Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1912 Evelyn experienced firsthand both the Great Depression, and World War II. The crash in the stock market of 1929 led to the hardest economic situation the United States had ever seen. This affected everything, from the price of gas to minimum wage. Evelyn recalls the WPA (Works Progress Administration) paying 25 cents for people to shovel snow in the dead of winter. The times were tough, but this was just a precursor to the war to come.
As WWII approached, Evelyn’s two brothers joined the military. Deciding she should make the best of her labor, Evelyn worked in a private industry working on technical parts for military jeeps that were to be sent into Europe. Times were so tough, that Evelyn remembers a steak dinner reward for anyone who caught another employee cheating on their timecards.