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Growing up in Lynnwood and Edmonds during the Depression


Last updated 8/4/2017 at Noon

This picture from summer 1934 was taken on Betty Lou Gaeng’s family farm in Alderwood Manor. Betty Lou, at age 7, is flanked by older brother Walter Jr. (1923-2003) on the left; and brother Robert (1925-2017).

Editor’s note: Betty Lou Gaeng writes about local history for the Edmonds Beacon and is a member of the Edmonds Cemetery board.

Having been born in January 1927, over 90 years ago, I am definitely a child of the Great Depression. What follows are some of my own memories of that never-to-be-forgotten decade – the 1930s.

I was 2 years old in 1929 when this country’s economy collapsed. Banks and businesses closed their doors. Once-wealthy men who were now left with nothing took what they must have thought was the easy way out – they committed suicide.

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