Tamara Thayer

A chance discovery of pictures, letters, artifacts, and a war journal among her grandfather’s personal belongings spurred Tamara Thayer to document the life story of Dr. Ellsworth “Mike” Thayer in A Country Doctor Goes to War. Accordingly, the book performed well and the author Tamara Thayer won ten awards for her debut book.


When suddenly surprised to learn that her four-times great grandmother Barbara Fritchie's Wikipedia page states she didn't have any children which question Fritchie’s heroic actions. Consequently, this began Tamara’s quest to prove or disprove her family lineage and to reveal the truth of Barbara's famous flag-waving actions standing-up against Stonewall Jackson which is Thayer’s second book The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie releasing in May 2020. The author’s available for talks, presentations, and book signings in addition to many other topics. Additionally, Tamara is a free-lance ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter when she isn’t researching and working on another book.


Furthermore, Tamara Thayer grew up in Faribault, Minnesota, where she was very active in her community and church. Several of her achievements and awards include the WCCO Young Achiever's Award, The Faribault Jaycee's Outstanding Young Adult Award, Rice County Fair Queen, Minnesota State 4-H Ambassador, and the National 4-H Club Congress winner in leadership. Later Tamara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health from Mankato State University, and also a former director of Christ Through Hands Ministry With People Who Are Blind or Deaf in Faribault.


Currently, Tamara is a participating member of the Rochester Civil War Roundtable, a former officer of the Scott Hosier Veteran's Roundtable and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 311 since 2009, and is the present chairman of both the Veterans Affairs and Veterans affairs and Rehab committees and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants through her eleventh great-grandfather Captain Myles Standish. Conversely, Tamara Thayer waits for the application process to join the Daughters of the American Revolution proving her lineage to her fifth great-grandfather Baruch/Barick Thayer. Author Tamara Thayer’s love of genealogy is the inspiration for a series of workshops that she teaches and for the next book she is writing. 


Nevertheless, Tamara's considered biggest achievements are her three wonderful children, Allison, Andrew, and Andrea. Her daughter Allison Cooney graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010 after studying for one semester in Thailand and one year in Ireland.  Then she enjoyed 2011 teaching English in South Korea. Later Allison received her MA in intercultural studies from Dublin City University, Ireland in 2013. Currently, she is working for 3M in Minnesota. Tamara’s son Andrew Cooney served six years of active duty stationed in Gulfport, Mississippi as a Navy Seabee while experiencing three deployments during that duration; South Korea, Afghanistan, and Spain. Nonetheless, Andrew was one of twelve Seabees selected to assist the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) to successfully rescue a five-year-old boy kidnapped in Alabama. Ordinarily, Andrew is the father of two energetic sons Brennan, Jackson, and the sweetest daughter Ireland. Moreover, he sports a bachelor's degree from the American Military Academy and is enthusiastically pursuing an advanced degree. The author's youngest child Andrea Thayer who was active in her church youth group volunteered service work for five mission trips. While attending college, Andrea left for her sixth mission trip and the first excursion to Japan. Excitedly Andrea is looking forward to graduating in 2020 with a four-year degree as a dental hygienist.


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A Country Doctor Goes to War by Tamara Thayer debut book won ten awards since publication. Subsequently, this story of one man’s life through a granddaughter's loving narrative compiled from a collection of photographs, personal correspondences, and the doctor’s war journal during World War II. Preceding Tamara’s new release The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie is a telling of Thayer’s four-times great grandmother and historic heroine in John Greenleaf Wittier’s poem Barbara Fritchie. Notwithstanding, these two highly captivating books inundated with fascinating real-life tales bound for the most discriminating of literary taste.


A Country Doctor Goes To War


The Mystery of Barbara Fritchie a True Patriot


© Photographer Gary Drury, Subject Tamara Thayer

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