You are invited to journey with an eccentric and extraordinary family through the Civil War, WWI, the flu epidemic, prohibition and the establishment and loss of their beloved farm, “The Maples”.
THE SOFT WIND WHISPERS, the saga of “The other George and Martha” (Hauser), is told through diaries, scrapbooks, photographs, poetry and letters dating back to the late 1800’s. Martha’s father, steadfastly anti-slavery, is dragged away by the Home Guard during the Civil War. He defies orders and is to be shot, but is saved at the last moment. Many in George’s Indiana farm family contract and die of dysentery. As a result, both families are motivated to move to the unsettled Iowa prairie in the 1860’s, where George and Martha meet and marry. There on The Maples, they rear eight children, including a PRODIGAL and a POET.
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The Maples and the Hausers
The Great Train Wreck
The meanest man west of the Allegheny, Martha's grandfather White and his wife.
The Prodigal The Poet