Great Depression

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Perry Strait was born in Ocean Springs, Mississippi in April 1923. He grew up in a rural setting where his father was a...
Rollins Rosenzweig was born in 1924 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. His father was a prosperous man who had a grocery store...
C. Charles Collie, Jr. was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1922 and grew up there. He left in 1940 to enroll in the...
Frank Hartzell was born in January 1925 in Buffalo, New York. After six months, his family moved to the Philadelphia...
Martin Carmody was raised in California and was a senior at San Jose State University. His family had lived there for...
William Pierce was born in Queens Village Long Island, New York in January 1925. He grew up in Queens and attended...
Claude Larry Taylor was born in November 1926 in Sorrento, Louisiana. His father worked for the lumber industry moving...
Vernon Alexander was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1924 and lived there for the first five years of his life. His dad...
Edgar Marion Cole was born in Dallas, Texas in 1925. His parents were poor and he had to help the family financially...
Herbert Nelson Fontenot was born in April 1927 in Fenton, Louisiana. His father died when Fontenot was only 11 years...
Joseph Daquarna was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana in May 1928. His father owned a grocery store and barroom. The family...
David Fisher was born in December 1925 in Evangeline, Louisiana and grew up in Jennings, Louisiana where his family...
Harold Zeringer was born in Houma, Louisiana in 1922 and grew up in New Orleans. There were good neighbors and friends...
Olin Tisdale was born in April 1925 in Bluff Springs, Florida. Although his father had a farm and ran a grocery store...
Walter Alan Bowsher, Jr. was born in Fort Riley, Kansas. His father was in the Army chasing Poncho Villa at the time....
Robert Liles was born in 1920 in Webb City, Missouri and grew up in Jefferson City. When the depression began, his...
Michael Mervosh was born in Pittsburgh in 1923. The Great Depression taught him how to be frugal. At 18, he joined the...
Edwin McGhee was born in Brownwood, Texas. His father was employed during the Depression and kept his family fed. The...
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Geraldine Nyman was born in Emmett, Idaho in 1920. She grew up with a family that moved every year. Her father was a...
Velma Theriot Plaisance was born in 1923 in Theriot, Louisiana. The Great Depression resulted in everyone being poor....
William Blackwood was born in March 1921 in Lancaster, Ohio. He was an only child, and lived in a small community near...
Charles Fitts, Jr. was born in December 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He lived there until he was about four years old....
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Edwin Knight was born in 1923 in Washita, Arkansas. He grew up on a small farm there during the Great Depression....
Betty Masket was born in Cullowhee, North Carolina in 1923. The Depression did not affect Masket as much as it did...
Arnold Debrick was born on a farm in Paolo, Kansas in March 1925. He attended a one room school in town. In second...
Eugene Vaadi was born 1 July 1921 Watertown, New York. He spent his life there until entering the military. His father...
Russell Clay joined the Navy originally because of the tough times during the Depression. His father tried to take care...
Joseph Pocoroba was born in Newark, New Jersey in August 1919. He attended Good Counsel grammar and high school [...
Erik Frithjof Johnsen was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in August 1925 and had one brother who had been born in 1922....
Lewis M. Lee, Sr. was born in June 1919 in Weston, Texas. He was the fifth of five sons whose mother died in childbirth...
John Francis Angier was born in June 1923 in Burlington, Vermont. He feels fortunate he was brought up on a dairy farm...
Lloyd William (Bill) Reese was born in Milton Center, Ohio. His father was a superintendent of schools. They moved to...
Sherwin Callander was born in June 1920, the first of three boys, in Vancouver, Canada, but grew up in Oakland,...
Joseph "Joe" Linett was born in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania in April 1924, the younger of two male children in his family...

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