By Robert Allen Rutland

ISBN-10: 0870814168

ISBN-13: 9780870814167

The nice melancholy and Prohibition are ominous thoughts in so much ancient bills. yet this is the genuine tale of a bit boy who came across existence choked with pleasure, ask yourself, and pleasure within the small midwestern city of Okemah, Oklahoma. Okemah, the place Woody Guthrie as soon as lived and wrote songs, used to be combating for lifestyles within the past due Twenties and early Thirties because the oil growth ended, cotton fell to 10 cents in keeping with pound, and Prohibition was once in strength. but this grim state of affairs frames Robert Rutland?’s colourful remembrance of a formative years choked with event, characters, interest, and love. younger Rutland used to be the made of a "broken" domestic. After his father died of pneumonia at twenty-six years previous, Rutland?’s mom, not able to deal with her childrens, despatched Robert off to dwell together with his alcoholic yet being concerned grandfather, "Pop," and his spouse, "Mom." The boardinghouse during which they lived had a gentle circulation of personalities flowing via, either for the foodstuff mother served inside of to the oil crews and diverse visitors and for the booze Pop served out again. past the boardinghouse, existence used to be both wealthy for younger Rutland: conversing video clips on Saturday for a dime, a library choked with magical titles, medication exhibits, tuition backyard bullies, bloody noses, and summer season camp. yet those simplicities of existence have been combined with the usually painful classes of truth in depression-era Oklahoma, with poverty, alcoholism, violence, and racism. informed with worrying element, A Boyhood within the dirt Bowl Will hold the reader again to a long-lost position and time.

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6'73dc20 [B]95-41936 CIP 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 To the memory of "Pop" George Albert Newman, born Bodenham, England, 1873, died Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1959 Page vii Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction by Tony Hillerman xi 1 Not the Worst of Times 1 2 Learning About Life 16 3 Kin and Other Folks 34 4 A Melting Potof Sorts 49 5 Lessonsin School and Out 54 6 More Joys of Learning 65 7 The Broadway Hotel 71 8 Movies and Other Important Pastimes 82 9 Small-Town Diversions 88 10 Town and Country Entertainment 101 11 Mixing Dreams and Prayers 113 Epilogue 131 Page ix Acknowledgments The patience and hard work of the University Press of Colorado editorial staff is greatly appreciated.

We had no ambitious political leaders teaching us Page xiii that we were victims of anyone or anything. We lacked psychologists to inform us that we were losers because of childhood deprivation and family dysfunction. 25 for a ten-hour day, or made twenty-five cents an hour if we were lucky enough to get an oil field roughnecking job, and dreamed the Great American Dream, and had no notion of the privileged class until we worked our way into college and washed dishes for the fraternity boys. I assure those of you too young to have enjoyed the dust bowl and the Great Depression that the glimpse Robert Rutland provides of growing up in the 1930s in Oklahoma is a glimpse of reality.

In my imaginary world, I was cast as the hero who saved all the children in the burning orphanage. The fire fighter image was reinforced by the presence, two doors down from our Third Street house, of the driver of the Okemah Fire Department's hook-and-ladder truck. The house belonged to Mom's sister, so the monthly rent check was delivered to Mom for relaying to her relative in Joplin, Missouri. Each day the fire truck driver, who was reportedly paid a salary of twenty-five dollars a week, drove home for lunch, and his superiors allowed him to take the truck in case of an emergency.

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