When Weavers Wove.
Short Stories of a Small New England Mill Town.
By Fred L. Wintle. Published by iUniverse, Lincoln NE. 2007. 231 pages.
This book is a collection of stories written by a man who grew up in the mill town of Dexter, Maine.
Thank goodness for authors who preserve the vestiges of mid-twentieth-century life in small towns. By recording their memories, the townspeople they remember, and the sights and sounds of their growing-up places, we recall some of our own experiences and times of growing up in close-knit communities and well-known neighborhoods.
There are over 100 stories, some short, some longer than others. There are photos of the characters featured in the stories. The photo of Plummer Memorial Hospital accompanies his story about his childhood operation when he recollects the mesh sieve and green towel that soaked up the ether that put him to sleep.
One story he tells: “Mrs. Abbott [the third grade teacher] had the biggest collection of marbles known in our third grade world. Her rules were simpler than ours; if a marble hit the floor [off the student’s desk] it was hers. We thought we were the first class to outsmart the strict disciplinarian, never thinking how she came into the possession of her magnificent marble collection displayed in a gallon jug on her desk in the first place. She played for keeps.”
This book is a fine commemoration to Dexter, Maine, and a toast to Small Town America.
When Weavers Wove. Short Stories of a Small New England Mill Town may be purchased from RootsBooks.com at http://goo.gl/ujvnHW, from Amazon at http://goo.gl/acY6W or from other genealogy bookstores.