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TAG : Great Depression

Get to Know Grandma

Her favorite singer is Frank Sinatra. She was born in 1928 and grew up in a traditional limestone rock farmhouse near Garnavillo, Iowa. The house my grandma grew up in did not have electricity until she was well into her teen years.My Grandma and I have virtually nothing in common. She was a ...

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.” ...

Food Preservation During the Great Depression

Home-canned produce kept our family fed during the Depression years. At an early age, I became Mom’s helper in the garden, picking the produce when it was “just right.” We harvested the green beans when they were plump but still tender; Mom allowed no stringy, tough beans. She insisted ...

Second World War: Coming out of the Great Depression

We were just coming out of the Great Depression when the Second World War started, so people weren't wealthy, but our two-cent corn soon soared to $2. Farmers and businessmen alike prospered. One day farmers received a penny postcard in the mail stating "Rope is scarce. The farmers need it, and ...

Second World War Ended the Great Depression

Once again, the sound of marching feet could be heard throughout the world. The Second World War, when folks had thought the first was enough to be done with.In 1939 the United States was still trying to free itself from the effects of the Great Depression. Although things were better, close to ...

Memories of the Great Depression: Surviving the Depression Era

Memories of the Great Depression are etched deeply and permanently in my mind. These were bittersweet days, testing the mettle of people living during the depression era, as they sought ways to survive. And we did survive by faith, courage and ingenuity.During the spring and summers, people who ...

Family Farm: Growing Up in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee

My folks moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to our new family farm in Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, in 1932 during the Depression era. My grandfather bought the farm to provide us a place to live. The house hadn't been occupied for a year or two when we moved there. The lawn and all surroundings had ...

Topping Onions on the Family Farm: Growing up during the Great Depression

Back in 1923 we lived on a family farm near Pleasant Valley, Iowa. Many farmers around there would put in an onion crop at that time and ask the area children to come top onions for 7 cents a bushel. I was 10 years old then. My mother took the five of us children to a neighbor's onion field and ...

Remembering the Family Farm During the Great Depression

My parents had a family farm on 80 acres in Cushing, Wisconsin. I was born in 1922; a doctor and a midwife delivered me at the farmhouse. I lived through the Great Depression, when money was scarce to make the mortgage payments. The man who received the mortgage payments said, "If you can't pay ...

Growing Up During the Great Depression: Hot Summer Nights on the Family Farm

We provided our own entertainment when I was growing up just after the Great Depression on our family farm."Saturday Night Live" was a hot summer evening sitting on the porch with Dad and Mom. In the early twilight, we fanned the hot, stifling muggy air, hoping for a tiny breeze to relieve the ...

Railroad Stories: Railroad Job Opportunities Often Turned Into Rewarding Career

I was born in Valley Junction, Iowa, now West Des Moines. Valley Junction was a railroad town located at the junction of two railroads in the Raccoon River valley. My father, uncles and grandfather were among the many who took advantage of the railroad job opportunities.My father worked in the ...

Railroad Stories: Rock Island Railroad Was Good to Family

The Rock Island Railroad was good to my family. My father worked there and thought that there was no other line as good as his line. He had steady work through the Depression years, and although the wages weren't that great, we managed to get by.We always had food on the table and clothes on ...

Couple enjoy owning antique ‘Eleanor’ outhouse

The name “Eleanor” brings fond memories to the fore for some old-timers. Although a vital part of farms and rural communities across the American landscape, she was usually relegated to the back part of properties, some yards from the back door. Even so, she was visited often.Eleanor was ...

Editor’s Notebook: New Deal-era spirit lives on

Many of the memories from my childhood and youth feature community buildings or park structures or bridges and streets that came to us courtesy of a remarkable program that my parents frequently referenced: the WPA.The WPA started its life as the Works Progress Administration, the largest ...