Free Book Give Away!

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Life has been too busy this year, and we have neglected to post anything for some time. To give thanks for another year of being on this earth, we are giving away 15 Grandma Effie’s Great Depression Diary Books. Grandma Effie (Mike Martin’s Grandmother) kept a diary during the Great Depression in Kewanee, Il. It is a wonderful story of hope and survival. The first 15 people that email us at will get a free copy — no questions asked! Good luck!!!


Book Reading/Signing today in Kewanee, IL was great!

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Our book reading/signing today at the Kewanee Public Library was well attended (20-25 people), even though it was finally a beautiful spring day! We had fun sharing stories of Ed and Effie Martin during the Great Depression, shared some old photos, and even sold a few books! It was such a pleasure to meet many folks and share a family’s stuggles during such a trying time. Below are some photos!








Book Reading/Signing at Kewanee Library this Sunday, April 14th at 2pm

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Come and visit with us as we chat about the book, read some of Effie’s passages, and here about your great depression stories. Books will be for sale at $ 10.00 each. Look forward to seeing some of you in Kewanee, Illinois!

Mike and Jane

House Bought by Golden’s for $1.00 in 1919

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Jim Fisher Show November 21, 2012

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Had a great time chatting with Jim Fisher on WOC1420 Talk Radio in Davenport, Iowa this past Wednesday. Jim really enjoyed reading Grandma Effie’s diary and thought she shared some very interesting facts of the family’s life. Check out the pics!!

Mike and Jim discussing Grandma Effie Martin

Mike chatting with Jim Fisher

September 29th, 2012 Book Signing

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We are a bit late in reporting to you all, but we had a good time chatting with folks interested in our book. It was a beautiful, warm day out, but we still had some folks stop by during their busy Saturday afternoon. Thanks goes to the Book Rack in Moline, Illinois for us to be a part of their store for a few hours. Please support the Book Rack, as they are always open to featuring local authors! This is hard to come by, and we truly appreciate it. Below are a few pictures of Mike chatting with a fellow very interested in the Depression time period.

Paula Sands Live Program

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