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New book features Silverton history

By James Day

Native Silvertonian Norm English has published a new novel about his hometown and will be on hand to discuss it at a pair of book signings.

Fireflies to Butterflies is English’s third book, and he describes it as historic fiction.

“The main character is fictional, but the story incorporates interactions with some real people in Silverton during the period 1915 through the late 1930s,“ English told Our Town. “Interwoven in the story are some actual major events that happened in Silverton during that time period.”

Silverton author Norm English
Silverton author Norm English

English, 78, describes Silverton of that era as “a very active, growing little town, with a lot of heavy involvement by a number of prominent citizens to make it quite a place to live in. Most of the time period in the story was in the heyday of industry, such as Fischer Flouring Mills, Silver Falls Timber Company, and Silverton Blow Pipe Company, just to name three of the larger ones.”

English will discuss the new book and sign copies from 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 7 (First Friday) at the Silverton County Historical Society Museum, 428 S. Water St. English will be joined by Gus Frederick, who will discuss his latest compilation of Homer Davenport cartoons, The Dollar or the Man? 

English also will be available for signatures on Oct. 8, from 1-4 p.m. at the museum. Books will be on sale at both sessions for $23.

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