"I could never figure out why there were so many churches in every little town. There'd be three, four churches, and it seemed so senseless. There weren't that many people. But, you know, that was diversity. That was a Lutheran church. And that was a Methodist. And that was Catholic. And that was something else. And they just couldn't get together. And I thought that was silly because where I came from the church was backed by the government, and you paid through your taxes for the upkeep of the churches. And I thought that was a good deal. That way the churches were kept up. If you had faith that was within you anyway. That wasn't something that you could show off by belonging to a church or anything. And I thought that was the funniest thing. But, you know, it was so diversified here."
     Question: "Were there any conflicts between the various religions?"
     "Oh, yes, there was at the time. The Catholics would not let their young people go with any of the – oh, what do you call them?"
     Question: "The Protestants?"
     "The Protestants, yes. At first, that was the way it was. I thought that was terrible. Those families broke up because a young couple insisted on getting married. And it just broke the families up. They would not think of it, you know. It was that way when I came. And thank goodness that faded out. So, there isn't any of that that I'm aware of anymore."

Carla Due on the Diversity of Churches


Other Excerpts from Carla Due's Interview:

Buzzed by Low-Flying Bombers
Barn Dances in the 1940s
The Stock Market Crash
RFD to Main Street
Banks Closing
Local Politics
The Eggs & Cream Economy
The World Economy
Surviving the Tornado
The Radio
Immigrating to Nebraska
Learning English
Carla's Trip to Nebraska
Plowing with Horses & Mules