Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Recovery]
“There were thousands who went down during the panic - lost fortunes, homes, business, and in fact everything. Some have survived, and many never will. A great many were too old to begin building up again. In the kind of work I'm in I have been in position to know some of the devastating effects of it, and it certainly gets on your sympathy.
“I guess you would say I am recovering from it. When I say that though, I'm not boasting, but I'm deeply grateful for the good fortunes that have came my way. Then, too, I feel under everlasting obligations to some of my friends who have helped me to get where I am.
“I had not accumulated a great deal at the time of the panic, but I did have some savings and a good job. That was the trouble, my savings and my job went at the same time. Now that was real trouble. Nobody but my wife and I knew just what we did go through.
“I was born and reared down in Laurens County, Georgia. I lived there until the depression came on, except for about a year and a half when I was drafted during the war. It seems now that I have left Georgia for good. Out of a family of seven there's only one left down there, so I haven't much to go back for.
“I came from fine old pioneer ancestors on both my father's and mother's side and I owe much to them. On my father's side there's quite a bit of interesting history. Since I have been here I find so many of my ancestors both in the District and in Virginia, I've been making a study of it. My great-great-grandfather was born in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1765. He was a captain in the War of 1812 and also in an