SEGMENT: FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, FARMHOUSE, & FAMILY
Irma Long>UIS Collection K-M>UIS Collection K-M, Segment 5
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- FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
- Irma tells of hard times in the Great Depression. Bartering rather than buying with money. Notes people loosing money on livestock. Families lived on their garden. Ate a pet lamb that "got lost." Many families went hungry. Wilbur's family hit hard by Great Depression. Many hunted to put food on the table. Hunted quail, squirrel, rabbit. Notes price of clothing & amount of clothing people owned. Story of main food for husband's family was rabbit (hunted) & hominy. Joined Marines to better his situation. Wilbur's brother worked for CCC. No real recall of New Deal farm programs.
- Recalls mother having to clean lamps so people could see cards for card games at home. People in town already had electricity. Also discussion of installation of indoor plumbing.
- GREAT DEPRESSION
- Tells of lessons of Great Depression. Must save money. Education is important for your children. Appreciate what you have. Describes changes in Chesterfield since Great Depression. Town has really declined. People go to Carlinville for school. Most towns are "dead horses." Notes that rural decline started in the Great Depression. Notes that retired farmers moved into town.
- Laments changes in family life due to women starting to work. Notes how much harder children have it today.