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Former Cave Creek councilwoman publishes 1st book

STAFF REPORT~ 6/12/2013

How many times, in today’s world, do we run across a stack of handwritten personal letters recounting ordinary events shared between people?  Not often; in fact, most correspondence today is simply a few misspelled words with no punctuation other than symbols for laughing, disappointment, confusion and the like.  If the eyes are the windows of the soul, the handwritten, informative letter home is surely the path between hearts; sadly, it’s a fading art.

Grace Meeth, former councilwoman of Cave Creek, has recently published her first book
with Arroyo Road Press, entitled “Letters from Home: The 1855 to 1913 Correspondence of a Colorado Pioneer.” 
The book is a collection of first-person accounts between John Demo “JD” Miller and his family members, during the last half of the 1800s into the early 1900s.  The treasure, of several hundred letters, was found in the attic of a family member after his death several years ago. John Meeth, Grace’s husband, came into possession of the collection due to the fact JD Miller is his great-grandfather.  Grace took on the challenge of meticulously cataloging and transcribing JD Miller’s communications in such a way that we can enjoy not only the transcriptions, but see the actual letters in the handwriting of his correspondents. The reader will be transported through a time when the everyday man could produce beautiful script, thoughtful reflections and send meaningful information to his readers. 
The modern day historical pioneer will accompany JD Miller on his move west as a young man beginning life in the Kansas Territory. The reader follows JD into the Union army at the beginning of America’s Civil War, receiving a personal view of a young man’s convictions toward freedom for all citizens.  The reader then travels with JD into Colorado, after the war, and follows him as he establishes himself as a merchant, civil servant and a respected member of society in the young Colorado Territory.
Grace Meeth’s tireless editing work has brought alive, and preserved a snap shot of, western pioneer life.  Those who enjoy reading personal accounts of our westward expansion in the early days of our nation will not be disappointed in this collection of family letters in “Letters from Home: The 1855 to 1913 Correspondence of a Colorado
Enjoy the journey.
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