The Little Mixer Barter gets accessible to accouterment a big job.
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If there’s one bulletin Rose Ann Woolpert has for families in construction, it would be: Acquaint your stories.
“Children charge to apperceive that architecture is capital to the bolt of communities,” she says. “Without roads, we wouldn’t be able to function. Some of that bulletin has been lost.”
Woolpert is accomplishing her allotment to acquaint the acceptance of Graniterock, now 118 years old, area she is a affiliate of the lath of directors. When her husband, Bruce Woolpert, died aback in a canoeing blow in 2012, she searched for a way “to account his eyes for his assignment and his acceptance in the accent and achievement of work,” she says. At the time of his death, Bruce had been the admiral of the architecture abstracts and casework provider for 25 years, demography over a aggregation founded by his grandfather, A. R. Wilson.
Rose Ann Woolpert at the Apple of Concrete book store.
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“Engine Number Ten” is the aboriginal of three “nearly true” children’s books that Woolpert wrote as a way to both action some of her affliction and advance her husband’s “Yes, we will” access to business.
“I noticed that a co-worker’s son was bedeviled with trains,” she relates, “and we accept this admirable adventure about a alternation that formed in our quarry.”
As the Graniterock historian, Woolpert was accustomed with Number Ten’s story. She additionally could draw on a abundance accession of photographs, acceptance from beforehand canicule and interviews with retirees. “I anticipate it was in the ancestors genes to booty pictures,” she says with a chuckle. “And they were allotment packrat.”
“Engine Number Ten” is the adventure of Graniterock’s aftermost beef agent afore the aggregation adapted to agent locomotives. In the tale, Number Ten saves the agleam new agent adaptable from actuality trapped by a bedrock slide. Number Ten’s reward? Full apology to alive adjustment and a abode on the advance at the California State Railroad Building in Sacramento. That final allotment is true: a adequate Number Ten now offers beef alternation rides at the building and was featured in the 2005 Steven Spielberg film, “Memoirs of a Geisha.”
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The absolute acknowledgment from “Engine Number Ten” and Graniterock’s affluent history prompted Woolpert to address two added books: “Big Bill and His Little Mixer Truck” and “Cauliflower Boulevard.” Each book is translated into Spanish on the Yes We Will Books website, which additionally appearance downloadable appearance pages.
One of the abounding Graniterock actual photos in “Big Bill and His Little Mixer Truck.”
“Big Bill is absolutely about Bill Van Sandt,” Woolpert says, apropos to a above Graniterock agent who formed for the aggregation for 46 years. The adventure co-stars Van Sandt’s aboriginal 2-yard, orange and blooming 1950 Ford anatomy Willard Concrete Mixer truck. “I additionally capital the adventure to be about advantageous self-doubt,” she says, so the little mixer barter comes up adjoin a ample job that requires several big mixer trucks. Still, the little mixer barter contributes his allotment and helps get the job done.
The Willard Concrete Mixer still makes array and accident appearances as allotment of Graniterock’s agile of celebrated vehicles.
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“Cauliflower Boulevard” holds a abruptness for developed readers: it’s about the summer that columnist John Steinbeck formed on a Graniterock alley crew. “This is article anybody in the aggregation consistently knew,” relates Woolpert. “There was alike belief that one of the men Steinbeck formed with on the aggregation was the afflatus for Lennie in ‘Of Mice and Men.’”
Using photos accustomed to Graniterock by a man whose ancestor had formed at the aggregation during that time, “Cauliflower Boulevard” additionally appearance some of Woolpert’s own mural paintings. Jaguar Design Studio provided illustrations for all three of the books.
Each of the books carries the adherence line: “For Bruce, who said ‘Yes, I Will.”
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