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Post Hole Digger

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This true story is dedicated to all the children that are called upon to shoulder family responsibilities. The hardships of a struggling farm family, Post Hole Digger follows the life of one Iowa farm boy, James Pope, from first memory to adulthood. At the age of fifteen, upon the death of his father, he is called upon to support his mother and little sister.



  • Born March 25, 1937, Avoca, Iowa at home on a family farm. Attended a one room country school for two years. At age fifteen upon the death of my father, I became a janitor of the Macedonia, Iowa Consolidated School. Age sixteen worked as hired man on a farm for four years. After graduation I joined the Navy and served twenty seven years in submarines. After I retired from the Navy, went to work for utility company as production controller supervisor of the computerized maintenance department. Starting out life in the "cash n' carry " world, where needs and savings were the law we lived by. At the age of sixty, after working all my able life, I just stopped going to work. I have a wonderful partner. She and I have been together for thirty-two years travelling the world extensively. I don't know if I am a writer or just a story teller that can uniquely connect the dots.




  • Post hole digger reviews

    "An inherently and consistently compelling read from beginning to end, "Post-Hole Digger" is as entertaining as it is thoughtful andthought provoking.While very highly recommended for community library collections."

    "Harrowing, poignantandeye-opening, “Post-HoleDigger”is a boy's remarkable coming-of-age and it is a testament to the indomitable humanspirit.”
    by PR WEB

    "I had no idea what the book was about. Jame's journey is inspiring. Best fit for young and new generation to take the time and read as this book has given me an insight and motivation in life."
    - Miriam Chandler, NM

    "Highly, highly recommended. Enthralling and truly evoking interest."
    - Robert Hayes, Macon GA

    "A story of a brilliant and adventurous man. Pope, painted a picture of how it was for farm children back in the days. This book is for those who are looking at learning a bit of history, hope and encouragement."
    - William Craig, Ocala FL

    "Post hole digger makes us aware about our past. We get inspired from historical events and this is exactly what the book gives you - inspiration. Thumbs up."
    -Sandra Helm,KyleTX

    "Recommended reading for all. Intriguing and well written."
    - Bill Shaw, NC

    "I generally don't read memoirs. JamesPope's life, offers moral. A story that teaches how far being responsible can take us."
    - Richard James, Kirkland WA

    "I could not put this book down once I started reading it. Definitely keeps you interested throughout."
    - Becky Miller, Littleton CO

    "Easy reading. I think the author did a great job!"
    - Pamela Roberts, Chicago IL

    "Loved the book. JamesPope is now on my list of favorite authors."
    - Ken Davis, IN

    "This author obviously has a great sense of humor. Enjoyed the book very much."
    - Brent Hughes, CA

    "Truly a remarkable life and a story well told."
    - Joseph Joyce, Dyersburg TN

    "This was such an inspiring true story. Hope to be seeing more from this author."
    - Don Daikeler, Covington KY