Lenna, Vera and Doris sitting on a vehicle
womenautomobilespailshatsLemma CarrVera CarrDoris Carr
Division 1 – South East
RM of Brock No. 64
Transcript of audio excerpt (edited by Interviewer): T- "So what was Arcola like during the Depression?" A- "I wasn’t here, but… it suffered the same as all of Saskatchewan. With one exception, they had these hills and trees and a lot of lakes to the north, so they had some recreation. There’s a lot of people in central Saskatchewan and western Saskatchewan didn’t have." T- "You must’ve heard tons of stories about it from…" A- "Yeah, I was going to write a book on it, like a three file book… I was going to make it the book… they had good times in the ‘30s. It wasn’t all bad. But I never got it done. One elderly lady, one woman I interviewed, Mrs. Hamilton that found the letters under the… she was in her 80s about her life. If you had to live over again what would you have. She said I’d pick the ‘30s every time. I said why? She thought for a minute, and said, all the camaraderie. She said, everybody was in the same boat, and there were a lot people. There was an old gentleman that told me the same thing. He said the ‘30s every time. I said why? He said we had a ball game every night. There was people living on every quarter section. And he said every evening, we’d walk to the school, some one mile, some two miles, and he said we had a ball game. He said then the things got better, we had to go back to work, we couldn’t do all those things, he said it was a lot more fun in the ‘30s. But that’s not what the historians write."