A Dream, A Buck, An Era

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  • ISBN-10: 1456516515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456516512
  • Format: Paperback, 160 pages
  • Pub. Date: 2011
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Website: [1]


Per the Amazon.com website:

A Dream, A Buck, An Era sets a thriving immigrant culture against the harsh economic times of The Great Depression when American families faced tough challenges and found ways to win. The book begins with the discovery of an eighty year old scrapbook that details the career of one man who tried boxing as a means to change his life, and then takes us on a journey to people and places in some of the smallest and largest communities of the Pacific Northwest during the early-Depression years. The author has gathered within these covers a remarkable collection of vintage photographs and stories that paint a picture of a culture and an era.

Author Bob Jepperson possesses a number of scrapbooks of old-time American Pacific Northwest boxers. Thus, Frank Van Hee gets one chapter in the book. So does George (Bearcat) Baker, the White Center Arena and Ely Caston, Bud Ridley (because of the role he played at Bremerton’s Elks Temple), the Crystal Pool, Pete Cerkan, Tacoma as a fight town, Nate Druxman’s heavyweight tournament that was won by Eddie Gross, and Fred Lenhart. A few fighters such as Gordon (Red) Tingley and Del Wolfe get some print, too, but not full chapters.