Sidney Bolick Mama's Boarding House

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Mama's Boarding House

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The true story of a young man's experiences while growing up in a North Carolina cotton mill town during the Great Depression of the '30s.

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Born on a farm in Georgia in 1924, moved to a cotton mill town in North Carolina in 1930. Grew up there and graduated from High School in June, 1941. Left three days later for Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Went through flight training and graduated as a Sergeant Pilot in March, 1942. Was sent overseas to England, where he was attached to the Royal Air Force. Spent two and a half years in Europe, first with the RAF and then with the U. S. Eighth Air Force. Was shot down on a bombing mission over Friedrichshaffen, Germany on March 18, 1944. Parachuted into Switzerland and was interned there. Escaped into France in October, 1944, made his way back to England and was returned home to the United States. When the war ended he was flying C-54 Transport planes from California to the Central Pacific in the Air Transport Command. Went on inactive duty in March, 1946, and began a forty-three-year civilian career in Sales and Sales Management. Retired in 1989 as Vice-President of a Cleveland, Ohio consumer products company. Now lives in Milan, Tennessee, with his wife, Anita. Is a member of Post 4780 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, on the Board of Trustees of the Mildred G. Fields Memorial Library, and President of The Friends of the Library. The rest of his time is spent writing, reading, walking, playing golf, and surfing the Internet.

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By the middle of the year nineteen-thirty-one, when I was seven years old, the United States was beginning to feel the full effect of what history would call the "Great Depression of the Nineteen Thirties". As an aftermath of the stock market crash of October, 1929, banks failed, factories closed, farmers lost their farms, and unemployment was approaching an all time high. Breadlines and soup kitchens sprouted on street corners in the cities, and freight trains were festooned with hobos aimlessly traveling from one part of the country to the other to try to find work. But there was almost no work to be had.

Just about everybody blamed the depression on Republican President Herbert Hoover. And he was easy to blame. Unlike his eventual successor, Franklin D. Roosevelt, he was not a charismatic individual, but projected an aloof and unsympathetic demeanor. Even his physical appearance was against him, with his squinted eyes and severe facial expression.

But the depression wasn't Hoover's fault. It was a worldwide phenomenon, brought about by a combination of economic and political conditions after World War I. He just had the misfortune of coming into office at the wrong time.

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