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Family Stories #9: Jake & Juby – Don’t Argue

The Great Depression was the worst period economically in our nation’s history. The Great Depression began with the stock market crash of 1929 and was made worse by the 1930’s Dust Bowl. There was a worldwide economic downturn that began in 1929… Continue Reading →

Family Stories #7: Jim in the Chicago Shipyard

The Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, caused the United States to declare war on the Axis powers: Germany, Japan, and Italy. Immediately, a draft of young men was established and many Americans volunteered for the… Continue Reading →

Family Stories #5: Education

My Grandpa was Jakes dad, John Ruben Henderson, born in 1881. Grandpa John never received any formal education and never learned to read or write. When he was five years old his step-father put him to work in a sock factory…. Continue Reading →

Family Stories #3: Nate – Leaving Home

Life on the farm in the ‘20s was difficult. Life on the farm is always arduous work; it’s a family vocation; it starts at daybreak and it never stops until bedtime. At fourteen years old, boys are expected to do… Continue Reading →

Family Stories #2: Jim & Buck – Short Pants

Living on the farm in the ‘20s, Juby only went to the nearest town, Fitzgerald, about once a month, only when she had specific needs. When Jim was ready to start the first grade, in those days there were no… Continue Reading →

Family Stories #1: Nate – Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful process where a child who has no family support is joined to a family that agrees to treat the adopted child the same as a biological child. Frequently the child is an orphan. Sometimes the child… Continue Reading →

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