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TAG : Depression Era

Good Times and Hickory Nuts

I was lucky enough to have grown up in Iowa in a family that honored old timey ways, including hunting for hickory nuts. Many of you will know what I’m talking about. My dad was an avid hunter and regularly brought rabbits, squirrels, pheasants, ducks and fish to the table. He hunted with ...

A Family Thanksgiving Celebration in the Ozarks

In the Ozarks of my childhood, Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the cozy season. After long, hot days spent planting, cultivating, harvesting and canning, the holiday was the beginning of a winter rest.My mother used to say, “When nights begin to lengthen, cold begins to strengthen.” ...

Saving For The Future

Dear reader,In my last blog I told of how harvesting our own fence posts from our little forest was such a gratifying accomplishment. Some things just make you feel good, don’t they? Today I have something else to tell you about that makes me feel that way. If you aren’t doing it already, ...

Second World War: Great Jobs After Depression Era

My mom, Lona Curtis, has told me some things about the way they lived during the Second World War. My mom and dad had just lived through the Depression era when many people were unemployed. My dad had built a nice house trailer to live in so they could go from job to job. When he heard of a ...

Depression Era Get-Togethers: Penny-Ante During the Winter Months

Our neighborhood had a group that got together at the homes for an evening of "penny ante" during the winter months. Uncle John kept track one winter and he came out ahead eight cents.Lunch was served around 10 o'clock, before all the children got too sleepy. Everyone got a lot of visiting done ...

Depression Era Toys: Rag Doll

I have always loved dolls. For Christmas Mom made me a rag doll one year. In the depression era doll heads could be bought for a small price. So Mom got one, made a body and attached it. Made a dress and slip, stockings and a checkered dress out of a flour sack, but the most wonderful of all ...

Depression Era: The Dime Store

Saturday was not only a special day because it was a day of escape from school, but it held many other delights.After our weekly bath in the wash tub, we were free to do as we pleased all afternoon. We came for our weekly allowance, "Mama, can we have our penny now?" Even the Sit and 101t ...

Depression Era Pastimes: Whittling

Old men sat on the benches in front of the country store and whittled. Some just whittled on a stick, others were whittling something in particular. It gave them something to do with their hands while they sat and talked. In the hot dry summers of the depression era there was a lot of time when ...

Depression-Era Fun: Hopscotch, Marbles, and Hollyhock Dolls

Growing up during the depression era, I did many things with the neighbor kids. We played hopscotch, marbles, hide and seek, crack the whip, jump rope, roll the hoop, Andy Over and made hollyhock dolls and bracelets out of white clover blooms. We hung a blanket over the clothesline and put ...

Father Won a Console Radio During the Depression Era

Around 1925 or 1926, during the depression era, my father was lucky when he won a console radio in a drawing at Centerville, Iowa, "the only thing he ever drew but his breath," he said. This was the first and only radio in the area, so every evening neighbors came and filled our home, listening ...

Age Groups Mingled At Depression Era Dances

When I was growing up, during the depression era, neighbors got together for dances, both house and barn dances. Young and old went and thoroughly enjoyed each other's company. So different from today when, especially in our small community, cliques are the thing and age groups are distinct. ...

Depression Era Christmas Time: Paper Dolls

Depression-era Christmas time was the usual excitement it brings to children although we were happy doing with much less than the involvement of today. Christmas eve was special because as a church group of kids we would bundle up and go caroling. The community was expecting us and would have ...

Depression Era Entertainment: Good Fellowship in Tough Times

Entertainment in the depression era was simple, yet it afforded fun, laughter, relaxation and good fellowship. Home talent programs, plays, magic shows, and traveling speakers provided opportunities for people to gather and share the news of the day. Usually any gathering such as these was ...

Depression Era: Summer Parties and Square Dances

In spite of what would seem a meager existence to present teenagers, we had a lot of fun. The things I recall best included the summer parties where we played games like "Farmer In The Dell," "Lucy Lost Her Slipper," "The Miller Boy," and "Three Deep." Some were simply running games, but others ...

Depression Era Fun: Work Horses and Haystacks

A fun thing we did was to play in the barn, swinging from the top of the barn on hay ropes and dropping into the haystack below. One place we lived we had a barn with doors running through, so we would ride the horses, grab the rail and drop on the next horse. We rode Dad's work horses bareback ...