“…I got my book today and I already started reading it. Very interesting, and it definitely wants me to keep going onward to find out what happens…”
"...I finished reading the book last night and was absolutely delighted..."
“…One of the more interesting aspects of the book is the accounts of daily life in early Hickory. In the course of studying local history, one often wonders about the lifestyles of these people; how they conducted their affairs, how they balanced work, family life, and recreation, and how they dealt with various challenges. Clinard’s letters contribute greatly to a better understanding of their daily lives in the context of a late-1800s community…”
“…I was very excited to scan through the index and see some recognizable Salem names. I was also very excited to see that your letters mentioned Henry A. Lineback, Salem's most noted photographer…The book is truly wonderful and I can't wait to read the rest of it...”
“…Thanks for the book-it arrived today. After a quick glance, you may be assured that I will give it a glowing review…”
“…tastefully designed and organized well…”
"...My Dear Father and Mother belongs in the collection of anyone with a curiosity for life in Hickory, NC during and following the period of reconstruction. The interesting tidbits of a historical and genealogical nature are just the frosting on the cake..."
“…a fascinating window into Hickory’s formative years…”