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Resident's book recalls Dublin in '50s, '60s

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Don Rose (left) helped edit the stories of Tim Sells to produce the book When Dublin Wasn't Doublin' .JENNIFER NOBLIT/THISWEEKNEWS
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Tim Sells shares a lot of history with Dublin.

Not only has the retired disabled veterans specialist spent a great deal of his life in Dublin, but he also shares the city's roots.

"My heart has always been in Dublin because my family has always been here," he said.

Sells is a descendant of a few of Dublin's founders and is hoping to share the city's past and his own with his book When Dublin Wasn't Doublin'.

Sells is a descendant of Dublin founder Ludwig Sells and Ann Simpson Davis. Part of his childhood was spent living on a farm on the Scioto River where Friendship Village stands.

Lists of friends from his youth include well-known Dublin residents such as Chi Weber, Sherm Sheldon and Louie Geese.

"My dad was one of 15 children," Sells said. "I grew up with stories. People would recount stories to me. I was exposed to other great families in Dublin."

While the book recounts some history, Sells said his goal was to show what Dublin was like in a simpler time.

"I wanted to write a book that captured people in Dublin in the '50s and '60s," he said.

Started in 2010, Sells' book was a long time coming.

After writing a few manuscripts, Sells read a story from it to Dublin Historical Society members Herb Jones and Dick Termeer. They asked him to come read some of the stories at a meeting.

"I grew up in Dublin and I think the book is a good book," said Don Rose, who heard Sells' reading at the historical society meeting. "While reading it, I fell in love with the book."

Rose's admiration for the book was so great, he became determined it should be published. Sells had tried to get the book published and went to a disabled veterans group for help.

"It laid fallow for a few years," he said.

But after Rose read through the manuscript and called Sells over to discuss some possible edits, things started moving.

"There are 260 pages in the manuscript and there was a yellow sticky (note) on almost every other page," Sells said. "I said 'Oh Lord, what did I get myself into?'"

An editing agreement was struck between Sells and Rose and a few days later, the veterans group told Sells they would help publish the book.

Even though the book focuses on some of Dublin's more colorful citizens, including Sells' grandfather Amaziah who stopped wearing clothing in favor of robes in his old age, the stories transcend the locale.

"I think anyone would enjoy this book," Rose said.

"I wrote this book sociologically and economically speaking on the transition from a small village to metropolis," Sells said.

"Many small villages lost their flavor and character by osmosis as they were consumed by cities. I wanted to capture what it was like growing up on the banks of the Scioto River."

"When Dublin Wasn't Doublin'" is available for purchase online at amazon.com, as well as the Dublin Barber Shop, Dublin Village Tavern, Biddie's Coach House and Hair Smith in Dublin and the Morgan House and Hellas in Shawnee Hills.

Writing the book was cathartic, Sells said, and he isn't too concerned with sales. Rose feels differently, though.

"I want people to read it because I think they'll enjoy it," Rose said.

"I've got no secrets to conceal," Sells said. "In the book I think you can see ... the surface of Dublin and see the foundation of a young man."

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