In qI Think I've Done Pretty Good!q I trace ninety-seven years of my mother's remarkable life, 1915 to 2012. Ruby Mae (Etherton) Owens grew up on a modest, by today's standards poor, Southern Illinois farm. She really did walk a mile to school, a one-room school, occasionally riding a mule. My mother boarded out and worked her way through high school and college. She taught in rural one-room schools, married, transitioned from rural to urban life, worked in the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II, gave birth to three children, taught in and retired from suburban schools. Her life is clearly a story of success. She is certainly proud of the way she lived her life. In later life, she often declared, with great satisfaction, qI Think I've Done Pretty Good!q I am confident the readers of this sketch will have a better awareness of what life was like in Ruby's time and will agree she qdid pretty good!qGrover left the area for the second time in the summer of 1929, just after Ruby completed eighth grade. ... It was a two and a half to three day trip by wagon at the time Sarah and her family moved to Williamson in the early ... The wet clean clothes were hung on tree branches and bushes to dry when the travelers stopped for the day. ... The loan and the 6% annual interest was paid off after the state of Illinois purchased the property for the Crab Orchard Recreational Area project in 1939.
|Title||:||I Think I’ve Done Pretty Good!: Ruby Mae (Etherton) Owens Her Life, Her Family|
|Author||:||James M. Owens|
|Publisher||:||Lulu.com - 2014-04-14|