David and I settled on ten stories that were our most memorable of growing up in Tom Hancock’s shadow. Here is a recap of what’s inside this book called “Remembering Poppa”.
Story One – This is our experience as children helping Poppa construct a concrete porch (David, age 7, was in charge of ordering the concrete). It did not turn out well.
Story Two – Virgie’s Grave is about our trip to eastern Oklahoma to find the grave of a long lost aunt.
Story Three – Poppa tellls us about meeting Geronimo and Frank James.
Story Four – The Doctor’s Office is David’s early memory of how our grandfather handled public racism in the 1960’s.
Story Five – This story is our favorite and is simply titled “The Mule”.
Story Six – James Westbrook was Poppa’s neighbor who rode with the Texas Rangers. Story Four also tells of the year we ate tons of sweet potatoes.
Story Seven – This story weaves our many Oklahoma reunion memories with David’s earliest memory in life- helping Poppa look for a lost dog.
Story Eight – Zephyrinus Salinas was a bandit who rode with Poncho Villa who came to live and work on Poppa’s farm.
Story Nine – This recalls everyday life in the “Cotton Mill District” and Poppa raising honey bees.
Story Ten – Murder in Mayberry contrasts the idyllic youth at 901 West DuBois with real tragedy in our neighborhood.
“Remebering Poppa” is now available on Amazon: