Our ancestors dealt with wars, economic down turns, losing family members, natural disasters, and on and on just like we do. Neighbors helped neighbors and faith communities reached out, too. They probably had medications, like we do now, but I get the impression a lot of it was alcohol based!
My great-grandparents, Dan and Maggie Thomas
My great-grandmother, Margaret Ann GRANT THOMAS (1870-1948), was a woman of faith. She and my great-grandfather, Jeremiah Daniel THOMAS (1858-1946) lived through World War 1 and 2, and the Great Depression; along with all the ‘regular’ events of life.
Her source of strength
I know one source of Maggie’s strength. I found a list of ‘An Interesting Digest of the Value of the Psalms’ in her handwriting. She recorded the date as Oct 2, 1932. The early years of the Depression and less than two years after her mother died. I expect Maggie used that source of strength daily.
For a long time, I thought this was a list she’d made up herself. It actually appeared in many newspapers in 1932.
Why did she copy it over in her own hand instead of cutting it out of the newspaper? Maybe the newspaper wasn’t hers. Maybe she needed something from the flipside of that page. Maybe, like me, she remembered things better if she wrote them down. Maybe something else.