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The Great Depression Revisited

Lila Strimple, 87 years old, experienced the very tough times of the Great Depression. Lila Strimple, 87 years old, experienced the very tough times of the Great Depression.

Lila Strimple was only 8 years old when the stock market crashed in 1929.

She and her family lived in Amarillo at the time of the toughest economic crisis in US history: the Great Depression.

That is, until now.

"I'd be in good shape if it weren't for insurances and taxes and utilities, and they keep going up, up," Strimple said of today's economic downturn. "And I worry about it. I don't know what I'm going to do."

For Strimple, today's economic crisis has been more difficult than what she experienced during the Great Depression. And even worse, she adds, is that children are the most affected.

"I really do. I pray for the kids," she said. "I feel sorry for them, especially the little kids that don't have anything, that are really poor. It wasn't like that when I was growing up because we were all poor."

During the Great Depression, millions of American families were poverty-stricken. Strimple says her family was blessed to always have food on the table, even if it was the same meal every day.

"You had fried potatoes for breakfast, dinner and supper. Or sometimes biscuits or poor man's bread," she remembers.  

Now, at 87 years old, Strimple relies on the lessons she learned 79 years ago.

"I've always, before this crisis, kept lots of canned goods," Strimple said.  "And they ask me 'why do you keep all that.' And I say, well because I lived through the Depression."

While the Great Depression limited people financially, Strimple says her family became closer than ever before.

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