Andy Warhol is born

Bob Colacello [from Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up]:

"The Warhola house, 73 Orr Street, was a two-room tarpaper shack, squeezed into a row of two dozen just like it, facing a matching row across a muddy alley. There was no bathroom. 'The commode,' as Paul Warhola always refers to the toilet, 'was in the center of the alley, where they had an outhouse.' When Andy was two, the Warholas moved to a four-room apartment in a two-family house, around the corner on Beelen Street. 'It was heated just by a pot-bellied stove,' says Paul. 'No bathroom, but it had a commode in the house.' The landlord's son, Chester Stanek, remembers Andy as a toddler. 'He was a holy terror,' Stanek says. 'I'll never forget the time we were standing on the front porch and he urinated on me.'

Andy's father worked for the John Eichleay Company, a construction and house-moving concern. He was often away from home for weeks at a time, once for six months, working on job sites as far away as Cleveland and Hartford, Connecticut. In the early thirties, when the Depression hit hardest, he was also often out of work. But the Warholas never went on home relief. 'Dad was always too proud,' says Paul. 'And he was very thrifty. People made fun of him for saving.' John Warhola recalls his father repairing the soles of their shoes with rubber from used tires. And both the oldest boys went to work at a very early age, first selling newspapers, then carrying coal and delivering ice. Julia also pitched in, sometimes cleaning houses for a dollar a day. She made flowers out of tin cans and peddled them door to door for a quarter a piece...

In 1934, with $3,200 Ondrej [Andy Warhol's father] had hoarded dollar by dollar, the Warholas bought a house of their own, 3252 Dawson Street in middle-class Lower Oakland.. The new brick-and-shingle house was larger but quarters were still cramped. The second floor of two bedrooms and a bathroom was rented out to boarders. Ondrej and Julia slept in the dining room on the first floor, which also had a living room and kitchen, and the three boys slept in the attic. The family bathroom was in the basement." (BC15-17)