A book of prose and poetry written by my grandfather.
Edward Gaines (nee Ginn) was born November 28, 1900 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one of nine children. After serving in the Army, he moved to Erin, Tennessee where he married Viola Brown. The couple relocated to St. Louis, Missouri. Uneducated and with no marketable skills, Edward found it difficult to find work. Eventually, he and Viola had fifteen children which made it all the harder for Edward to provide for his large brood. He turned to alcohol for solace. It is believed that none of his children knew of his writing until well after his death when in 1975 his eldest daughter, Dorothea, discovered them. She typed them up and distributed them to her siblings. By 2014, all of the Gaines children were deceased and there had been no mention of their father's writings. Fortunately, the typed pages were found among Dorothea's belongings in 2018 by her eldest daughter, Scarlett. Impressed by their depth of feelings and declarations of faith, she presents them to you.