Skip to comments.10 Lessons From People Who Lived Through The Depression
Posted on 11/21/2011 7:22:27 PM PST by Kartographer
Wanda Bridgeforth was hit hardest on the home front as a child, when her parents couldn't afford to keep her with them. At one point she lived with 19 peoplein a six room house. It was in these situations that she learned to conserve what she had, and reuse what she found.
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Another reason I am not kicking my 22 yr old out
Black clouds cover the horizon, the lightening is flashing and there is the distant sound of thunder! The storm flags are going up, who you heed them?
I am very aware that if its the great end that there is nothing I can do to stop or change it, but history is full of instances and times when man or nature have caused such a calamity that people have cried out and begged God to end it all.
The bible has many verse such as this:
A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.
NIV Proverbs 22:3
This verse and others are there for a reason and I urge all to take heed of them, because we are clearly on the edge. Everyday there is a new story about the Yutes who grow more restless everyday and when you add the fact that because of the economy people are already on edge it wont take much to set things off.
Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes:
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Siege of AR-558 (#7.8) (1998)
Quark: Let me tell you something about Hew-mons, Nephew. Theyre a wonderful, friendly people, as long as their bellies are full and their holosuites are working. But take away their creature comforts, deprive them of food, sleep, sonic showers, put their lives in jeopardy over an extended period of time and those same friendly, intelligent, wonderful people... will become as nasty and as violent as the most bloodthirsty Klingon. You dont believe me? Look at those faces. Look in their eyes.
Today we have yutes who roam our streets who are with out morals, without respect for law or life itself. They will look are you with the same doll eyes a shark does before he eats you and they will feel no more compassion than the shark does.
That will be the test of many. Most preppers I know are Christian people and they will hesitate to do what they might have to do to stop the yutes. On the other hand the yutes wont think twice nor lose a minute of sleep, in fact they will smile and laugh about it.
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For those of you who havent started already its time to prepare almost past time maybe. You needed to be stocking up on food guns, ammo, basic household supplies like soap, papergoods, cleaning supplies, good sturdy clothes including extra socks, underwear and extra shoes and boots, a extra couple changes of oil and filters for your car, tools, things you buy everyday start buying two and put one up.
For a somber, yet realistic look at what SHFT is like read some of Selco’s post:
If you like to read more about what SHTF in Bosnia was like take a look at this post on Bosnia War Survivor Selcos Blog at:
There is no greater disaster than to underestimate danger. Underestimation can be fatal.
As the LDS say When the emergency is upon us the time for preparedness has past.
Depression my ass! I recently asked my 91 year-old mother-in-law, 91 and still going strong , God bless her. I said ‘’Momma, does any of this today look like a ‘’depression’’ to you?’’ “Nope’’, she said. “People today, kids especially sure have a lot more of things than I ever had’’. “Depression’’, pffft!
They could have had it all during the depression too, but back then you had to pay for everything and there wasn’t EBT cards, unemployment and so on, but sooner or later the bills will come due and there isn’t any money to pay them.
As a Depression child, I have those same habits. I will keep the smallest little items because I might find a use for them. I’m a whiz at fixing things with odds and ends that rest in a drawer somewhere. Never throw away anything that you might find a use for later. Grow your own food if possible. Be thrifty with $$$. I buy my clothes at Goodwill. They are perfectly good clothes, why pay more? Make bartering deals with friends and neighbors.
The advice about going where the work is explains why I’ve moved 38 times in my life. This last quarter of my life is the only time I’ve been “settled”.
My step-grandmother is one of those people who says that living through the Great Depression made her a Democrat for life. There isn’t one single policy issue that they have that she agrees with, but she will pull the lever for Democrats every single time.
Don't worry, we'll hit the bottom too, and it'll make the Great Depression look like child's play.
It’s not your grandmother’s depression that’s for sure. But take a look around next time your in a Wal-mart and ask yourself if there’s a hidden soup line via food stamps.
This certainly isn’t no regular recession either, and I’m afraid it might get worse.
BFLR........ Thanks !!
I doubt there are many depression babies on this site. I remember that many people rented out rooms or made apartments in their homes. We had to live within our means in those days. No credit cards, no charge accounts.
My brother and I went to eight different grade schools because our dad would develop a territory for a hotel and restaurant supply company. The company would then put two or three men on it, and we were off while dad developed yetanother territory!
Our mother stayed home with us, and we all survived very nicely compared to a lot of other people.
Crime was low, hobos ate sandwiches on our back porch steps, and Santa always found us every year. Actually, those were the good old days until the 60’s came around. That’s when everthing began to go down hill in America.
Income taxes went up so many mothers had to go to work. Schools substituted American History, penmanship and real math with social studies and sex education.
Journalism was still an honorable profession. Then the dress code went south, but most people still had good manners. Before we knew it the 21st century arrived.
My 20 year old just started moving out yesterday. I told him not to go but he wants his own place sigh.
I think he’ll be back before too long. But tired of the moving in / moving out .......3 times in two years he’s been back home for a few months.
I never lived through the depression and in fact I am a gen xer, but I grew up in a very large family. I rarely had new clothes and often had to room with two others. For me money meant having my own room and my own clothes.
My mom (93 and sharp as a tack) said it reminds her more of the roaring 20’s - BEFORE the SHTF.
“The only reason we’re not living through horrible “Depression” conditions this very day is simply because we have farther to fall than they did then.
Don’t worry, we’ll hit the bottom too, and it’ll make the Great Depression look like child’s play.”
Thank you for your post! I fear you are so right...
Blessings to you. It is not easy being a parent.
