Hometown Headlines: Local author to have book sale and signing event Saturday at DeRidder Farmer's Market
A local retired teacher has penned a children’s book about a curious calf and his life on the farm.
Leanne M. Jeane retired earlier this year after teaching at Evans High School for over 30 years.
The author is now on a local book tour — with her first public event taking place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 15, at the DeRidder Farmers’ Market in downtown DeRidder. She will be there to greet the public as well as to sell and sign books.
“Nate’s Fate, A Curious Calf’s Tale” is a story enjoyed by young and old, and is about “unexpected life events on the farm with his family.”
Jeane, who lives in the Knight community, is a 1981 Merryville High School graduate and attended Northwestern State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in General Agriculture. Later, she returned to NSU and earned certification in Special Education.
Jeane has worked in the beef cattle industry all of her life — first with her parents, Kenneth and Eula Mae (Pelt) Midkiff, and later, her husband, Chris, and son, Ethan. The family lives on a farm.
Nate is actually a calf she raised up.
"Nate is not my first calf to raise on a bottle, and he certainly won't be my last, but he is definitely very special,” Jeane said, adding that she would not let Nate be sold.
"It's a well known fact that you don't keep bull calves on a farm, but I've been determined to keep Nate. My husband and son wanted to sell my 'baby bull' months ago, and that's when the idea for a book first came to my mind. Maybe if Nate earned his keep, he could live happily,” Jeane said.
Jeane got her way, and Nate is now 1-year-old. Jeane said he’s not exactly a pet, however.
“He is out in the pasture with 40 other cows, but he’s sweet and special and he comes when I call him,” she said.
For more on the book, visit Jeane’s Facebook page, “Leanne M. Jeane - Nate's Fate: A Curious Calf's Tale,” - https://www.facebook.com/LMJeane/.