Reading Hymn Books during the Depression Era

Oklahoma woman recalls reading her mother's hymn books and listening to her neighbor's phonograph as a child in the depression era
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For entertainment Mama had a nice organ and several hymn books. She would play the organ and us girls would gather around and sing. Some Sunday afternoons us three oldest sisters would walk three miles to an elderly neighbor's home and she would play the phonograph for us. It had cylinder records. She had a box full of records and one I still remember was "The Arkansas Traveler."

Our parents had a large Bible and we took turns reading from it almost every evening.

Mildred Parker
Alva, Oklahoma


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