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TRIAL BY POVERTY
A post-Depression environmentalist; Back then, Mom's frugality seemed quaint
Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Families & family life; Great Depression; Parents & parenting
Author: Fischer, Martin
Date: Jan 20, 2008
Start Page: 3
Section: Perspective
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Before marrying my father in January 1949, my mother worked at St. Louis' Jewish Hospital as a lab technician, and after my father, a taxicab driver, died of cancer in 1961, she went back. Like other homemakers who excel at thrift, Chana saw Baggies and Saran wrap as a waste of money; leftovers were stored in the clear plastic produce bags from the store.

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