Great Depression survivors advise on how to survive economy

A lot of people today have never gone through tough economic times like we're seeing now. But there are some still around who have.

KHQA's Rajah Maples sat down with some area residents who lived through the Great Depression for some advice on how to make it when times are tight.

These residents at Good Samaritan Home in Quincy are in their 80s and 90s. The group includes former bankers, a minister, homemaker, and farmer.

Have you ever seen tough economic times like we're seeing today?

Jessie Bingaman said, "Yes."

Frances Guither said, "I don't think that I have."

Gladys Koehser said, "No I don't think I've ever seen it this tough. I can't say it wasn't tough. We didn't have anything."

Merle Kuntemeier said, "Your economic times are going to vary depending on the times."

Bingaman said, "There were times when we had less than a dollar to our name. We got along. We were young and in love and happy. I think people think they have to have a lot of things that they don't have to have. We really just need a good place to live, a decent place to live and something to eat and just get along and not wish for all the things that you know are beyond you. "

Carl Koehser said, "I think people have too much at the present time. They don't have a tendency to save like they should. They have to have everything, which is impossible. We got along without having everything."

Guither said, " To live simply to begin with. It's so easy to spend your money extravagantly, and I think that doesn't make happiness really. There are little pleasures in life that you're entitled to but you don't have to spend money to get them. You can have these pleasures by associations with people. I've been blessed by association with people with different backgrounds."

Koehser said, "I think they should be taught to work and to also save part of what they get when they work."

Merle Kuntemeier said, "A lot of people like to have things that it took people 30 to 40 years to get, and some of them are just going to have to cut back on how they spend their money."

Everyone mentioned that back then, people lived off the land by having gardens, milk from their own dairy cows and meat walking around in their fields and chicken coops.

We asked for relatives of Great Depression survivors to give us some advice on Facebook.

Olivia Littleton posted, "Grow your own veggies for one and save pennies along with other change, remember pennies count too! My great grandma told me lots before she passed in april but I can't think of most of them."

Ron Williamson told us, "I even have a depression era cook book that tells how to make everything from fried dandelions to Starling Soup, even roast Raccoon and flour drop biscuits in a dutch oven."

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