New Memoir Offers Parallels Between 1920s and Today

Winona Ruth Gunther’s ‘Papa Said’ reveals the hardships of Depression-era Indiana

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“Most people think that the Depression started with the stock market crash in l929. The farmers in the Midwest could tell you differently. Their depression started in the early 1920’s with drought and failing crops.

Monticello, IN (PRWEB) September 01, 2012

Author Winona Ruth Gunther offers readers an engrossing tale inspired by her own history in her new book “Papa Said” (published by Inspiring Voices).

“Papa Said” is the story of a little girl, her three brothers and two sisters, who lived as pioneer children with their parents in the early 1920s on a self-sustaining 240-acre Indiana farm, a mile and a half from the closest store. This was the time of crank phones, kerosene lamps, and high-button shoes, when Model T’s, horses and buggies, shared the unpaved country roads. There were no close neighbors or children to play with, but they had their babies, farm animals, and their dog, Shep. Their story is filled with excitement, humor, drama, tragedy, hope and faith.

An excerpt from “Papa Said”:

“Most people think that the Depression started with the stock market crash in 1929. The farmers in the Midwest could tell you differently. Their depression started in the early 1920’s with drought and failing crops. There were no laws to control what lenders could do. They could take everything you owned, regardless of value, to cover even a small note.”

“Everyone is aware of the many families who have lost their homes in recent years, so they can relate to the Anderson family and their tragic loss,” says Gunther. “With the drought throughout most of our country this year, farmers are experiencing the same fears that Papa felt during the early 1920s when his crops failed due to drought. ‘Papa Said’ shows how the family fell back on their faith and hard work to cope with the loss of their farm, which had been the major part of their income.”

About the Author
Winona Ruth Gunther, the fourth of 12 children, writes of her childhood memories in “Papa Said.” While raising two children, Gunther hosted a radio interview program and later became a realtor. Retired, she lives in the home she shared with her late husband in Solana Beach, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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