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 1.  Postcards from the Old Man and Other Correspondence from Clearwater, Minnesota
Cynthia Anne Frank Stupnik
(2004), 2007, 6x9, paper, 164 pp, Heritage Books
After I graduated from high school, I couldn't wait to escape from Clearwater. Even though I had a good family and many close friends, my tiny hometown made me feel stifled. Like Mark Twain's Huck Finn, I hopped on my raft to "light out for the territory." Clearwater, like many of the river towns Twain wrote about, has been made up of saints and scoundrels and others of varying fathoms in between. When I reflect on Clearwater's history and its notable and not so notable characters, I wonder what the great Wisecracker would have said if he'd ever come this far north. Would he have been cynical of the town's stagnation since it lost its opportunity to become a major commercial center back in the 1800s? Would he have developed a few of the town drunks or regular visiting train bums into central characters for one of his famous novels? It is hard to say. But Clearwater, like many small river towns, has many stories waiting to be told. The poems and essays in this book are about the type of individuals, situations, and places that impressed me as I grew up. And like Mark Twain, who Huck states "told the truth, mainly," except for those "things which he stretched," occasionally this author makes murky illusions to the past.
Price: 21.50 USD


 2.  Steppes to Neu Odessa: Germans from Russia Who Settled in Odessa Township, Dakota Territory, 1872-1876, 2nd edition
Cynthia Anne Frank Stupnik
(2002, 2005), 2009, 5x8, paper, index, 164 pp, Heritage Books
The latest edition of this biographical and genealogical sketchbook of Plains pioneers includes many new family connections made available in part by the Odessa German-Russian Genealogical Library. In the late 1700s and 1800s, the Russian government encouraged hardworking people from Western Europe, including Germany, to settle Russia in a number of locations. Many of the Germans eventually decided to relocate. They found rich homestead land in the Dakota Territory that was similar to the farmlands they had left in Russia. They sent encouraging letters back to family and friends in Russia, which resulted in a flood of German-Russians to America. Their numbers were estimated at one hundred thousand by the end of the century. The biographical sketches include the settler's date of settlement, occupation, place of birth, death, and burial, and names of parents, spouse, and children. Sometimes the biography is supplemented with newspaper excerpts. The surnames included are Auch, Bohrer, Dux, Engel, Frank, Friemark, Freier, Hermann, Horst, Jassmann, Kost, Kusler, Mind, Mueller, Mutschlknaus, Reister, Rude, Sayler, Schaefer, Schamber, Schorzman, Schramm, Serr, Sieler, Stoller, Ulmer, Vaatz, Weber, Weidenbach, Werner, Winter, and Ziegele. The author's sources have come from various German-Russian historical works, newspapers of the Dakota Territory, and German-Russian genealogical websites.
Price: 19.00 USD



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