BC: 1930-1939 | Journal entry from J.B. Barnes.
FC: The Great Depression
1: 1930 - 1939 | The debt of war was to much for any of us, we couldn' handle that large of a burden... Ans the people who could handle such a heavy load did their best to not be apart of it. Money was running low, yet was still a lot for others. We were told we had to give up our stocks, that the market was going down., I didn' understand such talk, Pa just had a sad look to his eyes. Ma told me today was the last day I go to school, I'm afraid of the changes that may come.
2: Today Pa lost his job, s'pose he wasn' the only Pa who lost it too... There was lots of men at the job center early this morning.
3: I don' know why, but thing started getting harder then before, Pa said I had to start helping out more 'round the house.
4: Pa took me into town today, I gots to see lots of people everywhere, I didn' know what they were doing... They were all in a line to go somewhere. A man had food in his hands, giving it to the men in the line.
5: I haven' seen Ma smile for a while now... No matter how hard I tried to make her laugh. She has this stone like look on her face.... Maybe it was from those dust storms.
8: Pa said today he couldn' get a job, no one could, so he says we had to pack up our things.... We would be leaving next morn.
9: I guess we aren' the only people moving, we seen our neighbors and other peoples from all over. Even young'ns.
10: We seen so many faces on our way, but not a single smile from anyone... I don' understand whats going on. Everyone was so sad and things were just rough....
12: We stopped at every town on our way, Pa kept trying to find work. He did work odd jobs time to time, and he took us to these huge halls where people fed us. It's been so long since I ate....
14: We never stopped traveling, I swear it's been years now. Pa says I'm now old enough to get a job myself.
15: It's been about eight years now, I've been busy finding odd n' end jobs that I've been ignoring my journal... We still travel time to time, not as bad now. Pa says the government is finally stepping in, saying they bailing our the banks, whatever that means.
16: We finally found a place to settle down, we met our neighbors for the first time. They had a few kids, but no one my age... It was just nice to finally not be on the move so much, I been tired of having to take things an run just to feed Ma.
18: Pa has been very sick... He says he got something from working on the fires. I guess fires now are running everywhere, everythings dry. | Pa has been in bed for a week now, we'v been getting food on my pay. It ain' much, but it's keepin Ma and Will fed.
19: Pa passed today... Ma wouldn't let me or Will see him, I hads to go to the local church and tank to a man there about a place to put Pa's body....
20: It's been nine years now, Ma says this depression is finally going away. The markets are back up and running now. Ma says I've become like the Pa to Will. He's getting so big now. | I finally got a job working at the mill, it's steady pay, for Ma, Will, and me. We no longer have to go to that smelly place to eat.
21: Ma says we need to give thanks to God and the new President for all their hard work, for seeing us through all of this. | These words flow in my mind... Now Ma says I'm a grown man. Time to go on my own path. | Don't quit when the tide is lowest, For it's just about to turn; Don't quit over doubts and questions, For there's something you may learn. Don't quit when the night is darkest, For it's just a while 'til dawn; Don't quit when you've run the farthest, For the Race is almost won. Don't quit when the hill is steepest, For your goal is almost nigh; Don't quit, for you're not a failure Until you fail to try.