By Mr. Robert J Hastings
Hastings skilled the agricultural and small city facet 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, coming into the 1st grade in 1930, the beginning of the nice 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 used to be normal of depression-era existence. 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 demanding days during the eyes of a proficient storyteller reporting from the viewpoint of a kid.
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After we had chipped off just the right amount for iced tea, it was my chore to rewrap the ice, crawl under the house where it was cool, and store it in a dark, moist corner. We stretched those nickel chunks for two or three days. If it came a cool, rainy snap, a chunk might last four days. After dinner, Mom carefully washed the leftover ice from our glasses and put it in a small, brown pitcher for ice water or an afternoon lemonade. Never, never, never would you dream of throwing away a piece of ice just because it once cooled someone's glass of iced tea.
But I never dreamed anyone actually bought them. I thought they were to look at. Who in the world could find $780 or so to buy a new DeSoto in 1933? My boyish mind came up with the answer: Mr. Swan could, because he knew how to slice the ham thin! Dad explained that when you buy a new car, you must drive it slowly for several miles to break it in properly. '' Unfortunately, by the time I bought a new car that I felt was a match for Mr. Swan's (a 1962 Oldsmobile I purchased in Louisville, Kentucky), the rules had changed.
Since we had no car, and it was about a mile downtown to Kroger's, we managed different ways. Sometimes we rode with a neighbor, such as Ezra Davis or Myron Roberts, who had cars all during the Depression. The simplest way was to buy your groceries, then call a cab, which for ten cents would take you and your foodstuffs to any address inside the city limits. For fifteen cents you could go as far as Spillertown or Dog Walk. Another wayonce I got a bicyclewas to shop oftener and buy just what one sack would hold.