This week, Cathy's mom reviews a locally published book.
Cathy's note: Pop was my mom's maternal grandfather and a wonderful, wonderful man.
This was great reading. It gives the reader a thorough insight into living from the 1800's through to the 1990's. There's a great history of parts of Pinellas County with some photos showing homes/shacks that were common living arrangements.
I enjoyed how Myrtle's father managed to raise her after her mother died. I didn't much like Myrtle's husband. I thought him to be a bit of a penny-pincher. Myrtle seems to always be the one doing chores.
The whole book made me think of how Pop's father managed to raise all his children without their mother, except for the temporary help of an Indian squaw. Many single fathers at that time would simply put their children with family or in orphanages. Myrtle's father refused to let family raise her. Myrtle Ave. [in Clearwater] is named after her and her parents are both buried in the small Clearwater cemetery at the intersection of Myrtle and Lakeview.
Several people put this book together based on Myrtle's precise and complete writings.
Myrtle Sharrer Betz
Cover art, Christopher Still
Cathy's mom retired and all she does now is shop and read. Since we're drowning in books over here, we thought, hey, why not? Because she's Cathy's mom, Cathy can't make her write long reviews, so don't expect involved character discussions. Instead, figure out quickly if you want to read the book.