280 pages, 2013, 6" x 9",
B&W with photos and maps
Order Number: DRA3481
Demise of Small Town USA
320 pages, 2013,
6" x 9", Hardcover,
B&W with 50+ photos and maps
Order Number: DRA3474
book is about Ronald D. Offutt, Jr., a farm boy whose father was a
visionary but had difficulty implementing management skills. Fortunately,
he excelled in potato marketing. Ronnie had devout and caring parents
who instilled their son with a positive attitude. Ronnie realized
from an early age that he wanted to be a potato farmer.
worked his way through college but, like many other entrepreneurs
and outstanding leaders in society, it never occurred to him that
doing so was supposed to be a handicap. To him it was an opportunity
for a better life.
Upon graduation he declined an offer to work for his father; he
wanted to be a partner. The thought overwhelmed his parents, but
they agreed on the condition that he sign a note to them for one-half
of their net worth and co-sign all their financial obligations.
with a negative net worth and without any master plan or vision
of creating an agricultural empire, Ronnie, who had great people
skills and excelled in developing partnerships, accomplished the
story unveiled in the pages of this book. He has realized both success
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history of the Meriden Township took Hiram Drache over 50 years
to complete. Not due to lack of passion or subject matter, but rather
because he did not want to use the typical format where people write
about their families. He wanted a detailed history with substance
and a meaningful message.
had no idea where the story would end, but changing agriculture
dictated a new era for rural society. By the 1960s, instead of having
a farm service center every eight miles to accommodate horse and
wagon, thirty-five minutes (not miles) was suggested to be the ideal
enduring symbol of the Meriden Township is a country side of fertile
fields, which resulted in the township consistently being a top
producer in the county. With the help of government programs, a
core of progressive farmers in the township, and in all townships,
inadvertently caused the decline of small town U.S.A. Farming became
a commercial enterprise.
towns filled a niche when they were needed and today they live on
in nostalgia, in poetry, in stories about the "good old days,"
and in paintings about the rustic past.