Growing up in Small-town Iowa

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In this tender but unblinking portrait of his tiny hometown, Richard B. Ulmer Jr. describes an enchanted boyhood amid the snaking creeks and undulating cornfields of Yorktown, Iowa, where his father was superintendent of a two-room Lutheran school. With candor and shrewd economy, Ulmer depicts a whimsical place populated by Midwestern archetypes: taciturn farmers in seed caps who speak volumes with a "yep" or "nope"; a mayor whose duties include plinking rabid dogs with his rifle; a leading citizen who serves as "postmaster, slaughterhouse proprietor, butcher, grocer, and possessor of the fire truck's keys." Ulmer and his five sisters enjoyed childhoods guided by a common-sense credo: "Don't get a big head." They roamed a wilting rural hamlet that seemed a wonderland, with a croquet court next door to the post office/grocery store, mysterious "shivaree" rituals outside the homes of newlyweds, and a concrete bandstand in the middle of main street--"a looming liability in another time and place," Ulmer writes. "But Iowans were so good-natured, and Yorktown had so few assets, that no one ever sued."
Publisher: [United States] :, News Ink Books,, 2012
ISBN: 9780984903627
Branch Call Number: B Ulmer 2012
Characteristics: viii, 114 pages : photographs ; 21 cm


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