By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city aspect of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the monetary crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath. The writer grew up in Marion, Illinois, coming into the 1st grade in 1930, the beginning of the good melancholy. This e-book, which remembers memorable episodes within the lifetime of that boy, is a sequel to the popular A Nickel’s worthy of Skim Milk. What Hastings skilled as a toddler used to be average of depression-era existence. those that have been younger then can relive misplaced formative years in Hastings’ books. And there have been moments worthy reliving: Hastings tells of “laughter and love and tears in the course of starvation and chilly and deprivation.” these too younger to have skilled the commercial devastation can see these demanding days in the course of the eyes of a expert storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.
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Two big plate glass windows were on either side of the front door, to which was affixed a tinkling bell to alert Mr. Swan and his helper, Webb Eason, that they had a customer. To the left, as you entered, Mr. Swan displayed dry goods such as bolts of calico, gingham, unbleached muslin, or patterned dress material. You could also buy needles, pins, sewing thread, elastic, lace, ribbons, buttons, thimbles, dress patterns, work gloves, handkerchiefs, and the like. Page 5 On the right was a coal heating stove, plus shelves for canned goods and open boxes of bulk cookies.
York. A little beyond this was a little store in the 900 block of North State; this store, which sat astride a creek, was once owned by Melvin Pulley. Past it, I soon reached the intersection of East Boulevard. It was here, again astride a creek, that Herman Garrison had his store. ) Looking to my left, at 300 East Boulevard, I could see the little red brick store once known as Hartwell's, and at other times as Perry's. It was at Garrison's that I left the sidewalk and took a gravel path around the city reservoir, a short cut.
Published in 1972 by University Publications at Southern Illinois University, this book enjoyed a wide readership and won two awards. Hundreds of readers wrote thanking me. " I guess one proof of a helpful book is whether it's a mirror in which we see ourselves. About 1975, I was speaking at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. An elderly woman, using a walker, came to hear me. " she asked with a twinkling smile, after straining up the steps. "I'll tell you why," she continued. "A year ago I broke my hip, then had to sell my lovely home and move into government subsidized housing.
A penny's worth of minced ham: another look at the Great Depression by Mr. Robert J Hastings