SCOTT COUNTY HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGY SOCIETY MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
RIVERSIDE REGIONAL LIBRARY
JERRY FORD, AUTHOR
OF THE BOOK
THE GORDONVILLE GROVE
STORIES OF TOMBSTONES, TAMBOURINES,
& TAMMAY HALL
The Gordonville Grove and the small-town art of front yard storytelling live on in these hilarious, no-hold-barred tales-witnessed, pretested, and collected by Jerry Ford.
Garnered from his careers as mortician, big-band musician, and politician, Ford’s yarns weave a portrait of camaraderie and enterprise in Midwestern America. Pull up a chair and join The Grove for historical legends, lore, and a load of laughs. These are true and funny stories. The time he and his family spent on the lawn of the original Ford and Sons Funeral Home on Sprigg Street
with friends from the Haarig or Good Hope area of Cape Girardeau, inspired him to name the book after the nickname given to the location, The Gordonville Grove.
“Jerry Ford is a born storyteller and the stories he tells-from his experiences as a funeral director, politician, musician, and all-round observer of life in a Heartland town and state-will both delight and instruct the reader. His characters are ordinary and eccentric, comical and serious, foolish and admirable, heroic and silly-mirror the stuff of real America. There are laughs aplenty in this book, but also a warmth and wisdom that can derive only from a love of life, a respect for neighbor, and a genuine tolerance of the human condition.”
EVERYONE WELCOME TO ATTEND
October 19, 2010 Program
Will be held at the
Ned Matthews, author of Matthews The Historic Adventures of a Pioneer Family