Dear Medora: Child of Oysterville's Forgotten Years

By: Stevens, Sydney; Willard R. Espy

Price: $21.50

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Near Fine


Book is in excellent condition with a few tiny marks to covers as the only blemish. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. 168 pages with a great many b&w photos with letters between the subject and her mother from around 1900 on.


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When Medora Espy moved to Oysterville, Washington, as a toddler in 1902, the quirky, remote village was long past its heyday. The population had dwindled and times were hard. Chores such as milking, stacking wood, gathering eggs, chasing stray cows, and weeding the garden taught children responsibility and self-esteem. Frolicking in the shallow, warm waters of Willapa Bay, tramping hay in the loft, and riding horses bareback served as childhood amusements. Occasionally, major events such as a shipwreck, fire, or the escapades of some of the town's more colorful inhabitants brought a modicum of excitement. Dependable, devoted, and tender-hearted, Medora was the oldest child of Washington State senator and dairy farmer Harold Albert Espy. At various times throughout her life, she endured long months of separation from her parents, especially her mother. Whether the absence was due to the hospital birth of a sibling, her father's political duties in Olympia, or her own school attendance at the Portland Academy, the bond between them remained strong. Whenever they were apart, they always wrote, and Medora kept each and every letter. Practical and sensible, yet also full of laughter and heartache, the contents of these almost daily communiques lend insight into the customs and beliefs of one American farm family during the early twentieth century. Sadly, Medora was just 17 and brimming with life when tragedy struck, and the letters came to an end. In Dear Medora, her lively correspondence and diary entries, interspersed with family photographs and additional background on the times and the Espy household, bring her generation and the Oysterville of those forgotten years into sharp focus.

Title: Dear Medora: Child of Oysterville's Forgotten Years

Author: Stevens, Sydney; Willard R. Espy

Categories: History, General, Northwest, Letters, Autobiography / Biography / Memoir,

Publisher: WSU Press: 2007

ISBN Number: 0874222923

ISBN Number 13: 9780874222920

Binding: Oversize Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Type: Northwest

Seller ID: 148207

Keywords: Harry Albert Espy, Portland, Academy, Letters, Washington, State, Rural, Northwest , History, 1900's , Correspondence, Child, Mother, ,