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Living Through the Great Depression Part II

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10 years of the Depression

By Ron Van Stockum

10 years of the Depression

This is the second in a series about life during and after the Great Depression.

When my parents moved to Longview, Wash., in the autumn of 1933, I entered the University of Washington in Seattle.

Quarterly tuition was only $25, and I was able to work for my room and board as a houseboy in a fraternity house. I lived in the basement with the other houseboy, Falconer Smith, who later earned a doctorate in biology and worked on the atomic bomb project.


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