With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together

Curry Historical Society invites the community to join in celebration with a book signing event for Bo Shindler on October 8, from 3-7 p.m. at the museum located at 29419 Ellensburg Ave. in  Gold Beach. Tim Scullen will present a reading from Bo Shindler’s book “With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together.” Refreshments will be served.  

“With Barely Two Nickels to Rub Together” is a straight- forward American story, both interesting and instructive, it is neither simple nor complex. The reader will recognize people in their own lives who have persevered through personal struggles, using quantity and quality of effort., creativity and common sense to strive for goals.

The story begins with Ed Freeman’s birthright family trials and tribulations that began in 1833 when his great-grandfather is abandoned as a newborn on a pastor’s doorstep in North Carolina. The family is traced through the Civil War, the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. In 1939, on a freezing cold night young Ed Freeman escaped a forced family arrangement by hopping on a railcar heading west, joining the ranks of hoboes and eventually settling in the coastal mountains of Southwestern Oregon where he could be his own man in a land of opportunity surrounded by giant forests of Douglas Fir and Port Orford Cedar.

Thirty years later, Ed Freeman and his son Dugie embarked on an adventure that would build the largest aluminum commercial fishing boats constructed in the United States at that time. Leveraging skill sets, work ethic and an accumulation of life experiences that typified the first-rate tradesmen they had become, over the course of the little boatyard’s short life (12 years), the boats the Freeman team built had a combined length of nearly four football fields and a total vessel weight of more than a million pounds.

Shindler compiled the book to recognize the contribution craftsmen and women make to their communities, to provide insight to rural life and to provide a testament of how hard work merged with careful and focused thought compounds over time to better all parts of peoples lives.

Bo has lived in Gold Beach since 1971, where he and his wife, Kathy, raised their family.


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