Hilda and Emily Demuth grew up with their brothers and sisters on the old McEachron homestead in Yorkville Township, Wisconsin, where the Plank Road books take place. Hilda and Emily credit their parents for instilling in them a love of reading, an appreciation for country life, and a commitment to community. Both sisters are graduates of Valparaiso University.
Hilda Demuth-Lutze, a high school English teacher, lives in a farmhouse in Northwest Indiana with her husband and children. When she is not grading papers or working with wool, Hilda enjoys playing in a contra dance band called the Hoosier Recruits.
Emily Demuth Ishida lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband and children. She spends her days as a grade school library aide and computer lab assistant, surrounded by children and children’s books. Emily has done free-lance writing for many years, primarily devotionals, curricula, and global education resources for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Augsburg Fortress Publishers. She is a regular contributor to The Little Lutheran and The Little Christian.
About the Photograph
Our youngest sister, Gretchen Demuth Hansen, took the photo of us in the pasture. It has become the “Plank Road Summer author photo,” appearing in newspapers and on bookstore websites. We want to thank her for her artistic eye that captured the image.