Great Depression Interview When were you born? March 6, 1924 How did the Great Depression affect your life (childhood) at the time? Didn’t know we were poor Had to wait for things During the Depression, where did you live? How was that geographic area affected by the Depression? Lived in Queens, NY Everyone was the same Only people that had more were civil service employees When did your family or community first feel the economic impact of the Depression? By 1933 Had some money It was all used up Father lost job, knitting mill How was the school in your community affected by the Depression? Not at all What did you do for entertainment during the Depression? Summer school, crafts Radio Little Orphan Annie Stories Library Movies one day a week 10 cents Good times .. not aware we were poor, everyone was Good children .. . mother said no listened Religion helped Movies were like fairytales .. good always won, On Friday nights .. dish night ..
. paid 25 cents .. got free dish Depression glass How did your life change when the Depression was over? By time it was over going into WWII Things were better by 1939 Could get work by 1939 Manager grocery Mother worked for a doctor as a housekeeper How does the Depression continue to affect your present life? Never wasteful Don’t waste food Respect money more Little child today will get money .. . knew there was no money Depression mentality Loves giving things away Donations at church Husband- mother truant officer ..
. went around to find children out of school, worked for board of ed, steady salary, widow 3 children, much easier time, new clothes, How did you get to school during the Great Depression? Walked Always within reasonable What groups did you feel most sorry for? Some families that they knew were on relief like welfare Did you know anyone who worked for one of the federal programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps? Knew of them .. only 9 didn’t know What did you usually eat during a day? Ate 3 times a day Didn’t go into icebox Come home from school n have peanut butter and jelly or cheese sandwiches Rice crispies or oatmeal Wonderful life, happy children Mother and father didn’t share problems Didn’t get a lot of new things At Easter .. great time, new shoes put nice new ribbon on straw hat Very little 7, mother couldn’t afford to buy a new doll .. mother would wash dolls n buy one new dress Pleated skirt in brown ..
15, for Christmas, What was your opinion of President Roosevelt and his New Deal? -My father, mother thought he was wonderful, CCC, NRA, WPA, beautiful parkas put together -Everyone loved him except republicans -Father had a lot of hopes for Roosevelt What was your opinion of President Hoover? People didn’t like him .. . Thought he caused them to be poor 2day- came at the wrong time Blamed him for it Took too long to react Man who father worked for helped them out gave them first turkey for thanksgiving People gave clothes to mother History.