Local columnist to have book signing

Published 5:11 pm Friday, May 2, 2014

Longtime Post-Searchlight columnist Joyce Kramer will have a book signing for her newly released book that chronicles the history of life along the Flint River, Lake Seminole and banks of Spring Creek as well as parks along the Chattahoochee.
Saturday, May 24, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kramer will be at the Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department signing her first book for those that wish to purchase it. The fire department is located on Georgia Highway 253, Spring Creek Road.
Her first published work is “River Rover Chronicles,” which not only tells about the history of boat landings and parks in the area, but also tells how to get to each one and gives comprehensive details for travelers as well.
The book is available in hard and soft covers and those interested can contact Kramer for a copy or purchase one at the book-signing event by calling her at (229)-861-3248.
Kramer said she lived her entire life on the water’s edge, living near places like Lake Erie and Lake Seminole, where she currently resides.
A writer for the last 40 years, Kramer wrote stories for local newspapers up north about the history of many islands on Lake Erie as well as the Canadian shoreline and other Great Lakes. She has been published in magazines such as, “Georgia Magazine,” “Country Magazine,” Heartland Boating,” and “Bend of the River.”
“As a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary stationed on Lake Seminole, I spent many hours on the rivers, patrolling all over the area waterways from Eufaula, Alabama, to the Gulf of Mexico and Intercoastal Waterway,” Kramer said. “Now I try to share what I have learned with everything through columns in the Post-Searchlight and other publications. I feel that my experience gives you as complete a look into the past, because knowing about the past gives us a much richer appreciation of the present.”
Kramer writes in a description of her book that no one can really be sure how many travelers, residents, Native Americans and pirates may have lost their lives along the banks of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers as well as Spring Creek.
“Who can say how many restless spirits there are,” Kramer said. “It was the custom to bury those who died, whether it was in battle, or were murdered, drowned or even passed away from natural causes.”
Kramer details in “River Rover Chronicles,” places like Neal’s Landing, which was the site of a Creek Indian Village and several battles, and Parramore’s Landing that saw a town grow and thrive only to cause its own demise. Kramer writes of the Flint River, Fort Scott and an army encampment during the Seminole Indian wars, steamboats that played a vital role in the area and the construction of Civil War ships on the Chattahoochee.

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