Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20, 2017 - 9:57 AM ET - THE GREAT DEPRESSION


"May the poor and downtrodden receive riches in Heaven."

Forrest Caricofe

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**I was born in 1942 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. 

"F.o.r.r.e.s.t." "What?""It was not the same year.""Well, after all it's the same 

numbers and close enough.""We're not playing horseshoes.""I know that, I try 

to behave myself.""That's fine, see you." 

Who was that? I get a little confused when someone is talking to me and I 

can't see them. Must be a ghost in this old house or I'm talking to myself. 

This old house, made of brick and oak boards was built in 1945, 3 years after I 

was born and we've owned it now for almost 16 years. They don't build houses 

like this anymore now using cheap pine 2 x 4's and particle board instead of 


My father's family was a family of carpenters, my Father, Uncle Ray, Uncle Ken 

and Uncle Paul. 

The truth is that besides the carpenters mentioned above my grandfather 

Caricofe was also a carpenter who came back home only long enough to make a

baby and then he left again. The babies and my Father's siblings were Aunt 

Lottie, Aunt Nita, the twins, Uncle Ray and Aunt May, and Uncle Paul. 

Grandmother and 6 kids with little or no support from my AWOL (Absent With- 

Out Leave) grandfather Caricofe.  

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

"The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took 

place mostly during the 1930s, originating in the United States. The timing of the 

Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and 

lasted until 1941. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression 

of the 20th century."

My Father and Mother, being born in 1918, were about 11 years old when the 

Great Depression began and about 23 years old when it ended. My Father and his

family suffered the most, Mother's family being a family of farmers who raised 

almost everything they needed except for basic items such as gas, sugar, salt, 


My Father quit school in the 8th grade smarter with common sense than some 

with a college education. He was about 14 years old when he quit in about 1932,

3 years into the Great Depression. My Aunt Lottie, who was the oldest, my Father 

and Aunt Nita needed to work to support grandmother Caricofe and the other 3

kids at home. 

At about age 10, I grew to know the lasting effects of the Great Depression.

My grandmother Caricofe's home was brown and barren inside with worn out 

furniture, the only luxuary a hand cranked telephone. An outhouse out back and 

a dirt driveway leading up from U. S. Route 42 to the right and to the back of the 


In contrast, my grandfather Cline did not leave his family, an innovative man 

who built a pump at Naked Creek to pump spring water to the house for indoor 

plumbing, he built a large 2 story house with many rooms for my grandmother 

Cline, Mother, her sister and two brothers. 

I was born 1 year after the end of the Great Depression, but I still skimp and 

save as if I were a part of it. 

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