The Family Grows Larger
In 1930, another daughter was born. They named her Pauline. Roland decided that she belonged to him and told everyone that he would keep her forever, and marry her when they grew up. She was tiny, dark haired, and quiet, but healthy.
Sometime during that summer, there was a electric storm which produced
hail stones the size of baseballs on the island. The stones were so large
and heavy that they left large holes in the back of the house, stripping
that side of the house of paint almost completely.
By this time, the situation across the country was desperate. The
west was turning into a dustbowl. People were leaving to search for work
in other parts of the country, but there was little help for anyone.
Previously self-sufficient people were on "relief", and that amounted to barely enough to keep body and soul together. In the cities, people's wages were getting lower and lower, but those working knew that if they complained, there were many that were on relief who would be more than willing to take their jobs. The companies thus squeezed as much out of their workers for as little as they could get away with. A million and a half people, of a total population of ten million, were on relief. And there was no end in sight.
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