The Years of the Locust Author:Loula Grace Erdman These are some of the people whose story fills the pages of THE YEARS OF THE LOCUST. All of t hem knew Dade Kenzie and none would forget the part he played in their lives. Each took a portion of the past, examining it, recalling things they had not thought of for years, stretching out all the bright tapestry of memory before them....Time and m... more »emory were something they held in their hands.
BEULAH FULTON KENZIE-the outsider from Illinois in whom the Kensies could find no flaw, yet who married Mark with a sense of guilt.
Miss Laura Meeks-who did her Christian duty for sixty years and always wondered what would have happened if Dade had kissed her.
Virgie and Jim Meadors-to whom Dade meant luck and courage and escaped from the Bottoms.
Allison Kensie Ranyak-Dade's granddaughter and "only child," who defied small things and small souls with a stubborn, bright courage which carried her far from the farm.
Barry Kenzie-Dade's youngest son, to whom books, not the farm were home.
Julia Callaway Kenzie-faithful wife to Dade's oldest son, Tom, a conscientious mother and dutiful daughter-in-law, whose feelings of inadequacy made her take refuge in sharp, veiled insults.
Mark Kenzie-Dade's grandson, weakened and spoiled by Julia, loved by Beulah, and changed by her into the man he was meant to be.
ELAINE COURTNEY WARING-A sort of cousin to Dade, who married Henry Waring rather than die an old maid and wandered through the routine of her days as though asleep.« less