Growing Up on Rt. 66 - Theresa M. Ripley

Growing Up on Rt. 66

By Theresa M. Ripley

  • Release Date: 2011-08-28
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 81 Ratings


Growing Up on Rt. 66 is the memoir of two farm siblings, Ray born 1935 and Theresa 1944. They lived on a 200-acre tenant farm on the 100-milepost from downtown Chicago with their gravel driveway leading out to the legendary Rt. 66. Early life for them was no running water, electricity, or central heating but lots of interdependence with the land, weather, neighbors, and each other as a family of four.

Rt. 66 travelers brought them a different kind of exposure to the outside world, but rarely changed the character of what rural life was like.


  • So interesting

    By Reddmom
    I greatly enjoyed the look into the author's family and childhood. The respect, the simple acceptance and the intelligence of the family was clear. I wish more of current families, including my own, modeled the Ripley family values.
  • Growing Up on Rt. 66

    By Dougi do rite
    The author with her flowing of simple words takes you through a simpler time when things were just a little bit slower and in my opinion a little bit better. She shows you the strength of the working class and the bond of a family. Living on Route 66, she brings the old road back to life in her stories and in the readers mind, if the reader is old enough, and this reader was. I loved the stories and found myself recalling similar times in my own life......Thank You Ms. Ripley
  • Loved it!

    By Illinois Boy
    Born in Pontiac, I lived in Cabery, grew up in Kankakee, but spent every weekend at the family farm in Campus, IL and at the Hamilton Elevator (also family). Your story brought back so many memories that I thought I was reading my own story. Thank you for sharing yours.
  • Great!

    By Boodalre
    I can't tell you how much I enjoyed reading about the Ripley family! I am also happy to report that such families and communities still exist today, many still on Rt. 66. Thank you and Ray for sharing your wonderful story.
  • Great

    By Thelawee
    What a great book. I can picture everything she has talked about. I know the area she talks about and can picture life back then. Great read. Thanks for sharing. Others need to read this book as well.