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TAG : Hard Times

Water Water Everywhere Not Likely

On January 17, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency in much of the state’s agricultural counties. This has been the driest year on record since they started keeping track more than 100 years ago. In 1976-77, a few years before I married into the family, my husband ...

Hard Times in Kansas

Here is a letter written by my grandmother to her mother. There is no date or place on the letter, but I believe the year would be 1880 and the town Minneapolis, Kansas, as the family moved from near Plymouth, Indiana, to central Kansas in 1879. Grandmother evidently had little schooling, but ...

Hard Times on Oklahoma Homestead

Oklahoma was a very new state when my parents decided it would be a good place for their seven children to live and grow up with the country. Having sold many of their belongings and all of the livestock, they placed the $325 realized from the sale in the bottom of the small basket containing ...

Neighbors Hide Savings for Hard Times During the Civil War

My mother-in-law's father told this story of the Civil War about their neighbors. Before the father went to war, the mother and father discussed where they would hide their savings during the war, putting it away for hard times. Their little daughter overheard the conversation and knew where ...

Depression Era: Whistling While You Work

No one sings or whistles at work anymore. Always there is a radio or television providing the music that people used to make themselves.Workers in the fields sang and moved their hoes in rhythm to the song. Mothers sang while they swept the floors or washed dishes. Their music was sometimes ...

Depression Era: High Top Shoes

I sure can remember the Depression era. My father was a farmer in hard times. We were a big family of six girls and two boys.Shoes were the biggest problem. I remember one time Dad went to a shoe sale and came home with about ten pairs of shoes, all different sizes, that he got real cheap. We ...

Good Memories of the Depression Era

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 ...

Bootlegging During the Depression Era

During the depression era, Grandma said that "Hard times make hard people." I believe that is true to a great extent. I think I must have been one of the dumbest brides ever in existence. When I saw our neighbor boy going up the road with a sack on his back many evenings, I wondered. But never ...

Hard Times on the Family Farm

You know I guess I could write a book about life on the family farm as I have always lived on a farm and I am now 81 years old.From 1934, when we got married, there were so many hard times. The dry weather, the grasshoppers, milking the cows and raising chickens and hogs so you could earn a ...