Years of Adventure!
Herbert Hoover’s extraordinary life began simply in 1874 as the second son born to a Quaker family in West Branch, Iowa. The Hoover family lived in a small cottage by the Wapsinonoc Creek when Bert was born on August 10th — or was it August 11th? No one will ever know for sure because everyone present at this birth was so busy that no one looked at the clock. Was he born right before midnight on August 10th or a few minutes after midnight on the 11th? We’ll never know, but when Bert got a little older his father allowed him to choose his birth date, and he chose August 10th.
Do you agree with Bert’s choice?
Which date would you have chosen?
Herbert Hoover had a younger sister named Mary who was called May. He had an older brother named Theodore who was called Tad. Herbert’s nickname was Bert. They did all the things children do growing up in a small town in rural Iowa in the late 1800s. They hiked, explored, swam in the local swimming hole, and collected fossils & agates. They hunted for rabbit and prairie chickens with a homemade bow and arrow. In the wintertime they slid down Cook’s Hill on homemade sleds.
What’s your nickname?
Who gave it to you?