Irene Schwerczinger- HAS2 Great Depression

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Irene Schwerczinger- HAS2 Great Depression

(1) I was born on April 23, 1925 in a small town in the middle of New Jersey. I was the 5th of 7 kids my parents were to raise- all girls. We lived on a small farm we owned and grew some corn and vegetables, as well as had some cows, pigs, and chickens. It wasn't much, and the work was definitely not fun, but we got by on what we grew and the mortgages were always paid on time. Life was pretty good up until I was about 7. It was the middle of summer in 1932 when things started to change in my family. I didn't understand it at the time, but later on I learned that the ''Great Depression'' was the cause of this.

(4) At least we came out of the Great Depression still somewhat of a family. It was definitely not an easy time to go through, but in the end things got better, my family remained as strong as ever and we never had to split up again. I couldn't have asked for any more luck or love from God than we had been blessed with, and I thank the stars every night for allowing the majority of my family and I to have survived such an awful struggle. Thank you for reading my story and God bless you :)

My Experience in the Great Depression

Irene Schwerczinger

The Schwerczinger family!

(3) and my father almost left us a couple of times. I didn't see any of my sisters that were sent away for nearly 6 years. That is, until July of 1938, when our lives began to finally turn around. My father stayed around and had finally landed a stable job and most of the kids were able to bring in the money we desperately needed, and my family was able to move into a somewhat larger apartment in August. Two of the four eldest sisters came home again, although I never found out what happened to my other two sisters. Mom told us that they found their own happy home somewhere else and they needed to stay there to take care of it, though now that I think about it, that does not sound like the truth.

Our auntie & uncle's house...

(2) My father had lost his job at the factory and couldn't find another for years. Seeing most of the family was girls, we could not get any good jobs, either. Our bank closed, leaving us with exactly $0 in savings. My parents fell behind on the farm's mortgage and no one would buy our produce. We ended up losing our farm and moving in with our aunt and uncle for 2 or 3 years before they could not afford to keep all of us anymore. Our parents split us up and sent away the 4 eldest kids to survive elsewhere or try to bring in more income. Our mother became severely depressed at the loss of her precious children, although she refused to show it infront of the rest of us,

...and our new apartment (building)!!!

Young Me!

Me with our American flag!


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