Hal Roth was born in Cementon, a small manufacturing town in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. After serving with the United States Air Force during the Korean War, he attended Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, and the University of Maryland. In 1957 he moved to Maryland to pursue a career in public education and later purchased a tree farm in Dorchester County, where he now lives and writes in retirement. He has authored many popular books of Eastern Shore history and folklore.
This is a book of regional history, humor, and folklore, full of the picturesque color of everyday life as it was lived in a remote area of the country early in the 20th century. Hal Roth spent years in a country store, listening to and recording the tall tales and hard truths of a fast-fading rural culture on Maryland's Eastern Shore, which lies between Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.