Memories of Growing Up in Marysville


Editor’s note: This is the 43rd of a series about growing up in Marysville during the late 1930s and the 1940s written by Bill Boyd. Each article is a snapshot of the people, businesses and activities during that era as seen through the eyes of a young boy.
Boyd was born in Marysville in 1932, graduated from Marysville High School in 1950, and lived the greater part of his life here.
Trading comic books
If there was one thing that just about all young boys had in common during the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, it was a fascination with comic books. Some parents were disturbed by this. They said these kids were spending all their time reading comic books, so they weren’t reading the things they should to get a good education. Then there were others who said if it weren’t for comic books, a lot of kids wouldn’t be reading anything at all. At least the comic books gave them some reading practice.
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