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Interview - Melanie Larson Deborah Weagel Grandmothers...

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Melanie Larson Deborah Weagel 12/15/2008 Grandmother’s Generation Thelma Janice Brown was born in Denver, Colorado on November 11, 1936 . She lived in Denver, Colorado for most of her life . She was born into a family of 7 siblings; four sisters and three brothers. Sadly through her childhood four of her siblings died . Throughout her life she had various jobs working at Hughes and Company, teaching architectural technology at a Winslow penitentiary, and taught civil engineering as a student teacher at Northland Pioneer College . On February 22, 1958 she was married to Benjamin Joseph Zarco and unfortunately widowed in 1983 . She is a mother of two children Dennis David Zarco and Nancy Lynn Zarco. She has three grandchildren; Daniel David Larson, Melanie Karissa Larson, and Vincent Michael Larson. By 1996 she moved to New Mexico to be closer to her family . She is currently retired and lives in the small town of Rio Rancho. She has plans to vacation around the world and enjoy life freely . Melanie Larson: Thank you for taking your time to do this interview Thelma Zarco: Oh it’s quite alright, I’m more than happy to oblige you. ML: Ok let’s get started. How did the depression affect you in your childhood? TZ: As a very young person we went through the depression years. It was very sad and a lot of people went hungry. My dad waited for hours standing in line to find work on the Page | 1 
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Works Projects Administration (WPA). Sometimes all we had to eat was pinto beans without the seasoning because that’s all there was. The only way we got the pinto beans was to go to the railroad tracks where the boxcars were and climb into the boxcars and pickup scattered pinto beans off of the floor of the boxcar. We would take them home to mom and she would boil them up, add a little salt and that would be a meal no matter breakfast, lunch or dinner. Mom would buy flour in a 25 pound bag. It came in a cloth bag that had a pattern of flowers….or daisies and mom would make me a dress out of the flour sack. The girls in my family each got to have two dresses. We would wear one a couple of days a week and wear the other one the rest of the week to school. The shoes that I had to wear were ugly brown oxfords, because those would last a long time. In winter, us girls always had to wear disgusting tan long stockings. We were lucky to have a coat. Some things people don’t know is that during the depression the only way you could buy certain foods like sugar, coffee, milk etc. was to have a coupon in order to
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