After 36 years of practicing law, local attorney Everett Moore has added writer to his extensive resume with his newly published book titled Growin’ Up Country. Although the book depicts his life growing up in Sussex County, Moore states that it truly illustrates the philosophies behind most rural communities during the 1940s and 1950s. Beginning with writing down random thoughts on parchment, Everett has now sold close to 1,000 copies of his book that was published earlier this year.
In 1950 J. Everett Moore was born in Sussex County, Delaware where he attended and graduated from Georgetown High School in 1968. Wanting to become a farmer after high school, it was Everett’s father that pushed him to go to college and pursue a different career. After attending the Delaware Technical College Parallel Program he went to the University of Delaware and graduated in 1972. From there he pursued a law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of law, College of William and Mary and after graduating in 1975 began his own practice in 1976 in Georgetown. His resume includes Sussex County and State of Delaware Chairman of the Republican Party, Indian River School Board Member and Founder of Buckmasters of Delaware. He has become an iconic representation of what it means to be born and raised in Sussex County.
His book, Growin’ Up Country, covers main areas of his own life and the larger, nostalgic concept of Americana. Going back in time, Everett uses the book to talk about all areas of life including home life, recreation, community, church and the segregation to integration of schools during the 1940s and 1950s. He insists that trends that are considered new like “going green”, were truly a large part of life growing up in rural Delaware.
“You hear all these people talking about going green these days but back then we were truly green, it was not done for the environment but for economic reasons.,” commented Mr. Moore when asked about the significance of reusing everything when he was a child. “When clothes were worn out the buttons were taken off and saved and the cloth used to make rag rugs. All jars and cans were saved for storage of nails and small parts. Even nails were saved and straightened for future use. When handles for files were lost corn cobs were used as replacement handles.”
Everett hopes younger readers of his book gain an appreciation for what life was like when he grew up before the influences of tourism to coastal Delaware played such a large role in defining Sussex County. Life in Sussex County, according to Mr. Moore, was not wrapped around the beach, it was farming and a lot of decent folks making an honest living doing it. He also hopes that younger readers get a true feeling for the realities of rural America in the 1940s and 1950s without modern amenities that are now taken for granted.
“Some may have a romantic image of living on a dirt road, but it did have its drawbacks. Road graders periodically scraped the road to fill in the pot holes and to fix the “washboard” surface of the road,” states Everett in his book. “…In the summers, dust came into the house with each passing car. The wash on the clothes lines also got dusty. The State Highway Department spread calcium on that section of the roads in front of houses to keep the dust down.”
Growin’ Up Country details the experiences of rural life in Sussex County that is so many times lost on younger generations and individuals moving to the area from other regions. Due to the popularity of his book Everett expects to have a second printing to keep up with demand. The book is available online at http://www.growinupcountry.com/buyNow.html# and also at local stores including Wilson’s Store east of Georgetown and the law offices of Moore and Rutt PA in Georgetown. His next book signing will be on October 24 at the Ellendale United Methodist Church, located at 603 Main Street in Ellendale, Delaware.