S: My Life in the Great Depression By Alaina Witmer
BC: The sad story of a family who lived in the Great Depression. He includes pictures and truths that people have wanted for years. Follow young Jimmy through the years of challenge as his family struggles to live life in the Great Depression. With love in their hearts, and determination in mind. They live through the rough time period.
FC: My Life in the Great Depression. By: Alaina Witmer
1: Before I start my story, I'd like to tell you that I was too young during the beginning years of the Depression to understand what had been happening. It wasn't until later that I'd learned what had caused our failing lifestyle. I'd come from a moderately poor family and there wasn't much that we had left during these years. I'd like to share with you what had happened. In the picture below I'm the younger one.
2: There are many theories as to why the Depression happened. But here is the real reason. The prices of stocks in the market had been rising high and fast. The amount of money was more than in the older life but still not enough to support the family plus by numerous stocks that couldn't be afforded. The cost of business soon rose and they had a terrible time keeping up with the competition and prices of goods needed to make what was needed. Soon the stock market crashed. Daddy lost his job and we were soon moving to another house in New Jersey so daddy could march. Well, if that's what you'd call it.
3: The new house wasn't much of a house. | Daddy marched. | Our Auntie lived with us and she was often left to feed us.
4: Grandmother had written from Oklahoma to tell us of a dust storm. | She sent us some pictures also. Here they are.
5: The great depression affected us children and the black neighbors we had back home. It affected the poor and the rich. There wasn't a family who wasn't hurt and harmed by the lack of money. School had became a problem for us children and we were often lacking in the area.
6: With our farm on foreclosure, we were lost without food. Daddy went to visit grandfather in Oklahoma.
7: He left momma to take care of us. Sister broke her leg and we had not the money for her to go to the hospital. She was given old crutches and it was wrapped tightly in linens that were torn and old. Although it caused her great pain she lived through it.
8: We thought we'd do alright until Daddy returned. And we did. But when he did return, he was drafted.
9: Daddy was drafted to the war. World War II. That was really the end of the Depression. I must say our neighbors lived a much harder life than we. They lived in a tent with rags. They soon moved with us after the war.
10: I hope you learned what you needed to know. I'm glad I could help. Love, Jimmy Johnson.