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General Information

Name:  John Day  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1900 in London, England

-- John Day on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

John lived in Decatur, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

The late John Day, grew up in the famous Barnardo's Orphanage in London. At the age of ten, he was sent across the North Atlantic to Canada to work on a farm. He eventually worked his way to Decatur, Illinois, where he spent the remainder of his life, frequently writing letters to the editor in various local and regional publications. His very candid biography includes his estrangement from his only son, his reaction to his first wife's love affair, to the Great Depression, to his own love affair, and to a second marriage. An active, competent, and graceful man until his last days, Day left a truly honest legacy of the life of an ordinary man.

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Titles At Your Library

95 Years With John Jack Day: The Orphan Nobody Wanted
ISBN: 1878044559

Mayhaven Publishing. 1997

There is something of Dickens in this memoir. John Jack Day was born in England and reared for a few years in a famous orphanage, there. When he was ten, he was put on a boat and sent across the rough northern Atlantic to Canada. He worked for the next 8 years for a man he hated. A large, strong boy, when he was 18 he left the farm and struck out on his own. Eventually he made his way to central Illinois and the booming railroad industry. Day writes candidly of his wives, his lovers, his failures, his temper, and the losses along the way.