Author(s): Nita Lawes-Gilvear
With the Great Depression in the late 1920's men roamed the countryside searching for work on farms to make money to buy food for their large families. They were called Swaggies. Children walked to school, sometimes seven to ten miles per day. When their shoes were worn out they wrapped their feet in flannelette strips from fathers' or older brothers' worn out shirts. Infectious diseases killed many children as there was no immunisation for whooping cough and measles and many others.