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Riding the Rails The Depression caused hard times for everybody but I think it was especially difficult for men since they were the ones responsible for making the money for food and things for the families This forced many of them to leave their homes in search of work most just rode the railroads in search of work These men were dubbed the name Hobos One story that I read was about a guy named Henry Koczar from East Chicago He was 19 years old when he left his family Being part of a big family mad it hard on his parents to put food on the table every day Especially because his father was now suffering from stomach ulcers and to top it off out of work Henry wanted only for his family to have it a little bit easier and felt he was old enough now to start working on his own So in September of 1932 he took off on a train in hopes of lightening the burden on his family Now not all of the hobos were out of high school and ready for work Some of them were just kids when they started life on their own The ones Im going to talk about were only 11 12 and 13 years old Berkeley Hacket was one of those kids that didnt enjoy school too much One day he just ran away on his way there The year was 1929 he was 13 years old Dials and Emmy I think were smart They kept each other company along the way The two left their Seattle home in 1929 When they reached Auborn Yards it was near 200 shortly after they began their eight hour haul over the Cascade Mountains Emma was 11 and Dials was 12 Claude Franklin simply said his lust to wander was all it took for him to run away Leslie E Pauls
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