Growing Up on the North Dakota Midwest
Prairie, 1920s & 1930s
By Cr. Edward F. Keller
Self published by Dr. Edward F. Keller, Dickinson, North Dakota,
1999, 134 pages, softcover
Another book has been published by the author of My
First World, Memory Stories,
and Memory Stories Audio Cassette.
In 94 short stories, the author details his early childhood memories
of growing up in a German Russian family near Strasburg, North Dakota,
the home of bandleader Lawrence Welk, in the 1920s and 1930s. In
stories like "My Best Ice Cream Ever," My Father's Lap," "Sugarbread,"
and "Dakota Gypsies," Keller's early prairie experiences come alive.
Keller reveals a closeness to nature, a work ethic and an enormous
faith with a persistence that enable existence on the early Dakota
prairies. The large print, double spaced stories have all appeared
during the last two years in the Emmons County Record, Linton, North
Dakota, the area where Keller grew up.
About the Author
Dr. Edward F. Keller was born in Strasburg, North Dakota, in 1927.
He attended a rural one room school near his farm and a seminary
high school in Canton, Ohio. After three years in the military,
he attended St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduate
from Marquette University School of Dentistry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
in 1955. Dr. Keller began his writing career in 1996, after retiring
from 42 years of practicing dentistry at Dickinson, North Dakota.
Edward and Shirley Keller have seven grown children and 15 grandchildren.
Dr. Edward F. Keller
Memory Stories II
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