Alaskan publishes book of stories about life in Idaho

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2004



K-Beach resident LaVerne Hunt Silcott recently fulfilled a long time ambition by self publishing a collection of family stories from the county where she was raised in Idaho. "My mother said she could never understand why so many books had been written about the other end of our county in Southwestern Idaho, but nothing about our end. So I started researching and gathering family stories," says Silcott. Of course the other end of the county was where the infamous Silver City ghost town was located. "Our end of the county were mostly farm folk that loved to tell stories. Our whole family were story tellers. My mother would say that my grandfather would start a story in the morning and by the time evening came along it didn't sound like the same story at all, but my stories are more about the facts of how our folks lived and celebrated holidays, planted their gardens and put up their food, curled their hair, and did their laundry. There's one story about my father who was a tall person and he liked to ride a donkey to school but he had to pull his legs up to keep his toes from dragging on the ground when he went to school," said Silcott.

Author LaVerne Hunt Silcott has entitled her new book, "Through Their Eyes and Mine," a Collection of Family Stories. According to Silcott the book has been well received in her native county in Idaho, "I received a letter from a lady who went to school with my father and she wrote to tell me one of her stories about growing up with six girls and how the boys had dropped out to help with the farm work and support the families. So they're reading and liking it," said Silcott. Anyone interested in obtaining a copy Silcott's new book may stop by Arkey's Locksmith shop on K-Beach Rd, 262-1801, where LaVerne says she would be happy to personally sign a copy and swap a few stories.

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