Rusty Windmill

WHILE THE WINDMILL WATCHED:

A SLICE OF

RURAL AMERICA

IN THE 1950s

The Pfeiffer Sisters grew up on a North Dakota farm in the 1950s, watched over by their parents and the windmill that tirelessly provided them with the water vital to their survival. Lose yourself in Jackie and Janine's loving, sometimes spirited recollections, which are complemented by the observations of the ever-present windmill.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF HISTORY

While the Windmill Watched will entertain and educate readers of all ages, from those who remember the 1950s and enjoy revisiting those times to younger generations who can discover a link to their own roots by learning about the times their parents and grandparents lived in. Treat yourself to a copy, and think about family and friends for whom this would be a wonderful gift back to a time of great social and technological change.

 
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Old Windmill

Jackie and Janine

THE AUTHORS

World traveler and adventurer Jackie Pfeiffer McGregor (right) lives near Colville, Washington, with her husband, Bob. The two retirees spend much of their time volunteering and enjoying the outdoor activities of hiking and kayaking in northeastern Washington.

Entrepreneur Janine Pfeiffer Knop (left) and her husband, Fred, farm together near Atlantic, Iowa, where they also breed and raise award-winning sheep. Many of her days start in the kitchen, the hub of her local and online business, Miss NiNi’s Fine Desserts.
 

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FOR THE LOVE OF BOLOGNA...

READ AN EXCERPT

IN THE SUMMER, the church youth enjoyed a week of Vacation Bible School. It’s strange now to think that one of the reasons we looked forward to Bible school was so that we could eat bologna sandwiches! It was the only time we were treated to bologna sandwiches. Since our farm provided an abundance of home-grown beef, pork, and poultry, purchasing processed meat was a rarity. The added bonus of the treat was that the bologna was placed between buttered slices of Mom’s homemade bread. The sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper and then packed into a black metal lunch box.

 

Outdoor recess included games such as The Farmer in the Dell, Red Rover, and other circle games. Snack time followed with donated-by-moms cookies and mouth-staining Kool-Aid. (The Sisters, pages 64-65)

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JUST THE HIGHLIGHTS... 

NEWS & EVENTS

Have you been following the weekly 1950s Fun Chats? Did you know The Sisters will appear on the Mike Seminary & Friends podcast on October 27. All the details are available on our News & Events page.

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PRAISE FOR

WHILE THE WINDMILL WATCHED

"I just finished reading your book, and I have fallen in love with Jack, Eudora, Jackie and Janine. What a delightful book!"

—Larry A.

"Just finished the chapter on farm life. Jackie, I can't believe that you shoved your hand into the birth canal of a ewe that was having trouble delivering. I'm impressed. I'm practically speechless! I like that the book is broken into segments and that the windmill has a voice."

—Nancy S.

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—Andrew Z.

"Your story is truly a slice of Americana and offers a unique insight on a memorable era."

"A great book. I had so many of the same experiences growing up in North Dakota. It brought back many great experiences and memories."

—Jerry M.

"With tears in my eyes reading the last chapter. Sad the book is coming to a close. You have made your life growing up in North Dakota come alive! Your first hand experiences came alive for me as a reader! Thank you and congratulations!"

—Kay O.

"Got my copy and love all the pictures! The first line is a gem! Genius!"

—Kathleen B.

"If your Christmas morning was get up, eat, feed the animals, then open presents, you will find this sisterly memoir a rich remembrance—or, if you had a different experience, this will give you a new view into growing up mid-20th century on a North Dakota farm. Jello salad, the Young Citizen’s League song, cattle drives (yes, in the 1950s), skillfully home-made clothes, and, of course, a blizzard or two.  The Pfeiffer sisters evoke it in detail, and how well it worked for them and their community. We’ve all got a thing or two to learn from this lovingly recalled portrait of a family, a farm and a town."

—Bill Thomas, Director of Radio, Prairie Public