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  • This is Olivia Wallace, a young girl born on May 14th, 1920. She lived with her mother and father on a ten acre farm just outside of the city and grew corn, wheat, and raised cattle. She was only 9 years old when the Great Depression began in 1929.
  • Her father had to leave to find work in another state in 1930, a year after the Depression began. Both Olivia and her mother were very sad, but they still were able to run the family farm by themselves. Olivia's dad promised to send back money once he got a job.
  • When the dust storms came to their town, Olivia and her mom coulnd't save their crops or cattle from dying. They lost all of their money, her mother couldn't find a job, and they hadn't heard from Olivia's father in years.
  • One day, Olivia and her mother were at the soup kitchen for lunch. Her mom told her that she loved her and that she would be right back. After a few hours, Olivia couldn't find her mother, and assumed she had left her when all of her stuff was gone from the house.
  • Olivia didn't know what to do. She was too young for a job, but she knew she could take over the family farm and sell the remaining crops. Every weekend she would go to the market and sell her corn and wheat to buy food, water, and more farming supplies.
  • Olivia got a job when the AAA and NYA was established, and was able to support herself until the Great Depression ended in 1939. She had to start her life over when her dad and mom left her, but she survived and beat the troubles of the Great Depression.
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