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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 fine 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 better person.
I am schooled and have a BS degree in English, a MA in sculpture and a MFA in ceramics.

Cissna Park, Illinois In Review - 1931

Authored by Donald G. Enz, Donald G. Enz

Cissna Park is a small community in central Illinois in the center of farm country. It still has the character of the old days when neighbors helped each other out of hard times, or would just have them over for dinner.
During 1931 the depression is just beginning to affect Cissna Park. Being a farm town, most of the businesses were still able to operate at a profit and serve the surrounding population.
Things were not totally secure, though, there was an increase in burglaries and theft. Several area banks were forced to close because of low cash flow.
People were still raising gardens and canning the harvest. Farmers had mixed results with crops; some did well, others not because of the extreme heat of summer. Also, the farmers were organizing in co-ops in order to get higher prices for their crops.
As in most depression periods, some did well, while others struggled to feed and clothe their families. The Cissna Park community did organize to help those in need. That was just the right thing to do.

Publication Date:
1519663927 / 9781519663924
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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