BC: By: Alex Bedell Jenn Connell and Sam Statfeld
FC: The Stabedell Family 1920's and1930's
1: September 3rd, 1921 Frank and Betty got married.
2: In the early 1920's we lived in a small one room apartment.
3: A year later, October 25th 1922. Our twin daughters, Ruth Marie and Anna Elizabeth were born.
4: To the left is a picture of my sisters children, Rosie, Michael, and their newborn baby, Robert. Above is a picture of the girls, Rosie and the twins. They loved to play together at the park.
5: I worked as a seamstress making only a few dollors a day. | My husband also worked at a low paying job, he worked on the ford assembly line.
6: Me and my husband offen went out dancing late at night when the kids went to sleep.
7: When Frank came home with a raise, we often went out gambling
8: Above is what the bars looked like empty, which was rarely the case. They were usually packed to the maximum, like they always are when me and my men go.
10: The stock market was booming and we got very rich very fast
11: Because of the stock market we made enough money to move out of our old apartment and into a new mansion in a more urban community. | With our new wealth and mass production, we could now afford to by a car.
12: We were able to afford a television.The whole family would come over for family gatherings and watch it. Heres Robert playing with the controls. Hes about one and a half here.
13: The mid 1920's were fabulous! We loved to go to parties and listen to all the great music. | We loved to go out and dance. I was actually pretty good. We would go out with friends to hear all the great jazz bands play.
14: In 1929, the stock market crashed and we lost all of our money.
15: We lost our car, our home, everything we owned. We were forced to live in a small tent, all 4 of us. | The children were starving and cold. We smuggled food. But we were still not sure how we would survive.
16: These are bread lines that we had to wait on just to get a little food.
17: The lines could be miles long and you could wait on them all day.
18: Frank lost his job and so he left me and the kids and got on a train and went to New York to look for work. | The girls, and I cired and waved as we watched him leave.
19: Frank wrote to us while he was in NY. Most of the time me and the girls read the letters together. He told us about everything that was going on.
20: He knew a lot more than we did back home because he had access to nationwide news in New York. He often told us the names of the banks that failed and some of his new friends that were now in debt. I prayed every night that that would not be us.
21: Its March 4 1933 and today FDR was just elected as president.
22: The day after Roosevelt took office I got a letter in the mail from Frank saying that all the banks were closing and they would only re-open when they could give Americans confidence in the banks.
23: Now Frank had a job because FDR began funding programs that create jobs and lowered unemployment. | Frank worked for the CCC which gave men jobs working on local projects.
24: Slowly we started to make enough money to support our self with out waiting on breadlines. | The economy started to improve and banks started to open again. | Slowly we started to make enough money to support our self with out waiting on breadlines. | The economy started to improve and banks started to open again.
25: We had enough money to buy a small apartment. Every thing was getting better for us.