Memories of a Remarkable Life

Memories of a Remarkable Life

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This is the story about Roland John Beustring (1916-2005), a member of a€œThe Greatest Generation, a€ was self taught and self relianta€”a just man who lived with integrity. He was my father. Dad came from a poor, hard-working German family living on the banks of the Mississippi in St. Louis, Missouri. The stories of his boyhood are similar to that of a€œTom Sawyera€. Recollections of his childhood are full of adventures and antics that are heartwarmingly reminiscent of that era. Eager to enlist in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), he used his older brothera€™s name and signed up at an a€œearlya€ age. His experiences at the CCC Camp known as Shady Lake in Mena, Arkansas are retold. Interested in boxing at an early age, a€œRola€ was unbeatable among his childhood peers. In 1936, he won the welterweight championship in the Golden Gloves Amateur Boxing program in St. Louis, Missouri. His boxing successes could have evolved into a professional career if not for Dada€™s need to earn money to help out his family.Then a€œJoe sent us a Hotpoint Double Oven Stove and a fine, fine refrigerator.a€ In fact, one of Overlya#39;s daughters is still using that refrigerator. Overly told me that he spent the weekend with Barneth in 1946, somewhere near Atlanta, Georgia.

Title:Memories of a Remarkable Life
Author: Glenn Roland Beustring
Publisher:Xlibris Corporation - 2012-01-27

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