Sticks, Stones, & Songs is the true tale of a family of twelve that survives—even thrives—in mid-century rural America on half a ration, two-fold ingenuity, and undeniable faith.
This historically-documented book will engage anyone who enjoys an honest, humorous portrayal of country life amidst trials of the Depression, World War II, and the years following.
The author’s father, Arthur Corey, comes from respectable stock, God-honoring, community-centered and self-made. When he goes off the deep end of religion to become an itinerate preacher, his relatives don’t understand. Nor does Margaret his wife, nor does her extended family—at least for a time.
The story is told in three parts: Chronicle One begins in 1937 with Arthur’s purchase of a grange hall–a derelict, drafty, long-deserted building–destined to become the Grange House into which babies, including the author, are born…one after another, after another. The children grow up within the shadow of a father’s strong character and unpredictable style, and under the tutelage of their faithful mother, all the while living without electricity next to an outhouse where catalogs are used instead of toilet paper. This clan becomes skilled in facing challenges with grit, in adapting throw-aways into tools, and in building experiences into strengths.
Chronicle Two is the author’s first-person story beginning with her earliest memory. The memory of taking apart the Grange House, while living in it, and carrying it down the highway piece by piece to build a barn-like temporary shack that becomes the Farmhouse. During the next twelve years, the family grows by two more babies, some in-laws, and multiple foster children. All the while working toward the day that: We finally have a real house.
Chronicle Three brings the entire clan together for the first time in 27 years at a family reunion—a time of re-acquaintance, restoration, and renewal.
Please do let us know when the book is available. We'll want a copy to be sure.
Just think… it was almost 42 years ago that we (along with the Giesbrechts, Opperthausers, Zambranos, Buckmans, Martha & (I can see her face but not her name…married Dave Cooper) were togther in Opa-Locka, Fl. Great is HIS faithfulness! Special greetings to Ron, please.
Eleanor, How wonderful to have this book completed. You definitely have a gift for writing. I'm thrilled with what I read so far. We will come and pick up a copy or two when it is ready. We would love to see Joy and family as well. Keep us updated. Anxious to see you……Barb
Wow, you did it. We all have our stories and you certainly have yours. It will be refreshing to know your side since I already know Ron's side. Larry
Eleanor. Please reserve me a copy. Yours are my favorite family experiences during a very difficult childhood for me. God used your family to keep me loved and protected when there was little of either in my home. My first babysitter, brought by God, was your sister Virginia. Through her I met you and your family and have kept that contact over the years.
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Oh, dear Eleanor,
What a thrill to read the intro to your second book on your beloved family.
I’m especially interested in this one as this is where you and
yours..and especially your Mother, enter my life. She was a dear friend of my Mother’s, and that ‘endeared’ her even more to me and my siblings. I always looked excitedly forward to gatherings at the Cory’s and the singalongs. Especially singalongs in summers by the creek ! Some of my most favorite childhood memories.
Thanks for the memories!!
Thank you Shirley. I apologize for the delay in seeing your post as the website did not alert me to it. By now you have read the book. I trust it was a blessing to you.