Life on a Randall farm depicted in ‘Tales of Our Youth’

Elizabeth Brown writes about much love and hard work

By Tina SnellStaff Writer

A former resident of Little Falls and Randall, Elizabeth Brown, has written a book about her childhood. “Tales of Our Youth” recently came out in eBooks, and will be available in print in November.

“Tales of Our Youth,” written by Elizabeth Brown, tells of her early days with five siblings on a farm in rural Randall. She captured the essence of the work it took to bring in a crop, the daily chores, going to country school, what part religion took in the family’s life and just plain daily living in the 1930s and 1940s.

Brown was born to Alois and Helen Pierzina who farmed in Randall. She grew up with five siblings and was always known as Bette.

“I wrote this book after I read the poem from the book, ‘See Me.’ It was about an old woman, not very wise, who did the bidding of others. I didn’t want my grandchildren to know me as only a crabby old woman,” she said. “I wanted them to know that I was once a child of 10 years old with a mother and father and sisters and brothers who all loved one another.”

Brown said she doesn’t think that being raised on a farm would be something they could imagine, all having been raised in cities.

“I want them to know who I am, who my family was. I want them to know what we did for work and play,” she said.

Elizabeth Brown

Brown’s family shared everything from fun and play to work that had to be done. She wrote it all down and printed out copies for her children and her siblings’ children.

“I never thought about submitting it to a publisher until my friends read it and insisted I submit it because they said, ‘It’s so Americana.’”

The book is a collection of the combined memories of Brown and her siblings. She has tried to capture the essence of the work that it took to bring in a crop, the daily chores, school, religion and daily life in the 1930s and 1940s.

“It is a reflection of days of the past,” she said.

The end of the book describes the reason the family moved to California.

Brown is contemplating a second book about her grandparents’ farm and the murder that took place there.