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A short story about a family in Dakota and their son Jerry, who was called Fireball for his actions in school.
Gus, his dad, built up a good business, but his young wife spent all their money.
Jerry enlisted in the Air Force after high school and became a Sergeant.
Jerry was born in 1936 of German-Irish descent in a small town in the Dakotas.
He had an aggressive character, which in some ways was a handicap to him and in others, an asset.
He had a typical early Midwest childhood on a farm where he did chores, rode horses and helped his mother.
His dad, Gus, was a short man, strong hands and a strong back.
He helped in road building and farm work.
Jerry's aggressiveness was inherited from his mother Matilda, who was very young and ambitious.
She had a taste for fine things and would do almost anything to get them.
Jerry's sister Alice was 4 years younger than Jerry; she was a sweet looking blond.
Jerry lived on the farm until he was 12 years old when they moved into a small town.
His Dad, largely from his wife's inheritance, had enough money to start a small construction business.
Gus, being mechanically talented, built a backhoe attachment for his tractor.
He began a business digging basements for this small town.
He later expanded into making concrete septic tanks.
The town was a growing railroad community with a population of about 1500.
Jerry started in the sixth grade and got along well with his classmates.
His marks were mostly C's as he did not study a lot!
When he entered high school he was below average in height but he was strong for his size and tried out for football.
He was 5 foot 5 inches and weighed 140 pounds, with good teeth, eyes and brown curly hair.
Jerry was fast and the coach decided to try him at halfback.
I was a year older and was trying to play end when I first became a friend with him.
On his first time to carry the football in practice he tried to slug me after being tackled.
This temper he displayed started our friendship; probably because I was the exact opposite of him.
Although he was quite uncoordinated he tried out for the B squad basketball team. With drive alone he made it into the squad.
He was rough and short, but he was willing to learn.
By the end of the season he began to look like a ballplayer with a good floor game.
That year his father expanded his business by diligent and quality work.
Jerry got a small Harley Davidson motorbike and drove it like a madman, the kids called him Fireball.
Between his freshman and senior years he helped his dad a lot and he played sports.
His dad's business steadily grew, but his profit was spent by his wife and his sister.
His mother bought expensive clothes and elaborate things for their new house from catalogues.
Gus could be seen working many late hours to pay his bills.
Jerry graduated from high school and enlisted in the Air Force.
He stayed in for 20 years, retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant.
His father Gus lived to a ripe old age, his motto was 'Hard work won't kill you'.
After he died mother and daughter sold their house and moved into the twin cities, Minneapolis-St Paul.
Their old catalogue buying days ceased.
They had to do their shopping in The Mall of America, the largest mall in America.
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Retiring in 2000, Dennyk rekindled his childhood interest in children's stories first triggered by his father's funny stories, by completing a children's writing course.
Dennyk is married with two children and four grandchildren who live in Europe. His wife runs an animal sanctuary called 'Lillies of the Field', some of the animals feature in his stories.
Dennyk grew up in North Dakota, gaining a BSME from the State University, moving to Ohio in 1955, France in 1964, England in 1978, Canada in 1984 and returning to Ohio in 1990.
Dennyk's Rhyming Stories
Here's a list of just some of Dennyk's rhyming stories which are rotated on this page one at a time and available to registered readers. The entire collection is available immediately to those registered for Unlimited Children's Stories (see Free Story Access above).
Black And Blue
Bonbon And Buzzy
Camping Gone Bad Canuck Cowgirl
Catch And Release
Dinky And Chomper
Dreama Talking Cockatoo
Fair And Square
Flowers And Birds
Huey And Yogi
Jake And Lill
Jeremy The Flyer
My Dog Jeremy
Someone Ill Be
The Five Germs
The Lone Ranger
The Majestic 6 Plus 1
The Three Boars
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