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Readers Respond: Stories from the Great Depression

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Know someone who lived through the Great Depression? Help them share their stories. What was it like? What are your most impactful memories? Or most memorable stories your parents shared?

lost the farm

My grandfather inherited his father's farm when he passed away in 1928. In 1930 the bank called his loan due and foreclosed.
—Guest Mike

My Dad and the CCC

My dad served in the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) when he was a very young man during the depression. I didn't really know the details, but when my dad was rapidly succumbing to Alzheimer's at the end of his life, I asked him about the CCC and he told me all about how he was a barber and cut other young men's hair. He laughed and remembered that when he didn't often remember who I was. Very touching!
—Guest Joanne

a poor millionaire

My mom grew up in the Great Depression. We thought she didn't have any money. Her house was run down and whenever we asked her about repairing something she would tell us it cost too much. When she needed to go to assisted living I took over her finances. She had well over a million in the bank.

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