Ben and Bebe

by Ellis V. Lumpkins



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 01/01/2000

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 168
ISBN : 9781585000432

About the Book

The ending of the Civil war created a unique situation for Ben Calvert and Bebe Kaian. Ben was a son of a slave owner, and Bebe was an ex-slave of Ben's father. The war ended slavery, but did little to provide jobs or homes for all the freed slaves. Ben and Bebe entered into a very unusual partnership. They overcame both social and political problems, and the constant threat of kidnapping, rustlers, and thieves. They created a unique ranch and farm. Their success started with a cattle drive across country to Kansas City. After years of building a large farm and providing employment and shelter for hundreds of ex-slaves, Bebe took his wife on an unusual and exciting trip to California. In Sacramento, he learned wheat farming from the Chinese. On their return trip, they experienced a train wreck, an encounter with escaped convicts, and enjoyed the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

-Ellis V. Lumpkins

About the Author

I am retired from the United States Air Force (24 years), and also retired from a 20 year employment with Sears Roebuck and Co.  I am a Civil War nut, and love history in general.  I am happily married, and am enjoying my retirement in the beautiful Smoky Mountains.  I was born in Kentucky on 6-24-29.