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Joseph Bennett of Evans
Date of Review: 
Buck Quigley
Buffalo Artvoice

What emerges through this book by Kevin H. Siepel is a fascinating and highly readable portrait of our area as harsh wilderness slashed through with mud (and later plank) roads--the site of murders, public hangings, horrific shipwrecks, cholera outbreaks, wrenching poverty and untimely deaths, taverns and temperance movements, but also joyful sleigh-rides and sunny, bucolic summer afternoons in the close company of friends, family and loved ones. Siepel succeeds in gracefully interweaving the two strands of his narrative--juxtaposing the subjective journal entries against the historical backdrop in which they were written. Joseph Bennett of Evans will appeal to anyone with even a casual interest in the rich history of this, the original West.