She Grew Up With The Country
by Mardo Williams
During her 110 years, Maude went from a 400-lb. wood-burning stove to a microwave oven, from an outdoor privy to indoor plumbing. She got the vote in 1920 and voted in the next 18 Presidential elections.
With poetry and human dramas (two murders and a suicide), written by a master journalist, the book shows the impact of the changing times on shy, unassuming Maude, her fun-loving husband Lee, and their four active children. They farmed 100-acres on the banks of Rush Creek in Logan County (Ohio).
Maude is a favorite with book discussion groups and is being used as a supplemental text (to "put a human face on history") in college American history classes.
Mardo Williams began his writing career in 1927 as a reporter for the Kenton (Ohio) News-Republican, later writing a daily business column with byline for the Columbus Dispatch. At 88 he learned the computer and wrote this book as a tribute to his mother and other women like her at the turn of the century who did so much with so little--no electricity, no indoor plumbing, none of the
conveniences we take for granted today. He won an Ohioana Library Award in 2001 (posthumously) for his unique and outstanding lifelong literary contributions as author and journalist.