A nickel's worth of skim milk: a boy's view of the Great by Robert J. Hastings

By Robert J. Hastings

Instructed from the perspective of a tender boy, this account exhibits how a relatives “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 in the course of the nice melancholy. but if it used to be first released in 1972 the e-book proved to be multiple writer’s stories of depression-era southern Illinois.  “People begun writing me from everywhere in the country,” Hastings notes. “And all acknowledged a lot a similar: ‘You have been writing approximately my relations, up to your personal. That’s how I bear in mind the Nineteen Thirties, too.’” As he proves repeatedly during this booklet, Hast­ings is a ordinary 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, lady, and baby who lived via it at the same time that nationwide event fades into the past. 

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Louis to work at the Brown Shoe Company when she was sixteen and I was two. Gordon Champ, my oldest brother, left home when I was about seven to work in Chicago, and my youngest brother, Dial LaVerne, joined my sister in St. Louis when I was about nine. So at the time of this story our family included only Mom, Dad, and me. There was twelve years' difference in my parents' ages. When my story begins, in 1930, Dad was 49 and Mom was 37. When it ends, in 1938, he was 57 and she was 45. Since they were older than many parents of children my age, I was probably exposed to a more mature outlook.

Country music program from WEBQ in Harrisburg. Only he didn't drive to the studio in Harrisburg. He broadcast his folksy music and homespun philosophy right from his hatchery in Eldoradoby remote control! I italicize "remote control" because it was eight miles from Harrisburg to Eldorado and, although we didn't know the exact meaning of remote control, we knew it was a feat to sing in Eldorado and broadcast from Harrisburg, all at the same time. As I said, Carter was a salesman. He would hold the microphone right over the incubators, and you could hear the chirping of those little White Leghorns, Plymouth Rocks, New Hampshires, Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, and "Domineckers" all over Southern Illinois.

During the Depression, any extra cash, however small the amount, was looked upon as buried treasure suddenly brought to light. As a gardener, Dad was best known for his lettuce bed. He planted it early enough to beat the drought and heat, and he was never known to fail. Neighbors came to expect him to raise the best lettuce in the north end of Marion. " Or, in rare cases, a dime's worth! I always knew spring was near when I came home from school on Valentine's Day and found Dad putting the finishing touches on his lettuce bed.

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