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The First Saturday in May
The First Saturday in May is based on a real event. The Doans May Picnic has been celebrated annually since 1884, making it the oldest continuing celebration of its kind in Texas. The location is near a famous cattle crossing at the Red River, which separates north Texas from southern Oklahoma. The fictional main character, MaeDeen Wheatley, is the daughter of a tenant farmer, who represents many of his kind at the turn of the century and for years afterward. Events in the lives of the Wheatley family accurately depict the highlights and hardships of similar families during the early part of the 20th century.About the Author
Paddy Stewart has maintained a lifetime interest in writing, and has written numerous short stories and articles. She has written articles for the Vernon Daily Record, the Times Record News of Wichita Falls, Texas, and the City of Wichita Falls Magazine. She completed a study course and received a diploma from the Institute of Childrens Literature in West Redding, Connecticut. She hopes to write additional stories about the life of her fictional character, MaeDeen Wheatley.(2009, paperback, 72 pages)