A Swallow Press Book
“This book is a pleasure, like time spent in the company of a witty and kind friend.”
Elizabeth Icenhower, Colorado Libraries
“Delightfully told in his inimitable style, entertaining and easy to read… highly recommended for all who have enjoyed his books.”
Edwin A. Bathke, Nancy E. Bathke, The Roundup
“Marshall Sprague’s memoir displays the flair of an experienced feature writer – an enticing lead, intriguing body, and a conclusion that makes turn the page and ask for more…. His memoir is a fascinating look at the life of a warm, funny, serious man who learned through his recuperation from tuberculosis that life should be confined to the simple and the important… a treasure.”
Patricia Hassler, Booklist
Marshall Sprague’s colorful lifetime spanned the century like a mountain rainbow. Somewhere between the time he learned the true function of the umbrella stand in the Midwest Victorian household of his youth and his first solo train ride to New York City, he surrendered to an innate talent and inquisitiveness that subsequently engaged tens of thousands of his friends and readers. He played the Tiger Rag with a Princeton band on transatlantic steamer crossings. He deftly navigated New York City during Prohibition. He interviewed Gertrude Stein and Eddie Rickenbacker for the Paris Herald. He crossed the Pacific on an oil tanker to get to Tientsin, where he reported the social news for the North China Star.
Then, early in his career, Sprague was diagnosed with tuberculosis. With his wife and young son, he moved to Colorado Springs, where, according to the recommended treatment of the day, he was hospitalized. How he came to grips with this sudden incapacity is reflected in this candid and engaging memoir. Marshall Sprague’s death in September of 1994 was a particular loss to his family and friends, his Colorado community, and to those who helped bring his memoir to press. His best-known books are Money Mountain: The Story of Cripple Creek Gold; So Vast So Beautiful a Land: Louisiana and the Purchase (Swallow Press), and Newport in the Rockies: The Life and Good Times of Colorado Springs (Swallow Press). “Sometimes I'm Happy” was a popular dance tune when Sprague first met his wife, Edna Jane.
Marshall Sprague, an Ohio native and long time Colorado Springs resident, wrote over 18 books on Colorado and western history. Among his many publications is Money Mountain: The Story of Cripple Creek Gold. He died in 1994.
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