Harold William Thorpe

Stories of our Grandparents. Stories for our Grandchildren.

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About the Author


Harold William Thorpe grew up in southwest Wisconsin. He lived on farms for brief periods when he was very young and spent many happy hours at his relatives’ farms. During his teen years he detasseled corn and worked as a live-in farm laborer and Surge milking machine sales and service man. In his early 20s, he worked as a U.S. Department

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O’Shaughnessy Chronicles

Hands with corn

Based on Harold Thorpe’s own family history, the O’Shaughnessy Chronicles are a series of novels set in Iowa County, Wisconsin in the early-to-mid 20th Century.

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Good Friends Storybooks

The Good Friends Storybooks are chapter books for middle school children that mix adventure, quirky talking animals, gentle lessons about friendship, and Wisconsin history.

Wyatt’s Woods, published by Little Creek Press in 2013, was the first of Harold Thorpe’s gifts to his four grandchildren – “A Good Friends Storybook” for each of them.

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Recent News

  • High School Graduations in Wisconsin

    Posted by C. Anton on May 25, 2016 in History, Wisconsin History

    In real life, my mother, Laura Annette Fitzsimons, graduated from Avoca School in rural Iowa County, Wisconsin in 1924. In my fictional O’Shaughnessy Chronicles novels, three sisters all graduate from a rural southwest Wisconsin high school between 1940 and 1943. Today, we tend to take high school graduation for granted. Today, about 90 percent of Wisconsin adults over the age of 25 have graduated from high school.

  • Kid’s Corner – Where are you from?

    Posted by C. Anton on Apr 27, 2016 in Kids Corner

    “I wish that I could find some clothes to wear for the play. Mother said they’d be different from mine. She said that Sophia wore frontier clothing, whatever that is.” –Aubrey’s Attic   In Aubrey’s Attic, nine-year-old Aubrey lands the role of Sophia Grignon in a local history play. In real life, Sophia Grignon had […]

  • Cornish Cultural Resources in Southern Wisconsin

    Posted by C. Anton on Apr 20, 2016 in Cornish Food and Culture

    Nearly two-hundred years after the first Cornish immigrants came to Wisconsin, many taking mining jobs in the state’s southwest corner, their ethnic contributions linger.