By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city part of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the financial crash of 1929 and its 10-year aftermath. The writer grew up in Marion, Illinois, getting into the 1st grade in 1930, the beginning of the good 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 baby was once general 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 industrial devastation can see these not easy days throughout the eyes of a expert storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.
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Although in doing so I missed the home of Mr. Belford, who could have admitted me to the first grade when I was five if he'd wanted to, I always liked to cut through this vacant lot, then down and up the banks of a creek that flowed through it. Whatever the season, I liked to jump across that little stream, or step gingerly on steppingstones, or in winter stomp my feet on the frozen ice. Charles B. Garrigus, who in later years had a distinguished political and educational career in California and was also named poet laureate of that state, remembers the same shortcut.
Kids improvised many toys in the thirties. We assembled our own kites out of brown paper and paste made of flour and water. We played street hockey with sticks and crushed tin cans and rode on homemade scooters with wheels salvaged from old roller skates. When we played marbles, we made sure no one shot with a "steelie," which in the hands of a sharpshooter could shatter and ruin the glass marbles. Mom used to time me as to how quickly I could assemble a puzzle of the forty-eight states of the Union.
I've described the shortest way to Kroger's for groceries. Now let me tell you about the long way. Let's go out the back door at 1404 North State and cross the alley to North Glendale, then south to DeYoung. We'll miss the shortcut through the city reservoir, but there are two or three places of interest I want you to see along this route. First, here's where Ezra and Lizzie Davis lived at 1314 North Glendalethe house with the wraparound porch Page 25 that sits high over its basement on concrete blocks.
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