I agree with you. The 60s were terrible, awful. My parents and almost everybody’s parents got into “psychology” or “EST” or “Transactional Analysis” and then got a divorce. People stopped going to church.
It was a major disaster what happened with the drugs and selfishness. The US never recovered.
Ping to #4
I’ve been thinking the same thing.
I remember my grandmother’s obsession with money.
It wasn’t like today’s obsessions with McMansions, cars, gadgets, etc....
She was someone who never threw away cool whip containers or bread bags. They could always be used again!
She skimped on eggs in her cake recipes.
She ALWAYS shopped at the Salvation Army.
Since she was frugal, she accumulated a comfortable sum of money for her old age.
Her habits were so deeply ingrained in her, she never really enjoyed the money herself.
The most frivolous thing she ever did?
In her will she set aside a sizeable amount for her family to have an “irish wake” at a local establishment.
She loved parties, and she wanted her loved ones to live it up.
Bills? What bills? Declare bankruptcy after maxing out your cards and let someone else pay for that new wide screen. Camp out in your apartment for 6 months or longer rent free because the landlord can't kick you out because of renters' laws. Work just long enough until you can collect unemployment for a year. Bring in all the nieces and nephews to get more AFDC and food stamps. Let the government buy you a new computer and pay for your cell phone. If the government doesn't give you free medical, no problem just stiff the hosptial. Steal someone's credit card and buy some new bling. Heck, change your name to Jose and pretend you're an illegal. The only ones depressed these days are the taxpayers.
If it wasn’t for SNAP (food stamps) we’d be having 45+ million standing in soup lines today. Government give-a-way programs just hide the evidence of what’s all around us so that people don’t recognize it for what it is.When the government props fall out from under this mess we’re in, folks will get a stark wake up slap in the face as to just how bad circumstances are in reality. When the gubmint checks stop coming, watch out.
Me, too. You could skimp when large eggs were actually large. Today's large eggs are yesterday's small ones. I have some pasanki eggs I made about 20 years ago from HEB store bought large eggs. They is a significant size difference compared to the HEB large eggs today. Back then they sold small, medium, large and extra large. We don't have those various sizes today because they've labeled the smaller ones as large. Same as tuna cans have shrunk by a third and the tp has to be changed every couple days, etc. but that's another soap box.
Lesson number 11:
When there are not enough jobs:
STOP SENDING JOBS OVERSEAS.
Wake up people.
Eggsactly! The next civil war/class war will be due to the fact that we DO NOT have the moral and religious sense of duty as we did in the 30s.
The entitlement class will actlike amoral, feral animals when they "git dissed" by the .gov.
Hold on to your hats and BLOAT!
A 22 yr old can stand a watch...
“A 22 year old can stand a watch”
What on earth are you trying to say? Just say it. I mean, what language are you speaking?
You obviously have a job or a business and don’t work for a psychopath. Congratulations. However, watch out because you have a hard heart as well as a hard head. God has a way of teaching you what you need to know.
You are not doing him any favors. A grown man being somebody else's dependent is not a good thing.
They can also get a job and become self-sustaining.
You know what genius? A lot of kids are living at home these days. MYOB
in a collapse situation, you as a single person can’t remain awake at all hours to keep watch for those who might come along to take advantage of the preps that you have bought and stored.
You need several able-bodied individuals to take turns being on watch.
during the depression she raised chickens and sold eggs, and that was considered “her” money.
Grandpa was working the family farm after losing his job in Philly installing wood floors for rich folks.
She always had a thing about eggs...the less you use in the kitchen, the more money you could bring home selling them.
Well, it is very comforting ..........he is an eagle eye
Really, there is nothing wrong with a son who hasn’t started his own family, staying at home and helping support his parents, especially if they are up in years...
that is, as long as he’s not just moochin’ the free room and board and spending money.
The elites are already acting as you describe
Talking about those who survived the depression reminds me of my grandmother, who lived through that era, including the Holocaust in Germany / England.
She used a white quart-sized bag as her trashcan. She didn’t throw away much. When we cleaned out her apartment after she needed assisted living, we found hundreds of twisties, bread bag closers, wooden (used and washed) ice cream spoons, rubber bands, and of course birthday candles, used and cleaned of previous cakes, ready for the next grand child’s big day.
rubber bands here too!
Same thing with the candles. In fact - I retained that one myself ;)
It’s kind of hard to MYOB when you post your business here for all to see and comment upon. If you post your personal business to a public forum - expect that you will receive comments. I suggest you keep your business to yourself if you have such a thin skin.
Not a Depression era kid, but the neighbor always gave us double yolked turkey eggs because they couldn’t be sold commerically but were perfectly fine for baking with. I would sneak some out of the kitchen and let them dry out. The dried insides stuck to one side so when rolled on the floor, they’d wobble. Fun times! I still have a shoebox of them after all these years... yeah, I know.
My two paternal aunts were sent to live as housekeepers in another state, hundreds of miles from home, to earn wages that they could send home to their family. They were two of eight children. They were only eleven and thirteen when they were sent away to work.
It was incredibly difficult for them. I don’t know that they ever really got over the abuse they faced in their employer’s household, or the distance from the family that they loved. It was an experience that framed the rest of their lives.
“...she will pull the lever for Democrats every single time...”
Is she from the south?
My 92 year old mother is the same way.
She was raised and taught to never support the party of Lincoln.
That’s just the way it is.
ping a ling
Are you talking about "pysanky"...Ukrainian Easter eggs? I'm part Ukrainian and remember my grandmother and other ladies from her neighborhood making those. I still have a few that managed to survive the many moves we've made over 40+ years. Learned a lot about being frugal from my grandparents and parents.