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Four Blue Stars in the Window

One Family's Story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the Duty of A Generation
Mohrman, Barbara Eymann (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Fifty years ago a young girl opened a cardboard box in her basement. Long forgotten, the box contained her father's World War II uniform, vintage photos, semaphore flags, and other World War II keepsakes. Years later this box of history opened up a world of family pain and joy to author Barbara Eymann Mohrman as she set out on a personal journey to trace her family history. Through extensive interviews and research, she uncovered much more--unspoken Eymann family secrets. This is the gritty story of hard-scrabble life in rural Oakdale, Nebraska (population 851) starting in the heyday of the 1920s along the banks of the meandering Elkhorn River. Chriss Eymann, a newly arrived Swiss immigrant, and his wife, Hattie Mae, raised ten children on the Dust Bowl--ravaged plains during the 1930s in the depths of the Great Depression. Their greatest sacrifice was yet to come--when they found themselves and their adopted country caught up in the greatest conflict the world had ever known. They sent four young sons off to war in the South Pacific and Europe as the family gathered around the Philco radio awaiting news of the war and the bittersweet homecomings. The mother's flag with its four blue stars on a white field proudly displayed the family's precious contribution to the war effort. Yet no one could have foreseen the unfolding emotional toll as the story traces in detail and vintage photos from 1930 to 1947 the anguish, the danger, and their everlasting hope with some surprising family news that brings the story full circle.
Authors: Mohrman, Barbara Eymann
Title: Four blue stars in the window
one family's story of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the duty of a generation
Publisher: Omaha, Neb. : Bern Street Pub., 2013
Characteristics: 340 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Notes: Includes discussion questions (p. [327]-328)
Author lives in Nebraska
Alternate Title: 4 blue stars in the window
ISBN: 0988417413
9780988417410
Branch Call Number: NE 978.255 MOHRMAN
978.255 Mohrman 2013
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Eymann Mohrman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Nebraska Social life and customs Nebraska History Nebraska Biography Oakdale (Neb.) Biography World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, American World War, 1939-1945 Nebraska Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939 Dust storms Nebraska Depressions 1929 United States Farm life Nebraska History 20th century Eymann family Local author
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
Dust storms
Depressions
Farm life
Local author
LCCN: 2012919951
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