Monday, November 30, 2015

One-Room Schools

My posts for this author page will consist of reprints from my blog site. I decided I'd share historical tidbits with my readers and connect them with the characters in my novel. Emma, who is now a teacher in a Racine elementary school, attended school in a one-room school in rural Juneau, Wisconsin. Maybe her school had some of the same things as this one-room school. Hope you enjoy!

Recently when I drove to work, I saw mothers walking kids to school. It made me think of the stories I heard from my dad and grandfather about walking a mile or more to school when they were kids. I bet most of you’ve heard the same type of stories from your parents and grandparents.  I’ll have to admit I’m glad I didn’t have to do that when I was younger.

I’m sure none of their mothers had to accompany the children back then. There was never a question about them being safe walking along the road or through fields to school. It’s a sad commentary about our world today that mothers need to walk with the children even if it’s only a block or two.

My father was giving me some details about life in his country school a while back. He said that in his one-room school one year there were 54 children in his classroom with only one teacher!! Would anyone like those odds in a classroom today? How could they have possibly learned anything in those circumstances?

He told me they probably learned better that way with grades 1-8 in the same room than children learn today. While the teacher taught seventh grade geography, the younger students heard the
lesson with half an ear. By the time they got to grade seven they practically knew the lesson already. And if a student was a bit slower, he’d review the lesson when he was in eighth grade while she taught the seventh graders that geography class. Guess it makes sense if you think about it.

One thing that you might not know about schools in the 1920’s is that all of the women teachers were single. It was actually written into the teacher contracts that if a teacher got married, the contract was terminated immediately. In one case, a young teacher from Wisconsin wanted to get married before the end of the school year. She and her fiance secretly went to Illinois and got married. They hid their marriage from everyone in the community just so she could keep teaching. It almost worked, except for the fact that someone in their town read their names in  the marriage records of the Chicago paper. That was the end of her teaching career.

Would you like to go back to the good-ol’-days again? I think not.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Buy my book on Cyber Monday!

Looking for a great Christmas gift for mom? Grab a copy of the fun new novel about a naive Lutheran school teacher navigating the world of the Roaring 20s, "Guide Me Home" for only $13.99 on Amazon:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Day is Here!!

In honor of my husband's birthday, I'm announcing that my book is now officially published! 

Trouble brews when a naive Lutheran school teacher meets the Roaring Twenties. Her caring, young pastor attempts to keep her out of trouble. Will he succeed?

During the Roaring Twenties, young Emma Ehlke leaves her family’s Wisconsin farm home to take up a new teaching post at a Lutheran parochial school in the city. Excited at the prospect of life in a modern city, fear of the unknown is also Emma’s companion as she steps off the train. She soon meets the dashing young Freddie who takes it upon himself to be Emma’s guide to city life in the jazz age. At the same time, the young and single minister of her new church, Pastor Neil Hannemann, also wants to take her under his wing, but not like Freddie! Emma finds herself torn between the novelties offered by Freddie and his friends and the faithful path on which Pastor Hannemann wants to lead her. Which way will she go? 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Day is Almost Here

I received the "proof copy" of my novel today. It's quite a feeling to hold in my hands the book that I've spent countless hours working on. It will take a couple days yet to finish the process, but I should have a big announcement next week sometime!!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Welcome to My Author Page

I'm excited to be launching my new author website since it means that my first novel will be published in the next couple months. After working on my novel for so many years, learning the writing craft, God has graciously granted me the reality of getting my book printed.

"Guide Me Home" is in the final editing process and will be uploaded to Create Space when the process is finished. A sneak preview of my cover is on the right. Click on the "Guide Me Home" tab above for a summary.

I'll keep you posted as to the progress of this project.