By Robert J. Hastings
Advised from the viewpoint of a tender boy, this account indicates how a kin “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, sector through 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 all started writing me from everywhere in the country,” Hastings notes. “And all stated a lot a similar: ‘You have been writing approximately my relations, up to your individual. That’s how I take note the Nineteen Thirties, too.’” As he proves many times during this booklet, Hastings is a average 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 whilst that nationwide event fades into the past.
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About a hundred mines were abandoned before the Depression was over, with a loss of twenty thousand jobs. Taxpayers stopped paying, and local governments found themselves without funds. In 1930 the school tax collections dropped by one-fourth. The high schools were crowded as boys who would formerly have entered the mines now stayed in school. At the same time, many teachers were laid off, or paid in warrants which were sometimes cashed for fifty cents or less on the dollar. Page 12 The federal government identified Saline-Franklin-Williamson as one of fifty distinct depressed areas.
But that's the pointthey weren't. On winter evenings Mom would turn on the kitchen light while she cooked supper. If I had lessons I brought them to the kitchen table or sprawled on the floor between the kitchen and dining room. After supper we "turned off the light in the kitchen" and moved to the dining-sitting room, where another light was switched on. If we wanted to read on winter afternoons, we sat as near a window as possible, with the curtains pinned back, to save the lights until it was nearly dark.
If we wanted to read on winter afternoons, we sat as near a window as possible, with the curtains pinned back, to save the lights until it was nearly dark. In the summer we often made our way to bed in the dark, not so much to save a penny or two as to "keep the house cool" and not attract the bugs. When ironing, Mom saved flat pieces such as towels and handkerchiefs to the last, to be pressed while the iron was cooling and the electricity was off. To save gas in the summer, she planned her meals to make maximum use of the oven, so if she was roasting meat, she would Page 16 also be baking cookies.
A nickel's worth of skim milk: a boy's view of the Great Depression by Robert J. Hastings