A farmer from Inavale, Nebraska, a town on the Kansas-Nebraska border. His family moved to Nebraska in 1880. He was married to Vera Hartwell, who earned income by selling dresses. Don earned additional income as a piano player, playing at dances and in local lodges. He left behind a diary which he started on New Years’ Day, 1936, and his entries chronicled the Dust Bowl. When they could no longer farm, his wife moved to Denver, Colorado to work as a doctor’s maid. Unable to find work in Denver, Don went back to Inavale, where he found part-time work on a government road crew. The couple, who had been married for 26 years and never spent time apart before the Dust Bowl, soon saw each other just every few years on holidays.
Don Hartwell Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time
The timeline below shows where the character Don Hartwell appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19: Witnesses
Chapter 22: Cornhusker II
Chapter 24: Cornhusker III
...99. She told her grandchildren that she missed No Man’s Land. Inavale, Nebraska, where Don Hartwell lived, is a ghost town. A neighbor stopped Verna Hartwell from burning her husband’s diary,... (full context)