Mr. and Mrs. Townsend talk about the Depression and how it affected their families. He explains: "It was just everything, you know, seemed different and a shortage of everything." Farmers were the ones who fared the best, because they didn't have to buy in order to support themselves. His family worked on a farm during the Depression, but they didn't own the farm. Most people in Ashe County, because they "lived so far back from everybody else" didn't know much about the political situation, or why the Depression was happening. He remembers that when Roosevelt things changed, and schools started to be built in his area. His father was assigned to a work program and had to walk eight miles a day to get to work.
Tags: Allen Townsend, Ashe County, crops, dried herbs, farming, Federal Work Programs, Fleetwood, Franklin Roosevelt, ginseng, Great Depression, Greer's Herb House, Herbert Hoover, herbs, Hibriten, Jane Efrird, railroad, work projects, Works Progress Administration, WPA