By Robert J. Hastings
Instructed from the perspective of a tender boy, this account indicates how a relations “faced the Thirties head on and lived to inform the story.” it's the tale of growing up in southern Illinois, in particular the Marion, quarter in the course of the nice melancholy. but if it used to be first released in 1972 the ebook proved to be multiple writer’s thoughts of depression-era southern Illinois. “People begun writing me from all around the country,” Hastings notes. “And all stated a lot an analogous: ‘You have been writing approximately my kinfolk, up to your personal. That’s how I take into accout the Thirties, too.’” As he proves repeatedly during this ebook, Hastings is a common storyteller who can comment on the element that makes the story either poignant and universal. He brings to existence a interval that marked each guy, lady, and baby who lived via it at the same time that nationwide adventure fades into the past.
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Extra info for A nickel's worth of skim milk: a boy's view of the Great Depression
These letters were so precious that I deposited them with the Illinois State Historical Library in Springfield. I could not bring myself to destroy a single one. I was pleased when Southern Illinois University Press decided to reprint this paperback edition. Simultaneously, the Press is publishing a sequel, A Penny's Worth of Minced Ham. ). These books are the first in the Press's regional series, Shawnee Books. A Penny's Worth is also written against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Filled with stories about neighborhood grocery stores of the 1930's, it's saturated with nostalgia and local color.
A unique feature of the Depression in Williamson County was the emergence of about 150 small, makeshift "gopher holes," where farmers and unemployed miners dug shallow-vein coal for local sale. They would sink a slope about fifty or seventy-five feet deep and mine the poor grade of coal. Most of the loading was done by hand. Many had no storage space at the tipple, and would hoist coal only when someone was waiting to buy a load. Geologists estimate that 135 to 200 billion tons of coal underlie two-thirds of Illinoisenough coal to last more than a thousand years at the present rate of consumption.
There Page 18 were family dinners and picnics, and occasionally four or five families would pile into the back of Ted Boles' coal truck for an overnight camping-fishing trip to the Ohio River at Shawneetown or Metropolis. We liked music, and one of my earliest memories is of Dad singing to me: Two arms that hold me tight, Two lips that kiss goodnight; To me he'll always be, That little boy of mine. No one can ever know, Just what his coming has meant; He's something heaven has sent, That little boy of mine.
A nickel's worth of skim milk: a boy's view of the Great Depression by Robert J. Hastings