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Saloon to Stories: Former Saloon Owner Pens Children’s Book

former owner of Sheeley House Saloon in Chippewa Falls writes witty tale for his grandkids about emotions

Serena DeMars |

BEST GRANDPA EVER. Jim Bloms penned his children's book, Why Is My Grandpa Grumpy? for his grandchildren, as a way to teach them that others' emotions aren't their fault. (Submitted photo)
BEST GRANDPA EVER. Jim Bloms penned his children's book, Why Is My Grandpa Grumpy? for his grandchildren, as a way to teach them that others' emotions aren't their fault. (Submitted photo)

Why is My Grandpa Grumpy? by Jim Bloms is a heartfelt story, inspired by his granddaughter, Jules, and aims to help children understand that other people’s emotions are not their fault. “The book is very light-hearted,” Bloms said, “and my hope is that it will initiate and improve generational family connections and understanding.” Bloms, who lives near Chippewa Falls, has already co-authored a hospitality industry guidebook with Bill Ryan in 1999, as he has worked in the hospitality business for most of his life, including owning The James Sheeley House from 2001-2015 and The Country Inn near Rice Lake from 1981-1995. Check out the book at The Local Store, Amazon, on for free with Kindle Unlimited.