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Claytonville, Illinois And Vicinity In Review - 1931

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About the author:
I was born in 1946 and raised in central Illinois. During my youth, I was lucky to be able to visit my parent's families each summer in two small towns, Cissna Park and Claytonville, and had, in my opinion, free range over what I did. It was a great and unique experience that allowed my imagination to grow wild.
Also, I have to give credit to my ancestors, especially the women, because they showed me by example how to live life as a good, caring person. To these women I owe a great debt and hope the books and projects I have worked on some how gives them pride in what I have accomplished.
I started to write and paint at a very early age and have been lucky to be able to continue my creativity my entire life. To do so has caused me many difficulties at times, but I wouldn't trade a second of it. Being creative and able to express myself in paintings, sculptures and writing has made me a petter person.
I am schooled and have a BS degree English, a MA in sculpture and a MFA in ceramics.

Claytonville, Illinois And Vicinity In Review - 1931

Authored by Donald G. Enz
Edited by Donald G. Enz

Claytonville is a small community in central Illinois in the center of farm country. It has lost most of its businesses over the years because of the automobile and lack of job opportunities. But, it still has people who are good and kind.
In these smaller farm communities they were still insulated from the harsh realities of those living in the big citiies because most farmers and people in town were still raising gardens and canning their harvests. City folk did not have that advantage. They, also, hadn't lost that many jobs because businesses were small and served the local population.
The depression was still affecting them, though, with burglaries and theft. With Prohibition still the law, many ordinary people had to resort to making alcohol to sell to make ends meet. This was prompted primarily in 1931 because of extreme heat, poor crops and low prices for those crops. People did whatever they had to do in order to keep their families feed and the tax collector at bay. Foreclosures were becoming more common, as well as the closure of several local banks that didn't have the cash flow to keep their doors open.
Hard times were upon them.

Publication Date:
1519509677 / 9781519509673
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Black and White
Related Categories:
History / United States / State & Local / Midwest

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