In Out of the Gulch, Onto the Mountain Top, Frederic Marsh Civish, Jr. looks back on his life, especially the many jobs he had, and the way broke with organized religion and alcohol addiction. Born in 1931, Frederic, had his first jobs in the local Carbon County, Utah coal mine. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked as a hotel manager, substitute teacher, card mechanic in a casino, deployed multi-level marketing schemes, and everything in between. Earnings went to his wife and family, disappointments of being hired and fired in ever repeating cycles wore him out.
The Latter Day Saints a.k.a. Mormons had a huge influence on his life too. Personal convictions versus church policies eventually led to a divorce, and an escape to agnosticism. Now, reflecting, Civish sees himself conversating with a male Higher Power, free from alcohol abuse thanks to religious self-help groups. In 2012 he moved to Ogden. Some episodes are condensed and short, other parts are lengthy and subject to discussion whether or not to include in the narrative. Examples are the quotes from Frederic’s wife diary about the camper trip across the States and into Canada, and the elaboration of the painful process to get a first book published.
Quite funny are the appendices with lists of words known and popular in the 20th Century, now completely obsolete, and a list of inventions in Civish’s lifespan, ranging from astronaut to hamburger.
About the author
Frederic Marsh Civish, Jr. grew up in Carbon County, Utah, named for its many coal mines in the Wasatch and Book Cliff Mountain ranges. As a youth, he saw the Sunnyside Mine explosion, which killed 23 miners in May 1945. Retired from a long life of making a living and raising six children, he now lives back in Utah, Out of the Gulch, Onto the Mountain Top.