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Kentucky Home Place

Kentucky Home Place

Lee A. Dew
Phyllis MacAdam General Editor
Copyright Date: 1999
Pages: 80
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    Kentucky Home Place
    Book Description:

    " Kentucky Home Place tells of eight generations of the fictitious Boyd Family, whose story begins in 1799 with a Western Kentucky land claim and continues through the present. The Boyds work hard to keep the family farm, facing their daily tasks with hope and determination. As a member of the family tells her grandson, ""The farm is special because it is our family home and the home of those who came before us. It is important for every person to know who they are and where they came from.""

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-3633-2
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. iii-iii)
  3. Foreword
    (pp. iv-v)
    Virginia G. Smith

    The Kentucky Humanities Council began New Books for New Readers because Kentucky’s adult literacy students want books that recognize their intelligence and experience while meeting their need for simplicity in writing. The first ten titles in the New Books for New Readers series have helped many adult students open the window on the wonderful world of literacy. At the same time, these New Books, with their plain language and compelling stories of Kentucky history and culture, have found a wider audience among accomplished readers of all ages who recognize a good read when they see one. As we publish the...

  4. Acknowledgments
    (pp. vi-vi)
  5. 1 Young Jeff’s World 1816
    (pp. 1-12)

    Our log cabin stands on a wooded hill. Off to the west about 300 yards is the Green River of Kentucky. We are on the high side of the river. There is a good bank so that floods will not reach us. The lowlands across the river flood a lot, but we are always high and dry.

    Two big white oaks stand in front of our cabin, giving shade and breeze on even the hottest days. Lots of folks cut down the trees close to their cabins for firewood, but my Pa wanted the shade. He picked this spot partly...

  6. 2 Jeff’s Family Farm 1849
    (pp. 13-24)

    The family had a big party the other day to mark my 49th birthday. I don’t hold much for parties, but I have to admit I had a good time.

    We had a lot to celebrate, I guess. Life has been good to me and my family, even with all the ups and downs. It has caused me to take some time to think about all the changes that have taken place over the years. I have a wonderful wife, Elizabeth, and two fine sons, Henry and Joseph. They are both grown now and are a real help on the...

  7. 3 Henry Keeps the Tradition 1880
    (pp. 25-37)

    We buried Daddy a few weeks ago. He lived a long life—80 years. Afterwards we were going through his things and found the stories he had written about his boyhood and his life on the farm. I was so impressed that I decided, for the sake of the children, to add my story as well.

    It’s now 1880. When Daddy was born here, the year after his parents came from Virginia, the Green River country was a wilderness. In his old age he could ride in comfort to Louisville on a passenger train. He was a good man who...

  8. 4 The Tractor 1952
    (pp. 38-49)

    My name is Joe Bob Boyd. It is really Joseph Robert, but everybody calls me Joe Bob. I am the son of Little Jeff Boyd and the grandson of Henry Boyd. I am the fifth generation of Boyds to farm this land we all call The Home Place.

    My family has been after me to write down my story like those who came before me. I am not much for writing, but my daughter Sarah has promised to help, and she’s a teacher. So here goes.

    I was born in 1901, at the start of the 20th century. That’s just...

  9. 5 Sarah’s Story 1994
    (pp. 50-60)

    It’s a tradition, now, to write in this old book started by my great-great grandfather. I’m the first woman to write in it. The farm is mine now.

    I want to start my part of our family’s story by telling about the best day and the worst day of my life. The best day was my wedding to Richard Wines in 1953. It was held in the front yard of The Home Place, under the shade of the grove of oak trees. With the warm sun coming through the leaves, it was a perfect spot for a wedding.

    That same...

  10. 6 Sarah’s Letter
    (pp. 61-65)

    The news of your birth came to us at about 3 a.m. this very morning. Your daddy called from the hospital to tell us of your arrival and said that your mommy was doing fine. They had first called us when they left home for the hospital at about 7 p.m. Your grandfather and I were so excited we couldn’t sleep. We are so very glad that you are here safe and sound.

    Your grandfather has gone to sleep. He has to get up to go to work in a little while. I am too excited to sleep, so I...

  11. About the Author
    (pp. 66-73)