Child of the Prairie, Man of the World: The Memoirs of LaVern
Book review by Reuben Tschritter, West Fargo, North Dakota
Tufte, LaVern “Vern” Freeh and Lori Freeh. Child of the Prairie, Man of the World: The Memoirs of LaVern “Vern” Freeh. North Dakota State University Libraries, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, Fargo, North Dakota, 2005.
Imagine the possibilities of a life lived to the fullest. This
is what LaVern Freeh has
written in his book which is a dialogue of the life he lives and
influence he has had on others. He has used his unique God-given
talents for the
good of the world, turning dreams into reality, setting an example
through what he did
which made a difference in so many peoples’ lives. His writings
take you right into the
scenes he is describing whether he is riding in his childhood wagon,
his school days, his
achievements, his marriages, the birth of his children, or meeting
world leaders. The
“Child of the Prairie” reflections bring back memories
of our own growing up days. The
“Man of the World” descriptions describe what happened
to the great teacher and coach
that we had as a mentor and friend when we were students at Linton
High School. Vern
knew each student individually and he went the extra mile to help
each student succeed in
his classes, the FFA program, and in coaching athletics. Many honors
and trophies were
won by the FFA students, the football program, boxing program, and
the track program
under the direction of Vern Freeh. Vern can be described as a motivator
of people and
someone who produced champions.
This educator went on to make very significant contributions to
the world at large. Let me take this opportunity to express my highest
regards to Vern Freeh and for what he stands for. He had made an
enormous impact on my life and the lives of so many others for which
I will always be grateful. A German from Russia, who took his heritage
very serious and put into practice the values of that heritage to
become a key figure in the world of agriculture.
As you read Vern’s wisdom, advice, and personal stories,
keep in mind that he has already done what he is talking about.
He isn’t talking theory. Vern is talking reality!
Vern Freeh not only received a great legacy but he is passing on
a cherished legacy to his family, friends, and peoples of the world.
The world desperately needs people of vision and personal convictions
like Vern Freeh to do what is right regardless of personal cost.
Even though he claims to be retired, Vern maintains a life of doing
all the good he can, to as many as he can, for as long as he can.
It is my priviledge to recommend Vern Freeh’s book, “Child
of the Prairie, Man of the World” which is filled with great
insight and practical suggestions on living a life with an attitude
of gratitude because life is what you make of it. Read it and pass
it on to someone who can benefit from a man who turned his dreams
I think Paul J. Meyer summed up Vern Freeh’s life well when
he said, “It doesn’t matter what we start with. It is
the end product that counts.”
Our appreciation is extended to Reuben Tschritter for
this book review.