"The 7th of August we landed out in Nebraska. And the stock market, what was that? The first week in October. And I remember people talking. You know that was all people talked about. I couldn't understand a word they said, and a lot of the time I thought they were talking about me… And I say, 'Heavens, what made me think I was worth talking about?' But I thought everybody was talking about me. I felt so embarrassed. But I think it was all this, you know, everybody lost their money. It was – My parents were so thrilled they had bought the farm before. So, they took their money and they had paid $10,000 on the farm, half of what the farm cost. It cost them $20,00. And I thought, well, now wait a minute. [Laughs.] By the time we moved on the farm, it wasn't worth what we still owed on it. So, it looked to me like they lost their money, but I didn't say anything. Because it actually wasn't worth what we, by the time we moved on the farm, the early 30s, everything went down. You know, you could buy 80 acres for $3,000."

Carla Due on Stock Market Crash


Other Excerpts from Carla Due's Interview:

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