Home on the Range

Memories of Okaton, South Dakota

by James E Roghair



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 9/15/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781663255037
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781663255020
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 318
ISBN : 9781663255044

About the Book

In this memoir James E Roghair recalls growing up as a South Dakota farm boy in the sixth decade after statehood. He, his parents and three younger siblings shared a small house without indoor plumbing, electricity, or telephone, near unincorporated Okaton, with its small school and church. The summer he was twelve, he drove a farm tractor preparing soil for the next season’s cash crop, winter wheat. He tended a variety of animals, a garden, and other crops—the variety of a typical family farm. As you read his story, you can observe farm life in the 1940s and 1950s and imagine the contrast to typical life today. Join the author looking back at the lessons he learned—and a little mischief he was involved in—on the farm, in school, in church, and in the 4-H club. It was all preparation for adult life and responsibilities.

About the Author

After his early years in South Dakota (1943-1957), his family moved to Oregon, where he graduated from McMinnville High School. Later he earned degrees from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington, and Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey. He was ordained to Presbyterian ministry, served several churches, and received advanced degrees from McCormick Seminary, Chicago, and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.

Although of mostly Dutch ancestry, he served in a variety of cultures including African American, White, and integrated congregations in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Illinois, and Georgia. He co-pastored with his late wife Rev. Willa Baechlin Roghair (1943-1994) Utqiaġvik Presbyterian Church, an Iñupiaq congregation, in Utqiaġvik, Alaska (formerly Barrow). With his second wife, Elizabeth Byers Roghair, he retired to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he now assists a church on Laguna Pueblo, and occasionally others. His two sons and a daughter-in-law live in Utqiaġvik. Jim enjoys relating his diverse experiences—especially those of his childhood on the prairies told in this memoir.