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Library hosts author of ‘Rough Enough’

Author, Richard H. Mcbee, Jr. will be at The Dalles-Wasco County Library on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. in the library meeting room.

Mcbee will be giving a talk about his latest publication, “Rough Enough.”

This work of historical non-fiction details through letters and diaries, 10 years in the life of his great-grandfather, Richard Clow, from the age of 17 a newly enlisted recruit in the Union Army of the Civil War (1864). He then re-enlisted in the Indian wars (1867) fighting against Sitting Bull’s Sioux. He went on to lead a life of exploration and gold mining and finally ended up in Oregon to continue a productive life on the waning frontier.

McBee has been a secondary school principal and teacher for over 30 years in the international and local schools of South America, Africa, Europe and the U.S. His keen interest in following the life of his great-grandfather, began some 12 years ago upon reading Clow’s letters from the Civil War and his letter and short diary from the Indian Wars. He has written another book, “Kalahari,” a work of fiction about the struggle for Black African rule in southern Africa, based on his life in Botswana during the 70’s.


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