ABOUT AUTHOR JIM
I grew up in the country near a small Montana town. I have spent a lot of time in the outdoors, working, fishing, hunting and camping but have always been interested in mechanical and electrical things. Most of my life has been spent in the use, care and repair of things mechanical, electrical and electronic. After being retired for several years, I began writing and published my first novel at the age of 79. Now, at the age of 84, I have published my fifth novel and it is available from me or from the publisher or book distributors.
This is the home I grew up in. When I was about five years old my father added another room onto the right side, or front, of the house. It was constructed of logs that he got by tearing down a homestead log cabin and hauling the logs home with a team of horses and a wagon. During the time I lived there we had no electricity, no running water and no telephone. There was a well out in front of the house that does not show in the picture. There was a hand-operated pump on the well and every bit of water we used was pumped by hand into buckets and carried into the house. After it was used it was dumped into a large bucket and carried back outside to be poured out on the ground. The house was heated by burning wood in a wood-burning stove.
This was the author at about the time he graduated from high school. The car was a 1933 Plymouth sedan and was the third car he had owned. He was proud of the car and proud of his own appearance. Besides personal use, he used this car to carry U.S. mail one winter on a rural mail route. He had this car during World War II when tires were hard to get and flat tires were such a common occurrence that he carried patching materials and tire changing tools with him at all times and sometimes dismounted a tire and repaired it by the side of the road. One time when he was doing this on a hot summer afternoon, a train passed by and the engineer leaned out of the cab of the engine and wiped his brow.