For several years, Evelyn Sinclair Tierney collected tidbits of news from her home town to be published in a local newspaper. Her weekly columns form a casual history of the Irish community of Melrose, Iowa, and the surrounding area — the people, the places, the memories, and the friendships. This nostalgic collection includes tales of grandmothers and grandchildren, old dogs and new tricks, Easter bonnets, train engines, ghostly houses, war heroes and everyday men and women, community growth and change, old friends gone and new ones found.
Evelyn Sinclair Tierney has lived most of her life in or near the small Irish settlement of Melrose, Iowa, where she is a well-regarded local historian. She is the author of a history of Melrose (“But of Course They were Irish”) and a collection of columns about her hometown.