By Robert Allen Rutland
The good melancholy and Prohibition are ominous stories in such a lot ancient bills. yet here's the real tale of a bit boy who chanced on existence jam-packed 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 struggling with for lifestyles within the overdue Nineteen 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 early life jam-packed with experience, characters, interest, and love. younger Rutland used to be the made from a "broken" domestic. After his father died of pneumonia at twenty-six years outdated, Rutland?’s mom, not able to take care of her youngsters, despatched Robert off to reside together with his alcoholic yet being concerned grandfather, "Pop," and his spouse, "Mom." The boardinghouse during which they lived had a gentle movement 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, lifestyles was once both wealthy for younger Rutland: speaking videos on Saturday for a dime, a library full of magical titles, drugs indicates, college backyard bullies, bloody noses, and summer season camp. yet those simplicities of lifestyles have been combined with the usually painful classes of truth in depression-era Oklahoma, with poverty, alcoholism, violence, and racism. informed with being concerned element, A Boyhood within the dirt Bowl Will hold the reader again to a long-lost position and time.
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He liked to tell listeners that he was born in the English village of Bodenham, in Wiltshire, and recalled that he was almost drowned there when chased into a pond by an angry swan. Oddly, no family records existed, no Bible bore the Newman genealogy, and apparently none had been brought to America by his father. Pop spoke of brothers and sisters living in Illinois, but he kept no records of his family background, so I don't to this day know my great-grandfather's first name. All he told me was that his father left a steady job as gamekeeper for the Earl of Radnor to take his chances on an Illinois farm.
Although Prohibition had long been a part of Oklahoma's history, it was hard for a youngster to understand. ) and drank them in one gulp. The Indians who came to town on Saturday were another matter. Officially, the law enforcement officers, including one of my uncles, were supposed to arrest drunks and stop any traffic in liquor. But not only were bootleggers living "across the tracks," but grocers knew why they hauled in vanilla by the caseload. They also knew why Indians bought "canned heat," sold under the brand name Sterno, in small tins along with a box of saltine crackers; a mound of those empty tins formed in the alley behind Pop's mill.
If sparing the rod meant a child was spoiled, I was sure rotten, for I don't remember ever having a slap or spanking from Pop or Mom. At school, that was different! I was in the cloakroom pretty often and well remember my Page 27 last hard spanking, administered to my rear end when I was in the ninth grade at Horace Mann Junior High. I almost cried. Behind the house was a garden between the mill and the back porch, and Pop had planted several apple, cherry, and apricot trees beyond a frame garage and driveway on the south side of the dwelling.
A boyhood in the dust bowl, 1926-1934 by Robert Allen Rutland