By Robert J. Hastings
Advised from the viewpoint of a tender boy, this account indicates how a family members “faced the Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of growing up in southern Illinois, particularly the Marion, region in the course of the nice melancholy. but if it was once first released in 1972 the ebook proved to be multiple writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois. “People began writing me from all around the country,” Hastings notes. “And all acknowledged a lot an identical: ‘You have been writing approximately my kinfolk, up to your personal. That’s how I bear in mind the Thirties, too.’” As he proves many times during this e-book, Hastings is a usual storyteller who can comment on the element that makes the story either poignant and universal. He brings to lifestyles 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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Dad wore a carbide lamp fastened to his mine cap, and its open flame was a constant invitation to a gas explosion. Southern Illinois mines reached out with their black, grimy hands for three of our relatives. Dial Hastings, Dad's brother, died in a powder explosion at Scranton Mine. Marshall Jack, the first husband of Mom's sister Bertha, died in a mine. And Archie Rodd, who married Dial's daughter, Elva, was crushed to death in a slope mine near Harrisburg. Dad carried a three-tiered aluminum dinner bucket.
4 million shares in one day, and the market plunged $32 billion in value. By the end of 1929, investors had lost $40 billion. By 1931, 2,298 banks had closed. Factories shut down, stores closed, and empty trains ran between once-busy cities where hardly a wisp of smoke now rose in the air. Local governments could collect only a small portion of taxes. Foreign trade came almost to a stop. The number of unemployed Americans rose to six million by the end of 1930, to Page 4 twelve million in 1931.
In early May, before many people had lettuce in their own gardens, he sold some to the grocers on consignment. It seemed that we ate lettuce by the ton. A typical spring meal was a big pan of lettuce wilted with hot bacon grease and vinegar, finely chopped and mixed with green onions and tiny radishes. To this we added cornbread, a few strips of bacon, potatoes boiled in their jackets, and iced tea, and we had a real feast. Mom's Fried Chicken One June morning in the summer of 1936, following the death of my brother LaVerne, Mom took her sharpest butcher knife, a teakettle of boiling water, and two shallow pans out to the well.