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"Well, I can think of several people that lost their farms. And that may have something to do with it. When things were prosperous, they were able to go. When prices came down, why, naturally they couldn't finance their debt anymore. See, I can recall in the early 30s, the price of corn got so low that we were burning ear corn in our heating stoves in place of coal."

Walter Schmitt on Losing Your Farm

   

Other Excerpts from Walter Schmitt's Interview:

Grasshoppers
Dealing with Grasshoppers
Fertilizing & Crop Rotation
Small World
The Crash & Leaving for California
Free Dances & Movies
Closing Banks
Getting Paid with Potatoes
Hoover and Roosevelt
WPA
Railroads & Trucks
Movies in Gresham
The KKK
Tumbleweeds
Decline in Farms