By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city facet of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the fiscal 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 publication, 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 toddler was once standard 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 course of starvation and chilly and deprivation.” these too younger to have skilled the commercial devastation can see these challenging days during the eyes of a proficient storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.
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If Brink's armored cars take safeguards, why not make sure your ice gets home in one piece? I often sat in our front porch swing and watched cars Page 14 pass with chunks of ice tilted on their rear bumpers. But watch how that exposed ice melts. You could see the drips right down the middle of the street. And by the time the driver got home, the ice had a big gash in one side where it had melted and settled onto the bumper. What a waste! In the thirties, you saved everythingeven the feathers from fryers who got their necks wrung in our backyard.
Page 1 A Trip to the Swan's Store Bobby, take this quarter and run down to Mr. Swan's store. Ask for fifteen cents worth of minced ham and a dime loaf of bread. When you get home, I'll fry the minced ham and make us some milk gravy for supper. Those were Mom's instructions on an afternoon in late July 1933. I was nine years old at the time, enjoying summer vacation between the third and fourth grades. We lived in a five-room house at 1404 North State Street in Marion, where my parents had moved in 1914.
One summer about this time I visited my married sister, Mrs. Frank (Afton) Wolff, who lived in St. Louis. Frank worked for the Nelson Manufacturing Company, which made ice-cream cabinets for restaurants and drugstores. With his knowledge of refrigeration, Frank put together a homemade electric refrigerator. Using odds and ends of an old compressor, ice-cube trays, freon, and the like, he converted their ordinary icebox into an electric one. Talk about heaven! I was there. That summer, we made tray after tray of popsicles with Kool-Aid.