By Clifford Scott – White Rock, B.C.
I was born in the 1920s and growing up in the Dirty ‘30s, there was no rain for the crops and garden.
My brother and I had the job of hauling three barrels of water on the stone boat.
At that time chicken eggs were selling for 10¢ a dozen. Six-month-old calves were sold for 50¢.
Every farmer had cattle, chickens, and pigs for meat. My father had the coal mine and if we had any doctor bills my father paid them off with coal, eggs, and meat.
All the neighbours were like one happy family. In the summer we could go to the rodeo, baseball games, and birthday parties. There were the exhibition fairs and the old-timers’ event on June 9 but there was more doing during the winter.
In winter there were card parties, dances, and tap dances by Joe Johnson, Bruce Klaffy, Tim McCarthy, and Howard Thompson.
The men paid 25¢ and the women brought the lunch and cake. The Christmas concerts were free.
In the ‘30s most of the people were on relief. Mrs. Samerson did the handling of the relief clothes and we got three boxes of secondhand clothes. We all dressed up like a million dollars.
We got sacks of jackfish and cod, and hay was shipped in from Manitoba by boxcars. We had $18 to feed a family of six for a month. My father sold coal for $2 a ton.