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By Mr. Robert J Hastings

ISBN-10: 0809313049

ISBN-13: 9780809313044

Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city aspect of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the financial 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 booklet, 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 baby was once average of depression-era lifestyles. those that have been younger then can relive misplaced early life 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 industrial devastation can see these demanding days throughout the eyes of a educated storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.

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But we're still ahead of those who never had to bother about Page 9 counting every penny. You see, we got the fried minced ham and the milk gravy! To Lon Norman's for Ice Bobby, take this nickel on the shelf and go down to Norman's Store and get us a chunk of ice. I'm making us some tea for dinner. Hurry now, dinner'll be on the table when you get home. It was one of those dreadfully hot summers of 1936 or 1937 that produced the Dust Bowl out West, and the prospect of iced tea for dinner made me scamper.

Unfortunately, by the time I bought a new car that I felt was a match for Mr. Swan's (a 1962 Oldsmobile I purchased in Louisville, Kentucky), the rules had changed. "Take it out on the highway and drive the devil out of it the first few hundred miles," the salesman told me. My boyhood dream faded, and great was the fading thereof! The Dodge and DeSoto dealer in Marion at the time was the Swan Motor Company at 309 West Main. Was this a relative? Is this why Mr. Swan picked a DeSoto? I don't know.

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. I didn't like it. I didn't like the neighbors, the tiny rooms, the change in lifestyle.

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