By Kay Higdon
Community Submission 

Community Connection - Back to School in 1959


September 6, 2018

It was not unusual in the 1950's for a youngster to work in the fields of the Willamette Valley to pay for back-to-school clothing and supplies. It was especially true for me in the summer of 1959, when I was entering Creswell High school, as my father had died the previous winter. My mother had little money for a teenager daughter.

The wonderful Willamette River soil is perfect for growing fruits and vegetables. Many of us used to pick strawberries and cherries. Then as the bean plants grew, we would encircle them with twine to "string" them. The twine was stationed at the end of the lon...

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