The Worst Hard Time

The Worst Hard Time

by

Timothy Egan

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The Lowery Family Character Analysis

Homesteaders Ezra and Goldie Lowery had been in No Man’s Land since 1906. The Lowerys came up with the idea of canning thistles and putting them in brine. They believed that thistles were nutritious—high in chlorophyll and iron. They also planted flowering yucca for animal feed and their personal nourishment. These measures helped both the Lowerys and their livestock to survive. During the dust blizzards, their daughter, Odalee, came down with mumps, then the measles, and finally scarlet fever. She later graduated from her high school as class valedictorian.
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The Lowery Family Character Timeline in The Worst Hard Time

The timeline below shows where the character The Lowery Family appears in The Worst Hard Time. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 12: The Long Darkness
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
In addition to relying on tumbleweeds, the Lowery family also planted yucca. With the combination of yucca and ground thistle, they were able to... (full context)
Chapter 17: A Call to Arms
Economic Hardship and Lessons of the Great Depression Theme Icon
Environmental Devastation and the Dust Bowl Theme Icon
...people left Cimarron County by the end of the year, but some people, such as the Lowerys , vowed to hold on. Some of Hazel’s friends who had joined the exodus reported... (full context)