Remembering grandma Cooper and her cook stove

    Grandpa Cooper began surviving alone in the mountains of eastern Tennessee at the tender age of 10. Always a small framed person, John Walter found it necessary to carry concealed a century before the term had been coined. A pistol in his belt and a knife in his boot became his life insurance. Living in barns and working for food made him a tough character, who learned early how to survive in an inhospitable world.

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