The Auctioneer

About 1950, the father of writer Lawn Griffiths decided he wanted to become an auctioneer. He had the essential outgoing personality and loved being around household and farm sales, always looking for a bargain. Auctions are adventures in discovery and laying claim to what others don’t want for a price.

Paul Griffiths, his wife Doris, and three young child . . .


Center Theater

Back on the farm in northern Grundy Country, the three Griffiths kids started the chores early some Saturday nights so they could travel 14 miles to the south to the county seat, Grundy Center, to see a film at the Center Theater.

Every Thursday, the weekly Grundy Register newspaper arrived in the mailbox, and they determined whether they wanted to . . .

The Circle

Moving to a new home is transformative for a child. Being torn away from one farm and resettled in another farm carried both pain and new adventure for Lawn Griffiths, author of Batting Rocks over the Barn—An Iowa Farm Boy’s Legacy.

It was March 1954 when his parents pulled up roots from an uncle’s farm near Polk City, Iowa, and moved to a farm 100 miles to the northeast in G . . .


Farm Music

Writer Lawn Griffiths has looked back on his formative years on an Iowa farm and cannot forget the music. His father, Paul, would get out his harmonica on the front step of the house and play “Red Wing” or “She’ll be Comin’ Round the Mountain” or “Home Sweet Home.” Their dog, Buddy, would howl incessantly to the music.

Griffiths, who recalls his farm days in the book Bat . . .

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Pheasant Hunters

Come fall, strangers often drove into the Grundy County farm driveway of writer Lawn Griffiths in the years he was growing up. It was pheasant hunting season, and the Griffiths farm had some of the best habitat for the Chinese ring-necked pheasant. The author of Batting Rock Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey remembers how pheasant season open . . .