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Joplin Globe (Newspaper) - February 25, 1940, Joplin, Missouri Joplin Globe sunday february 25, 1940. Babson says Back to the farm movement is solution for the Relief problem i cues experiences of an Arkansas Man Mena ark., Workman tells How he and his family solved their problem of poverty. By Roger w. Babson. Savannah ga., feb. 24.-naturally i get Many letters from readers of this column. Just recently received a Moat interesting letter from g. C. Konkler of Mena ark., telling of his personal experiences he had lost his City Job during the depression and had to decide Between going Back to the land or going onto Relief. He chose the former and drifted. To the enterprising town of Mena in the ouachita mountains just a Stone s throw from the Oklahoma line there he and his family started again with absolutely nothing just As did the pilgrims when they landed on the shores of Massachusetts Bay in 1620. A Humble beginning. Of course his family had no Money for movies radio or gasoline. They built their own hut out of cast off boxes and other waste material on the outskirts of the town. He got. A Job for one Dollar a Day and the family lived upon it and saved Money from the first week. They lived on Oatmeal milk Tough meat and. Greens. They slept on Straw and made their own furniture but they were healthy and Happy. The children made their own clothes and went to school. When Spring came they planted a Garden in which they All worked. Then the father decided to rent a cheap vacant store to sell goods when the Chain stores were closed and the other merchants were at the movies. I will hot go into More details but in View of All the sensational and sentimental publicity being focused on tenant Farmers As a result of John Steinbeck s grapes of Wrath or. Konkler s Story interested me very much hence i wrote three leading people in Mena to see if what or Konkler wrote me were True. They replied that every word was True. I then asked or. Konkler to expand his ideas. Both he and i. Believe that the Small farm offers a real Opportunity to thousands now working on Relief jobs. Developing and working the land would bring / them More happiness health Good living and sound Security than most of them will Ever achieve in any other Way. Today too Many families Are just one pay Check better off than they were several years ago. Surely any thinking person must know that something Shije. Durable must be tried to Rem Jedy conditions All so far Nave been merely shots in the Arm to ase the pain. Belief killed movement. A in 1932, or. Konkle drove a $150 Ford 500 Miles into the mountains of Arkansas. He found thousands of people out of jobs. Families however with just a Little Money left were going Back to the farms no. 2089 Bright colors for Spanish Bungalow designed by Chester h. Dist be of 2089 i. Carman identified for several years with the greeting card and stationery departments of the Joplin printing company. The shop shares space with the Troutman Flower store. Greeting cards for All occasions birth and wedding anniversaries Mother s Day. Father s Day easter sunday Christmas and special Days of religious Observance of Catholic jewish and Christian science faiths cards of congratulation for weddings graduation or other events humorous and cheering cards for shut ins and convalescent and expressions of sympathy Are included at the card shop. A woman s Exchange with a variety of handmade gifts and accessories also is conducted. Real estate Loans building buying refinancing a Complete lending service  lower interest  longer time o quicker service f. H. A. If Yon want Charles h Jaccard farm and Home savings and loan association 118 East fourth phone 663 add Comfort to your Home by installing Eagle insulation which helps eliminate drafts Between rooms by maintaining More even temperatures throughout the entire House. Estimates gladly Given Complete line of fireproof building materials and Monarch Metal weatherstrip Joplin Cement company tenth and Moffet phone 832 f the store of the ideas of today with tomorrow see the District s finest line of new Spring Wall paper before you make your final selection we have a Carload to choose from a _ single Boll priced from .3c opposite Fox theater paint reefers i  a Wall paper and up phone 128 a Down payment is necessary if you buy a Home or any other property. Secure this sum through regular monthly savings. Use our optional savings Stock for this purpose. Ask us about it. Home building and loan association t. W. Osterloh president j. E. Garm Secretary 402 main Street phone 393

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