Wood, Alice. “Hilarity Court.” 1938. 1632.0001/26. University of Alabama Special Collections. “Carolyn Shepard Price Home Economics Teaching Materials” collection; “Entertainments” folder.
In an October 1938 magazine article entitled “Hilarity Court” Alice Wood describes the events of a particular Halloween party. The host invites her guests to the party with a legal summons, and then takes them on a scenic tour of the property, including multiple clues and one ladder, before they arrive
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Iowa in the Great Depression. Ames Historical Society, 2015, www.ameshistory.org/content/great-depression. Accessed 3 Apr. 2019.
This site has great information regarding how the Great Depression impacted the state of Iowa. Specifically, I liked how the web site showed the Depression manifested differently throughout the ten-year period, and gave specific examples of the price increases in the items important to Iowans. This information was helpful to me when imagining how my grandfather’s life might have changed during his teenage years, especially as the child of two business owners.
Allen Noonan was born in 1916 in Britt, Iowa, where his parents owned a coffee shop and an electronics store. Allen attended Britt high school and won awards in both athletics and the arts. As an adult Allen would move to California and establish multiple businesses as well as the One World Family Commune.
In 1900, Britt, Iowa, became the the first city in the state to host a national convention. The city council of Britt sought to catch the attention of the press, and therefore tourists, and with the enactment of the National Hobo Convention the council accomplished its goal.
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A Facebook search for my grandfather, Allen Noonan, reveals thousands of results. Most of these results lead to other Allens: younger Allens, Allens who were alive for the invention of Facebook.
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