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TAG : WPA

Remembering Daddy

Fall has arrived, and another school year is beginning. I saw the bus go by this morning and it brought back memories of my daddy, Arvil Roberts.As I've said before, Daddy was born on Old Home Farm in 1920. He went to school at Bruno, which is the first agricultural school in the state, and ...

CCC Food – Part 2

“He won’t eat his vegetables!”  What mom hasn’t said that?  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) didn’t have any moms around but the leaders in charge of the camps knew that in order to keep the young men working they had to serve healthy food.  Serving the food was one thing, ...

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 ...