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On the Bench Shirley McJunkin

On the Bench

Shirley McJunkin

Published July 18th 2013
ISBN : 9781627722131
Paperback
160 pages
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On The Bench is a memoir of former immigrants, Adam and Theresa Lambrecht raising a family of ten children, most of them born during The Great Depression. The story opens with the German custom of Wunsching on New Years Day. Christmas was aMoreOn The Bench is a memoir of former immigrants, Adam and Theresa Lambrecht raising a family of ten children, most of them born during The Great Depression. The story opens with the German custom of Wunsching on New Years Day. Christmas was a religious holiday day and celebrated as such, but Wunsching was much like our trick and treating on Halloween, with the children going from house-to-house repeating the greeting in fairly accurate German and receiving treats of nuts, candy, popcorn balls and even money. The day ended with feasting and dancing. The family had a large Collie-mix dog that made it her mission to protect the children. When the mother, Theresa needed a baby-sitter for the youngest toddler, she tied a rope to the large dog and around the childs waist and the dog spent the next hour baby-sitting the child. Chapter nineteen is the story of feuding neighbor families. One ominous fall day gunfire erupted at the local beet dump with one brother killing his sibling- ending the long standing feud.