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Profiles: Neita Dudman
Saturday, December 24th, 2011
They put plant flour sacks in nice prints and mothers would save those flour sacks and make dresses. And I had one particular friend whose mother did that, and she was very proud of those flour-sack dresses. And they were nice; it was good cloth. I think that was a sign of the Depression that you couldn’t just go to the store and buy anything you wanted and needed.
During the Depression, we lived in a two-bedroom home. We had two young men who roomed and boarded for a year or two.
There was a poor farm in her town, which was the county seat.
This is before any kind of welfare, any kind of government welfare that I know of. When people couldn’t support themselves, they were sometimes sent to the county farm. I don’t know if they were able to work, if they had doctors or nurses out there, but the housing was very poor. There may have been several rooms or apartments in a row. It seems to me that they weren’t painted, just wood. A friend of mine, her father ran the farm, which is how I came to see it.
Interview by Michael Lawson
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