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Synopsis: The scope and mood of this memoir are best suggested by its Table of Contents as follows: Preface, Acknowledgements, Prologue, Cherokee Territory, The Land, Tahlequah Oak, The Early Inhabitants, "Pray and Work", Ramsay,Ramsey, "Ora et Labora", Family Album, Samuel Taylor Ramsey, The Way We Lived, S.T. Ramsey and Son,General Merchandise, Papa, Mama, Our Daily Bread, Food, Water, A Growing Up Like No Other, Crickets in My Shoes, Knee High To a Duck, Beyond The Valley, School, In The Good Old Summer Time, Refuge, "It's That Old Time Religion", Chestnut Hill, Epilogue, The Tale Of a Tree, Excerpts From The Family Bible, Letters from N.E.Ramsey, 1901.
This small segment of Americana covers the adventures and activities of some Anglo-Scots who searched for and settled in a secluded valley high in the Nantahala Mountains of North Carolina. Some spoke Elizabethan English using "hopa you" for "help you" and other representative phrases. Some had rudimentary education; a few were learned. All were driven by the same desires to have freedom to worship as they chose, to have property rights and privacy.
Their freedoms found, these pioneers planted crops in virgin soil. They added fruit trees of apple, pear, peach,and cherry, as well as grape and berry vines, flowering shrubs, foxglove, roses, and peonies to touch the wilderness with bloom.
Their ingenuity and creativity is best illustrated by the family who diverted part of a stream to provide water power for a sawmill, corn mill and dynamo to generate electricity. The water then was directed through a wooden trough to the wash house for launder, onward for live stock and finally swept sewage toward the sea.
In the early 1900's Tellico emerged as a place to visit. Tahlequah Oak was admired and measured by how many persons were needed to reach around its girth. Electric lights in the house and barn were a source of amazement. Visitors bought stamps at the post office, candy at the store, walked through the mills, admired the collected buggies and surreys in the carriage shed before having a drink of water from the dipper at the spring in the meadow.
The big white house was always full of family and friends. Those days have passed with the years and now the valley is filled more with memories than people. Majestic Tahlequah Oak still towers over all but is dying. As a child the author played hide and seek among the boulders under the tree with imaginary Cherokee children. She has known this Oak in all seasons for many years and remembers it as an old friend.
About the Author: Dreams sustained this young girl through physically exhausting days of growing up in a remote valley in western North Carolina. She dreamed of a career, independance, travel: not teaching school as three generations of her family had done. She rebelled and accepted employment as a secratary the day before reeiving a B.S. degree.
World War II exploded and her dreams were delayed. Three years of Navy assignments took her back and forth across the United States ending with a tour of duty in Washington, D.C. She worked days and studied law at night. As the only female in classes of forty males, friends teased that she would be the first female Supreme Court Justice.
This was not to be. In June 1944 she met a young man, also Navy, at a Sunday Tea Dance in the Biltmore Hotel, New York City. Usually they were stationed a continent apart, but a strong bond developed. Virginia had observed the role of women in marriage and wanted none of it, but after four years of convincing they were married in August, 1948.
In 1950 after Bob completed graduate study at the University of Illinois they moved to California where they still live. Their daughter, a practicing physician and mother of two, lives nearby.
Tahlequah (1994) was her first book, very localized, and notable for a loving look at early years, home and community, family, and nature. In her second book, Kaleidoscope (1997) she took on the whole new challenge of narrating the most memorable adventures from her journals that cover 26 years of travel from top to bottom and many times around our planet.
Virginia and Bob reached the North Pole on a Russian nuclear-powered ice-breaker, traveled to Antarctica, have followed the Silk Road, and made many journeys to Europe, the Near East and the Orient. They followed "The Ring of Fire" five thousand miles by small ship from Borneo to Irian Jaya. They explored Patagonia and Bhutan, South Africa and Tibet, Iran and Iceland, Afghanistan and Zaire, Guatemala and Hudson Bay. As travelers, not tourists, Virginia and Bob have acquired an in-depth understanding of our world. But during those years of travel Virginia's birthplace roots have been sustained by ownership of a small forest, on part of the original Ramsey land, which the Brunners maintain in a natural, undisturbed state.
As a journalist, Virginia's by-line has appeared in the SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER and THE SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS as well as other newspapers and magazines. Both Virginia and Bob are photographers and their color enlargements of faces, activities, and landmarks from many countries have been exhibited extensively in galleries and public buildings.
Publisher: Western Book Journal Press,
Publication Date: 1994
Book Description Western Book/Journal Press, 1994. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P11093602934X
Book Description Western Book/Journal Press (November 9, 1994), 1994. Hardcover. As new in as new dust jacket. Inscribed by the author to friends on the on the front end paper. The text is clean and pages are not torn or dirty., the binding is solid. We provide fast and reliable shipping service. Satisfaction guaranteed. Bookseller Inventory # 0054803