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.
Four Blue Stars in the Window

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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: Author lives in Nebraska
Includes discussion questions (p. [327]-328)
Alternate Title: 4 blue stars in the window
ISBN: 9780988417410
Branch Call Number: 978.255 Mohrman 2013
NE 978.255 MOHRMAN
Statement of Responsibility: Barbara Eymann Mohrman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Headings: Local author Eymann family Farm life Nebraska History 20th century Depressions 1929 United States Dust storms Nebraska Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939 World War, 1939-1945 Nebraska World War, 1939-1945 Personal narratives, American Oakdale (Neb.) Biography Nebraska Biography Nebraska History Nebraska Social life and customs
Topical Term: Local author
Farm life
Dust storms
Dust Bowl Era, 1931-1939
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
LCCN: 2012919951
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