By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city aspect of an occasion that touched all who weathered it—the monetary 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 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 common of depression-era existence. those that have been younger then can relive misplaced formative years 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 demanding days in the course of the eyes of a informed storyteller reporting from the perspective of a kid.
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As soon as you climbed the bank of the creek you were on North Market and, minutes later, passing Davis Brothers Motor Company at 700 North Market (where I saw the new cars but never dreamed anyone ever bought one, even Mr. Swan). A partner, Kenneth Davis, made frequent buying trips to St. Louis. A fast driver, he often boasted how quickly he could make it to Marion. Seems to me it was three hours. That's not too fast today but in the early thirties, with narrow highways and twisting routes through East St.
I remembered how they had triumphed in spite of hardships. "I started crying . . and then I broke out laughing . . and then I cried some more. A nurse, upset, called my doctor, saying I was out of my head. He told her not to worry, that this was a sign I was breaking out of my depression. I vowed then to get up out of that bed and make the best of what I have left. " A number of friends have encouraged me to write a sequel. Until now I've hesitated, aware that the success of one book doesn't guarantee the popularity of another.
In my mind, I contrasted Mr. Felts and Mr. Davis, who lived just a block apart yet were so far removed in culture, education, and influence. Being a miner's son, I identified with Ezra, even if he did pay me no mind. He was the kind of person my family felt comfortable around, for we were more like him. But here was Senator Felts, too, living in the same neighborhood: the man who was for twenty-five years treasurer of the First Baptist Church; director of three banks; a publisher; a legislator who once turned down a share in a $100,000 bribe if he would vote wet.