Day 74

Eymard’s autobiography

June 8th, 2010



For five consecutive winters, Eymard worked on his memoir, writing everything by hand. He published it in 2008 with the help of, I believe, a daughter-in-law and the scoutmaster of the local Boy Scout troop. He is going to mail a copy to my parents for me to read when I get home. I'm quite excited: flipping through, I noticed many intriguing story titles, such as "Dogs in the Hog Pen", "Spitballs Hit the Ceiling", "About Time You Washed Your Feet Young Feller", and "Hot Britches".


25 Comments

  1. Lisa S. says:

    sounds like a pleasant read, when your done with your copy I’d like to read it, or maybe Eymard can forward me a copy of my own. If so give him my email address and I’ll be happy to get his address and mail a check for the book as well as postage :)

    Oh and thank you again for allowing me this priviledge of “walking” with you, it is a treat :)

    • David P Orth says:

      Hi Lisa, I’m Eymard & Lucille’s (oldest) son, and 3rd oldest of their 12 children. We live about 8 blocks from them and I can get messages to them as they don’t have a computer. Dad had a 2nd printing done, so has books to sell. I think $16.00 will cover postage too. I also love reading the memoirs of generations past. I’m not sure how this site works, but I think you can contact me dirrectly, so we don’t use Matt’s time.
      Thank you for your interest, Dave

  2. Sandra says:

    sounds like a good read. The couple seem like nice folk.

  3. Jason Eppink says:

    This sounds AMAZING!

  4. Robin says:

    I helped edit a similar memoir that my grandfather wrote before he died. It had chapters called “People I’ve Known Who Died” and “The Great 1919 Flu Epidemic” and “Murder in the Park.” My grandfather was more morbid than most.

  5. Karen Too says:

    I found this site for the scout troop on Eymard’s shirt, and there is an e-mail address on there. Perhaps he can be contacted through them as he is assistant scoutmaster. There is also a message board, and other links.

    http://www.melrosetroop68.org/

    If you’re ever in the area, you can check out his book at this library:

    http://kitchicat.krls.org:90/kids/1901,2128/search~S24?/cBIOG+OLSSON/cbiog+olsson/9%2C-1%2C0%2CE/frameset&FF=cbiog+orth&1%2C1%2C

    • Jenypher O. says:

      I wonder if the library would have publisher information so we could order it. Eymard, if you’re reading this, please let us know how we can get a copy of your memoirs! I love reading stories about the past. Life was so very different then. You’re great for writing it all down! The Native Americans had it right…pass down stories of your ancestors through oral history.

      • David P Orth says:

        Hi Jenypher, I’m Eymard & Lucille’s (oldest) son and 3rd oldest of their 12 children. We live about 8 blocks from them and I get messages to them as they don’t have a computer. Dad had a 2nd printing done, so he has books to sell. With postage, $16.00 should cover. I think you can contact me dirrectly – I’m not sure how this site works – but that way we won’t use up Matt’s time.
        Thanks for your interest, Dave

  6. bob says:

    Matt

    Been following along a few weeks, when I first heard about your quest.

    Thanks for the great insights.

    I would also like to read ” The Way it Was” when available. I would also be interested in the book that will come after you have completed your walk.

    Sincerely,

    Bob

  7. Craig... (Yeah, From NC!) says:

    I had to get caught up today.
    Matt… My thoughts are here, I have less time starting back to work, I’ve been ill over the last month and I have been here on your webpage getting caught up from when you first left.
    It’s been fun and I will try to check in nightly before bed. Even being sick and all… reading your pages have made me feel better by taking my mind off the sickness and get lost in here with you a bit.
    Thanks! (I hope I can go back to work with out sickness and problems once again)
    Peace

  8. Heather N says:

    I just love how you are able to get some of the really neat stories from across America. You are getting a first hand look at all that is good in our country (I’m sure you see the bad too, but I know you’re not posting that).

    Thanks for the insight into the wonderful people we have in our country!

  9. Shannon says:

    Wow…what a nice couple. That grotto is amazing! I bet his memoirs are a great read. A grotto, memoirs, I wonder what his next big creative project will be?

    We check in each night to share in the days experiences, Matt. If you decide to walk back to NYC, after you reach the West Coast, come southward. We’d love to see you in Arkansas.

  10. It must have been interesting listening to all their old stories. Hope you are having a wonderful time. I don’t even no you, but U R AMAZING!!! Sometime in the near future U should come down to San Diego, CA!!!!!

  11. Mary says:

    I have been following you on and off for the past two weeks. When we allow ourselves the time to enjoy the adventure, we are usually rewarded with unique gifts such as the one you received today from Eymard. In her later years my mother wrote memoirs which we published and passed out as we celebrated her 90th birthday. I hope someday I can do the same for my children. Enjoy the walk, I will be watching.

  12. Liz says:

    Looks like a great read! How can we get our own copies? Will pay, of course!

    • David P Orth says:

      Hi Liz, I’m Eymard’s (oldest) son & 3rd oldest of the 12 children. Most of us live within 80 miles of Melrose, and I’m the closest at about 8 blocks. They don’t have a computer, so I get messages to them. Dad had a 2nd printing of his book, so he has plenty on hand now. I’ll have to check mailing cost, but the total would be about $16.00. I’m not sure how this website works, but it looks like you can reply dirrectly to me. I also try to read the memoirs of previous generations, especially if I know of the property the farm is on, or a relative.
      Thanks for your interest, Dave

  13. Diana Lee says:

    _^_–> wants copy of that book too. will pay ransom.

    • David P Orth says:

      Hi Diana Lee, I’m Eymard and Lucille’s (oldest) son and 3rd oldest of the 12 children. I live about 8 blocks from them and can get messages to them as they don’t have a computer. Dad had a 2nd printing of his book, so has enough copies to sell. I will check, but with postage, $16.00 should cover. I think you can contact me dirrectly so we don’t take up Matt’s time.
      Thank you for your interest, Dave

  14. David P Orth says:

    Ok, Now I see that all of my replys are also right here, so I’ll quit

    • charlie says:

      mr orth….how are we supposed to get in touch with you regarding where to send payment and shipping instructions?

  15. Nicole says:

    I wish I could afford a copy.

  16. John says:

    This might help:

    Eymard Orth
    209 N Fourth Ave W
    Melrose MN 56352
    (256‑3534)

  17. Candice in Alabama says:

    Eymard’s book is such a great idea! Perhaps I can get some stories out of my Mom – before she forgets them all – she’s 85 and has been diagnosed with mild dementia.

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