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BRIMFIELD AND ITS PEOPLE: Life in a Western Reserve Township 1816-1941

McCormick, Edgar

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ISBN 10: 0936988134 / ISBN 13: 9780936988139
Edité par Tompson & Rutter, Grantham, NH, 1988
Etat : Very Good Couverture souple
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Signed by Author. faint damp stain on t.e. Multiple copies available this title. Quantity Available: 2. Category: Ohio; Signed by Author. ISBN: 0936988134. ISBN/EAN: 9780936988139. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 8911. N° de réf. du libraire 8911

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Titre : BRIMFIELD AND ITS PEOPLE: Life in a Western ...

Éditeur : Tompson & Rutter, Grantham, NH

Date d'édition : 1988

Reliure : Softcover

Etat du livre :Very Good

Etat de la jaquette : No Dust Jacket

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st edition.

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256 pages including index, the Western Reserve of Connecticut falls largely within the state of Ohio, history of Town 2, Range 9, the hardships of frontier life, the agony of the Civil War years and the descendants in the town now known as Brimfield, bw illustrations


Writing a history text that people will enjoy reading is an art form, one that has begun to flourish. Edgar L. McCormick's book on Brimfield, Ohio, is another entry into an historical field that is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds. This book, while factual and informative, is made readable and useful by the personalization of the history of this northeast Ohio community, located just south of Kent, Ohio. McCormick, a retired English professor who lives on his parents' farm in Brimfield, relies on diaries, letters, interviews, and other memorabilia to cover the settling and growth into the twentieth century. The focus here isn't just on the "big names;" McCormick gives more space to the common man who suffered and hacked a life out of the Western Reserve. McCormick infuses these people with distinct personalities, and writes reverently of their lives. There is a beauty to the text not usually found in histories, especially the last section, "Tom and Carrie's World," which narrates McCormick's memories as a child on the farm his parents bought in 1918. The book moves chronologically, each section focusing on a different aspect of life, from settlement to the development of ,.society," via religion and education, through the Civil War and into the mid-1900s. Each section focuses only on a select number of names; McCormick uses those people as representative "everyman." For example he shows the bond between family members versus the tug of gold strikes in California in "News from Home" with excerpts from letters sent to Tim Parsons in the late 1850s. The letters are carefully edited, and McCormick makes no editorial comments; he simply lets the Parsons show us love, longing, and the pride in Brimfield its inhabitants felt. For anyone familiar with this area, or interested in small Midwestern communities, this book is a good read, full of interesting tidbits, names familiar to those of us who know the area. Actually, any fan of history would find this a good, simple yet well-written memoir by a man who loves Brimfield. -- From Independent Publisher

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