Keep in mind this was during a time of NO air-conditioning. Houses were not constructed as tight and solid like today, so dust seeped in constantly. There was NO rain. Insects, such as grasshoppers, found their way inside eating whatever they could find. There was NO relief in sight...and this went on for eight years!
|A dust storm approaches Stratford, Texas, in 1935.|
Learn more from those who remember...
Herman Goertzen remembers chickens going to roost in the middle of the day because the dust storm made it so dark the chickens thought it was night.
LeRoy Hankel remembers a wind blowing so hard that a truck was blown 30 to 40 feet down a street.
Elroy Hoffman remembers winds blowing seeds out of the ground.
Stan Jensen remembers how it was impossible to keep houses clean.
Walter Schmitt remembers how the winds blew tumbleweeds into fences. Then the dust drifted up behind the tumbleweeds, covering the fencerows.
Harvey Pickrel remembers trying to buy a tractor – the only trick was he would have to dig it out of the dust before he could take it home