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Third in a four part series; stories of the real Ozarks natives. If you grew up in the country or small town, you will smile as Joe Smith takes you back to the days when life was just one endless summer.
If you like stories of the Ozarks,you are in for a real treat!
Some of Joe W. Smith’s stories will make you laugh and slap your knee, while others will make you feel a little sadness for the times and people who are gone. But we’ll guarantee you that each of Smith’s tales will take you down the misty path of memory. There you’ll catch a glimpse of the happy child that still lives somewhere inside each and every one of us, no matter what our age. Having made contact with this child, we hope you can hold on to him or her and follow your own memories.The history and culture of the native Ozark people has long been steeped in myth and legend. These people, often called hillbillies, have been caricaturized in comics and TV shows for so long that most of America thinks the legends are reality. Joe W. Smith, in his short stories of the Ozarks, uses his sense of humor to take his readers beyond the myths and introduce them to the real Ozark people. He finally exposes the truth about the Ozark character.You will feel as if you grew up with such characters as;
Eugene, the fence steeple shooter.
Bro. Roberts, the first grade poet.
And, Dongo Dobbs, who could have been the first victim
of the dreaded electric paddle!
Smith’s writings will take you away from this homogenized, bubble wrapped, vitamin D added world of ours and back to a less toxic time when life was simple and easy to understand, the Ozarks of the nineteen fifties.
Joe W. Smith & Linda
Author, and Illustrator
Both Joe and Linda (Spurlock) Smith are fifth generations Ozark natives.Both are descended from Scotch-Irish, and in Linda's case, German, and Indianancestry. The original Smith farm is now buried under 150 feet of water,near where the Veteran's Bridges span Lake Norfork in Northern Arkansas.Part of the Spurlock farm in Sharp County is still owned by the Spurlockfamily. Both Linda and Joe had relatives who fought in the Civil War onboth sides, so their roots run deep in the area. Linda is a self-taught artist, Joe has spent 40 years as a high school science teacher in the Ozarks. Joe has also worked,(summers, nights, and weekends) as a lumber stacker, factory worker, livestock buyer, park ranger, stockman, fisheries biologist, woodcutter, truck driver, ferry deckhand, mobile home mover, nurseryman, bus driver, environmental technician, and chemist in the gas fields of Central Arkansas. Smith became interested in the Ozarks segment of the Civil War by listening to his Uncle Woodrow Smith's accounts of the family's involvement in this great conflict. As he started researching the stories told by his uncle, Smith realized that the guerilla warfare along the Arkansas-Missouri Border had largely been ignored by mainstream Civil War writers. The Smiths have done extensive research on the Civil War and have started a series of historical stories that depicted the period in which the Ozarks spawned such characters as Wild Bill Hickok, along with the James and Younger boys, whose relatives still live in the area. There were many other lesser known characters, and the Smiths seek to include their stories as well.The Smith's Civil War stories are; Blessed Are The Peacemakers, and Sultana! They are currently working on several more books about the border war, including Jesse Cleaver's Foot, and Paths of Judgment. The Smiths have also written and illustrated several books of humorous Ozark stories. This series of books is titled Ring-Tail Tooters and Yeller Bad'Uns.