I wrote "Garters and Grit" after reporting on northwest Illinois for seven years for the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa. I became fascinated by the area's history and got to know many local residents. I learned about the bond between these people and the past. I also discovered that the extraordinary can be found in the seemingly ordinary. In this book I answer such questions as these:
Why does a Presbyterian pastor perform magic tricks in church?
What were Galena city leaders thinking when they proposed an urban-renewal plan?
Why didn't John Cox become president?
How did Dorothy Hammer feel about being made famous?
Whether or not you have met any of these folks, you will enjoy their stories and learn a little about history in the process.Read a sample story
Hardcover 202 pages 70 stories 142 photos
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