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Table of Contents

 

 

Foreword. i

Preface. iii

Author Biography & Acknowledgements  vi

FARM LIFE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY

1.   The Big Red Barn  1

2.   Lilac Bush a Living Memorial to Oatman Family  7

3.   “Different” Callers  9

4.   Signs of Spring  11

5.   Where Hobos Sleep  14

6.   “Workers” in Disguise  16

7.   Strawberry Fields  18

8.   Anonymous Callers  20

9.   Traveling Sales  23

10. Rainy Days and Pianos  25

11. Stalled at Sundown  27

12. Car Troubles Along the Road  29

13. Roadside Trash  32

14. Smokehouse Samaritans  34

15. What’s in Your Garage?  36

16. L.A. Abbott & Sons, Registered Herefords  41

17. Corn Pickin’ in the Good Old Days  47

18. Election Day a Civic, Social Event 59

19. Remember Armistice Day 1940?  61

20. Moving Day  63

NEIGHBORS MEET AT CHURCH, SCHOOL

21. Maybe Old July 4th Celebrations Were Best 70

22. One-Room Schools Host Corn Carnivals  72

23. Snowstorms Bring Out Angels, Tobogganners  78

24. Christmases Past 80

25. School Christmas Programs  84

26. A Farm and Barn By the Side of a Road  86

27. A Tale of Nine Lives—Minus Two  95

WHITESIDE COUNTY FAIR

28. Old Settlers’ Log Cabins Dedicated at 1885 Fair  98

29. Log Cabins Stood for Half Century  105

30. Fair Week was Vacation Time  106

31. Fair Reflects Our Changing Society  111

AFTERWORD

32. Watching this Wonderful World  116

Index. 118