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

Great Depression Recipes

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Recipes during the Great Depression were very simple, and Grandma Effie’s recipes written in her diary were no exception. Here is one we would like to share, since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching us.

Basic Tea Punch

2 cups strong tea (chilled)

6 cups fruit juice

4 cups ginger ale

Just before serving, combine and sweeten to taste. Pour over ice cubes in punch bowl. Serves 25.

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