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The Jasonville I Remember: An Indiana Coal Town

George R. Stultz

Pages: 184
ISBN: 978-145752-439-4
List Price: 14.95
Available: February 2014
Edition: Perfectbound

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The 1930s were a difficult time in the United States. Directly following the stock market crash of 1929, which plunged our nation into economic downfall, the thirties are best known for the Great Depression. Nearly 15 million Americans were unemployed, and families all over the country were struggling—including the Stultz family in Jasonville, Indiana. But the Stultzes were no strangers to adversity and hard work, and life in this little coal-mining town was not all hardship and grief.

In The Jasonville I Remember—a collection of essays first published in the Jasonville Independent—George Stultz reflects on various topics concerning family, community, and growing up in rural Indiana. He takes us back to a time when life was challenging but filled with moments of pure joy. And these are the moments that he shares in this delightful and nostalgic look at life in the 1930s as seen through the eyes of an adventurous, fun-loving, and good-hearted boy. Whether you lived through the Great Depression or simply read about it in history books, you’ll find these vignettes relatable to modern life as we celebrate family, friends, and the memories of our childhood that sustain us through our lives.

George R. Stultz was born and reared in Jasonville, Indiana. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946, serving his country in the Pacific Theater of World War II, he returned to Indiana. He graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and moved to Adams County, where he began a teaching career. After several years he changed direction and began an extensive and varied career in the juvenile/criminal justice field, with a master’s degree in criminology. He retired in 1989 and has spent his post-retirement years reading, writing, gardening, and working with the Quaker Meeting assembly in Plainfield, Indiana.