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Shovel-Ready: 1941

Shovel-Ready: 1941

January 1941. "Newly-dug grave. Rochester, Pennsylvania." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Memories from my father

My father once told me that when he was a teenager , he and his brothers dug graves at the Cascade Michigan cemetery. In the winter, they used a pickax to break the top layer of frozen soil, then dug the rest. That was in the early 1930s. He’s buried there now.

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Dug by hand yet? And in frozen ground. That would put a person under for sure.

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