"Well, yes. The Works Progress Administration. We have an auditorium here in York that was partially funded by the Works Progress Administration. There were several other activities like that around here in York that were funded by WPA.
     "Now the WPA, they financed labor and materials only on their projects. And that's the way it was with the York Auditorium. York voted in a $90,000 bond, and then applied for WPA. Their first application was something like a $168,000. Well, WPA approved it, but Congress wouldn't fund it. So the second time around, they got $117,828. And then together with the $90,000 bond, that's what put up the auditorium."

Walter Schmitt on the WPA


Other Excerpts from Walter Schmitt's Interview:

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