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General Information

Name:  Kestner Wallace  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1920 in Mountain Township, Southern Illinois


Illinois Connection

Mr. Wallace was born in Mountain Township of Saline County, in Southern Illinois. He continues to live on land that has been owned by the Wallace family for five generations.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kestner Wallace was an educator for 41 years before retiring in 1987. He has also been a regular contributor to ''Springhouse'' magazine for nearly 30 years, writing his memoirs as a boy growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, as a one-room schoolteacher and principal, as a sailor during World War II, and as a keen observer of life. The author's incredible memory of bygone times and of the people who have been important to him as friends, mentors, and neighbors lend a richness of detail in these stories that recall a different era in America's history.

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