By Lawrence Hawkes
My father was born when my grandfather was 71 years old. By the time I was born in 1968, my grandpa was well into to his 90s and very hard of hearing. Because he could not hear he did not talk much. But I do recall him telling me once about his father, who had served the Union in the Civil War and lost his left arm at the battle of Gettysburg.
As a boy we lived where my father and his father grew up on the old family farm in remote northwestern Wyoming. In later... [Read More