Depression Era: I Got a Job

Nebraskan recalls working to support herself during the Depression Era

| Good Old Days

I graduated from high school in 1937. For a few months I did housework for $3.00 a week plus room and board. Then I got a job as a clerk in a small bakery for $10.00 a week. I supported myself on that $10.00 a week. Then it was a job at Northwestern Bell Telephone for $75.00 a month, and I really thought I had it made!

Ruth DeBuse
Omaha, Nebraska

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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