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A Farm in Wisconsin
Richard Quinney

“These are the ancestors, the generation of old ones, that I have remembered, telling the stories in words and images that document their lives. There is enough here to know that we are an intimate part of those who have come before us.”
—Richard Quinney

This is the story of the few acres of land purchased in Walworth County, Wisconsin, in 1868 that became the 160-acre farm that would go on to support and provide the rich background for the lives of the generations that followed. Told from the various perspectives of descendants of Irish, English, and Scottish emigrants, as revealed in letters, diaries, photographs, and documents, this unique book offers a moving portrait of life on this Wisconsin farm over the past 150 years.

Portrait of author Richard Quinney deep in thoughtRichard Quinney is the author of several books that combine autobiographical writing and photography, including Of Time and Place, Journey to a Far Place, For the Time Being, Borderland, and Where Yet the Sweet Birds Sing. His retrospective book of photographs, Things Once Seen, received the August Derleth Award from the Council of Wisconsin Writers. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.


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Of Related Interest:
When Horses Pulled the Plow
Life of a Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910–1929
Olaf F. Larson
Foreword by Jerry Apps
"Larson's memory is excellent, his description is detailed––and throughout the book his love of farming is constantly being expressed." Agri-View


Cover looks like a leather-bound photo album with a landscape photo of a Wisconsin farm as seen from a rural road

May 2012
LC: 2011932663
136 pp.   7 1/2 x 9 1/4  
82 b/w illus.

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Paper $35.00 t
ISBN 978-0-9835174-0-5
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