|Letty, 1923 (age 10) is top row, second from left. Most of the girls have bobbed hair. This was a school production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Medicine Hat.|
Everyone seemed to go mad, my Mom and Dad were disgusted, but Mary and I both laughed and saw the funny side of it. But it was not funny. About this same time gangsters took over the country, not too much in Canada but it was very bad in the USA. We were all very poor.
The papers we liked to read before were not so good now, awful news in them. Big gamblers ruled the land; big milk tankers emptied their milk into drains in the gutters; two men, Leob and Leopold, had all control over all the sugar, and miners were not allowed to work their shifts. (Leob and Leopold, as the link will explain, murdered a fourteen year old boy. They were nothing to do with a sugar monopoly.)
Things were terrible, all over the world, until Herbert Hoover became the US President in 1929. Oh boy, did he change things and smarten people up. He was President till 1933. The Depression went on and on and people were still broke and hungry, but a good many criminals were gone. That was about the time Hitler raised his ugly head, and we all know what happened then. I am so sorry, but history does repeat itself.
Bye, this is my last story. (How many times has she said this?) Be kind to one another. I love you all so much. My hand is hurting today.
Love from Mom xoxo
October 3, 2009
PS: Al Capone was King in this era and had hide-outs in southern Canada, in Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. This is old history now.
Songs from this era:
Video of flappers from the Roaring Twenties, including music.