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The Bark Covered House
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Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 11th 2007 by BiblioLife
(first published 2006)
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In 1834, William Nowlin's father moved his family to Michigan form Putnam County, New York. In 1875, William Nowlin sat down to write this book as a memoir to his father, mother, and all other pioneers who helped to "tame" the forest and "develop" the land. It's a first-hand look at what these people had to go through. It's been an especial treat for me as I live quite close to where these stories took place. I would read of "the old telegraph road" and realize it referred to Telegraph Road and ...more
I stumbled upon this book, while looking for some good fiction set in Michigan. It is non-fiction and considered a primary source for people researching pioneer life in Michigan during the mid 1800s. William Nowlin recounts the story of his young adult years scratching out a farm from the forest of Michigan with his father and family. He tells of logging the land to make fields for crops, how his family was the first to sell watermelons in Detroit and Dearbornville, tracking and hunting bear and ...more
This was such a fun book to read. I teach at the school that was named after the author. It is his personal a count of his family migrating to southeast Michigan and carving out a homestead from the Michigan wilderness in what is present day Dearborn. All of the locations referenced in the book are well known to me, but it was interesting to find out how a lot of places and roads in the area came to be called their present names. It was also surprising to learn of the wild animals that once ...more
The story of the Nowlin pioneer family is a story that is both enlightening and humbling. Visited by bears and harrassed by wolves, insects and Indians, the pioneers endured with little more to start their new lives but the clothes on their backs, an axe and a rifle or two.
It took an unusual drive, aptitude for hard work and sacrifice, savvy and extraordinary determination to survive in the backwoods of Michigan in the early 1800's.
The book is sprinkled with many clever and humorous anecdotes th ...more