Lorna Quimby has published her memoir, Growing Up Rural: A Vermont Childhood. In two volumes, Quimby shares stories of life on an isolated dairy farm in Peacham, during the Great Depression.
Illustrated with photographs from the author’s personal collection and sketches drawn specifically for this project, "Growing Up Rural" offers a look at a time when dirt roads were impassable in winter, baking and heating were done with wood, farmers worked the land with draft horses full of personality, and children walked to the nearest one-room school. Filled with humor, Quimby’s memoir is based on the monthly columns she wrote for her column "Up on the Farm Early," which appeared in the Danville North Star from 1995–2019.
In Volume One, readers meet Maw, Dad, Lorna’s four sisters, her beloved grandmother, and an extended family that lived as far away as California and Florida, but always stayed in touch. It covers the daily and seasonal routines of life close to the land and special events such as visits from family and neighbors, and the courtships and weddings of older sisters. In Volume Two, the author’s world expanded as she began to help her father on the farm, started school, and encountered the benefits and pains of medicine and dentistry before culminating with the celebration of her parents’ silver anniversary on the eve of World War II.
In addition to her columns to the North Star, Quimby is also the author of Peacham Academy, 1795–1971 as well as several articles published in Vermont History. She holds a Bachelor's Desgree from NVU-Lyndon and served the town of Peacham in many capacities, including town clerk and president of the Peacham Historical Association.
Growing Up Rural is for sale by mail order only. Checks or money orders for $25.02 may be mailed to Lorna Quimby, P.O. Box 2, Peacham, VT 05862. The price includes both volumes, sales tax, and shipping and handling.