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  • Writer's pictureH. Melvin James

My Mother in the Dust Bowl

Although the subjects in the photo are not identified (not even with the original photo at the Oklahoma Historical Society) and my inquiries to a number of Libraries failed to find any names, I am certain that the young woman on the left is my mother and the other woman is her younger sister, both attending college at Alva, Oklahoma at the time. I am fortunate, as a writer, to have such a rich and colorful background and heritage from which to draw in creating the backdrops, characters, and activities of my novel, "Tares among the wheat."

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