By Robert J. Hastings
Informed from the perspective of a tender boy, this account indicates how a relations “faced the Nineteen Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of growing up in southern Illinois, in particular the Marion, region throughout the nice melancholy. but if it used to be first released in 1972 the publication proved to be a couple of writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois. “People began writing me from all around the country,” Hastings notes. “And all stated a lot a similar: ‘You have been writing approximately my relatives, up to your individual. That’s how I bear in mind the Thirties, too.’” As he proves repeatedly during this publication, Hastings is a normal storyteller who can comment on the aspect that makes the story either poignant and universal. He brings to existence 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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Later, Mom said to me, "I've learned that whatever happens, your Daddy always has a little dab of money put back somewhere . " Sour Grapefruit and WPA President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "New Deal" used all twenty-six letters of the alphabet to identify the various government programs aimed at the economic crisis. There were, to name a few, the FERA, CCC, PWA, AAA, NRA ("We do our part"), NYA, and WPA. Millions of dollars poured into direct welfare, surplus food, and government work projects, known first as the PWA (Public Works Administration) and later as the WPA (Works Progress Administration).
Dad carried a three-tiered aluminum dinner bucket. The bottom compartment held drinking water, the middle section sandwiches and fruit, and the top part pie or cake. When the miners "threw out their water," it meant they emptied their buckets of drinking water and were ready to go homemaybe because of a lack of "empties" (cars to load), or a dispute of some sort, or because they were feeling good and wanted a day off. Or maybe the mine would "blow over"sound the whistlebecause of a breakdown or to signal one of those too-frequent accidents that crushed out the life of a miner.
There was no telephone to disconnect, as we didn't have one to start with! We did keep up regular payments on two metropolitan Life Insurance policies. Page after page of old receipt books show entries of 10¢ per week on one policy and 69¢ a month on another. As long as we could, we made house payments to the Marion Building and Loan, but a day came when we had to let those go, too. Fortunately, we were able to save our house from foreclosure. When so many borrowers defaulted, the Marion Building and Loan went bankrupt.