Skip to comments.History Brief: Daily Life in the 1930s
Posted on 04/04/2022 10:31:55 AM PDT by V K Lee
In this video, the day to day life of American families during the Great Depression is discussed. How did families cope? How did families live?
Reading Through History
90 years from now they’ll be making videos about 2022. “How did families cope through the Biden occupation.”
The HillBilly Kitchen - down home country cooking
Does a lot of basic old school recipes including no yeast bread in a cast iron skillet.
My mom said the Depression was the happiest time of her life. Her aunt and cousins came to live in their house. The house was jam-packed full, and between her brothers and her cousins, there was always someone to play with. Granddad had a secure job and he supported everyone.
“The HillBilly Kitchen - down home country cooking”
Or as Granny Bodine might have said, “They ain’t varmints. They’s vittles.”
Truly like her and her recipes. Her 3 ingredient recipe
for biscuits is a flash in the pan. Another depression site
for recipes is you tube’s GREAT DEPRESSION COOKING brought to you by Aunt Clara
I love her channel.
One thing my father remembered about the Great Depression was the kindness of the neighborhood grocery store owner. If you didn’t have the money to pay for your food bill, no problem. It was just added to your tab.
Of course that was back when average folks could be trusted to do the right thing, and pay what they owed when the could.
My grandmothers lived through the depression and always had huge quantities of canned goods stored away as long as they both lived. Both explained their actions by telling me that I had never known what it was like to be hungry. Looking down the barrel of the second year of Biden, I totally get it now.
One finds few trust worthy folks these days. Diogenes
is burning midnight oil.
Many of the store owners actually lived over their store.
The favorite Depression story for my family is this:
It was a Wednesday morning and my father had just walked out to get to his job using the last .10 cents my parents had.
He would not get paid until Friday and they had nothing to eat or fed my sister or brother with.
With the kids off to school, my Mom decided to go for a walk. As she walked she prayed to God for His help.
After several blocks of walking with her head down, Mom saw a TEN DOLLAR BILL! God had answered her prayers.
That was enough to feed the family that night, Thursday and breakfast and lunch Friday until Dad got home with his pay.
Faith and answered prayers. This was taught to me as an example I still follow today.
#9 My grandmother on my mom’s side did the same thing with canned goods storing many many of them in the basement.
I asked my uncle on my dad’s side what it was like during the depression when he was a kid and he replied that he did not remember any tough times as a kid (teenager) as his dad owned a business (lasted 99 years) and the family had a car.
It was much more like this video than the socialist swill foisted upon us by Hollywood.
I would highly recommend the book.
The day my father was born, his father was a share cropper. Not every share cropper was black. A few feet away from me right now is the $7 Hopkins &Allen shotgun my father, as a teenager, used to get squirrels and rabbits for the table when that share cropper died.
My mother’s side took advantage of the fallow farmland the farmers couldn’t afford to plant. She snd the rest of the family and all of their neighbors planted gardens on these otherwise unused thousand acre farms.
I’m here so obviously they survived but, as a kid, I never wasted a mouthful of food.
Both mom and grandmother saved everything. Used aluminum
foil, rubber bands from newspapers, food, no matter how tiny the portion- it was saved. At the time grandmother & father and family lived on a farm in Texas with her siblings and mother. Grand dad had suffered rheumatic fever leaving him in poor health. Sadly, all have now passed, the farm house
struck by lightening and burned down. Lots of good memories
made by the visits to the homestead while growing up.
Couple of my mom’s old school recipes were Creamed Tuna Fish & Peas and Clara made something similar. We had a lot of open faced sandwiches as a cheap way to make a little bit of meat more filling. My mom was born in 1920 so she vaguely remembers the Great Depression but did pick up on some of the tricks and recipes. Always had a garden. I don’t remember us having paper towels. We each got a kitchen towel to place on our lap when eating dinner.
Tuesday was ironing day!
My grandmother on my dads side sailed to Europe in 1938 and traveled thru Germany. I saw many photos of nazi flags and banners and troops as she traveled onto Finland where she was born.
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