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Looking Back to Holliston in 1934

by Bobby Blair
December 30, 2018

There are few alive today that can recall the Depression of the 1930"s. My own dad now deceased was born in 1922 and would tell us kids of walking from South Street in Braggville to the town center during the depression to shovel the snow in front of Fiske's for 25 cents.

An article on the town meeting warrant for June 18th 1934 asked townspeople for $3,500 to support the town's Department for Public Welfare.

Depression Glass made its appearance in the 30's due to low production costs in the Ohio Valley. Quaker Oats placed the glass in boxes as a promotional item. The glass now considered a collectible can be found in antique stores.

The federal goverment was ripe with assistance programs under the Roosefelt Administration during the lean 1930's. Tell tale vestiges remain in town such as this plaque above embedded in a sidewalk at the corner of Mechanic & School Streets. FERA (Federal Emergency Relief Administration) was another program which helped pave a portion of Washington Street from Exchange to Pearl Street connecting it to state road 126, a better kept highway.

In prohibition 1934, the local cops arrested 9 persons for drunkenness, 1 for polygamy and 1 for stubborness. 49 dogs were killed and disposed of. Thirty students graduated in the Class of "34" including my own aunt Jessie Annie Blair. The Supt. of Schools received a paycheck totaling $1,577.41 and the total to pay teachers for the entire system was $21,487.50.

 

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Comments (2)

Maybe for food?

- Jimmy G | 1/1/19 5:00 PM

why were dogs killed?

- rosemary rowan | 12/30/18 10:36 AM

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