Harold William Thorpe
Stories of our Grandparents. Stories for our Grandchildren.
This 4-book series by Wisconsin author Harold William Thorpe is an “epic tale of a bygone era.” In turns riveting and wistful, the books tell the story of the O’Shaughnessy family pursuing their dreams and overcoming adversities with determination and grace.
Inspired by the authors’ own family, the series incorporates real people and places of southwestern rural Wisconsin against a backdrop of 20th century history.
In the first two books of The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles, readers get to know Will and his beloved wife, Mary, as they raise their family in the boom times of the 1920s and the struggles of the Great Depression. The third book, Puppet on a String (available September 10) continues the tale of the O’Shaughnessy family with a focus on the younger generation.
An award-winning, heartwarming family saga with charming cast of characters that readers will love.
Some explorations of the wild blackberry in Wisconsin history.
In 1856, the Milwaukee and Mississippi Railroad laid tracks through what would later become the village of Avoca (fictionalized as Willow in my books.) After the coming of the railroad the future village of Avoca boomed as a regional trading post. This article explores the history of the Avoca train depot and links to old photos and articles.
Real Life Characters
The O’Shaughnessy Chronicles are a fictionalized account of author Harold William Thorpe’s family history. The Good Friends Storybooks are written for his grandchildren and are also inspired by real people and events. Meet some of the real life people who inspired the characters in Harold’s books.
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About the Author
Harold William Thorpe grew up in southwest Wisconsin and spent many happy hours at his and his relatives’ farms. It wasn’t until retirement that he decided to fictionalize his mother’s memoirs. The result is the award winning O’Shaughnessy Chronicles. In addition he has written 4 children’s books, one for each of his grandchildren: The Good Friends Storybooks.
Good Friends Storybooks
The first 3 Good Friends Storybooks are books for elementary school children that mix adventure, quirky talking animals, gentle lessons about friendship, and Wisconsin history.