Stories From Our Town

| September 10, 2018

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Life in Our Town is a compilation of four lighthearted historical stories set on the plains of Manitoba, Canada. Not only does this book feature four entertaining novellas about life on the prairies, but it also contains photographs and clippings relevant to the stories included.
Humor/Historical/Romance

Our Town, Gladstone 1 & 2
Life in the United States was hard.
Beaten down after a season of loss, Naomi decided to return to the home of her youth in search of peace and quiet.
However, Ruth, her daughter-in-law had different ideas. Very different ideas in fact. Convinced that the empty plains of Manitoba were the scene of great excitement, Ruth invited herself to join Naomi’s expedition to the great white north. How these two opposite minded women survived each other is one story. How they found new life in a town far different from anything they had ever known is another story entirely. Our Town, Gladstone features little known facts from the early days of Gladstone along with a lighthearted coming of age story that will warm the heart.

Our Town, Austin
A desire for change drove Sean and Mary to board the train west.
A lack of money was why they hid their children in a cattle car instead of paying their fare.
As the children said later, traveling in a cattle car stinks.
However, the family made it to Austin.
Only to find themselves struggling to adjust to life on their new homestead.
That first winter was especially harsh.
Especially with the attentions of jealous Mister Brown, who worked tirelessly to frustrate their efforts to establish a successful farm.
It’s amazing how hard some people will work to stop other people from working, isn’t it?
Little did the McConnells realize at the time that they and their descendants would witness the efforts of the Honorable Walter Clifford to establish the village of Austin, the great fire that tried to destroy it and the grand vision of Donald Corruthers to establish the Manitoba Agricultural Museum.
Who could have guessed all the things that were yet to come?
Both the story of a growing family and a vigorous community, Our Town, Austin celebrates 150 years of Austin, Manitoba in a most dramatic way.

The Great Gladstone Oilstrike!
“Oil Excitement!” Inspired by this headline, Neville Neverdowell, a smooth talking lawyer from Neepwa, decides to court Prudence Wilson, heir to the Brickyard where the oil was found. Will Neville rush the relationship faster than prudent? Will Prudence sign away her late father’s brickyard in a desperate attempt to avoid a honeymoon in Neepawa? Just when all seems lost, Jezebel Jones, the world famous actress of melodrama, steps in to save the day, and also offers Darrell Do-right, a love struck boy from Plumas, some valuable advice. Boy, if you want to become a man, do something! Will Darrell ever do anything to win over Prudence, the only woman he has ever loved? More importantly, if he ever does do something, will he do something right? Is it even possible that someone from Gladstone could ever love someone from Plumas? Find out in this dramatic tale that blends comedy with little known historical facts from turn of the century Gladstone.

This volume also includes the short story, Four Seasons. This story details four seasons in the life of a student who learns to become a teacher.

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