To the Editor:
We are living in a time when there is a mixture of depression and inflation.
I grew up during the Depression of the 1930s, had to hoe corn for 10 cents an hour, a pair of work shoes cost $1. We bought a new 1937 Buick right out of the showroom window, trading our old Essex 1928 model and paid $700 cash.
I grew up on the home farm at Aurora, W.V.a, that has been in the family since 1842, originally owned by Great-grandfather William Henry Grimes.
Many of us were of Amish background and/or Swiss German. I can remember using the German language as a youngster. We lived a way of life that was wholesome, close family ties and a devotion to the land and its people.
Many times money was not used. We helped each other and did not expect pay. I miss this.
I wrote many stories about these times in my life for the Glades Star, a Garrett County historical publication. Many people have talked to me about the stories that I wrote.
I just wanted to relive these times over again any way that I could.
The young people today just cannot seem to understand or don’t want to hear or comprehend another time and culture.
Shame on them. They miss so much.
Kenneth L. Hardesty