By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city aspect of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the fiscal crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath. The writer grew up in Marion, Illinois, getting into the 1st grade in 1930, the beginning of the nice melancholy. This ebook, which recollects 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 baby was once common of depression-era lifestyles. those that have been younger then can relive misplaced adolescence in Hastings’ books. And there have been moments worthy reliving: Hastings tells of “laughter and love and tears in the middle of starvation and chilly and deprivation.” these too younger to have skilled the commercial devastation can see these challenging days in the course of the eyes of a informed storyteller reporting from the perspective of a kid.
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Is this why Mr. Swan picked a DeSoto? I don't know. But I've long since forgiven Mr. Swan. After all, he had to pay the tax so why shouldn't Ieven at the expense of seeing a sliver of my supper thrown back in the meat case? I've often wondered if anyone had a similar experience. Glenn Travelstead, a long-time neighbor at 1406 North State, tells me he did. "I know what you mean by saving up until you had the exact amount during the Depression," Glenn told me. 98 to buy a new pair of Osh Kosh B'Gosh overalls for Glenn, Jr.
They cost too much. First was an all-purpose wagon with removable stakes. You could use it as a "farm" wagon to haul any and everything a kid might need to haul, or remove the stakes and "drive" it as a flatbed. My second wish was for a tent. Camping was not all that big back then, and the tents I remember were designed for children's play in their own backyards. I can still see the catalog illustrations of the tents, with their extended awnings and poles, and children gaily playing. If I could go back and be a boy and own a wagon with real stakes and a tent with flaps that let down when it rained, I guess I'd take the Depression all over again in stride.
We visited back and forth one or two times a week, especially on Saturday nights to pop corn and listen to the Grand Ole Opry on radio WSM from Nashville, Tennessee. The two women helped each other peel and can peaches, traded the latest news about who was expecting a baby and who had just got laid off work, and nursed each others' children when they were sick. "Ruby, I want you to shut my mouth" was one of Lizzie's favorite sayings, used when Mom told her some neighborhood news that didn't always get in the newspapers.
A penny's worth of minced ham: another look at the Great Depression by Mr. Robert J Hastings