Day: December 5, 2014

A Reader’s Review of ‘Frontier Justice: Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal’

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Today, I received the following unsolicited review of Frontier Justice: Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal from Pearl Watts:

My retired Foreign Service husband and I read in the AFSA monthly magazine recently about Foreign Service people who have written books.  We found your book, “Frontier Justice – The Story of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall” mentioned in the article.  Since we have an interest in Judge Parker, we sent for your book and have enjoyed reading it very much.  Thank you for that.
Our interest stems from my own family genealogy.  My father’s family came from Switzerland before the American Revolution and settled in Pennsylvania where they established lumber mills.  Soon, the hardwoods became scarce and the family sent some members to Fort Smith, Arkansas to open mills.  There were abundant hardwood trees in the nearby in Ozark Mountains.  My great grandfather, Martin Luther Stoufer, was one of those early settlers.  Martin built the 12 gibbet scaffold for Judge Parker which earned the judge the nickname “Hanging Judge Parker”. 

… After reading your book, my husband and I are planning to make a trip to Arkansas in the spring.  I am sure there must still be family there.  My dad, who was a career man in the Navy and left Arkansas when he was 17 in about 1931 and visited seldom.  I was born in 1936 on one of those visits while he was transferring the family from the east coast to the 7th Fleet on the west coast where my family has lived for many years. My husband and I have retired to the Mendocino Coast of northern California.  If you are ever in the area, we would be happy to have you drop by.

This is the kind of reader response every writer dreams of. My thanks to Ms. Watts and any other readers who have read and enjoyed this, or any of my other works. Keep ’em coming.