Author of two Cajon Pass history books and expert on Route 66 through that area, John Hockaday begins this journey of life by sharing how his grandparents, both sides, migrated to Oklahoma, one by covered wagon in 1899 and the other by train in 1903. Just Something I Did Once has stories about growing up when life was simpler, with a lot more freedom. People today don’t know what they lost because they never had it. This book has stories from tree houses to hot rods, Victory Gardens to chicken soup, throwing tomatoes and ditching the cops to chickens on the back porch and bees at the nudist camp and more.
If you like stories about real life back in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ’50s, this is it. Escaping the Dust Bowl and all the hard times connected with it at the height of the Depression, three-year old John Hockaday came to California from Oklahoma with his mom and dad in 1936. “When we got there, Dad only had fifty cents in his pocket. First we lived in an old trailer in the orchard behind Grandma and Grandpa’s place in Pomona, California then in a shack with two rooms, a path to the outhouse and a borrowed cow.”
People agree that John is a great story teller and this book is one of a kind.
List price: $49.95
Weight: 1 lb
Dimensions: 12 in × 9 in × 1 in