Garrett Hess is the prototype of what turn-of-the-century America was built on-hard work and strong moral and religious values. Life was a journey and I enjoyed the ride. Brave words from a man for whom the ride was not always smooth. Indeed, Garrett's ride covers a life of back-breaking work-from lumbering and working in a sawmill and a tannery to working the land he loved so much. In the process, he nurtures his family and wins friends. And this is his legacy to his great-grandson, to whom this book is dedicated.