Leora’s Dexter Stories: The Scarcity Years of the Great Depression – List of Chapters

The second book in the Leora’s Stories series has become a reality!

The undertow of the hard times of the Great Depression becomes poignantly personal in the experiences of a small-town family as they slowly sliding into unemployment and poverty. Jobs dry up and so does their cow, but my grandmother Leora labors to clothe, feed, and see to it that all seven children earn high school diplomas. 

Paperback and ebook are available on Amazon, and autographed copies in the Des Moines area from Beaverdale Books (shipping offered) at (515) 279-5400, as well as at the Urbandale Machine Shed Restaurant.

Chapters are short. Even high-schoolers could learn what it was like to be a kid during that defining era in America, from the stories of the Clabe and Leora Wilson family.

Table of Contents

Foreword by John Busbee
Dexter Map
Family Chart

Chapter 1--Danny’s Earache
Chapter 2--Mastoidectomy
Chapter 3--Penn Township
Chapter 4--Independence Day at Dexfield Park
Chapter 5--Acreage at the Edge of Dexter
Chapter 6--Clabe’s Stories
Chapter 7--Their Cow Dries Up
Chapter 8--Whooping Cough
Chapter 9--Decoration Day
Chapter 10--Husky and the Pack of Dogs
Chapter 11--Paving of the Great White Way
Chapter 12--1930
Chapter 13--Grandpa’s Heart Attack
Chapter 14--Guilt and Consolation 
Chapter 15--Clabe’s Surgery
Chapter 16--The Sheepshed
Chapter 17--Yet Another Move
Chapter 18--First High School Graduates
Chapter 19--Delbert to California
Chapter 20--Bonnie and Clyde
Chapter 21--A Biplane Ride Before School
Chapter 22--Delbert and Donald Join the Navy
Chapter 23--Running the Town Pump
Chapter 24--Machine Perm in Redfield
Chapter 25--Rusty
Chapter 26--The Panama Canal
Chapter 27--A Suspicion Before Christmas
Chapter 28--The Imbedded Needle
Chapter 29--Goffs Move to Omaha
Chapter 30--Gossip
Chapter 31--Clabe Becomes a Hobo
Chapter 32--Spats
Chapter 33--The Canning Factory
Chapter 34--New Deal Jobs
Chapter 35--’Possum for Birthday Dinner
Chapter 35--Blizzards
Chapter 37--Basketball Tourney
Chapter 38--Pollywogs Become Shellbacks
Chapter 39--Another Dexter  Graduate
Chapter 40--California Visitors
Chapter 41--American Institute of Business
Chapter 42--Discharged from the Navy
Chapter 43--California Jobs Fizzle
Chapter 44--Bounty for Starlings
Chapter 45--Dallas County Champs
Chapter 46--Minburn and More Graduates
Chapter 47--Leora

Afterword: How I Learned Everything 
Notes - To bring people and places up to date
Questions to Ponder




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