Stories from the Old Squire’s Farm
By C.A. Stephens
Compiled and Edited by C.G. Waugh & E.J. Waugh
Published by Rutledge Hill Press
Copyright © 1995
“Stories from the Old Squire’s Farm” is a compilation of stories originally written for the magazine “the Youth’s Companion” in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
This compilation tells the stories of six children, orphaned by the civil war, that have been sent to live with their grandparents at their farm in Western Maine which they call the old squires farm. Though these stories are works of fiction they are based on C.A. Stephens own childhood, and it is his voice that plays the part of the narrator.
These stories take the reader back to a simpler time, not necessarily an easier time, but a simpler time in America’s past that some today might still remember. These tales reflect the closeness of family and community, the value of hard work, and the importance of education and high moral standards. The fun these children have and even the trouble they get into is irrepressibly innocent. These stories are extremely enjoyable and are quite soothing to read as we are surrounded by such a stress inducing society.
For the fan of literature like the Avonlea series, or literature that harkens back to our small community, agrarian past this is a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.