From Poverty to Glory: Growing Up in the Great Depression

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It was the 1930s during the height of the Great Depression and Tom Sprague was just a child growing up in rural Michigan. It was a bittersweet time characterized by breadlines, record unemployment, the rise of fascists regimes, and homeless families. But to this Michigan family the harshness of the era was softened by hunting and fishing, chasing chickens, and playing in the mud. Most importantly, the family learned early that financial poverty could be turned into everlasting gold so long as they stuck together during hard times. In typical Earl Hamner-like fashion, we are reminded of a more innocent time when God, Family, and Country were paramount to life and when any obstacle or trial could be overcome with hard work and dedication. Read the story of one family’s adventures and let yourself be reminded that money is nothing without faith in God and a loving home.

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Tom Sprague was reared in rural Barry County, Michigan during the Great Depression of the 1930s. He still lives with his wife of 62 years, on the farm purchased in 1955, just six miles from his birthplace. Tom and his wife attended a one room country school through the eighth grade before going to a consolidated high school. Tom served four years in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. During his military service and after returning home he attended college. Tom then worked as an Industrial Engineer before starting a full-line sporting goods retail business in 1968. In 1974, Tom was elected to the Who’s Who in Michigan in the field of business and economics. In 1983 he sold his business and retired. Still too young to call it quits, he started a part-time accounting business that soon became full time. He retired again at age 62. Tom then wrote his book from Poverty to Glory. Tom and his wife now spend their leisure time traveling, hunting, and fishing throughout North America.

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From Poverty to Glory paints a warm picture of a time of familial strength and happiness in the midst of financial hardship. This engaging story of rural children growing up during the great depression takes them through frequently amusing but always compelling adventures where they learn that the love of God, family, and friends buys far more than dollars ever will. Here you ll find life lessons often forgotten but still needed in our fast-paced technological age. --Rex M. Rogers, Former President, Cornerstone University

Truly a light-hearted book on a serious subject, that reads like a modern-day Huckleberry Finn tale. --Joseph Aller - CPA, Former Publisher

Truly a light-hearted book on a serious subject, that reads like a modern-day Huckleberry Finn tale. --Joseph Aller - CPA, Former Publisher

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