By Robert J. Hastings

Told from the perspective of a tender boy, this account indicates how a kinfolk “faced the Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of grow­ing up in southern Illinois, in particular the Marion, zone through the nice melancholy. but if it was once first released in 1972 the booklet proved to be multiple writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois.

“People all started writing me from all around the country,” Hastings notes. “And all stated a lot an analogous: ‘You have been writing approximately my kinfolk, up to your individual. That’s how I take into account the Thirties, too.’”

As he proves many times during this e-book, Hast­ings is a normal storyteller who can comment on the element that makes the story either poignant and univer­sal. He brings to existence a interval that marked each guy, girl, and baby who lived via it while that nationwide adventure fades into the past.

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I know, because I rode my bicycle to town to pay these bills.  If I had lessons I brought them to the kitchen table or sprawled on the floor between the kitchen and dining room.  In the summer we often made our way to bed in the dark, not so much to save a penny or two as to "keep the house cool" and not attract the bugs.  Utensils were often stacked two deep on the range so that a boiling pot of beans would help to cook the potatoes.  In cold, wet weather when he worked outdoors on WPA he often cut strips of cardboard to stuff in the soles of his shoes and keep his feet warm.

We supplemented this with cracked corn and leftover bread from my Aunt Bertha's.  Whether it did or not, they surely sensed the warmth of his affection.  About the only waste was the squawk!  And she was never one to eat a day­old biscuit or warmed­over cornbread. " I always would, and she never did. Maybe it was because she liked Mom's fried chicken as much as we did. " These were the first words I learned to read. " Grace McDonald was my first grade teacher at the Jefferson School on East Boulevard, and on the Friday afternoon when we completed the gingerbread story, she announced a surprise.

The design was so distinctive that "WPA toilet" still describes the conventional outdoor sanitary privy.  Maybe a bit of both. " It was almost like a death sentence.  To keep warm in cold, muddy weather, Dad wore two or three pairs of Page 21 socks and lined the thin bottoms of his shoes with newspaper or cardboard. " This was said, not out of ingratitude, but out of a deep pride that believed a mother and father should at least be able to bury their own son.  Occasionally we might get a "relief order" for groceries or an "order for coal''—these could be redeemed at the store or the mine but not converted into cash.

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