"I could pull that chain and have light. That was like Seventh Heaven. It was the best. It was just beautiful! I couldn't believe it. First, we had the light bulb, and there was a chain hung down from it. We could pull that thing and there would be light! So we wired the house, upstairs and downstairs, too.
     "It was really beautiful. Of course, we didn't have any money to buy appliances. But we finally did get – before then, of course, we did have an old icebox, what was called an icebox. That was one of the first things we did, was try to get money enough so we could buy a refrigerator."

Mildred Opitz on Getting Light and a Fridge

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Other Excerpts from Mildred Opitz's Interview:

Poisoning Grasshoppers
Spilled Cream
1930s Balance Sheet
Another Depression?
The Worst Dust Storm
Giving Birth at Home
Keeping a Garden
Kids Growing Up Today
Flour Sacks for Clothes
Erecting Poles for the REA
Indoor Plumbing
Simple Pleasures
Dating & Necking
Watermelon Time
Prohitition & Alcohol
The Dirty Thirties