Open Session: September/October 2009

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| September/October 2009

  • Blanch Higley and family
    FRENCH WAR BRIDE: This year will mark 63 years since my friend Blanche Higley (then Pinguet) came to the United States from her native France. She arrived to marry and start a life with Ernest Higley, an American soldier, after World War II. (Ernest and my husband are cousins.) I wanted to share her story and this photograph with other readers.
    Helen Higley
  • Log shed in Missouri
    STILL STANDING: A rare sight today, an old 1929 outhouse can be found near Rhineland, Missouri, and this old log shed, which may have been used as a corn crib, can be spotted near Americus, Missouri. Marie Lauer - Rhineland, Missouri
    Marie Lauer

  • Blanch Higley and family
  • Log shed in Missouri

Depression Day Memories

My father passed away when I was 4 years old, and my mother worked night and day to support my siblings and me. She baked and decorated cakes for special occasions, sewed, raised a garden, and sold chicken fryers and eggs.

Back during the Great Depression, my mother was feeding the chickens one morning when a car pulled up in the yard. The man got out, walked over to my mom and said he was selling Capper’s. Mom said she’d like to subscribe but she didn’t have any money, so the man offered her a one-year subscription for a fryer chicken. What a deal!

Rowena Chase - Minden, Nebraska



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