In The Quiet Season, Jerry Apps recalls winters growing up on a farm in central Wisconsin during the latter years of the Depression and through World War II. Before electricity came to this part of Waushara County, farmers milked cows by hand with the light of a kerosene lantern, woodstoves heated the drafty farm homes and making wood was a major part of every winter's work. The children in Jerry's rural community walked to a country school that was heated with a woodstove and had no indoor plumbing. Wisconsin winters then were a time of reflection, of planning for next year and of families drawing together. Jerry describes how winter influenced farm families and suggests that those of us who grow up with harsh northern winters are profoundly affected in ways we don't often realize.
Author: Jerry Apps
Hardcover - 5 in. x 8 in.
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Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life, including "Old Farm: A History" and "Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses." Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he spent countless hours working in the barn, milking and feeding cows, helping to store hay in the haymow, and appreciating the barn's importance to the life of a farm.