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My father's boyhood sounds like some kind of American Heritage antique story: a straight-A student who rose every day at four in the morning to milk the cows and get all his other farming chores done before running off to school – about a five mile jog. The region's two-blackboard high school incorporated students from every age and grade, excepting kindergarten. Still, with a graduating class smaller than most school football teams today, the 7-boy basketball squad beat almost every big city team in Indiana, narrowly missing out on the state championship. Six-feet tall with legs like steel beams, dad played center. >>>

It was the "Roaring Twenties" the era of jazz, riches, new inventions and bright optimism. Then, on Black Tuesday, October 29, 1929, the stock market crashed, triggering the Great Depression -- the worst economic collapse in the history of the modern industrial world, lasting from the end of 1929 until the early 1940s. >>>

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