On Coon Mountain: Scenes from Childhood in the Oklahoma by Glen Ross

By Glen Ross

Coon Mountain lies within the Cookson Hills, the place the western fringe of the Ozark Plateau reaches in to jap Oklahoma. part of the Cherokee state in the course of Indian Territory days, it was once domestic to a rural neighborhood as a rule of white and Cherokee farmers by the point Glen Ross used to be born there in 1929—which might have been 1829, for the entire distinction twentieth-century had made.

These autobiographical essays let us know what used to be designated concerning the rural americans of the good melancholy and international warfare II—about their resourcefulness, humor, and love of the land. How with no less than know-how, in a subsistence economic system, they completed a lifestyle and a stature within the eyes in their childrens that we envy today.

Glen Ross’s lucid, beautiful narratives pull us again right into a time while youngsters picked corn, peaches, strawberries—whatever was once in season—and trapped animals, whilst a girl needed to make hominy starting with seed corn grown at the farm, and males met the demanding situations of horse-drawn gear as they farmed, hunted, and fished to eke out a residing with their families.

We have during this booklet brilliant photos of doughty pioneer family members and their bygone lifestyle, together with the well-stocked normal shop stored via Ross’s kindly storekeeper uncle (who spoke Cherokee in addition to English), a distant mountain abode deserted to the encroaching wasteland, a missionary assembly in the middle of a summer season thunderstorm, and an eerie hour of darkness raccoon hunt in once-familiar woods reworked by way of darkness.

As Ross grew up, the melancholy deepened. The kinfolk traveled 5 days in a 1936 Chevrolet to Oregon to flee the difficult instances, in simple terms to come back a 12 months later to the their home. Their battery-powered radio instructed them of the warfare in Europe, while it entertained the ladies with the early-day soaps. ultimately, warfare paintings used to be to attract the kin out of the hills and into the second one half the 20 th century. Readers will snort as Ross contrasts Coon Mountain with the remainder of America.

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She'd recognized him as a man who lived two or three miles away, across the valley, and who was said to be not all there. He'd never been known to hurt anybody, so it is not likely that my brother and I were in any danger from him. But he scared the wits out of us, and it was a long time before his shadow was lifted from the green gate in the woods. I had already had one close call with a gun when I was little more than a baby. 22 rifle against the wall just inside the kitchen door. My brother, for reasons nobody can remember, took up the rifle and pointed it at me and pulled the trigger.

I have been lucky with people all my life. I had no idea where I was, however, or what I was supposed to be doing there. I didn't know that the year was 1929. To judge by the accomodations it could well have been 1829a great year to be bornbut my luck didn't run that way. It turned out to be the twentieth century, with droughts, depressions, and wars in every direction. Because I arrived when I did, I was seen as a contributory cause of those things by my father. He even suspected me of having something to do with the collapse of the stock market, which happened a few weeks after I was born.

When he had it figured out he got up and left the kitchen by way of the back door. We heard the car door slam a moment later, then the sound of him driving away, before the silence came flowing back into the house. A long time passed, and my brother and I fell asleep. I woke up when Ralph carried me out onto the porch, where we could hear the car growling up the mountain road. We followed my brother in the cold darkness down the steps and out along the flagstone walk as the headlights swung into view and the car rolled up to a stop outside the front gate.

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