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Life Used to Be So Hard: 1939

Life Used to Be So Hard: 1939

August 1939. "Washington, Yakima Valley, near Wapato. One tenant purchase program (Farm Security Administration) client, Jacob N. Schrock. This family with eight children had lived for 25 years on a rocky, rented farm in this valley. They now own 48 acres of good land, this good house, price $6,770. They raise hay, grain, dairy and hogs. Mrs. Schrock says, 'Quite a lot of difference between that old rock pile, and around here'." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.


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I think the little girl sitting on the ground is cuddling a dog.

[Two cats. -tterrace]

Mom behind the door

Mrs. Schrock peeks shyly out from behind the screen door. It looks like she's still in her apron. The children are in freshly washed and ironed clothing and their hair is neatly combed. After all the trouble of getting the kids washed and dressed, she probably didn't have time to neaten herself up (although she looks fine to me).

The term running water applies here. Hand pump

If you want water. You have to 'Run' out for the stuff.

Cat House

There appears to be a prejudice against man's best friend. Hopefully the dog is around back. You can't have a farm without at least one dog. It's a fact. Google it.

I'd pay that

The BLS Inflation Calculator tells me that $6770 in 1939 is the same as $118,646.93 today.

Verl Elizabeth Shrock Moe

She was born November 11, 1925, in Wapato, Washington, one of ten children born to the late Jacob and Rhoda Shrock (from Find A Grave).

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