By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city facet 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 nice melancholy. This publication, 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 toddler used to be average 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 course of starvation and chilly and deprivation.” these too younger to have skilled the commercial devastation can see these difficult days in the course of the eyes of a knowledgeable storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.
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In front of Norman's Store was a small icehouse and two gas pumps. At that time you actually pumped the gasoline up into a glass cylinder on top. This was done by hand, using a leverlike handle. The gasoline squished Page 15 and frothed as it was pumped into the see-through glass cylinder, which held ten gallons. When a customer wanted gas, the fuel flowed by gravity into the tank. The cylinder was calibrated with metal tabs indicating how many gallons had been bought. Texaco Fire-Chief was highly advertised as a premium gasoline.
The word is locked forever in my memory chest of the thirties. "Son, I wouldn't do that if I were you . . Son, I hope you will . . I feel badly for you, Son . . I'm sorry, Son, your daddy didn't get the job . . " Just a block down the street from Ezra's, let's walk slowly past the home of the late James H. Felts at 1216 North Glendale, where his widow still lived. It's a well-kept, two-story house with a wraparound porch, Victorian in architecture. Mr. Felts had died in 1932 when I was eight years old, so I have little or no memory of him.
If Mr. " The teacher had barely assigned our seats and taken our names when I grew restless. I knew I didn't have to stayaccording to the law! And I didn't want to. I was the youngest and smallest. I felt out of place. So taking destiny in my own hands, I got up and calmly walked out the door, down the steps, then broke into a run down Boulevard toward home. I was a runaway! Grace MacDonald, our teacher, sent an older boy after me, but I outran him. I looked back only once. I can see him still, calling to me with his hands cupped to his mouth, "Come back .
A penny's worth of minced ham: another look at the Great Depression by Mr. Robert J Hastings