Wayne Mahood wrote a book entitled, A Strenuous Day, which traces the lives of the ordinary couple Harve and Hattie England of Maryville, Missouri. The couple’s lives were transformed during the events that occurred between 1870 and 1945. This period in history was marked by a World War, a flu epidemic, the likes of Charles Lindbergh, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Herbert Hoover, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and distinguished by the Great Depression. Mahood has authored nine books, many of which focus on the Civil War. He has taught social studies in Elmhurst, Illinois, then later taught at SUNY-Geneseo from 1969 to 1994, where he chaired the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education.