Susan Davis of Inman journeys back in time to 1911 to when trouble was looming on the horizon for her German-Russian ancestors, who lived in poor villages in Russia. It was time for them to make a major move.
Readers of her second published book, “Ancestry’s Journey” will feel like they are going on a historical journey as they travel with them as steerage passengers on steamships and experience the confusing immigration process at Ellis Island. America didn’t welcome them with open arms, but the country did give them the opportunity to work as manual laborers in sugar beet fields in northeast Colorado. For many years, the immigrants clung to their customs and German language.
Davis recounts how the worldwide flu of 1918 and the powerful blizzard of 1949 nearly changed her family tree. The journey ends at current day where readers will learn what heirloom her ancestors left behind for their descendants to treasure.
The book was printed by Mennonite Press in Newton, as was her first book
“Small Farm & Big Family,” which has sold out. Davis has been a freelance writer since 1988. She has had 700 short stories published by The Fence Post and Prairie Times. She writes a monthly children’s column for The Fence Post.
“Ancestry’s Journey” is available at The Bookshelf in McPherson. A book signing will be there from 5 to 7 p.m. May 2.