Editor's note: As our country fights its way out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, the Clear Creek Courant is remembering those who fought for their very survival through the days following Black Tuesday into the winds of the Dust Bowl and onto the beaches of the Second World War.
Longtime Empire resident Duane Lewis was 8 when he was given a trumpet and began learning to play music.
He was 15 years old in 1929 when the stock market crashed, pitching the United States into the dark years of the Great Depression.
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