From the Old Country By Boat
And More Free Crime Novels
As the story goes, my great-great-grandpa, John (Johann) Prosch, came over The Pond from The Old Country on The Boat at some point during the 1880s.
Growing up, it was always, The Pond.
The Old Country.
John settled outside Denison, Iowa at a young age, got married, had kids, moved the family to northeast Nebraska in the early 1900s, and bought a farm. The farm I grew up on.
There’s more to it than that, but I never questioned the details until I inherited The Trunk.
Four feet long, two feet wide, two feet tall. It’s built of sturdy European wood, its tight dovetail corners worn and polished with the miles.
The Trunk held everything John brought to America from his home in Schleswig-Holstein.
As a teenager. On the Boat.
Today the Trunk is covered in books—as you can see in the photo above. You can acquire a similar pile through electronic means via the new Cozy, Crime and Detective Fiction promo I’m participating in at StoryOrigin.com. Just click on the button below to browse a curated collection of FREE mysteries and crime novels for the download.
Imagine. Coming to a new country. Alone at a young age.
Like most of Europe’s history, the story of Germany’s most northern state is a volatile mix of royal ego and imperialistic ambition. Weary and disillusioned by the Second Schleswig War (1864) and annexation by Prussia (1867), the Prosch family made a commitment to save enough money to transport at least one son from Bismark’s nightmare of blood and iron to the verdant plains of the American midwest.
The Trunk, and the history that went with it, are part of what inspired me to start writing seriously in 2007 and 2008.
John’s daughter, Rose, also had an enormous impact on my writing, as did his grandson, my grandpa.
And all of it —all the Prosch dependents and families and stories—all of it began here, with The Trunk
It’s an honor to sit near it every day that I write.
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