Ben and Doris Darrow

By excerpt from an essay by student journalist, Macy

Ben and Doris Darrow

Both remember the Great Depression vividly.

“You couldn't get a job doing anything,” Ben said.  He cleaned boats and did handyman jobs during his high school years.  He remembers when the cost of admission to a theater topped out at five cents and they would give away door prizes such as dishes. 

Doris, though younger, also remembers things about the Great Depression.  “It was really hard for us,” she said.  Her father had owned his own business but it went under in 1932.  She can remember picking and cutting fruit to sell to save up for school clothes.  “We used to raise chickens and ducks and lived off the food we produced and raised.” 

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