Kathryn Spurgeon


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A Road Trip to Hollis

Hollis, where my father grew up, is a little town in the far southwest corner of Oklahoma, still charming in many ways. It took about three hours to drive there from Oklahoma City. On the trip, my brother, sister, and I passed cotton fields that looked like patches of snow, visited a cemetery that was as hot, dry, and dusty as if going back to the Dust Bowl age, and took pictures of old stores, churches, and schools where my family once walked.

The day trip was fun, especially with my siblings in tow. Since all of us had visited there as children, we reminisced about our childhood and favorite relatives. Thank you Keren and David for accompanying me.

We visited the Harmon County Historical Society where we found pictures of my dad when he graduated in 1948 and many names of relatives mentioned in historical books. Then we went to the Harmon County Courthouse, where a nice lady helped us look through monster books that went back to the beginning of time, or the beginning of the county’s statehood. Marriages. Divorces. Testaments. We found a great aunt’s marriage licenses from the 1920’s, and my great grandparents’ will and testament. What a find!


Joe’s Grill, a hometown café, gave us an awesome lunch. If you ever go through Hollis, try the special catfish meal. It came complete with homemade German Chocolate cake.

I’m considering writing a short story or historical novel about my father’s family from Harmon County. Set in the 1930’s like my other historical books, this one would be about the five sisters and the baby girls they lost during the Great Depression. Where was God when the Dust Bowl hit Hollis residents so hard?

The Bible instructs us to remember the past. Remember what God has done. Deuteronomy 32:7 states, “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.”

Digging into the past has been a challenge. I love looking back to see how God worked through people. He was always there, always helping, always loving. However, sometimes you have to look really deep to see it!

You can find my Christian novels based on real people, A Promise to Break, and A Promise Child, on Amazon.

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Family reunion near old abandoned schoolhouse.

Do you remember the Washington Elementary School in Shawnee?

We had a wonderful, fun, family reunion at the Shawnee Community Center which is right next door to the school. The center is on on 804 South Park Avenue. I heard there will be a Washington School Reunion Saturday September 7. 2017 at the Center.

The Akin (Pope) family got together for an awesome meal and fellowship last Saturday. The kids loved the playground.

One of the little ones asked, “Come play with us on that thing that goes around.”

“You mean the merry-go-round?”

“No, the thing that goes around.”

Guess the kids don’t have merry-go-rounds like in the old days.

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Some of Sibyl Pope’s children went to this school. My Christian historical novels tell about their family. A Promise to Break and A Promise Child.

Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, met Fremont, a penniless hobo, in Shawnee during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Their story has been fun to research and write.

Here’s a few more pictures of the reunion.


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My book, A Promise Child, is now on Kindle!

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If you are an eBook reader, my second Christian historical novel, A Promise Child, is now ready to read on kindle! Writing about the 1930s has been fun. But then, I like the research even if I tend to get sidetracked into bits of fascinating history.

The first book in the series, A Promise to Break, shows Sibyl Trimble Pope struggling with her identity and the promises she made to her father. Sibyl, groomed for a future in the political arena, falls in love Fremont, a penniless hobo. Their story encompasses many aspects of the 1930’s, representing life for people who remained in Oklahoma during thirties.

A Promise Child, the second book in the series continues with Sibyl, abandoned by her wealthy father, struggling through the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. A new child promises hope for the end of the disastrous decade.

Sibyl’s story has farm losses, bank foreclosure and illegal activity, PWA work, failures, divorce, wealth, and poverty. Each book of the Shawnee, Oklahoma,series deals with a different phase of Sibyl’s life and growth, from breaking away from her demanding father to seeking value in home life and material goods, to trying to please God through her many good works.

Will Sibyl ever find peace and the happy home life she craves?

I’m now working on the third book in the series! Hope to have it ready by early 2018!

May you enjoy the journey into the thirties! A review of the book would be greatly appreciated! Here’s the Amazon link to the book: http://amzn.to/2szydtf


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Where to find my historical novel

My new novel, A Promise Child, second book in the Promise series, continues the story of Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, who falls in love with Fremont, a penniless hobo. It is now available at several places:

Memory House Publishing: http://memoryhousepublishing.net/a-promise-child/

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2szydtf

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36107109-a-promise-child?from_search=true

Best of Books at 1313 East Danforth, Edmond, OK

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The Arts 317 317 E Main St, Shawnee, OK 74801

Pottawatomie County Museum, (Santa Fe Museum)

If you like this book, or the first one, A Promise to Break, I would appreciate a review on Amazon or Goodreads! Thank you! God has blessed me more than I deserve!

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Inside the Aldridge Hotel’s elegant lobby

Thanks to all who helped on my second historical novel, A Promise Child! The support and encouragement has been overwhelming. All the way from the editors, proofreaders, to friends and family members who came to set up for the book release party. Thank you everyone!

It had been a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I must say, the Aldridge Hotel where we had the party is one of the most elegant spots in Shawnee. Plus the hotel existed back in the 1930s! I could pretend to be a rich Easterner traveling to Shawnee, Oklahoma, on a train for a few days of shopping and festivities.

Sibyl, a banker’s daughter, marries a penniless hobo during the 1930s Dust Bowl in Oklahoma. Her father abandons the family during one of the worst times in the twentieth century—the Great Depression. The wind blows the topsoil away, hundreds of jobless men hang around town, and the economics structure of the day falls apart. Even Fremont, her stable, handsome husband, grows discouraged and wants to return to California. Sibyl hopes to put the decade behind her and begin a new era. Finally Fremont finds a job and they have a new baby, but then disaster strikes again. Will her faith hold her through another trial? Will they be able to survive in Oklahoma or will they leave with thousands of others making their way west?

I’m looking forward to meeting readers and chatting about life in the 30’s. Based on a true story, A Promise Child can be found along with the first book in the series, A Promise to Break, on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2szydtf.