Author and former librarian Judith Redline Coopey sent a letter recently. Along with her best wishes, she generously donated three of her works of historical fiction for readers to enjoy. Coopey provided a plot summary for each book and they are included here.
“The first [book] Redfield Farm is about the Underground Railroad in southern Pennsylvania prior to the Civil War. It tells of the adventures of a Quaker woman and her brother in rescuing fugitive slaves and sending them on to freedom in Canada.”
“The second, Waterproof, is a novel about the aftermath of the 1889 Johnstown (Pennsylvania) flood. The disaster happened when a dam holding back a lake owned by an exclusive club of Pittsburgh millionaires failed and destroyed the city of Johnstown, killing almost 3,000 people.”
“The third, Looking for Jane, will be perhaps most interesting to the Lone Rock Library patrons because Bear Valley is featured in it. It is the coming of age story of a fifteen year old foundling with a cleft palate who runs away from the convent where she was raised, finds a dime novel about Calamity Jane and decides that Calamity Jane is her mother. She goes west from Pennsylvania to Deadwood, South Dakota, looking for Jane. I won’t tell you how Bear Valley figures in the story, but I think anyone from that area will get a kick out of it.”
Coopey is tending a number of other projects. The writer is working on a second edition of her well known book, Herkimer’s, Holsteins & Cheese: a Brief History of Bear Valley, Wisconsin. This edition will include a list of sources that should prove interesting to history buffs in the area. Coopey’s books are also available on CD and can be purchased through Amazon. To find out more about Judith Redline Coopey, visit her website, www.judithredlinecoopey.com.