Great Depression

Robert W. Black

Robert W. Black during the interview.

Interview of Robert W. Black for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library an initiative of the Cumberland County Historical Society. Black discusses growing up on a farm in Gardners, Pennsylvania during the Great Depression.

Watch an interview of Col. Black conducted by the Army Heritage and Education Center.

Down Memory Lane

My father was District Attorney from 1904 to 1907 and built a house on South College Street in Carlisle, at the corner of Graham Street, in 1910. The way it happened was this. Wilbur F. Sadler was judge of Cumberland County at the time. He had been elected, for the second time, in 1904 in a bloody battle with John Wetzel in which each side was reputed to have spent $100,000, a huge sum in those days.

From Depression Street to Prosperity Avenue: Turning the Corner with Roosevelt in Cumberland County

America has been traditionally seen as the "land of opportunity" where anyone who is willing to work hard enough can become rich. Indeed, it was on this basis that generations of immigrants were lured to America in the belief that they could build a better life for themselves here. During the 1920s, however, many Americans thought that they had found a way to become rich without having to work hard by investing in the stock market.

Helen P. Sowers (Women in World War II)

Interview with Helen Sowers at her home in Mt. Holly Springs Pennsylvania on July 15th 2002 as a part of the Cumberland County Women During World War II Oral History Project. Sowers discusses growing up during the Great Depression in Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania, working in the C. H. Maslands and Sons factory, and as a volunteer airplane spotter in Mount Holly Springs. Sowers also talks about the difficulty of rationing for a large family.