We’d like to announce the upcoming release of Pat Crisp, Like A Moth To The Flame by local author, Kate Clay Bodeen.
J.A. “Pat” Crisp was a merchant and state legislator in the NC House of Representatives, representing Watauga County in 1889 and Caldwell in 1905. The story begins with his election in 1889 and ends with his death in 1906. He was never able to recover from the financial setbacks of the “Panic of ’93,” and he suffered the deaths of his first wife Fannie and two of their six children. Pat was an effective, but somewhat controversial political figure, sometimes crossing party lines for causes in which he believed. At the end, Bright’s Disease cut short what might have been a happy time for him and his second wife Ella and their seven children. He loved his family and his 13 children were often a source of joy.
Kay wrote her grandfather’s story from family stories and facts found in newspapers and histories of the period. During the course of the project, she was able to learn more about her ancestors and even met some “new” cousins.
It’s a great book and we’re happy to have had a chance to work on it with Kay. Pat Crisp, Like A Moth To The Flame will be available at The Sparta Store and online at spartastore.com.
Pre-order your copy, today.