By John Underwood / [email protected]
ROBERTDALE, Alabama – As Robertsdale celebrates its centenary in 2021, three books written by a former columnist for a local newspaper are on sale.
“The Robertsdale story has generated a lot of interest and we are happy to make the books available here,” said Mary Williams of the George P. Thames Adult Activity Center in Robertsdale.
Now 87, Jeanette Dyess Ryan, a native of Rosinton and a resident of the community of Elsanor just east of Robertsdale, a former columnist for Gulf Coast Media, has published her first book, “Pig Trails and Open Roads : Stories of Central Baldwin County “, in 2009.
The book includes many stories from the early days of Baldwin County, with a particular focus on Robertsdale and the surrounding area, including the town’s mayors over the years, local schools and churches.
His next two books are more personal stories, “Faces and Places That Live In My Heart,” which focuses on Ryan’s youth until his marriage to John Ryan, and “Dreams of a Farmer’s Wife,” which tells his story. life of a young wife. and mother and all her triumphs and trials, was released at age 78 in 2012.
“Mom is so excited about the centenary and wants to be a part of the festivities,” said her daughter, Twila Unsderfer. “We hope to be able to participate in some of the upcoming events. “
Meanwhile, signed copies of all three books are available for purchase at the Adult Activity Center, located on East Chicago Street in Robertsdale.
“For a $ 15 cash donation, you can choose one of three books,” Williams said. Part of the sales will be donated to the Senior Center.
“We just want to make sure people know the history of their area,” Unsderfer said, “and these books are a great look at life in its early days.”