Pioneer Family|Michel Oesterreicher
Pioneer Family : Life on Florida's Twentieth-Century Frontier
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Pioneer Family is based on the recollections of Hugie and Oleta Oesterreicher, who lived in rural northeast Florida in the early decades of this century. Northeast Florida was frontier country then, and Hugie and Oleta were pioneers. Although the time and setting of their story are particular, the theme of survival during hard times is universal. Born in a cypress cabin on the edge of the great Durbin Swamp located midway between St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Hugie knew every alligator hole, every bog, every creek; he could dry venison so it lasted without refrigeration for months, build a potato bank that kept potatoes fresh all winter, and put down a well without machinery. He knew how to cope with rattlesnakes and water moccasins. Early one morning in 1925, Hugie fell in love with a tall, brown-eyed girl as he passed her place on a cattle drive. He courted this girl, Oleta Brown, with no success at first, but finally they were married in 1927. Their daughter retells their story from vivid accounts they gave of their childhood, courtship, early years of marriage, and struggles during the Great Depression. The story of their courage, their faith, and their commitment provides a fascinating empathy with a time that has passed - and a place that has disappeared.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780817307837
  • ISBN-10: 0817307834
  • Publisher: University Alabama Press
  • Publish Date: January 1996
  • Dimensions: 9.31 x 6.05 x 0.64 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.73 pounds
  • Page Count: 192