in Kansas in what I like to call the "Age of Innocence", that is, the 1940s and 1950s.
 

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Contents

1 THE ORIGINAL INTRODUCTION
1
2 PROLOGUE TO THE FARMMEMORIES FROMTHE FARM
3
MEMORIES FROM THE FARM THE ORIGINALTEXT TO MOM AND DAD
4
3 NEAL AND NELLIE Neal
9
4 NELL
17
5 THE FARM HOUSE
23
6 MODERN APPLICANCES IN THE FARM HOUSE
34
7 FOOD AND HOW WE GOT IT
36
17 THE FLOOD OF 51
78
18 HARD TIMES
80
19 THE SCHOOL BUS AT THE END OF THE FARMLANE
88
20 BUDDIES SPORTS AND GAMES ON THE FARM
90
21 MIKE KIPPENBERGER AND SUNDAYAFTERNOONS
94
22 GAMES AND HUNTING
97
23 PRETEND GAMES
102
24 MUSIC AND THE FAMILY
106

8 WHEAT HARVEST AND FIELDWORK ON THEFARM
41
9 CHORES
51
10 ACCIDENTS
55
11 FLOWERS AND BIRDS
58
12 PETS ON THE FARM AND 4H ANIMALS
60
13 4H DAYS
66
14 CARS AND MEMORIES
70
15 DAD HORSES AND THE PALOMINOS
74
16 FEARS FOR MOM AND DAD
76
25 THE MOVIES AND OLD ABILENE
113
26 RADIO AND EARLY TELEVISION IN THE 1940SAND 1950S
117
27 GROWING UP CATHOLIC
122
28 STAYING IN TOUCH WITH THE RELATIVES
132
29 THE LAST VISITS WITH MOM AND DAD
136
PART TWO SCHOOL DAYS AND GROWING UP INABILENE KANSAS IN THE 1940S AND 1950S
145
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
189
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About the author (2010)

Mark Curran grew up on a family farm near Abilene, Kansas, in the 1940s and 1950s. Abilene, aside from being a beautiful small town with many historic buildings and Victorian style homes on shaded streets, is famous for its role in the early cattle drives from Texas and as a railroad shipping center for livestock to the East, cowboy days, and being the childhood home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, head of the Allied Forces in WWII and later president of the United States. The farm was on a half-section of land, producing wheat, alfalfa and corn and was nearly self-sufficient in providing food for the family. Curran believes his experience growing up was typical of the times in the United States and represents a way of liiving which has nearly vanished. He also believes his experience is shared by many people who now live in urban areas but share many of his memories. The author is a retired university professor and taught Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese and their respective cultures at Arizona State Univerisity, full-time from 1968 to 2002 and part-time to the present. He has published nine books on his teaching speciality, Brazil's folk-popular poetry, in Brazil, Spain, and the U.S. This book represents a change of pace, an autobiography expressing a desire to relive and cherish memories of growing up on the Kansas plains.

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