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Local authors sign books at River City museum

October 17, 2005|b ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT

erinc@herald-mail.com

Jack Myers wanted his children to know about his life.

Instead of sitting down and telling his story, shortly before his 80th birthday, Myers wrote them a book.

He wrote 65 short stories by hand about growing up in Williamsport during the Depression, battles during World War II, friends and family.

His sons helped him type and eventually publish the 98-page book, "Memories to Cherish," which was released in April, Myers said.

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He wanted his three children, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren to know his story, especially how he met, courted and eventually married his wife, Kathryn, in 1942.

"I didn't know how my parents met," he said during a book signing Sunday afternoon at the Town Museum in Williamsport. "Now, my children have a chapter called 'Courting Kate.'"

Skip Bowers of Williamsport said he read and enjoyed Myers' book. Having also grown up in Williamsport, Bowers said he remembers doing many of the things Myers did as a child.

"It brought back memories of ice-skating, butchering, fishing on the creek," he said.

Bowers said he enjoys local history books and was hoping to buy a copy of Mary H. Rubin's latest book, "Images of America - Williamsport," at the signing Sunday.

"They're all gone, though," he said.

Rubin sold out of the copies on hand and placed Bowers and several others on a waiting list. The book, her fourth, showcases early pictures of people and places in Williamsport.

She spent most Sundays for several months at the Town Museum - the source of most of the book's photos. Rubin's other books also were about local history in Washington County and Hagerstown. She also wrote about the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.

Her latest book was released three weeks ago.

"I haven't hit the best-seller list yet," Rubin said of her 128-page book.

Rubin, who lives in Hagerstown and works for a business in Gaithersburg, Md., said she has wanted to be an author since childhood, but she never believed she would write local history books. But with a love of history and traveling, Rubin said she enjoys writing the books, pouring over documents and pictures and talking to people who remember the historical events she writes about.

"I actually spoke to one man who remembered the floods of the 1930s," Rubin said.

She would like to do other projects but said she is taking a brief break before getting started. Rubin said her next subject might be a book about Brunswick, Md., or aviation.

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