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Reviews for The News from Lone Rock: Observations and Witticisms of a Small-Town Newsman:

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Oct 11, 2016

This is a somewhat different, quirky book that may have limited geographical appeal at first glance, due to it being a collection of old newspaper clippings from a small U.S. town. Yet surprisingly it was quite an interesting read!

Freeland Dexter reported on Lone Rock, the Wisconsin town of a thousand residents, for a weekly newspaper from 1884 to 1912 and this is a collection of some of his observations that appeared in print. The editor of this book is the great granddaughter of Freeland This is a somewhat different, quirky book that may have limited geographical appeal at first glance, due to it being a collection of old newspaper clippings from a small U.S. town. Yet surprisingly it was quite an interesting read!

Freeland Dexter reported on Lone Rock, the Wisconsin town of a thousand residents, for a weekly newspaper from 1884 to 1912 and this is a collection of some of his observations that appeared in print. The editor of this book is the great granddaughter of Freeland Dexter and she should be justifiably proud about her work and her ancestor!

It was clearly a different time and a different world. Will people look at 2016 news in 2116 and beyond with such curiosity? Will readers today care about what happened in Lone Rock back then, particularly if they have no connection to the area? This is difficult to say. This reviewer enjoyed it, perhaps due to its novelty, although it is unlikely that several similar books would necessarily be as charming and interesting. Perhaps one is sufficient and thus this book met the need and met it well.

Could Dexter’s observations back then, appearing in the local newspaper, be the equivalent of a social media posting today? Yes, quite possibly, as the observations where short, pithy and sometimes quite cutting. Although it does also remind this reviewer of some of the contributions he had the delight of editing as a cub reporter that had been sent in by community correspondents too… perhaps this is why it feels so familiar and enjoyable, although enjoyable was not an epithet he would have used when trying to edit things in the past.

Take this one example from the book and you may get the idea: “A candy pull was held at the home of L. H. Lee on Friday evening last. The old, middle-aged, and young took part in this, rendering it one of the most enjoyable events of the season. Candy, popcorn, and apples constituted the bill of fare. Eighty-two people were present and the fun did not cease until two o'clock in the morning.”

This is a book that won’t necessarily have global appeal, although for many it could be a great little find and an enjoyable way of spending a few hours reading. People with a connection to that area, old journalists and the curious take note!

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Jan 04, 2017

I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review:

The News From Lone Rock is about Freeland Dexter who was a authentic journalist from Lone Rock, Wisconsin. The book has a very nice introduction by Deanna R. Haney which talks about whop Freeland was as a person. The book is a combination of articles that Freeland wrote, which gives incites into how much he cared for his town.

I loved how the articles were short, so you could easily tell what was going on. In each article I received this book from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review:

The News From Lone Rock is about Freeland Dexter who was a authentic journalist from Lone Rock, Wisconsin. The book has a very nice introduction by Deanna R. Haney which talks about whop Freeland was as a person. The book is a combination of articles that Freeland wrote, which gives incites into how much he cared for his town.

I loved how the articles were short, so you could easily tell what was going on. In each article you could tell just how much Freeland loved his town. I loved how there were pictures throughout the book to make you feel you were included in the town.

I would strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of journalism or anyone interested in small town history.

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Freeland Dexter - what a Great Name! And how welcome that this incredible newspaper saga of his small Wisconsin town of Lone Rock has so remarkably and carefully been restored to us. "Good and bad ...Full Review
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Before history can be written it must be lived. “The News From Lone Rock” is history reported in real time. It consists of dispatches of Freeland Dexter of Lone Rock as reported in the Weekly Home ...Full Review

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