"I can't really tell you about all of the difficulties that farmers and farmers' wives faced trying to keep houses clean. People hung up sheets over their windows to try to keep the dust out. But, of course, houses were not very tight, and stuff sifted in. The road ditches drifted full of dust and dirt and silt, just like snow. And then, of course, it didn't rain and we didn't raise hardly any crops. And then the grasshoppers came in and ate what was there. They were very difficult, difficult years.
     "And it was so hot. The temperatures were up over a hundred degrees for days at a time, also. It was very – And of course, we didn't have air conditioning. I remember sleeping outside. We made little tents and slept outside. And slept on the porch."

Stan Jensen on Keeping the Dust Out


Other Excerpts from Stanley Jensen's Interview:

Killing Grasshoppers
Pests Thrive In Dry Climate
Hybrid Corn
Crop Yeilds
All in the Same Boat
Working for the WPA
Growing Up Poor
Radio, Isolation and Entertainment
Getting Electricity
The Amenities of Home
Ethnic Communities