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Aloysius J. Ahearn

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Major Aloysius J. Ahearn, USA (ret.) is “a Depression kid, is a retired Army major, a retired teacher of English, and a former state representative in Connecticut where he has lived since 1960. He gardens, sings old songs, enjoys weekly poker games, and conducts a memoir class at the University of Connecticut.”  Major Aloysius J. Ahearn is the author of From Rags to Patches - Growing Up in Boston During the Great Depression.

 

According to the book description of From Rags to Patches - Growing Up in Boston During the Great Depression, “This is the story of a young married couple from Canada that settle in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Mass., to raise their eight children through the darkest years of the Great Depression. Though often unemployed, hungry, and poor, the family survives the hard times with love, courage, and a firm hand. This family's tale is told thoughtfully.”

 

One reader of From Rags to Patches - Growing Up in Boston During the Great Depression said, “Aloysius has painted quite a picture - oppressive poverty yet a loving supportive family. By stringing together his vignettes, he has been able to convey both humor and history. I found this book fascinating and entertaining. I have loaned out the one I bought for myself and have purchased two more to give as gifts. You won't go wrong giving this to anyone who grew up through the same era, although I am still in my 40's and enjoyed it immensely.”


FROM RAGS TO PATCHES: Growing Up in Boston During the Great Depression
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Another reader of From Rags to Patches - Growing Up in Boston During the Great Depression said, “Al Ahearn has written an engaging memoir of his young life growing up in Boston during the Great Depression. The writing is crisp and clear. His style is to tell short stories. When they are all put together, they provide a clear picture of how difficult thoes times were, but also how his family managed to overcome the adversities facing them. For anyone who wants to know more about life during the 1930's this is a great source document. For those of us old enough to remember what it was like back then, much of what Al writes about is like going down memory lane.”

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