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ECHOES A Story of an American Family

A wonderful chronicle of the generations of the author’s family. The reader will find this book filled with drama, romance and adventure; a story about real people and their sorrows, aspirations, loves and losses. Set in the northeast corner of Connecticut; town of Putnam and neighboring towns. Memories of those who came before the author remain alive as their stories are recorded and their lives are resurrected. You will read about Maggie, a woman forced to choose between the man she loves and the husband who’d vanished. A family steeped in tradition; with the “changing of the seasons” there was always a celebration, the anticipation and preparations. Historical events are recalled, including the Revolutionary War and Civil War. The Putnam Town Farm and the 1955 Flood are remembered by those whose lives were affected. It covers a culture of farming, to the industrial revolution and how this affected the economy and dynamics of the family.


Book Excerpt

I am Ruth’s oldest daughter, Dori. It is my greatest pleasure to present the second edition of my Mother’s book Echoes - A Story of an American Family. It has been 30 years sense the first edition went into print. I know she would be so pleased to know that her years of dedication and work have been resurrected and its integrity preserved forever the way she wanted it to be. She authored her book without the advantage of the technology that is available now. She had no computer nor did she own a typewriter. Her manuscript was hand written. The research material was gathered by mail correspondence, phone calls and personal visits to people and places of interest for information. Her book truly was a labor of love. She passed away in 2008, at the age of 76. If she were alive today she would have 15 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. All of whom were the unknown driving force behind her dedication to her book. Remaining true to her literary prowess this edition has been properly edited on her behalf. Having the advantage of the technology she did not my husband John and I had only one goal to keep her chronicle alive for generations to come. It is very rewarding to be able to put my Mother’s book back into the hands of her readers. Best Regards, Dori (Flagg) LaPointe


About the Author

Ruth Flagg

About the Author Ruth Flagg lived in the Northeast Corner of Connecticut often referred to as the “Quiet Corner.” She lived there all her life with her husband Richard Flagg, together they raised 7 children in a large Victorian farm house on River Road. She and Richard purchased this home from her parents in the 1950’s. She was a “stay at home Mom” still remaining very active in her church when her children were small. She indulged and delighted her children in the mysteries of nature and encouraged creativity. Later in life serving on the Putnam Library Board for 3 years and the Aspinock Historical Society, serving as president twice. She was instrumental in the early stages of the Cady Cobb Cottage restoration project, as well as the Gertrude Warner Box Car Museum established in Putnam CT. She was an avid reader, story teller and creative writer. Ruth wrote a delightful series of Children’s Stories for her youngest daughter Nicole. Her writing chamber was not an office nor a study as she had neither - it was her heart. She wrote more than paragraphs she wrote emotions. This wonderful story was her most creative endeavor. She passed away in 2008, predeceased by her husband Richard 10 years earlier.