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Nancy's Notes - May 7, 2015

Minnie Everts Chapman History, “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion, “Perfect Match” by Fern Michaels.

Last week I wrote about Mrs. Morgan Everts, wife of the library’s original namesake. This week I thought I would finish the family history with a paragraph about their only child, Minnie. She moved with her parents from Webster City to California when she was 14 years of age. Minnie was united in marriage to Ralph A. Chapman on November 7, 1898.  According to her obituary, she and Mr. R. A. Chapman were the parents of three children, a daughter and two sons. It also stated that she had moved to California some 47 years previously. Using my poor math skills and her date of birth, she must have been approximately 61 years old when she died and although the article wasn’t dated, I assume she died in 1921. It looked as if her obituary had been published in a local paper. The Everts obviously had a major impact on Wright and Hamilton counties since they were remembered almost 50 years after leaving the area.
        We purchased a copy of “The Rosie Project” several months ago. We now own the sequel, “The Rosie Effect”. Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York with a baby on the way. Don sets about learning the rules of becoming a father, but his research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice after leaving his wife and moving in with Don and Rosie. Don tries to get Gene and Claudia to reconcile while servicing the refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business, and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker. However he almost misses the biggest problem of all that he might lose Rosie when she needs him the most.
        Fern Michaels has recently written, “Perfect Match”, the story of an injured ex-athlete who discovers that giving up on the game of life is not an option. Years ago Jake Masters came very close to achieving his ambition of playing in the Super Bowl. That was before a spinal injury ended his career. Confined to a wheelchair, unwilling to take a chance on another risky surgery that could restore his mobility, Jake now stays hidden behind the imposing gates of his lavish home. But his twin sister, Beth, has no intention of letting him stay there. After years of flitting from one failed business idea to another, using Jake's money, she now owns a highly lucrative matchmaking service. And she's gifting the business to Jake, whether he likes it or not, while she follows her dreams of making it as a singer in Nashville.
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