This book is a collection of short stories divided into 4 books as follows: Book 1, Life on Grandfather's Homestead, is primarily history/and stalgia about growing up on the family homestead in Wyoming in the 40's and 50's. However, it is much more. It is a collection of hundreds of historical photographs including antique farm and ranch equipment and some of the invations our pioneering ancestors developed to ease their burden. If you enjoy history, stalgia, and stories of rural America, you will like this book. The photographs alone are worth the price of the book. Book 2, Wyoming Hunting Guides and More Hunting, is about my experiences hunting and guiding hunters with my older brother in Wyoming. This section is largely about my brother Bob and a guide business that he operated for many years. It offers many Tall Tales and other unusual stories of his occupation as a hunting guide and as a logger. In addition I tell a few stories from my 50+ years of hunting in the Blue Mountains of Washington. Book 3, Life Beyond the Black Hills, is about my adventures as a country bumpkin, new to big city life in Spokane, WA. It includes a How I Met My Wife episode. It has many stories of some interesting and unusual jobs I held such as, an internal auditor in Alaska, working as a Railway Mail Clerk, etc. Included in this section is a Chapter, The Joys of Camping and some of our 50 plus years of RV camping. My favorite camping story is Hiking across the Grand Canyon. Book 4, The Early Pioneers is a collection of family stories and photographs of some of my ancestors. Much of this family history was contemporaneously written and dates back to about 1595 in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Later on, several families of my ancestors came to the Black hills area as pioneer homesteaders. This section features many stories and photos of these early settlers, especially in the Area around Sundance, Wyoming and the Devils tower.
About The Author William Bill Rice was born in Sheridan, WY. At an early age the family moved to a ranch inherited from his mother's Parents. The first five and a half years of Bill's schooling was in a cabin his dad built next to the ranch house. At the time, the only two children in the district were Bill and his brother Bob. In 1948, three new families moved into the Houston Creek Community near the regular schoolhouse, three miles north of the ranch. This was to be Bill's school for the next year and a half This accommodation lasted only until the blizzard of 1949/50 drove the new families out. He graduated from Sundance High School in 1956 after which he moved to Spokane, WA where he met and married his wife Lynn in 1958. They have four children and nine grandchildren. They love to travel in their fifth wheel and have made five trips to the Atlantic shores to fulfill a lifelong quest to visit every state. Bill is an avid reader and amateur historian; consequently, they have visited countless historical places and countless museums. He served three years in the Army and then worked for the Post Office. While working at the Post Office, he attended Eastern Washington State University and received a degree in economics with a minor in German. His hobbies are writing, photography, hunting, traveling and handyman work and eating. He and Lynn enjoy going out to eat at various buffets with friends on a weekly basis. Bill regularly attends the morning Old Fogies coffee klatch where they contemplate the universe; tell lies, tales of youthful exploits and other war stories. Some of these stories are woven into the fabric of An American Collage. This is Bill's first book; it started as a jumble of short stories written over a period of 40 some years. During the winter of 2010 and 2011, he organized it into a book and self published it under the title of Peone Publishing.