Good Memories of the Depression Era

Iowan remembers good memories during the hard times of the depression era

| Good Old Days

In spite of those hard times of the Depression it seems to me people were much closer in a feeling of community. There was hardly a Sunday that we did not have friends for dinner or a Sunday that we were not invited to friends' homes for dinner. We shared what we had as we shared in experiencing poverty. There are many good memories of those days.

Marvin E. Hanson 
Boone, Iowa

Back in 1955 a call went out from the editors of the then Capper’s Weekly asking for readers to send in articles on true pioneers. Hundreds of letters came pouring in from early settlers and their children, many now in their 80s and 90s, and from grandchildren of settlers, all with tales to tell. So many articles were received that a decision was made to create a book, and in 1956, the first My Folks title – My Folks Came in a Covered Wagon – hit the shelves. Nine other books have since been published in the My Folks series, all filled to the brim with true tales from Capper’s readers, and we are proud to make those stories available to our growing online community. 


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